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Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry
First contestedOctober 18, 1924
Syracuse 10, Boston College 0
Number of meetings51
Most recent meetingNovember 24, 2018
Syracuse 42, Boston College 21
Next meetingNovember 2, 2019
All-time seriesSyracuse leads, 31–20
Largest victorySyracuse, 43–10 (2004)
Longest win streakSyracuse, 6 (1987–92)
Current streakSyracuse, 1 (2018–present)

The Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Boston College Eagles and Syracuse Orange.

HistoryEdit

The two schools first met on October 18, 1924. The Eagles and Orange played annually from 1971 to 2004. To date, Boston College and Syracuse have played each other 50 times. Aside from Holy Cross, no team has played Boston College more than Syracuse. Syracuse leads the series 31–20.

Boston College and Syracuse were founding members of the Big East Conference, first as a basketball conference in 1979, then a football conference in 1991.

To start the 2005 season, Boston College left the Big East to become the 12th member of the ACC. The future of the rivalry was in doubt. The Eagles and Orange signed a deal to play a non-conference game through 2021. The Eagles won the 2010 meeting 16–7. In September 2011, the ACC announced that they had accepted bids from Syracuse and Pitt to become the 13th and 14th members of the ACC.[1] It was later determined that Syracuse and Pitt would join the ACC in July 2013.

Game resultsEdit

Boston College victoriesSyracuse victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 October 18, 1924 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 10–0
2 October 28, 1944 Boston, MA Boston College 19–12
3 September 27, 1958 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 24–14
4 November 25, 1961 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 28–13
5 October 13, 1962 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 12–0
6 September 21, 1963 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 32–21
7 September 19, 1964 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 21–14
8 November 20, 1965 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 21–13
9 October 15, 1966 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 30–0
10 November 18, 1967 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 32–20
11 November 29, 1969 Syracuse, NY Boston College 35–10
12 November 6, 1971 Syracuse, NY Boston College 10–3
13 November 4, 1972 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 37–0
14 November 17, 1973 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 24–13
15 November 16, 1974 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 45–0
16 October 25, 1975 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 22–14
17 November 13, 1976 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 28–14
18 November 12, 1977 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 20–3
19 November 18, 1978 Chesnut Hill, MA Syracuse 37–23
20 November 17, 1979 Ithaca, NY Boston College 27–10
21 November 15, 1980 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 27–16
22 November 14, 1981 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 27–17
23 November 13, 1982 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 20–13
24 November 12, 1983 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 21–10
25 November 17, 1984 Foxboro, MA #13 Boston College 24–16
26 November 16, 1985 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 41–21
27 November 15, 1986 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 27–9
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
28 November 14, 1987 Syracuse, NY #6 Syracuse 45–17
29 November 12, 1988 Chestnut Hill, MA #15 Syracuse 45–20
30 November 4, 1989 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 23–11
31 November 3, 1990 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 35–6
32 November 16, 1991 Syracuse, NY #17 Syracuse 38–16
33 November 14, 1992 Chestnut Hill, MA #10 Syracuse 27–10
34 October 2, 1993 Syracuse, NY Boston College 33–29
35 November 12, 1994 Chestnut Hill, MA #25 Boston College 31–0
36 November 18, 1995 Syracuse, NY #23 Syracuse 58–29
37 October 26, 1996 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 45–17
38 November 8, 1997 Syracuse, NY #22 Syracuse 20–13
39 October 17, 1998 Chestnut Hill, MA #23 Syracuse 42–25
40 October 30, 1999 Syracuse, NY Boston College 24–23
41 October 14, 2000 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 20–13
42 November 24, 2001 Syracuse, NY #22 Syracuse 39–28
43 November 16, 2002 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 41–20
44 October 18, 2003 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 39–14
45 November 27, 2004 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 43–17
46 November 27, 2010 Syracuse, NY Boston College 16–7
47 November 30, 2013 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 34–31
48 November 29, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 28–7
49 November 28, 2015 Syracuse, NY Syracuse 20–17
50 October 22, 2016 Chestnut Hill, MA Syracuse 28–20
51 November 25, 2017 Syracuse, NY Boston College 42–14
52 November 24, 2018 Chestnut Hill, MA #20 Syracuse 42–21
Series: Syracuse leads 32–20

Memorable gamesEdit

In 2004, Boston College was in first place in the Big East and needed a win against then 5–6 Syracuse in the regular season finale to clinch their first BCS bowl berth. With Syracuse's two RB's out with injuries, DB Diamond Ferri filled in as RB. Ferri rushed for 141 yards and 2 TDs. Ferri also had a 44-yard interception return for a TD. Syracuse went on to pull off the shocking blowout upset, winning 43–17.[2] This game was also the first career start by Boston College QB Matt Ryan; he was filling in for the injured Paul Peterson. This was BC's final game as a member of the Big East; they began playing in the ACC in 2005.

In 2013, Syracuse was playing in their first year as a member of the ACC. Syracuse was 5–6 heading into the final game of the season against Boston College, needing to win to become bowl-eligible. Boston College was up 31–27 with 2:08 left when Syracuse drove down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown with 6 seconds left.[3]

The 2018 season was a historic year for both Boston College and Syracuse with the former earning a ranking in the AP poll for the first time since 2008, and the latter the first AP ranking since 2001. About three quarters way through the season, it looked like this could be the year that the Boston College-Syracuse matchup featured two ranked teams. BC was ranked as high as #17 in week 10 but a loss to #2 ranked Clemson dropped them 3 spots in the rankings, and then an upset defeat at the hands of a reeling Florida State team the following week pushed them out of the top 25 entirely. Likewise, in week 11, Syracuse was pummeled 36-3 by #3 Notre Dame and lost their starting quarterback, dropping them down from a peak at #12 to #20.

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