Boston College tailback Rolandan “Deuce” Finch was third on the Eagles depth chart. But after Montel Harris and Andre Williams went down, he was B.C.'s only hope Saturday at Maryland. Snow showers, a muddy field and chilly winds made it a perfect day for an Energizer Bunny-style running back. Thirty-nine carries later, Finch was in the Boston College record books with the third best all-time single game numbers.
Here's how Boston College Coach Frank Spaziani describes the durable 5 ft.-10", 209 lb. Finch.
"“He is not a bowling ball, but he is a semi bowling ball...He is compact and he’s got some power and he’s got some vision. The more he plays, the more confidence he’ll get. Deuce has good speed. I wouldn’t say blazing speed, but good speed."
He gained confidence, all right -- to the tune of 243 yards and two touchdowns, the best day for a running back this season in the ACC.
Where did this no-name, instant record breaker come from? A sophomore from Louisville, Finch was a Rivals 3-Star out of high school. Just the kind of under-the-radar kid that Boston College loves to find and develop.
Now that Finch is no longer a no-name bench warmer, the obvious question becomes: If B.C.'s "Deuce" can punch out 243 yards on a mucky field, what the Doug Flutie will he be able to do on a dry field Thursday night?