BC Notebook

Alex Amidon sets season receiving record for BC

Six catches for 84 yards gave him 73 catches for a school-record 1,157 yards this season.

Under the cloud of what’s now a 2-8 season after Boston College’s 21-6 loss to Notre Dame Saturday night at Alumni Stadium, the numbers were hard for Alex Amidon to be proud of. His junior year has been a breakout season for a broken team.

He’s caught at least five passes in all but one game this year, unexpectedly becoming the most reliable target for quarterback Chase Rettig.


Cracking the record book in the Eagles’ second consecutive losing season made it a muted achievement.

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“I don’t really have too much to say,” he said. “It was all Chase and everyone in the offense. Not just me. Chase is playing phenomenal this year. Not just me. The only thing that matters to me is 2-8. That’s the only stat I’m worried about.”

Rettig threw for 247 yards, his ninth game with more than 200 this season. His connections with Amidon have accounted for 41 percent of his 2,803 passing yards this season.

The losses make the numbers irrelevant.

“It’s kind of been the same story all year,” Rettig said. “Obviously, statistically, it’s been a great year for a couple of guys on our offense, but you’ve still got to walk around on campus with a loss. So really, it’s no relation to us. Everyone on our team can vouch, Alex would rather win and get no touches.”


Rettig and Amidon have been the centerpieces of a retooled offense that has been undermined all season by a struggling defense.

“It’s good for them, but it’s a small consolation,” said coach Frank Spaziani. “I’m sure they’d trade some of those yards and catches for wins.”

Clancy concussed

A collision on Notre Dame’s first drive forced linebacker Nick Clancy out with what was thought to be a head/neck injury. He tried to return the next defensive series but left the field again. He had sustained a concussion.

“When they determine you have a concussion, it’s sayonara,” Spaziani said. “It’s over.”

Sean Duggan stepped in and made six tackles, but with Kevin Pierre-Louis (leg) out, there was a hole in the linebacking corps.


“You obviously miss the [presence] of them,” said Steele Divitto. “They’re both veteran guys, they’ve been here awhile. But I think the other guys stepped up real well.”

Swigert hurt again

Wide receiver Bobby Swigert, who missed the first three games of the season with a left knee injury, left in the fourth quarter favoring his right knee, and Spaziani said tests were “not good” . . . Running back Rolandan “Deuce” Finch made his return to the backfield after spending six games in Spaziani’s doghouse. He ran seven times for 40 yards.

Job well done

Coach Jerry York and the BC men’s hockey team were recognized in front of the home crowd a night after beating Notre Dame, 3-1 . . . Former Eagles offensive lineman Mark Colombo also was honored in the first half . . . Other players who sat out for BC: Al Louis-Jean (foot), Tahj Kimble (leg), Kaleb Ramsey (leg), Jaryd Rudolph (ankle), Harrison Jackson (illness), Ian White (ankle), Andre Williams (abdomen), and Kieran Borcich (leg).

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