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Boston College Eagles football
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
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First season 1892
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo
Head coach Frank Spaziani
Home stadium Alumni Stadium
Stadium capacity 44,500
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Conference ACC
Division Atlantic
Past conferences Big East
All-time record 624–444–37
Postseason bowl record 13–9
Conference titles 2004 (Big East)
Division titles 2007, 2008 (ACC Atlantic)
Heisman winners 1 (Doug Flutie)
Consensus All-Americans 12
Current uniform
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Colors Maroon and Gold            
Fight song For Boston
Mascot Baldwin the Eagle
Marching band "Screaming Eagles" Marching Band
Rivals Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Clemson Tigers
Virginia Tech Hokies
Syracuse Orange
Miami Hurricanes
Website BCeagles.com

The Boston College Eagles football team represents Boston College in the sport of American football. The Eagles compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Begun in 1892, Boston College's football team was one of six "Major College" football programs in New England as designated by NCAA classifications, starting in 1938.[1] By 1981, and for the remainder of the twentieth century, BC was New England's sole Division I-A program.[2] It has amassed a 624–444–37 record and is 99–54–0 since the turn of the 21st century.

The Eagles are coached by Frank Spaziani, commonly referred to as "Coach Spaz." Boston College is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Notre Dame. The Eagles' home games are played at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In addition to success on the gridiron, Boston College football teams are consistently ranked among the nation's best for academic achievement[3] and graduation.[4] In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the football team's Academic Progress Rate was the highest of any school that finished the season ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.

Conference affiliationsEdit

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

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In 1892, Boston College President Edward Ignatius Devitt, S.J., grudgingly agreed to the requests of two undergraduates, Joseph F. O'Connell of the class of 1893 and Joseph Drum of the class of 1894, to start a varsity football team. Drum would become the first head coach, albeit an unpaid position and O'Connell was captain. On October 26, 1893, BC played its first official game against the St. John's Literary Institute of Cambridge followed by its first intercollegiate game against MIT. BC won the first game 4–0, but lost 6–0 to MIT. Some of the original team's alumni had particularly significant careers: captain Joseph Drum became the first BC graduate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Joseph F. O'Connell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and running back James Carlin became president of the College of the Holy Cross.
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1940 - "Team of Destiny"Edit

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The 1940 season can arguably be called the greatest year in the history of Boston College football. BC's undefeated (11-0) and untied team captured the 1941 Sugar Bowl championship and earned the nickname "Team of Destiny".[5][6] Five members of that storied team have been inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame: end Eugene Goodreault (50); guard George Kerr (47); center Chet Gladchuk, Sr. (45); fullback Mike Holovak (12); and halfback Charles O’Rourke (13). It included a 19–18 victory over Georgetown before 41,700 fans at sold-out Fenway Park, that was called one of the greatest games ever by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice.[7] Going into the game, the Hoyas had twenty-two consecutive victories spanning three seasons. BC trailed until the third quarter, when a 43 yard touchdown pass from Charlie O'Rourke to Monk Maznicki put the Eagles ahead. With just seconds remaining, BC had the ball on their own nine, fourth down and 18 to go. Georgetown set up to return the Eagles’ punt. Instead of punting, O’Rourke scrambled in his own end zone for 45 seconds then took a safety. BC used the free kick to boot the ball far downfield and dashed the Hoyas' three-season unbeaten record. Legendary Coach Frank Leahy took his undefeated Eagles on to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans where they beat Tennessee. A banner on BC's campus commemorating the team uses the phrase "national champions," but Boston College was not awarded a national championship by any of the national polls at the time of the 1940 season. Although BC's claim to a title is not recognized by the NCAA or college football historians in general, one website, the College Football Data Warehouse, claims that selectors named Cliff Morgan and Ray Bryne rated BC #1 in 1940.[8] This web site states that BC's historic 1940 run resulted in a split championship with the University of Minnesota, but it's not clear whether the selectors awarded BC a title at the time of the 1940 season, or if they did so retroactively.[9] The NCAA lists only Minnesota as the national champion in 1940, and does not credit BC with any national championships in football.[10]

