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By Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

For the second time in three seasons, the Florida State football team was “blacked out” by Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2008.

Donning the all-black “Unconquered” uniforms for the third time ever and second time against the Eagles, FSU fell to Boston College by a score of 27-17.

The Boston College defense – which was the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of the top units in the entire country – limited the Seminoles to just 73 yards rushing and forced starting quarterback Christian Ponder to toss three interceptions.

For the game, Ponder connected on less than half of his passes and finished with 183 yards through the air.

Perhaps the statistic that best describes the ballgame from an FSU standpoint is that of punter/kicker Graham Gano, whose 24-yard scamper on a trick play made him the team’s leading rusher when all was said and done.

The victory by the Eagles marked the four-straight time that the visiting team has earned a win in what is quickly becoming a heated rivalry in a series that lacks a whole lot of history.

Despite the loss last year, FSU is still 4-3 all-time against the Eagles with all but three of the previous games occurring since Boston College joined the ACC.

The two programs first met in 1957 and then played against each other again in 1976. Florida State and Boston College then met again in 1980 before renewing the series in 2005.

By Ryan Pensy, Seminoles.com

Matt Tennant – Center
While Montel Harris or Josh Haden would have been the easy picks for the offensive player to watch, there was one unit that handled the Noles last season and that was the offensive line.  With that being said, watch out for BC center Matt Tennant this season.  He will anchor a unit that returns quality at each position up front.  Along with Tennant, left tackle Anthony Castonzo was also named to the preseason All-ACC team.  For Florida State to have a shot to beat the Eagles this season the defense must get off the field quickly.  The Noles can ill afford another nine minute drive late in a game that eats up crucial time.  The Seminoles are 2-0 in Chestnut Hill and certainly have the weapons to take down the Eagles this year.
Frank Spaziani – Head Coach
I know Coach Spaziani won’t be suiting up for the Eagles this season but the defensive mastermind for the past 10 seasons will have his hands full in his first year as the head coach.  Coach Spaziani was counting on star linebacker Mark Herzlich but he will be sidelined this season with a rare form of bone cancer.  While the Eagles and the rest of the ACC hope for a speedy recovery for Herzlich they will need someone to step up this season.  The defensive line, linebackers and secondary all have questions this season and it will be up to Spaziani to rally a unit that was ranked second in the nation last season in rushing defense.  

Offensive Starters Returning:  63% (7 of 11)
Rich Gunnell (WR), Anthony Castonzo (LT), Matt Tennant (C), Thomas Claiborne (RG), Rich Lapham (RT), James McCluskey (FB), Josh Haden (TB)

Defensive Starters Returning:  54% (6 of 11)
Alex Albright (LE), Jim Ramella (RE), Mike McLaughlin (MLB), Wes Davis (FS), DeLeon Gause (CB), Roderick Rollins (CB)

Starters Lost – 40% (9 of 22)
Alex Albright (LE), Jim Ramella (RE), Mike McLaughlin (MLB), Wes Davis (FS), DeLeon Gause (CB), Roderick Rollins (CB)

Eagle Breakdown
Head Coach: Frank Spaziani
At Boston College:
1st year
2008 Record: 9-5
Series Record: 4-3, FSU
2008 Team Stats Yards NCAA Rank ACC Rank
Total Offense: 319.4 94th 8th
Rushing Offense: 142.9 63rd 5th
Passing Offense: 176.5 93rd 10th
Points Per Game: 24.7 66th 5th
Total Defense: 268.1 5th 1st
Rushing Defense: 91.2 7th 1st
Passing Defense: 98.8 7th 1st
Points Allowed Per Game: 18.4 17th 4th

Returning Stat Leaders

Rushing: Montel Harris (900 yards, 5 TD’s)
Passing: None
Receiving: Rich Gunnell (551 yards, 4 TD’s)
Tackles: Mike McLaughlin (89)
Sacks: Two with four
INT’s: Marcellus Bowman (3)

By Scott Kotick, Seminoles.com

Most games on the 2009 Florida State schedule feature teams that the Seminoles have faced multiple times in the school’s history.   But this matchup is far different.  The Seminoles and Boston College Eagles have only met seven times, and Florida State holds a 4-3 overall record against now ACC opponent from Chestnut Hill.  Here are three of the most memorable moments in this relatively new series.

November 3rd, 2007: Florida State at Boston College

The Seminoles were not enjoying a good season, after dropping two in a row to Wake Forest and Miami.  When the number two ranked Boston College Eagles appeared on the schedule, most FSU fans were not overly excited to play Heisman front-runner Matt Ryan.  But what ensued was a game that eventually cost Ryan the Heisman, and saved Florida State’s 2007 season. 

Junior quarterback Drew Weatherford led the Seminoles to a 27-17 win up in Chestnut Hill behind two touchdown passes to Preston Parker in the second quarter and to De’Cody Fagg in the fourth quarter.  But Matt Ryan led his team back to within three points with 1:10 remaining in the game: most fans watching on television thought this would be yet another Ryan-led comeback win for the Eagles.

But the Florida State defense wouldn’t let that happen this time.

Linebacker Geno Hayes stepped in front of a Boston College receiver to intercept Ryan and took it to the house for the Florida State touchdown.  It was one of Florida State’s greatest wins on the road against the number-two team in the nation.  The Seminoles went on to a 7-6 record and fell to Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on New Year’s Eve.   

September 17th, 2005: Florida State at Boston College

It was the first ACC matchup between Florida State and Boston College, and the Eagles’ first ACC game in the school’s history.  In a top-20 matchup on primetime television, the Seminoles came out on a rainy Chestnut Hill evening and put the Eagles away early, eventually winning 28-17. 

On the game’s first offensive possession, linebacker A.J. Nicholson picked off quarterback Quinton Porter and returned it 19 yards for the Seminole touchdown.  Freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford also found Greg Carr for a leaping 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter to score 17 unanswered points and shut down the loud Boston College crowd. 

But the Eagles attempted to make a comeback, which was thwarted by another touchdown pass from Weatherford to Carr and a four-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Booker with 3:53 remaining to seal the game for the Seminoles.

A.J. Nicholson had the best game of his career, finishing with two interceptions, one touchdown, and 19 total tackles.  It was not the welcome any Boston College fan had hoped coming into the ACC. 

October 18th, 1980: Boston College at Florida State

In one of the few non-ACC matchups between the Seminoles and Eagles, Boston College came into Tallahassee to face the number seven ranked Seminoles on a mid-October night at Doak Campbell Stadium.  

It was a beat-down for the ages by the Seminoles, who ran the Eagles out of Tallahassee, 41-7.  When all was said and done, kicker Bill Capece had four field goals and the Seminole defense held Boston College to just 105 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.  The Seminoles even blocked a punt for a touchdown and recorded a safety.  

Florida State went on to enjoy a great 1980 season, finishing with a 10-2 record and a number five finish in the polls.  The Seminoles earned an appearance in the Orange Bowl, yet fell to the Oklahoma Sooners and quarterback J.C. Watts, 18-17.

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