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BC, Holy Cross Finalize Two-Game Football Series

Holy Cross and Boston College last played on Nov. 22, 1986, at Fitton Field, with Boston College winning 56-26.

Holy Cross and Boston College last played on Nov. 22, 1986, at Fitton Field, with Boston College winning 56-26.

Jan. 31, 2014

One of the great traditional rivalries of the New England college football season will be renewed in the 2018 and 2020 seasons when Jesuit opponents Boston College and Holy Cross meet again for the first time in 32 years.

Boston College and the College of the Holy Cross, who met 82 times on the gridiron between 1896 and 1986, have agreed to a two-game series at Alumni Stadium, the schools have announced.

"This will be a renewal of one of the oldest and greatest traditions of college football in New England," Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates said. "For many years, this was `the game' for alumni and fans of both schools, and I am delighted that we are able to renew - for at least two years - this spirited and long-standing rivalry."

The first game in the newly agree-upon Boston College - Holy Cross series is set for Sept. 8, 2018. The second game is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2020. Both games will take place at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The 2018 meeting will mark the first football meeting between the Eagles and Crusaders since a 56-26 BC victory on Nov. 22, 1986 in Worcester, Mass. Boston College has faced Holy Cross more than any opponent in school history. BC leads the all-time series between the two institutions, 48-31-3.

For many years, the Boston College-Holy Cross rivalry was played at the end of the regular season, providing a "cap" for the New England college football schedule.

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