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The BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES FOOTBALL team represents Boston College in the sport of American football
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
New England
as designated by NCAA classifications, starting in 1938. By 1981, and for the remainder of the twentieth century, BC was New England's sole Division I-A program. It has amassed a 624–444–37 record and is 99–54 since the turn of the 21st century.

Steve Addazio is currently the team's head coach. 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
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 and graduation. 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
USA Today
Coaches\' polls.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history (1893–1950) * 1.2 Mike Holovak era (1951–1959) * 1.3 Ernie Hefferle era (1960–1961) * 1.4 Jim Miller era (1962–1967) * 1.5 Joe Yukica era (1968–1977) * 1.6 Ed Chlebek era (1978–1980) * 1.7 Jack Bicknell era (1981–1990) * 1.8 Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin
era (1991–1993) * 1.9 Dan Henning era (1994–1996) * 1.10 Tom O\'Brien era (1997–2006) * 1.11 Jeff Jagodzinski era (2007–2008) * 1.12 Frank Spaziani era (2009–2012) * 1.13 Steve Addazio era (2013–present)

* 2 Conference affiliations * 3 Alumni Stadium

* 4 Rivalries

* 4.1 Holy Cross * 4.2 Syracuse

* 4.3 Notre Dame

* 4.3.1 The Holy War * 4.3.2 Memorable moments in the BC-ND rivalry

* 4.4 Virginia Tech * 4.5 Clemson * 4.6 UMass

* 5 Championships

* 5.1 National championships * 5.2 Divisional championships * 5.3 Conference championship games

* 6 Bowl games * 7 Year-by-year results

* 8 Coaches

* 8.1 Current coaching staff * 8.2 Head coaches * 8.3 Defensive coordinators * 8.4 Offensive coordinators * 8.5 Assistant head coaches

* 9 Awards and honors

* 9.1 Individual award winners * 9.2 Consensus All-Americans

* 9.3 Retired numbers

* 9.3.1 Retired jerseys

* 9.4 College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
* 9.5 Conference honors

* 10 Eagles in the NFL

* 10.1 "O-Line U"

* 11 Notable players * 12 Future non-conference opponents * 13 See also * 14 References * 15 External links


EARLY HISTORY (1893–1950)

Boston College football team, 1893.

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
U.S. House of Representatives
, Joseph F. O\'Connell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
, and running back James Carlin became president of the College of the Holy Cross . Eastern Champions, 1928

In 1920, the Boston College football team adopted the nickname 'Eagles.' The season was capped by a stirring 14-0 victory over Holy Cross before 40,000 fans at Braves Field. The win gave the team a perfect 8-0 season and the school’s first 'Eastern Championship.' 1940 banner

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
Sugar Bowl
championship and earned the nickname "Team of Destiny". 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 . 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 , who would go on to cement his legendary status during an eleven-year stint as head coach at Notre Dame , took his undefeated Eagles on to the Sugar Bowl
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. 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. The NCAA
lists only Minnesota as the national champion in 1940, and does not credit BC with any national championships in football.

MIKE HOLOVAK ERA (1951–1959)

Mike Holovak was named head coach of BC in 1951. During his tenure as head coach, the Eagles compiled a 49–29–3 record. Holovak won Coach of the Year honors in 1954 from New England
New England
football writers. Those efforts were good enough to earn him a new four-year contract on November 22, 1955, but even after four more winning seasons - he was fired on December 3, 1959, after a year in which Eagle fans had subjected him to constant verbal abuse.


Ernie Hefferle , an assistant coach for the NFL 's Washington Redskins , was hired as head coach of the Eagles following Holovak's firing. Hefferle's Eagles compiled a record of 7–12–1 in two seasons. However, mounting pressure to win from the alumni and administration led to Hefferle's resignation after the 1961 season.

JIM MILLER ERA (1962–1967)

BC hired Jim Miller away from Detroit as its head coach in January 1962. Under Miller, the Eagles compiled a record of 34–24 that included four winning seasons in those six years. Miller resigned after the 1967 season.

JOE YUKICA ERA (1968–1977)

New Hampshire head coach Joe Yukica was hired to replace Miller at BC. Yukica's Eagles compiled a 68–37 record, which included eight winning seasons. Yukica left BC after the 1977 season to accept the head football coach position at Dartmouth .

ED CHLEBEK ERA (1978–1980)

The Eagles hired Ed Chlebek away from Eastern Michigan to lead its football program in January 1978. Despite a dismal 0–11 record in Chlebek's first season, BC rebounded to compile a 5–6 record in 1979 and a 7–4 record in 1980, leading to a job offer from Kent State to Chlebek, which he accepted. Chlebek's final record at BC is 12–21.