The Flutie yearsEdit

The early 1980s are sometimes referred to as "The Flutie Era", and are often credited with putting BC football firmly into the big time. Quarterback Doug Flutie played for Boston College from 1981 to 1984, and won the Heisman Trophy in his senior year. He gained national attention on November 23, 1984, when he led the Eagles to victory in a high-scoring, back-and-forth game against incumbent national champion Miami Hurricanes (led by star QB Bernie Kosar). The game was nationally televised on CBS the day after Thanksgiving, and had a huge audience. Miami staged a dramatic drive to take the lead, 45–41, in the closing minute of the game. Boston College then took possession at their own 22-yard line with 28 seconds to go. After two passes moved the ball another 30 yards, only six seconds remained on the clock. On the last play of the game, Flutie rolled out right away from the defense and threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the end zone by senior wideout Gerard Phelan, giving BC an insanely miraculous 47–45 win. A persistent urban legend holds that this play essentially clinched the Heisman Trophy, the award given to the best player in college football that year, for Flutie; in fact, the Heisman voting was already complete by the day of the game. It has been called "the greatest moment in college football."[11]

In November 2008, Doug Flutie was honored by Boston College with a statue of his famous “Hail Mary” pass to Gerard Phelan to beat Miami.[12]

Gambling scandalEdit

Boston College's Cody Williams earned some negative press in 1996 when news broke that some football players had bet against BC in a bad loss on October 26 to Syracuse. After the 45–17 beating by the Orangemen, word leaked out to Head Coach Dan Henning that several players may have bet against the team in the game, and the coach subsequently told the university administration. Following an investigation by the university and law enforcement officials, 13 players would be suspended from the team for the season for placing illegal bets — seven permanently from the football program.[13] As a result of the scandal and a mediocre 16–19–1 record as coach, Henning resigned at the end of the 1996 season.[14]

Tom O'Brien eraEdit

In December 1996 BC hired a 1971 Navy graduate and the former Virginia offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien. O'Brien arrived at The Heights with plans to revive the program after the team had been tarnished in the wake of the scandal. With good recruiting skills and a strong coaching staff around him, notably offensive coordinator Dana Bible and defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, O'Brien turned the program into a consistent top-25 team. The team was also helped by increased exposure on the national stage due to the move to the ACC and, later, improved facilities in the form of the Yawkey Center.

Following two mediocre seasons in 1997 (4-7) and 1998 (4-7), O'Brien's vision of a re-built football program began to take shape. In 1999, the Eagles finished the regular season 8–3 including a 31–29 win at Notre Dame Stadium on November 20. BC had earned itself its first bowl berth since being ensnarled in the 1996 gambling scandal. Despite the excitement of its first postseason game in five years, Boston College laid an egg at the Insight.com Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, getting squashed by the University of Colorado, 62–28. In 2000 BC finished the regular season at 6–5 with just enough wins to be bowl-eligible and found themselves in Honolulu for the Aloha Bowl where they downed Arizona State 31–17, giving O'Brien his first bowl victory as head coach.

The year 2001 saw Boston College end a 21-game losing streak to ranked opponents when, in the Music City Bowl, the Eagles beat No. 16 Georgia 20–16 to finish at 8–5. But the most memorable moment of the year came in another thrilling game against then-No. 1 Miami at Alumni Stadium. Trailing 12–7 BC stood at the Hurricanes 9-yard-line, poised to win with just over 20 seconds left in the contest, but an interception thrown by Eagles quarterback Brian St. Pierre cost the game. St. Pierre threw too low for receiver Ryan Read, and the pass ricocheted off a Miami defender's leg and fell into the hands of defensive back Ed Reed, who returned it 80 yards for a touchdown — preserving a win for the Hurricanes and keeping its hopes alive for a national championship, which they would eventually win. Despite the heartbreaking loss, the season had several highs including running back William Green rushing for 1,559 yards and being the top RB taken in the 2002 NFL Draft; eight wins for the first time since 1993; and finishing the season ranked (No. 21) for the first time since 1994.

Over the next few years the team posted respectable win-loss records and continued to win bowl games. In 2002, BC went 9–4 and won the Motor City Bowl, in 2003 they were 8–5 with a victory in the San Francisco Bowl and finished 9–3 in 2004 with a win in the Continental Tire Bowl. The year 2004 would be the Eagles final campaign in the Big East, and it finished the season in a four-way tie atop the league after losing the home finale to Syracuse (thus costing the Eagles a coveted berth in a BCS bowl) — a year in which they closed the season ranked No. 21 in both major polls.

