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Seniors go out winners vs. B.C.
Posted Nov 19, 2011
Jonas Gray rushed for a touchdown, David Ruffer kicked three field goals and No. 24 Notre Dame recovered an onside kick with just under 2 minutes to play to hold off Boston College 16-14 on Saturday.
Ruffer had field goals of 40, 41 and 27 yards for the Irish (8-3), who matched their victory total from last year with their fourth straight win. But it was a costly victory, too, with Gray leaving in the third quarter with what looked to be a knee injury. Gray, who was enjoying a breakout year after a lackluster first three seasons, had extended his scoring streak to eight games with a 26-yard run on the opening drive of the game.
The Eagles struggled to get anything going offensively for most of the second half, with
throwing 10 incompletions in a row at one point. But Rettig got on track just in time to make things interesting, finding
for a 21-yard gain and throwing a 17-yarder to
as the Eagles advanced to the
16 with about 3 minutes to play. A pass interference call on
to the 2 and, after a false start and an incompletion, Rettig connected with
for a 7-yard score.
Boston College (3-8) went for the onside kick, but Robby Toma recovered it and Notre Dame ran the clock down to just eight seconds. The Eagles got the ball back and lateraled several times before Irish linebacker
made the final tackle around the Boston College 15 to end the game. Notre Dame has beaten Boston College three years in a row after losing six straight.
was credited with 14 tackles, leaving him one shy of the Boston College career record. The junior did set the ACC record with 523 career tackles.
Notre Dame looked as if it was going to have an easy afternoon when it marched 80 yards on its opening drive, capped by Gray’s rumble through the Boston College defense. But the Irish offense stalled twice just outside the Boston College red zone, and
was picked off around midfield on another drive. Rees finished 24-of-39 for 256 yards.
Hard-fought for four quarters
Nov 19, 2011
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Nov 20, 2011
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