Jack Bicknell was hired as BC's head coach after previously serving as head coach at Maine . The best player for the Eagles during this time period was quarterback Doug Flutie , who played for Boston College from 1981 to 1984. Flutie 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." 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 .

Bicknell's final record at BC is 59–55–1. He was fired after the 1990 season.

TOM COUGHLIN ERA (1991–1993)

Coach Coughlin

Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin
, wide receivers coach for the NFL 's New York Giants
New York Giants
, was hired as BC's head coach after Bicknell was fired. Coughlin's Eagles compiled a record of 21–13–1. The highlight of Coughlin's tenure was a 41-39 Eagles victory over top-ranked Notre Dame in 1993, the first time the Eagles had ever defeated the powerhouse Irish and the first and only time in program history that the Eagles had defeated a #1 team. Coughlin, who left BC for the NFL 's Jacksonville Jaguars , would go on to become head coach of the New York Giants, winning two Super Bowls.

DAN HENNING ERA (1994–1996)

BC hired Dan Henning , formerly offensive coordinator for the NFL 's Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
, as its head coach in March 1994. Henning's tenure is remembered for a scandal that occurred during the 1996 season. On October 26, 1996, the Eagles were routed 45-17 by Syracuse . Following the game, head coach Dan Henning got word that several players may have bet against their own team in that game. No one came forward. After the Eagles lost a close game to Pittsburgh a week later, an irate Henning demanded that anyone involved in gambling come forward. He also notified school officials of his suspicions. The resulting inquiry resulted in the suspension of 13 players for the final three games of the season, and eight of them never played another down for the Eagles again. As a result of the scandal and a mediocre 16–19–1 record as coach, Henning resigned at the end of the 1996 season.

TOM O\'BRIEN ERA (1997–2006)

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
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
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.

On December 6, 2006, O'Brien decided to leave the Eagles and replace Chuck Amato as head coach at NC State .


O'Brien was replaced by then Green Bay Packers
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
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
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 .


Coach Spaziani

Frank Spaziani , promoted from defensive coordinator of the Eagles, was hired as BC's head coach in January 2009. 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
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 .

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 . Kuechly is the first Eagle to win these awards. Offensive Coordinator Doug Martin was brought in by head coach Frank Spaziani prior to the beginning of the 2012 season, but upon finishing 2-10 Spaziani was fired.


Spaziani was replaced by Steve Addazio , formerly head coach at Temple . In 2013, Coach Addazio led the Eagles to an impressive turnaround season, finishing the regular season bowl-eligible with a 7–5 record. Senior running-back Andre Williams
Andre Williams
became only the 16th player in NCAA
history to run for over 2,000 yards, winning the Doak Walker Award and finishing 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting. He was named a unanimous All-American . In addition, he was a unanimous first team All-ACC selection and a finalist for the Walter Camp Award . Williams set multiple school records, breaking nearly every single-season rushing record and many career-rushing records but also included the single-game rushing record at 339 yards against NC State as well as tying the single-game scoring record at 5 rushing TD's in a game against Army . The Eagles played the Arizona Wildcats in the 2013 Independence Bowl , losing by a score of 42–19 to finish the season at 7–6 (4–4 ACC). Andre Williams
Andre Williams
finished with 2,177 yards rushed on the season, good for 5th most all-time in the NCAA.

In his second year, Addazio led the Eagles to a consecutive 7–5 regular season, their second bowl-eligible season in as many years. With many key players having graduated, including Heisman finalist Andre Williams, quarterback Chase Rettig , wide receiver Alex Amidon, and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis , Addazio helped replace some lost production with graduate transfer quarterback Tyler Murphy , who was recruited by Addazio at Florida , as well as converting backup quarterback Josh Bordner to the wide receiver position. The running back core went from a single back (Williams) to a group of five threats: sophomores Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse, true freshman Jonathan Hilliman and Sherm Allston, as well as Tyler Murphy himself, who was more dangerous with his legs than his arm during the season. Murphy finished the season leading all quarterbacks in the league with 1,184 yards rushing, breaking the school record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, previously held by Doug Flutie. The season was highlighted by a historic upset victory over 9th ranked USC , in which Murphy rushed for 191 yards in the 37–31 victory. The Eagles nearly managed another two upsets against Clemson and Florida State , but came up just short in both games. Boston College played Penn State in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl , losing in overtime 31–30 to finish the season 7–6 (4–4 ACC).


