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         === Notre Dame stays perfect with win over Boston College ===
 
 Chestnut  Hill, MA  (Sports Network) - Everett Golson threw for two touchdowns
 and ran in another, as No. 4 Notre Dame handled lowly Boston College, 21-6, at
 Alumni Stadium.
 
 The Fighting Irish (10-0) are off to their best start since the 1993 squad won
 their first 10 games. Boston College ended that perfect season by winning on a
 last-second  field goal,  but solving Golson proved too much in trying to pull
 off another upset.
 
 Notre  Dame's freshman quarterback completed 16-of-24 passes for 200 yards and
 added  39 yards  on 11 carries for  Notre Dame, which came in ranked fourth in
 the  BCS standings  and will likely move  up after No. 1 Alabama lost to Texas
 A&M Saturday afternoon.
 
 "Everett  played the  way that he needs  to play, especially in the red zone,"
 Notre  Dame coach  Brian Kelly said of  his quarterback. "We said that once he
 starts  playing at  the level that we need  him in the red zone, we will start
 scoring touchdowns and not just field goals."
 
 Boston  College (2-8) has dropped two straight following its win over Maryland
 -- the program's only victory against an FBS opponent this season.
 
 The  Eagles managed a  mere 300 yards, 247 coming via the arm of Chase Rettig,
 who  completed  just 27-of-43  attempts and was  intercepted by Heisman trophy
 hopeful Manti Te'o in the fourth quarter.
 
 "A  couple of  times we kept the ball  ten, twelve plays and we came away with
 nothing  so we  have  to  make plays,"  Boston  College  coach Frank  Spaziani
 remarked. "That's how you beat a team like that."
 
 Nate  Freese  made two field  goals for  Boston College, including a 45-yarder
 that cut the deficit to 21-6 early in the fourth quarter.
 
 Theo  Riddick  lost a fumble near  midfield on the ensuing possession, but the
 Eagles  only gained  one first  down, eventually  turning the  ball over  when
 Rettig was sacked on fourth down.
 
 The  next time  Boston College touched the  ball, Te'o came away with a diving
 interception  at the Notre  Dame 43-yard line off a tipped pass, and the Irish
 held on from there.
 
 Notre  Dame gained  256 yards on three  possessions in the first half and kept
 the chains moving by going 8-for-8 on third-down conversions.
 
 Golson  capped  a 13-play,  95-yard drive  with a  2-yard touchdown run midway
 through  the opening quarter, and used his legs again by picking up nine yards
 on  3rd-and-8 at  the Boston  College 16.  After the  pickup, Golson  hit Troy
 Niklas in the middle of the end zone for a 14-3 lead at the break.
 
 Notre Dame's only other drive in the first half ended with George Atkinson III
 losing a fumble at the opposing 26-yard line.
 
 The Eagles' only fruitful drive before halftime stalled when Rettig was sacked
 on third down, forcing Freese to come on for a 36-yard field goal on the first
 play of the second quarter.
 
 Golson  showed  off his arm  on the first  possession out of the intermission,
 completing 5-of-7 attempts for 61 yards, including an across-the-field 18-yard
 toss to John Goodman in the end zone.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Irish opened a season with 10 straight wins for the eighth time in school
 history  ... Riddick led  the Irish with 104 yards on 18 carries, while Boston
 College's Alex Amidon led all receivers with 84 yards on six catches ... Notre
 Dame,  which converted  11-of-14 third-down tries, finished with 393 yards ...
 Nick  Clancy,  Boston College's leading  tackler, left  the game with an upper
 body  injury in the first half and did not return ... Boston College offensive
 lineman  Bobby Vardaro  and Notre  Dame  nose guard  Louis Nix  III were  both
 ejected  following  their shoving match  late in  the fourth quarter ... Notre
 Dame  was  awarded two  trophies for  its win against  the only other Catholic
 University  at  the FBS level, capturing  the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl trophy
 and the Ireland Trophy.
 
 
 
 11/11 01:06:44 ET

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