Rise in the ACC and recent historyEdit

On December 6, 2006, O'Brien decided to leave the Eagles and replace Chuck Amato as head coach at NC State. He was replaced by then Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

In Jagodzinski's first year, the Eagles were picked to finish 2nd in the Atlantic in the ACC Preseason Poll. The Eagles raced out to a 7–0 start behind the arm of Matt Ryan and a stout, senior-laden defense. The Eagles climbed to #2 in the BCS Standings before squaring off against #8 Virginia Tech on a rainy night at Lane Stadium. The Eagles struggled on offense all night and trailed the Hokies 10–0 late in the 4th quarter. In a miraculous comeback, Ryan threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:11 of game to give BC the victory. Ryan's second touchdown pass, a 24 yard tear-drop pass to a wide open Andre Callender in the back of the end-zone, caused ESPN's Chris Fowler to exclaim "Lane Stadium goes silent!" The come-back win vaulted Ryan into the Heisman discussion. BC clinched the ACC Atlantic Division with yet another dramatic win, this time over rival Clemson. Matt Ryan was once again the hero, finding a wide-open Rich Gunnell for a 43-yard TD pass with 1:46 to go to give the Eagles the 20–17 lead. Clemson's 54-yard FG attempt to tie the game fell short, clinching the victory for Boston College. The Eagles eventually lost the ACC Championship Game to the Hokies. BC played in the Champs Sports Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans, winning 24–21. 2007 marked the second time in Eagle history that the team won 11 games, the other being the undefeated 1940 season. Matt Ryan won the Manning Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, becoming BC's first major award recipient since Mike Ruth won the Outland Trophy in 1985. Ryan finished 7th in the Heisman race, garnering 9 first place votes. Jamie Silva was a Consensus All-American, BC's first since William Green in 2001.

The 2008 season saw the Eagles return to the ACC Championship Game, this time behind a defense that ranked 5th in Total Defense. The Eagles fell once again to the Hokies. In both 2007 and 2008, the Eagles had defeated the Hokies in the regular season meeting only to lose in the ACC Championship Game.

Following the 2008 season, Jagodzinski was fired for interviewing with the New York Jets. Frank Spaziani was hired and is the current head coach.

Prior to the 2009 season, star LB and reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Herzlich was forced to miss the entirety of the 2009 season. Herzlich became an inspirational figure as he battled his way back, earning the Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, an award presented annually to college football's most inspirational player or team. Boston College created a chapter of Uplifting Athletes to benefit Ewing's Sarcoma research. The chapter participates in an annual "Lift for Life" (where players compete in various physical challenges) to raise money. On October 3, 2009, Herzlich publicly announced on College Gameday that he was cancer-free. Herzlich completed the comeback when he took the field once again on September 4, 2010, against Weber State.

It was announced on December 1, 2009, that the Boston College football team, along with 29 other athletic programs on campus, would officially switch its athletic outfitter from Reebok to Under Armour. On July 1, 2010, BC became the tenth Football Bowl Subdivision team to wear uniforms from the Baltimore-based outfitter, joining Auburn, Hawaii, Maryland, North Texas, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas Tech and Utah.[15]

In 2011, the Eagles finished 4–8 and failed to qualify for a bowl for the first time in 12 years. Following the 2011 season, junior LB Luke Kuechly won the Butkus Award, the Lombardi Award, the Lott Trophy, and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.[16] Kuechly is the first Eagle to win these awards.

Alumni StadiumEdit

Since 1957, Alumni Stadium has been the home of the Eagles. Located on BC's Lower Campus, the stadium has a capacity of 44,500.

In 2005, the Yawkey Athletics Center was constructed at the north end-zone side of the stadium. The Yawkey Center houses the football offices and weight room. A replica of Doug Flutie's 1984 Heisman Trophy is on display in the BC football museum on the first floor of the Center.

Football rivalriesEdit

Holy CrossEdit

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In 1896, Boston College and Holy Cross began what was to become one of the most storied rivalries in college football. For much of the early to mid 20th century, BC and The Cross drew some of New England's largest sports crowds. In 1913, BC began playing home games at Alumni Field.