* 1892–1972: Independent * 1973–1977: Division I Independent * 1978–1990: Division I-A Independent * 1991–2004: Big East Conference * 2005–present: Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference


Main article: Alumni Stadium

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.



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Alumni Field, precursor to Alumni Stadium, ca. 1920

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
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 and killed 492 people. 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. With Holy Cross' reinstitution of full athletic scholarships, the series will be resurrected in 2018 after an over three-decade hiatus.


Main article: Boston College–Syracuse football rivalry

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 . Syracuse 's admission into the ACC in 2013 reignited this storied rivalry. In both school's final regular season game, Boston College had a chance to return the favor from 2004, and prevent the 5-6 Orange from becoming bowl-eligible. Despite the Eagles taking a 31-27 lead with nearly 2 minutes and no time-outs remaining, Syracuse managed to score a touchdown with 6 seconds left, sealing the win and their 6th of the season, becoming the 11th ACC bowl-eligible team of the year. The Eagles returned the favor the following year, winning a 28–7 contest in Chestnut Hill on senior day.

Syracuse currently leads the all-time series 29–19.


The Holy War

Main article: Holy War (Boston College vs. Notre Dame) See also: Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl , Ireland Trophy , and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football rivalries § Boston College

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 14–9.

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.

The schools are scheduled to meet in 2015, playing a neutral site game at Fenway Park
Fenway Park
, part of Notre Dame's ongoing Shamrock Series. The teams are scheduled to meet five times over the next ten years; every other year from 2015–2019, and every third year from 2019–2025. Boston College will host in 2017 and 2025, and Notre Dame will host in 2019 and 2022, as well as hosting the neutral site game at Fenway Park
Fenway Park
in 2015.

Memorable Moments In The BC-ND Rivalry

See also: Holy War (Boston College vs. Notre Dame) § Notable moments

The series produced one of the top moments in college football history 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 would not be ranked #1 again until late in the 2012 season. 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 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 first series of the third quarter on the way to a 54–7 Irish blowout of the 9th-ranked Eagles. 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 . * 2012 – ND's 21-6 win was the first time the Eagles failed to beat a Notre Dame team ranked in the top 5 of the BCS rankings. Notre Dame was ranked 4th in the nation that week and finished the season ranked #1 and unbeaten at 12-0. (They lost to #2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship) * 2015 – ND's 19-16 win occurred at Fenway Park
Fenway Park
, where the Fighting Irish (No. 4 CFP, No. 5 AP) spent most of its time on the BC side of the field, overcoming five turnovers (three of the turnovers were inside the BC 5) to beat the Eagles.


Main article: Boston College–Virginia Tech football rivalry

BC and Virginia Tech first played in 1993 and have played every year 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
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
Lane Stadium
on a Thursday night.

The 2007 Thursday night meeting between the Eagles and 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 a 14–10 victory over the #8 Virginia Tech .

In 2013, the Eagles ended a five-game losing streak to the Hokies, pulling off a 34-27 upset at Alumni Stadium on the heels of Andre Williams .

Most recently, the Eagles traveled to Blacksburg and gained their second victory over the Hokies in as many years in a 33–31 tight contest, thanks to the efforts of transfer-QB Tyler Murphy .

Virginia Tech currently leads the all-time series 15–8.


Main article: O\'Rourke–McFadden Trophy

The Eagles and 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 . 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.

Most recently in 2014, the #24 ranked Tigers staved off a BC upset bid in Chestnut Hill, winning a tight 17–13 contest. The Eagles had a chance to take the lead with four straight passes to the end zone, but failed on all attempts, two of which were dropped by wide open receivers. The win was the fourth in a row for Clemson.

Clemson currently leads the all-time series 13–9–2.


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BC and UMass are in-state rivals. The first game played between the two schools took place in 1899 and was played at a neutral location. Boston College won 18–0. At the time, UMass was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College. The relative proximity between the schools encouraged them to schedule additional matches in the subsequent years.

BC and UMass met again in Amherst, Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts
in 1901, 1902, and 1912, with UMass winning all three contests before the series was halted. The two universities did not meet again on the football field until 1966, when they began a seventeen-year series in which the teams would play each other in the last week of UMass' football season. UMass was in a lower division than BC during the entirety of the rivalry. As such, Boston College dominated the stretch, winning fifteen of the seventeen games, routinely blowing out the overmatched Minutemen.

