The Washington Times - November 23, 2008, 03:26PM

Just got off the Boston College teleconference this afternoon, a brief call that basically centered around an unanticipated change at quarterback heading into Saturday’s visit from Maryland.

Dominique Davis will indeed start in Saturday’s season finale for Boston College after Chris Cranesuffered a broken right collarbone in yesterday’s victory at Wake Forest. Crane is expected to be out for six weeks, which means there’s a decent chance his college career is over.

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Davis struggled early on in relief of Crane, then engineered a drive late in the fourth quarter to send the Eagles to a 24-21 win. The redshirt freshman had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge.

Davis is 19-for-35 for 154 yards and a touchdown in three games this season. He played earlier in routs of Central Florida and Rhode Island.

This, however, will be a little different.

“We’re going to have to get him focused in to our game plan and rep it and that’s about all you can do,” coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. “As far as accelerating it, it’s going to go as fast as it can go. We just have to have a good game plan for him.”

Tossing a first-time starter into the fray adds an extra dynamic. Crane is the fourth starter Boston College has lost for the season, but yet the Eagles are still playing for a chance to reach their second straight ACC title game. Maryland, meanwhile, is out of the race after last night’s 37-3 thumping against Florida State.

Jagodzinski said Davis was already splitting reps with Crane in practice last week. There’s limited time to get him ready, and the new backup has thrown two passes in his career. That guy is sophomore wideout Billy Flutie, who is the nephew of a player of some repute in BC history.

So that means this week will serve as an extended cram session for Davis, who suddenly finds himself playing for a trip to Tampa in his new role.

“I think that our coaches – [offensive coordinator] Steve Logan in particular – knows what he knows,” Jagodzinski said. “He works with him every single day. Those are the things we’ll concentrate on. The things he can’t do, we won’t do. … Knowing this kid, I think we have an idea of what he can do and what his strengths are.”

Patrick Stevens