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Halftime update: Golson leads Irish to 14-3 lead

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If the Irish were looking for style points to boost their BCS cred in the wake of top-ranked Alabama's loss to Texas A&M earlier Saturday, they didn't get in the first half against Boston College.

But the Irish still moved the ball at will against the 2-7 Eagles defense, taking a 14-3 lead into halftime. They just took their time, is all.

Remarkably, the Irish had just three possessions in the first half. A George Atkinson III fumble stunted the second one, but the first and third were methodical marches that chewed up the clock and the Boston College defense.

After the Irish forced a punt on the Eagles' opening drive, Everett Golson engineered a 95-yard touchdown drive -- the longest of the season for ND -- capping it with a 2-yard touchdown run of his own.

BC responded with a lengthy drive of its own, but after the Irish defense allowed five passes of at least 10 yards, Prince Shembo and Sheldon Day combined for a third-down sack of BC quarterback Chase Rettig, and the Eagles had to settle for a 36-yard field goal.

After Atkinson's fumble and another BC punt, Golson ate up 8 minutes, 30 seconds with a 16-play, 87-yard scoring drive, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Troy Niklas.

The Irish were 8-of-8 on third downs in the half, with Golson picking up five of them on designed runs. He had eight carries for 37 yards, and was 10-of-13 for 134 yards passing. Theo Riddick added 58 yards on eight carries, and Tyler Eifert had four catches for 52 yards. 

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