To accommodate larger crowds, the Holy Cross game was routinely held at larger venues off campus, with the 1916 matchup taking place at the newly constructed Fenway Park. A record 54,000 attended the 1922 game at Braves Field, home of the Boston Braves baseball team. On November 28, 1942, BC lost in a huge upset to the Holy Cross Crusaders by a score of 55–12. This led to the BC players not attending their scheduled victory celebration at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which burned down that night. By the late 1970s the Holy Cross game had become more of a tradition than a rivalry, as Holy Cross football had long since ceased being a major power. By 1980, the game was no longer part of the student ticket package, and was mostly attended by alumni. In 1986 Holy Cross changed the direction of its football program, joining the Division 1-AA Patriot League, and terminated the series. BC had won 17 of the last 20 games.

Notre DameEdit

The Holy WarEdit

In recent years, Notre Dame has become one of BC's football rivals. Today, ND is the only other Catholic university playing NCAA Division I FBS football. The match up was dubbed the "Holy War" in 1975, and has acquired a number of other nicknames over the years. The two teams battle for the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl and the Ireland Trophy. Notre Dame currently leads the all-time series 12–9.

The Eagles and the Fighting Irish have met once in the postseason; Notre Dame defeated Boston College in the 1983 Liberty Bowl by a score of 19–18.

On November 2, 2005, Notre Dame announced that because it had agreed to a request from the Big East to play teams from that conference each season, it would suspend the Boston College series following the 2010 season. Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese said the conference made the request after Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech withdrew from the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, on February 6, 2007, BC Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo stated "The Notre Dame contract calls for two games in South Bend [sic], in 2007 and 2009, and two games in Boston, in 2008 and 2010. We have been in discussions with Notre Dame concerning additional games, and I am very hopeful that we will be able to announce something in the near future."[17]

While the BC-ND series was scheduled to end in 2010, the schools agreed to extend the rivalry until at least 2019. The Eagles and the Fighting Irish will face each other at Alumni Stadium in 2012, 2015, and 2019, and in South Bend in 2016 and 2018.[18]

Memorable moments in the BC-ND rivalryEdit

The series produced one of the top moments in college football history[11] when in 1993, David Gordon kicked a wobbly 41-yard field goal as time expired to beat top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame 41–39, ending Irish hopes for a national championship. Notre Dame has not been ranked #1 since. During the 2002 matchup in Notre Dame, Indiana, Notre Dame came into the game undefeated at 8–0, wearing their celebrated green jerseys (which since 1981 had only been worn against archrival USC or in bowl games). BC won the game 14–7, putting an end – again – to Notre Dame's dreams of an undefeated season. The series was played annually from 1992 to 2004 and from 2007 to present.

  • 1992 - The beginning of the current "Holy War". In a move he would later regret, ND coach Lou Holtz called a successful fake punt with a 37–0 lead on the way to running up a 54–7 score. While the game was a blowout in Notre Dame's favor, halftime brought the filming of the game scenes used in the film Rudy. Watch closely on the sideline and you can see Boston College paraphernalia.
  • 1993 - A week after Notre Dame's "Game of the Century" win over then #1-ranked Florida State, BC dominated for three quarters then fell behind after ND scored three touchdowns in 11 minutes. In the end, BC won on a last second field goal to knock the Irish out of the #1 ranking, a 41–39 loss that would keep ND from winning the national championship.
  • 1998 - Deke Cooper's tackle on Mike Cloud at the one yard line completed a dramatic goal line stand in the game's closing moments and preserved a 31–26 victory for Notre Dame in Chestnut Hill. Despite a first and goal from the four yard line, Boston College was unable to score in four plays.
  • 2002 - BC's 14–7 win in Notre Dame, Indiana over the green-jerseyed and previously 8–0 Irish is the first loss for then head coach Tyrone Willingham.
  • 2007 - BC's 27–14 win not only marked the first 7–0 record for the Eagles since 1942, but also marked the first time either team won five consecutive games in the match up between these teams.
  • 2008 - BC's 17–0 win was the first time that either team was able to shut out its opponent. BC joins Michigan and USC in the ranks of teams that have shut out the Irish under coach Charlie Weis.

Virginia TechEdit

BC and Virginia Tech first played in 1993 and have played every since, except for 2004. Now both in the ACC, two schools are cross-division rivals, meaning they play each other every year despite not being in the same division.

The schools played each other twice in one season in both 2007 and 2008; in both years, the Eagles won the regular season meeting while Hokies won the rematch in the ACC Championship Game.

