CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Notre Dame cooled off after a hot start against Boston College, but avoided a total collapse in the second quarter and held a 24-13 lead at halftime.
Quarterback Dayne Crist scored on a seven-yard run and threw touchdown passes of tw0 yard to Kyle Rudolph and 20 yards to Theo Riddick for a 21-0 lead with 2:19 left in the first quarter. At that point the Irish had outgained the Eagles 173-1 and freshman quarterback Chase Rettig was 1-for-6 for minus-1 yard passing.
With the momentum turned, Boston College edged closer with Nate Freese field goals of 49 yards and 25 yards to get to 21-13 with 6:52 left in the first half.
But Notre Dame freshman Bennett Jackson, who already had kickoff returns of 43 and 28 yards, returned the ensuing kickoff 25 yards to start a drive that netted a David Ruffer 37-yard field goal that gave Notre Dame its 24-13 halftime lead.