Nov. 1, 1997
Eagles Win 22-21 with Late Field Goal
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - John Matich kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:31 left to lead Boston College to a 22-21 come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh in a Big East Conference game that was played in a driving rain storm and 50 mile per hour winds.
Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2 Big East) had a chance to run the clock out but could not convert and turned the ball over to Boston College on a punt with 2:17 left.
Boston College (3-6, 3-3) took over at its own 25 and marched 58 yards on eight plays to set up the winning field goal. Matt Hasselbeck connected with Anthony DiCosmo on a 41-yard pass play to get BC into field-goal range.
Matich missed field goal attempts of 40 and 38 yards before he booted the game winner.
Boston College fell behind 21-7 with 4:26 left in the third quarter when Pete Gonzalez hit Jake Hoffart with a 12-yard scoring pass, but the Eagles then began their comeback.
Mike Cloud, who had 12 carries for 113 yards, scored his second touchdown of the game, an 11-yarder with 2:09 left in the third, to cut the defecit to 21-13, as Matich missed the extra point wide left.
The Eagles pulled within 21-19 on Hasselback's 36-yard scoring pass to Dennis Harding and a failed two-point conversion with 13:34 remaining in the game.
Dwayne Schulters led the Panthers with 193 yards on 33 carries.