Virginia Tech is famed for its seeming invincibility in Thursday night games at Lane Stadium. Since 1994, the Hokies are 11–3 at home on Thursday nights. The Eagles delivered 2 of those 3 losses and until 2009 were the only team to beat Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium on a Thursday night.[19]

The 2007 Thursday night meeting between the Eagles and the Hokies was undoubtedly the most exciting game of the rivalry. Matt Ryan led the #2 Eagles to an improbable comeback, scoring 2 TDs in the final 2:11 of the game to give BC the 14–10 victory over #8 Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech currently leads the all-time series 14–6.

ClemsonEdit

The Eagles and the Clemson Tigers first played each other in the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 1939 season, a game won by the Tigers. The schools played 11 more times until 1960. When BC joined the ACC in 2005, the games between the Eagles and the Tigers were especially memorable. Both the 2005 and 2006 games went to overtime and the 2007 game featured late-game heroics from Matt Ryan in a division-clinching victory.

Starting in 2008, the Boston College Gridiron Club created the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy to honor the friendly rivalry between the Eagles and the Tigers.[20] The trophy is named after BC's Charlie O'Rourke and Clemson's Banks McFadden, star players of their respective teams when the Eagles and Tigers first played in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. The MVP of the game receives a replica leather helmet. Montel Harris was named the MVP of the 2010 meeting.

Clemson currently leads the all-time series 10–9–2.

SyracuseEdit

With the exception of Holy Cross, no team has played Boston College more than the Syracuse Orange. The teams first played in 1924 and started playing an annual game in 1961. In 2004, the Eagles last year in the Big East, the Orange pulled off a surprising upset that kept the Eagles from going to their first BCS game. BC's departure from the Big East put the future of the rivalry in doubt. However, the Eagles and the Orange agreed to play an annual out-of-conference game through 2021. In 2010, the Eagles won the first meeting between the schools since 2004 by a score of 16–7. In September 2011, the ACC announced that they had accepted bids by Syracuse and Pitt to become the 13th and 14th members of the ACC.[21] Syracuse's admission into the ACC, presumably to start the 2014 season,[22] should reignite this storied rivalry.

Syracuse currently leads the all-time series 18–28.

Bowl gamesEdit

Boston College has been to 22 bowl games, currently holding a 13–9 record. The Eagles posted an 8-game bowl winning streak from 2000 to 2007 and went to 12 consecutive bowl games from 1999 to 2010. BC's 8-game bowl win streak was the nation's longest active streak before it was snapped in 2008.[23] The 12-year streak was tied with Oklahoma for the 6th longest active streak in country.[24]

Year BC PF PA Opponent Bowl
1939 Boston College 3 6 Clemson Cotton Bowl
1940 Boston College 19 13 Tennessee Sugar Bowl
1942 Boston College 21 37 Alabama Orange Bowl
1982 Boston College 26 33 Auburn Tangerine Bowl
1983 Boston College 18 19 Notre Dame Liberty Bowl
1984 Boston College 45 28 Houston Cotton Bowl
1986 Boston College 27 24 Georgia Hall of Fame Bowl
1992 Boston College 23 38 Tennessee Hall of Fame Bowl
1993 Boston College 31 13 Virginia Carquest Bowl
1994 Boston College 12 7 Kansas State Jeep Aloha Bowl
1999 Boston College 28 62 Colorado Insight.com Bowl
2000 Boston College 31 17 Arizona St Jeep Aloha Bowl
2001 Boston College 20 16 Georgia Music City Bowl
2002 Boston College 51 25 Toledo Motor City Bowl
2003 Boston College 35 21 Colorado State San Francisco Bowl
2004 Boston College 37 24 North Carolina Continental Tire Bowl
2005 Boston College 27 21 Boise State MPC Computers Bowl
2006 Boston College 25 24 Navy Meineke Car Care Bowl
2007 Boston College 24 21 Michigan St Champs Sports Bowl
2008 Boston College 14 16 Vanderbilt Music City Bowl
2009 Boston College 13 24 USC Emerald Bowl
2010 Boston College 13 20 Nevada Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Recent seasonsEdit

2007Edit

The 2007 season saw a new coach in Jeff Jagodzinski and an appearance in the 2007 ACC Championship Game.

