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BOSTON -- The Weber State Wildcats put in a valiant effort, but in the end fell to Boston College 38-20.
Weber State started off the game on the right foot with Taylor Sedillo intercepting the ball on the very first play of the game, but the Wildcats went three and out, settling on a field goal.
The missed opportunity became a theme for the game and from there Boston College flexed its muscle, forcing turnovers and using its big offensive line to put up 24 unanswered points and deflating any hope Weber State had of winning the game.
"They're a good football team," said Weber State Head Coach Ron McBride. "They got big, strong guys and a lot of athleticism and they'll be a tough out for anybody. Our guys hung in there, we played with more toughness and confidence. We had three critical errors that cost us scores, you can't a give a good team like that those opportunities."
Weber State went into halftime down 31-10, but would come out and outscore Boston College 10-7 in second half. Something McBride was happy about.
"I didn't go away from the game disappointed because we controlled the tempo in the fourth quarter and competed and we came out of that and said, ‘Hey we're a pretty good football team.'"
Montel Harris used the big offensive line to rush for 115 yards on 19 attempts for Boston College, scoring one touchdown.
"Harris was very slippery a couple of times out there and hurt us with a couple runs when it looked like we had them contained," said McBride. "I was really concerned because of their schemes and the size upfront that I thought that they might start chewing us front, but we defended well."
Dave Shinskie had all day to pass, not being sacked once. He threw 10-20 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Looking at the stats on paper it would seem like Weber State was the dominate team. They led in several key stats including: first downs, passing yards, time of possession, interceptions and third down conversions.
"We were quite comfortable in the second half to move the football. We knew we had to be patient to move the football against these guys. I mean we had time of possession of 37 minutes and they have 22. There are stats like this all over. We have a lot of positives to take away from this."
Cameron Higgins went 24-29 with 234 yards passing and one touchdown and an interception.
"(Higgins) did a nice job. He knew where he was going and what he was doing. I thought he played very well and I was very pleased with how he did things," said McBride.
But while Higgins was having success, the Wildcats' leading rusher Vai Tafuna struggled to ever get going, but not for a lack of carries. Tafuna ran for just 59 yards on 21 carries and no touchdowns.
"They're a tough team to run against. You can't get any freebies on them," said McBride. "They are real physical in the front and very good and have control and they do a very good job of filling the gaps and attacking the line of scrimmage."
Despite the loss, McBride appeared to be somewhat satisfied with his team's performance against such a powerful ACC opponent, but saw some obvious areas to improve.
"Coming out of this game, the only negative things I see is making some mental errors in coverage and giving them something real easy," said McBride. "That's coaching and players. Everyone is responsible and the thing you don't want is this guy blaming that guy, it's a combination of everybody.
"This is what you want to do. Play good teams like this and give yourself an opportunity to succeed and to get better."
The Wildcats have one week to get better as they start conference play against Northern Colorado on Saturday.