Run and Shoot: Nothing pretty in Boston

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Nothing pretty in Boston

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - For the second time in two weeks, Boston College will have to overcome a scoreless first half to keep its No. 2 ranking.

Our lone score was a 23-yard reception by Preston Parker, and otherwise it's been close but not quite for both teams. BC had two shots in the red zone, but ended up with only an interception and missed field goal in the score box. FSU had to punt twice inside the BC 40 yard line.

But the most telling stat was time of possession: BC had the ball for under eight minutes in the first half compared to 21:58 for FSU.

Though Weatherford played well for most of the half, running back Antone Smith deserves recognition for getting the Eagles three long third downs on screen plays. The ground game has been almost nonexistent for both teams, with just 67 combined yards.

The Eagles had success early on with several slants across the middle of the field, including a 44-yarder to Brandon Robinson, but seemed to go away from that formula later in the half. Look for offensive coordinator Steve Logan to possibly exploit that in the second half to try to get Matt Ryan - who threw for 157 yards, but had a costly red zone interception - back on track.

The rain has subsided for the most part, but the winds remain a limited factor. We'll see if Matt Ryan has another week of Heisman magic in him, or if the up-and-down Seminoles can grab their season's biggest win.

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