2008Edit

The 2008 season saw the Eagles matched up once again with the Virginia Tech Hokies in the ACC Championship Game. The Eagles fell short again and accepted a bid to the Music City Bowl to face SEC foe Vanderbilt. The Eagles fell to the Commodores, snapping its 8-game bowl win-streak (at the time the longest active streak in the nation). Senior QB Chris Crane was injured in the second quarter of the game against Wake Forest; redshirt freshman Dominique Davis guided the Eagles to wins against Wake Forest and Maryland to secure BC's second ACC Atlantic Division title.

2009Edit

Boston College was without star LB Mark Herzlich for the entire 2009 season while Herzlich battled Ewing's Sarcoma. Following Herzlich's announcement that he was cancer-free on College Gameday,[25] the Eagles beat the Florida State Seminoles in dramatic fashion. The Eagles finished the season 8–5, 2nd place in the ACC Atlantic Division. Sophomore RB Montel Harris broke the school's single-game rushing record for yards and TDs in BC's win over NC State; Harris rushed for 264 yards and 5 TDs.[26]

2010Edit

After the early season struggles of Dave Shinskie, the Eagles turned to freshman QB Chase Rettig. Rettig's first start was on the road against #16 Florida State, a game the Eagles lost 19–24. The Eagles went on to win their final 5 games to finish the regular season 7–5. Montel Harris injured his knee in the win against Virginia and missed the rest of the season.[27] The Eagles played Nevada in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, losing 13–20. After the season, Offensive Coordinator Gary Tranquill was let go and Kevin Rogers was hired. Sophomore LB Luke Kuechly was a finalist for the Butkus Award and was a unanimous All-American. The Eagles' win over the Clemson Tigers marked the Eagles first win since the creation of the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy (created in 2008). Prior to the season, star WR Colin Larmond Jr. suffered a knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 2010 season.[28]

2011Edit

The Boston College 2011 season was a frustrating one. The Eagles went 4–8 and failed to become bowl-eligible for the first time in 12 years. Preseason ACC Player of the Year Montel Harris, after breaking the school's career rushing record, was sidelined with a knee injury. New offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers left the team following the loss to UCF for health reasons; Tight Ends Coach Dave Brock was promoted to interim OC and Quarterbacks Coach. Graduate Assistant Ben Johnson was promoted interim Tight Ends Coach.[29] Despite the team's struggles, junior LB Luke Kuechly was the recipient of the 2011 Butkus Award, the 2011 Lombardi Award, the 2011 Lott Trophy, and the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.[30] Kuechly would go on to be drafted #9 overall to the Carolina Panthers. The season featured a win on the road against the Miami Hurricanes; the only other Eagle win at Miami was Doug Flutie's Miracle in Miami. Following the win over Miami, Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo announced that Frank Spaziani would return as coach for the 2012 season. DeFilippo declared that Spaziani "is the best coach that we've had in the 15 years that I've (DeFilippo) been here."[31]

