Nightmare Nicholson

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. – Resilient with a short memory. That might be the best way to characterize the Boston College offense after it rebounded from an A.J. Nicholson nightmare and dominated the remainder of the first half in the Eagles' 28-17 loss Saturday night.

The onslaught started from the get-go; outside linebacker Nicholson was a one-man terror.

Harried by pressure from defensive end Darrell Burston and tripping as he tried to elude the rush, BC quarterback Quentin Porter fired a pass into the waiting arms of Nicholson on the game's first play from scrimmage.

A 19-yard jog later, Nicholson was in the end zone and a stunned BC crowd saw its team in a 7-0 hole before it had time to warm into the Alumni Stadium chairbacks.

The Eagles managed to put together a formidable drive – 55 yards on 13 plays – their second time out but met the same fate. On second-and-11 from the FSU 35, Porter again found Nicholson.

A few timely blocks and a 40-yard return later, Nicholson had set the stage for FSU's lone offensive highlight of the first half. Three plays after the pick, Drew Weatherford found Greg Carr for 20-yard touchdown connection on a fade route.

"Nicholson," quote on getting things going….

Nicholson almost added interception No. 3 with 3:45 to play in the third quarter. With Porter staring down tight end Chris Miller in the seam, Nicholson stepped in front of another pass.

This time, however, it glanced harmlessly off of his chest. Nicholson had 20 relatively clear yards between him and his second touchdown of the night on that play.

Nicholson now has three interceptions in his last four contests. The senior from Winston-Salem, N.C. snared his first career pick in last season's 30-18 win over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.

The touchdown was the second of Nicholson's career – in 2003, he scooped and scored on a fumbled return as a sophomore against Duke.


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