After 22 years, the rivalry was renewed as UMass traveled to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to play Boston College once again. UMass was yet again outmatched, losing 29–7. The universities agreed to play two more times over the next seven years, and Boston College won both games easily.

In April 2011, UMass announced plans to join the Mid-American Conference and move up to the NCAA
Football Bowl Subdivision
Football Bowl Subdivision
, the highest level of college football in the country. Boston College had been a member of this division for decades, and there was much speculation that the two schools may cultivate a renewal of the rivalry. This was confirmed when it was reported in September, 2011, that they had agreed to play a three-game biannual series beginning in 2014. Two of the games will be played at BC's Alumni Stadium and the other will be held at Gillette Stadium
Gillette Stadium

Most recently, the two teams met in September 2016, with BC winning 26-7.



Boston College claims one national championship (1940) on the basis of selections by Cliff Morgan and Ray Byrne; the AP Poll voted BC No. 5 in 1940. (The Coaches Poll did not come into existence until 1950.)


1940 Frank Leahy Various Selectors 11–0 Won Sugar



See also: Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
§ Divisions

Divisional play began in the Atlantic Coast Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
at the start of the 2005 football season following BC's inclusion in the conference. BC earned a share of the ACC Atlantic Division title in 2005 and in 2008. Florida State represented the division in the inaugural ACC Championship Game by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker in 2005, while BC represented the Atlantic in 2008.


2005 † (shared with Florida State) ACC Atlantic 9–3 5–3

2007 ACC Atlantic 11-3 6-2

2008 † (shared with Florida State) ACC Atlantic 9–5 5–3

† Denotes co-champions



See also: ACC Championship Game

Boston College has appeared in the ACC Championship Game as the winner of the Atlantic Division twice. BC has come up short in both games at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies, 30-16 in 2007 and 30-12 the following season.


2007 ACC Atlantic L Virginia Tech 16 30

2008 ACC Atlantic L Virginia Tech 12 30

Totals 2 0-2

28 60


Main article: List of Boston College Eagles bowl games

Boston College has been to 25 bowl games, currently holding a 14–11 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. The 12-year streak was tied with Oklahoma for the 6th longest active streak in country. The Eagles recently broke their 5 bowl-game losing streak in 2016 with a 36–30 victory over former ACC foe Maryland .


Main article: List of Boston College Eagles football seasons



NAME POSITION Season at Boston College

Steve Addazio Head coach
Head coach

Scot Loeffler Offensive Coordinator 1st

Jim Reid Defensive Coordinator 1st

Ben Albert Defensive Line 3rd

Justin Frye Offensive Line 3rd

Al Washington Outside Linebackers 4th

Anthony Campanile Defensive Backs 1st

Todd Fitch Wide Receivers 1st

Frank Leonard Tight Ends 3rd

Brian White Running Backs 2nd

Frank Piraino Strength & Conditioning 3rd



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 text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">


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


Andre Williams
Andre Williams
– 2013


Main article: College Football All-America Team
College Football All-America Team

Boston College has had 12 consensus All-Americans.

* Luke Urban – 1920 * Gene Goodreault – 1940 * Mike Holovak – 1942 * Doug Flutie – 1984 * Tony Thurman – 1984 * Mike Ruth – 1985 * Pete Mitchell – 1994 * Mike Cloud – 1998 * William Green – 2001 * Jamie Silva – 2007 * Luke Kuechly – 2010, 2011 * Andre Williams
Andre Williams
– 2013

Doug Flutie ('84), Luke Kuechly ('10), and Andre Williams
Andre Williams
('13) were all unanimous selections.




22 Doug Flutie QB 1981-84

68 Mike Ruth L 1982-85

Retired Jerseys

The Eagles have retired eight jerseys:

* Art Donovan (1946–49) * Bill Flynn (1936–38) * Mike Holovak (1940–42) * Charlie O\'Rourke (1938–40) * Tony Thurman (1981–85) * Luke Urban (1916–17, 1919–20) * Luke Kuechly (2009-11) * Matt Ryan (2004-07)


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

* Gil Dobie – Coach (1951) * Frank Cavanaugh – Coach (1954) * Frank Leahy – Coach (1970) * Charlie O\'Rourke – QB (1972) * Chet Gladchuk – C (1975) * Gene Goodreault – E (1982) * George Kerr – G (1984) * Mike Holovak – FB (1985) * Doug Flutie – QB (2007)



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


Mark Herzlich – 2010


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Among the more notable active former Eagles: Matt Ryan '07 (Falcons ), Mark Herzlich '11 (Giants ), Nate Freese '13.