Year-by-year resultsEdit

The Boston College Eagles football season records are taken from the Boston College football media guide.[32]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1893 none 3–3 n/a
1894 none 1–6 n/a
1895 none 2–4–2 n/a
1896 none 5–3 n/a
1897 none 4–3 n/a
1898 none 2–5–1 n/a
1899 none 8–1–1 n/a
1901 none 1–8 n/a
1902 none 0–7–1 n/a
1908 none 2–4–2 n/a
1909 none 3–4–1 n/a
1910 none 0–4–2 n/a
1911 none 0–7 n/a
1912 none 2–4–1 n/a
1913 none 4–3–1 n/a
1914 none 5–4 n/a
1915 none 3–4 n/a
1916 none 6–2 n/a
1917 none 6–2 n/a
1918 none 5–2 n/a
1919 none 5–3 n/a
1920 none 8–0 n/a
1921 none 4–3–1 n/a
1922 none 6–2–1 n/a
1923 none 7–1–1 n/a
1924 none 6–3 n/a
1925 none 6–2 n/a
1926 none 6–0–2 n/a
1927 none 4–4 n/a
1928 none 9–0 n/a
1929 none 7–2–1 n/a
1930 none 5–5 n/a
1931 none 6–4 n/a
1932 none 4–2–2 n/a
1933 none 8–1 n/a
1934 none 5–4 n/a
1935 none 6–3 n/a
1936 none 6–1–2 n/a
1937 none 4–4–1 n/a
1938 none 6–1–2 n/a
1939 none 9–2 n/a
1940 none 11–0* n/a
1941 none 7–3 n/a
1942 none 8–2 n/a
1943 none 4–0–1 n/a
1944 none 4–3 n/a
1945 none 3–4 n/a
1946 none 6–3 n/a
1947 none 5–4 n/a
1948 none 4–3–2 n/a
1949 none 3–5–1 n/a
1950 none 0–9–1 n/a
1951 none 3–6 n/a
1952 none 5–3–1 n/a
1953 none 5–3–1 n/a
1954 none 8–1 n/a
1955 none 5–2–1 n/a
1956 none 4–5 n/a
1957 none 7–2 n/a
1958 none 7–3 n/a
1959 none 5–4 n/a
1960 none 3–6–1 n/a
1961 none 4–6 n/a
1962 none 8–2 n/a
1963 none 6–3 n/a
1964 none 6–3 n/a
1965 none 6–4 n/a
1966 none 4–6 n/a
1967 none 4–6 n/a
1968 none 6–3 n/a
1969 none 5–4 n/a
1970 none 8–2 n/a
1971 none 9–2 n/a
1972 none 4–7 n/a
1973 none 7–4 n/a
1974 none 8–3 n/a
1975 none 5–4 n/a
1976 none 8–3 n/a
1977 none 6–5 n/a
1978 none 0–11 n/a
1979 none 5–6 n/a
1980 none 7–4 n/a
1981 none 5–6 n/a
1982 none 8–3–1 n/a
1983 none 9–3 n/a
1984 none 10–2 n/a
1985 none 4–8 n/a
1986 none 9–3 n/a
1987 none 5–6 n/a
1988 none 3–8 n/a
1989 none 2–9 n/a
1990 none 4–7 n/a
1991 Big East Conference 4–7
1992 Big East Conference 8–3–1
1993 Big East Conference 9–3 5–2
1994 Big East Conference 7–4–1 3–3–1
1995 Big East Conference 4–8 4–3
1996 Big East Conference 5–7 2–5
1997 Big East Conference 4–7 3–4
1998 Big East Conference 4–7 3-4
1999 Big East Conference 8–4 4–3
2000 Big East Conference 7–5 3–4
2001 Big East Conference 8–4 4–3
2002 Big East Conference 9–4 3–4
2003 Big East Conference 8–5 3–4
2004 Big East Conference 9–3 4–2**
2005 Atlantic Coast Conference 9–3 5–3
2006 Atlantic Coast Conference 10–3 5–3
2007 Atlantic Coast Conference 11–3 6–2 #
2008 Atlantic Coast Conference 9–5 5–3 #
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference 8–5 5–3
2010 Atlantic Coast Conference 7–6 4–4
2011 Atlantic Coast Conference 4–8 3–5
* = Disputed National Champions
** = Big East Conference Co-Champions
# = ACC Atlantic Division Champions

CoachesEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Name Position Season at
Boston College
Frank Spaziani Head coach 15th
Bill McGovern Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 12th
Barry Gallup Associate Athletic Director for Football Operations 12th
Mike Siravo Defensive Backs, Recruiting Coordinator 5th
Sean Devine Tight Ends 4th [33]
Jeff Commissiong Defensive Line 4th
Doug Martin Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 1st [34]
Jim Bollman Offensive Line, Running game coordinator 1st [35]
Mike Poidomani Strength & Conditioning 1st [36]
Sean Dasai Special Teams, Running Backs 1st [37]
Aaron Smith Wide Receivers 1st [38]
Al Washington Assistant Special Teams, Defensive Line Coach 1st [39]

