BOSTON (AP) – Boston College placekicker Ryan Ohliger will keep his job despite missing three extra points in two weeks, coach Tom O’Brien said Sunday, a day after a missed kick proved crucial in the Eagles’ 17-15 loss to North Carolina State.

“I don’t know what it was with extra points. But the field goal was solid,” O’Brien said on a conference call with reporters. “We’ll continue to kick with Ryan.”

Ohliger missed two point-after attempts and an overtime field goal Sept. 16, but he recovered in the second overtime to hit an extra point as BC beat Brigham Young 30-23.

Against N.C. State on Saturday night, Ohliger missed the extra point after BC’s game-opening touchdown drive.

That forced the Eagles to go for two – and fail – in the fourth quarter, leaving them with a 15-10 lead. Ohliger’s struggles may have also convinced O’Brien to go for a first down instead of a clinching field goal from the N.C. State 26 with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

“It was a little long to kick,” he said.

A fumbled snap and failed fourth-down conversion gave the Wolfpack a chance to take the lead with a touchdown. That’s what they did, with Daniel Evans hitting John Dunlap on a 34-yard touchdown pass with 8.5 seconds to play.

“It was a very difficult loss for our football team,” said O’Brien, who noted that the Eagles (3-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) escaped each of their previous two games in double overtime. “It’s the same things we talked about: our inability to finish.”

Despite the close calls, the 3-0 start propelled Boston College to No. 20 in The Associated Press Top 25; the loss knocked them back out of the polls. O’Brien said he told his team to forget about the loss – just like they needed to move on after the wins.

“We’ll have to have amnesia again,” he said. “There’s still a lot to play for and there’s a lot of goals we can accomplish this year.”

Also Sunday, O’Brien also said that receiver Brandon Robinson will miss Saturday’s game against Maine because of a concussion. O’Brien said his first reaction was that it was a late hit, but he would review the tape further before deciding whether to refer it to ACC officials for possible discipline.


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