Early look at Boston College

Well, so much for home cooking. When Boston College looked at the 2011 schedule, it saw four of the first five games on the slate to be played at home.

The chance was there for some early wins as the program looked at a 13th straight bowl game.

But the Eagles went just 1-3 in those four games, beating only FCS Massachusetts -- and when you throw in a drubbing down at Central Florida -- another bowl would appear the be the furthest thing on the plate in Chestnut Hill.

BC, which lost to Wake Forest on Saturday, now faces three straight road games and five of the last seven away from home.

Oh, and did we mention that little road trip starts at No. 8 Clemson, which has beaten three straight ranked teams, clobbering Virginia Tech Saturday in Blacksburg? Or that it continues at No. 21 Virginia Tech before heading to Maryland?

And that one of the two remaining home games is a Thursday night affair with No. 23 Florida State?

As you can see, the picture isn't bright.

Just as was the case against Northwestern and Duke, the Eagles had a chance to beat Wake Forest, before losing 27-19.

This time, the Eagles had a second-and-1 from the Wake Forest 41 late but wound up failing to convert a fourth-and-4 from the 44, as another one got away.

"We are close but we are far away," said coach Frank Spaziani. "Until we can close that gap and get everybody to be a part of our system, we are struggling and that's where we are at. We are working hard but we just have to figure out how to work through the problems with everybody on the practice field consistently."

The loss to Wake Forest came on the day Montel Harris became BC's all-time leading rusher, going to 108 yards on 22 carries in his first significant game action of the season. It also came in a game that saw sophomore kicker Nate Freese drill four field goals, including a career-high 52-yarder.

Montel Harris rushed for 142 yards on 36 carries last season against Clemson. (Getty Images)
MONDAY NOTES: Boston College fell to 1-4 overall and 1-3 at home with Saturday's 27-19 loss to Wake Forest. BC now needs to go 5-2 the rest of the way to reach a 13th straight bowl game, but five of those seven games are on the road.

--The Eagles are just 5-6 at home the past two seasons.

--RB Montel Harris became the school's all-time leading rusher when he romped 26 yards down the left sideline to break Derrick Knight's record. Knight finished with 3,725, while Harris is at 3,735, 868 shy of Ted Brown's all-time ACC record.

--The Eagles are 10-7-2 all-time against Wake Forest, 5-2 since joining the ACC.

--BC was officially guilty of seven penalties for 56 yards, but that included WR Johnathan Coleman throwing a punch and CB Donnie Fletcher guilty of a very late hit out of bounds. DE Max Holloway was offsides three times, with one of those infractions declined.

--One of the highlights of Saturday's game was a run -- captured on the big screen and at home on television -- of some 60 yards ... by a squirrel.

KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Montel Harris and his chase for the ACC all-time rushing record could be one of the only compelling things to watch with this team the rest of the way. After all, a 1-4 team with five road games remaining and with Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Notre Dame and Miami still on the slate, doesn't appear to have much to attain on a team basis.

LOOKING GOOD: RB Montel Harris ran for 108 yards and became BC's all-time leading rusher. LB Luke Kuechly continues to do his thing and it's clear the linebackers are the best thing about the defense. Sophomore DE Kasim Edebali showed flashes Saturday; and K Nate Freese shook off an early missed erased by a penalty and kicked four in a row, including a 52-yarder.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The offense remains inconsistent and the defense just gives up too many big plays. There's a lot of youth on both sides of the ball and the offensive line, once a tradition at BC, remains a question mark, in part thanks to injuries. QB Chase Rettig is still learning and he spent too much time on his back in the latest loss.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've been in a lot of games like this, this season, and they haven't gone our way. We have to stay positive and keep pushing. There are going to be better days to come." -- QB Chase Rettig after Saturday's loss to Wake Forest.

INJURY REPORT: RB Andre Williams, who was the BC starter when Montel Harris was hurt and is considered a strong second back for the team with Harris in the lineup, went down in the first half with a right ankle injury. He was out of practice Sunday and coach Frank Spaziani said, "He'll be re-evaluated tomorrow and we'll see where we're at on Tuesday."

--RB Montel Harris tweaked his surgically repaired left knee on the play that saw him become BC's all-time leading rusher, and was being monitored. "He has a little soreness and we'll see how that goes, whether it's normal or a little bit more than normal," coach Frank Spaziani said. "We'll find out in the next day or so."

--OG Nate Richman remained out with a back injury. He and fellow captain Ifeanyi Momah, the latter out for the season with a knee injury, came out for the opening coin flip in street clothes.

--C Mark Spinney, who had been playing in injured OG Nate Richman's guard spot, was back at center, with Bobby Vardaro at the guard spot.

--DT Kaleb Ramsey was again out with a foot injury.

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