(An outsiders musings about goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights)

CHESTNUT HILL, MA.-For a half on Saturday there actually appeared to be a glint of hope for Boston College in its match up with Notre Dame at  Alumni Stadium.

The Eagles only trailed the Irish, 14-10, had shown enough life to keep the announced sellout crowd of 44,500 interested enough to actually boo the Eagles when they ended the first half with a dive up the middle with seconds left from the Irish 44, rather than be more aggressive with a pass into field goal range.

There was one warning sign, however. In the first 30 minutes, the BC defense had been shredded for 271 rushing yards, including 167 yards by ND tailback Josh Adams.

It was more than a warning sign. It was an omen of the second half and perhaps for the rest of the season, which really gets tough next week when the Eagles travel to Clemson to meet the reigning national champions.

In a performance which almost defies description, the Irish rolled out of their locker room in the second half to post a 49-20 victory, while piling up an astonishing 611 yards in total offense, including 515 rushing yards, which is one yard short of the school record of 516 the Eagles allowed in a 34-31 loss to Army.

It was the most rushing yards run up by the Irish in 48 years. Wimbush and Adams are the first ND rushers to each break the 200-yard mark in modern Irish history.

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