Head coachesEdit

Years Head Coach Record Winning Pct
1893 Joseph Drum 3–3–0 .500
1894 William Nagle 1–6–0 .143
1895 Joseph Lawless 2–4–2 .250
1896 Frank Carney 5–3–0 .625
1897–1899, 1901 John Dunlop 15–17–2 .441
1902 Arthur White 0–7–1 .000
1908 Joe Reilly & Joe Kenney 2–4–2 .250
1909 Charles McCarthy 3–4–1 .375
1910 James Hart 0–4–2 .000
1911 Joseph Courtney 0–7–0 .000
1912–1913 William Joy 6–7–2 .400
1914–1915 Stephen Mahoney 8–8–0 .500
1916–1917 Charles Brickley 12–4–0 .750
1918 Frank Morrissey 5–2–0 .714
1919–1926 Frank Cavanaugh 48–14–5 .716
1927 D. Leo Daley 4–4–0 .500
1928–1934 Joe McKenney 44–18–3 .677
1935 Dinny McNamara / Harry Downes 3–1–0 / 3–2–0 .667
1936–1938 Gil Dobie 16–6–5 .593
1939–1940 Frank Leahy 20–2–0 .909
1941–1942 Denny Myers 35–27–4 .530
1943–1945 Moody Sarno 11–7–1 .579
1946–1950 Denny Myers 35–27–4 .530
1951–1959 Mike Holovak 49–29–3 .605
1960–1961 Ernie Hefferle 7–12–1 .350
1962–1967 Jim Miller 34–24–0 .586
1968–1977 Joe Yukica 68–37–0 .648
1978–1980 Ed Chlebek 12–21–0 .364
1981–1990 Jack Bicknell 59–55–1 .513
1991–1993 Tom Coughlin 21–13–1 .600
1994–1996 Dan Henning 16–19–1 .444
1997–2006 Tom O'Brien 75–45–0 .625
2006 Frank Spaziani (interim) 1–0 1.000
2007–2008 Jeff Jagodzinski 20–8–0 .714
2009–Present Frank Spaziani 19–19–0 .500

Defensive coordinatorsEdit

Offensive coordinatorsEdit

Assistant head coachesEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

Individual award winnersEdit

Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Mike Ruth - 1985
Matt Ryan - 2007
Matt Ryan - 2007
Mark Herzlich - 2009
Luke Kuechly - 2011
Luke Kuechly - 2011
Luke Kuechly - 2011
Luke Kuechly - 2011

Consensus All-AmericansEdit

Boston College has had 12 consensus All-Americans.

Retired jerseysEdit

The Eagles have retired nine jerseys. Doug Flutie and Mike Ruth are the only two players to have their numbers retired.

College Football Hall of FameEdit

Six former BC Players and three former Coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Five players from the 1940 "Team of Destiny", as well as the Coach, are among the inductees. (Year Inducted)

Conference honorsEdit

Glenn Foley - 1993
Mathias Kiwanuka - 2004
Brian Toal - 2004
Matt Ryan - 2007
Matt Ryan - 2007
Mark Herzlich - 2008
Luke Kuechly - 2011
Luke Kuechly - 2009
Josh Beekman - 2006
  • Brian Piccolo Award
Mark Herzlich - 2010

Eagles in the NFLEdit

As of December, 2011, the Eagles have 20 former players on NFL rosters. Among the more notable: Matt Ryan '07 (Falcons), Matt Hasselbeck '98 (Titans), Dan Koppen '03 (Patriots), Mathias Kiwanuka '06 (Giants), Mark Herzlich '11 (Giants), B.J. Raji '09 (Packers)

Since 2000, the Eagles have had 22 players selected in the NFL Draft. Of those picks, 8 were first round selections. BC had consecutive top 10 picks in 2008 and 2009; Matt Ryan was selected 3rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2008 and B.J. Raji was selected 9th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2009. Luke Kuechly is the most recent Eagle to be drafted, selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 9th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

"O-Line U"Edit

The Eagles have a reputation of producing high-quality NFL Offensive Linemen, earning the school the nickname "O-Line U".[40] Notable alums of O-Line U include Tom Nalen '93 (5x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion), Ron Stone '92 (3x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion), Damien Woody '98 (1x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion), Dan Koppen '02 (1x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion), and Chris Snee '03 (3x Pro Bowl Selection, 2x Super Bowl Champion).

Notable playersEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The NCAA classified Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale as NCAA University Division (Major College) in 1937. Boston College and Holy Cross were added in 1938.
  2. In 1980, the Ivy League schools were reclassified as Division I-AA. Holy Cross followed suit in 1981.
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  9. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/national_championships/nchamps_year.php
  10. NCAA list of recognized national champions http://www.ncaa.com/history/football-fbs.html
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  12. BC unveils life-sized tribute to Flutie, November 13, 2008.
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  22. Smith, Erick (September 20, 2011). "Big East commissioner says Syracuse, Pittsburgh will stay until 2014". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2011/09/big-east-john-marinatto-syracuse-pittsburgh-exit-27-months-/1.
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  25. Mark Herzlich announces that he is cancer free. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_mqLG8Ellk.
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