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
Green Bay Packers
in 2009 . Luke Kuechly is the most recent Eagle to be drafted, selected by the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
with the 9th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft
NFL Draft


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

The university's football program has long produced notable draft picks as well, seemingly year after year. Offensive linemen have admitted to taking pride in continuing the tradition for younger players after a player has been drafted.

* 1980: OT Karl Swanke (Round 6, Pick 143) Played 84 Games * 1983: OT Gary Kowalski (Round 6, Pick 144) Played 58 Games * 1985: OG Mark MacDonald (Round 5, Pick 115) Played 44 Games * 1987: OG Steve Trapilo (Round 4, Pick 96) Played 57 Games * 1988: C Dave Widell (Round 4, Pick 94) Played 156 Games * 1989: OT Joe Wolf (Round 1, Pick 17) Played 94 Games and OG Doug Widell (Round 2, Pick 41) Played 134 Games * 1993: OG Ron Stone (Round 4, Pick 96) Played 174 Games * 1994: C Tom Nalen (Round 7, Pick 218) Played 194 Games * 1996: OG Pete Kendall (Round 1, Pick 21) Played 189 Games * 1999: C Damien Woody (Round 1, Pick 17) Played 173 Games and OG Doug Brzezinski (Round 3, Pick 64) Played 73 Games * 2001: OG Paul Zukauskas (Round 7, Pick 203) Played 43 Games * 2002: OT Marc Colombo (Round 1, Pick 29) Played 111 Games * 2003: C Dan Koppen (Round 5, Pick 164) Played 136 Games * 2004: OG Chris Snee (Round 2, Pick 34) Played 138 Games * 2006: OT Jeremy Trueblood (Round 2, Pick 59) Played 101 Games * 2008: OT Gosder Cherilus (Round 1, Pick 17) Played 75 Games * 2010: C Matt Tennant (Round 5, Pick 158) * 2011: OT Anthony Castonzo (Round 1, Pick 22) * 2015: OG Ian Silberman (Round 6, Pick 190) and C Andy Gallik (Round 6, Pick 208)


This sports-related list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it . See also: Category: Boston College Eagles football players

* Josh Beekman * Will Blackmon * John Bosa * Paul Boudreau * Stephen Boyd * Ron Brace * Tim Bulman * Anthony Castonzo * Gosder Cherilus * Mark Chmura * Mike Cloud * Marc Colombo * Bill Cronin * Bill Cronin * Jack Cronin * Anthony DiCosmo * Art Donovan * Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Jo-Lonn Dunbar
* Kasim Edebali * Darren Flutie * Doug Flutie * Glenn Foley * Nate Freese * Robert Francois * Antonio Garay
Antonio Garay
* William Green * Gary Gulman
Gary Gulman
* Matt Hasselbeck * Tim Hasselbeck * Mark Herzlich * Chris Hovan * Al Louis-Jean * Pete Kendall * Luke Kuechly * Mathias Kiwanuka * Dan Koppen * Mike Mamula * Mike Mayock * Pete Mitchell * Tom Nalen * Joe Nash * Okechukwu Okoroha * Gerard Phelan * Kevin Pierre-Louis * Quinton Porter * B. J. Raji * Alex Riley * Bill Romanowski * Mike Ruth * Matt Ryan * Sean Ryan * Jamie Silva * Fred Smerlas * Chris Snee * Brian St. Pierre * Karl Swanke * Matt Tennant * Jeremy Trueblood * Tom Waddle * Lenny Walls * Andre Williams
Andre Williams
* Damien Woody * Paul Zukauskas


Announced schedules as of May 9, 2017

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029

at Northern Illinois vs UMass vs Kansas vs Holy Cross at UMass vs Rutgers at UConn at Missouri vs Notre Dame vs Rutgers at Rutgers vs Stanford at Stanford

vs Notre Dame vs Holy Cross at Rutgers vs Ohio at Temple vs UMass

at Ohio State vs Ohio State

vs Central Michigan at Purdue at Notre Dame at Kansas vs Missouri vs UConn

at UConn ( Fenway Park
Fenway Park
) vs Temple vs Richmond vs Purdue

at Notre Dame


* Thomas F. Scanlan Memorial Trophy * Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy


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* Alumni Field (1915–1957) * Braves Field (1920–1930, 1944, 1946–1952, alternate) * Fenway Park
Fenway Park
(1929–1930, 1936–1945, 1953–1956, alternate) * Alumni Stadium (1957–present) * South End Grounds (alternate) * Foxboro Stadium (alternate)