June 19, 2014
Today and continuing for each of the next 10 weeks leading up to the season opener against Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 30, www.bceagles.com is previewing the Eagles' 2014 opponents. This week, continuing to work in reverse chronological order, we are featuring the Louisville, which will become the Atlantic Coast Conference's 15th member on July 1, 2014. The Eagles host the Cardinals on Saturday, Nov. 8. Below, and coming on Thursdays of each week, is a sampling of some news and notes from the series between the teams.
|| Saturday, Nov 8.
|| Chestnut Hill, Mass.
|| Alumni Stadium
|| Series tied, 3-3
Sept. 26, 1998; Louisville won, 52-28
- Louisville officially joins the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014. The ACC's Council of Presidents voted unanimously to invite Louisville as a full member (replacing Maryland) on November 28, 2012.
- Louisville joins the ACC from the American Athletic Conference.
- Boston College and Louisville last met in 1998 in Kentucky, a Cardinal victory.
- The teams split (all) six meetings against one another from 1986 to 1998.
- Boston College and Louisville first met in 1986 in Chestnut Hill, Mass., under the direction of Jack Bicknell - a 41-7 Eagle win. Tom Coughlin's 1991 Eagle entry earned a 33-3 home win over the Cardinals and Dan Henning led the Eagles to a 35-14 win in Louisville.
- Louisville is making its first trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., since 1991.
- The Eagles are 2-1 at home against the Cardinals.
- Former Eagles Daniel Zepp (2003) and Phil Mettling (2001-14) are the lone Boston College lettermen who call Louisville, Ky., their home.
ON THIS DATE IN BC FOOTBALL HISTORY:
- Boston College earned a 17-0 home win over Notre Dame on Nov. 8, 2008, extending its winning streak over the Fighting Irish to six in a row (at the time). BC defensive back Paul Anderson intercepted Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen twice, running one back 76 yards for a touchdown, to lead the Eagles past the Irish.
- The Cardinals went 12-1 in 2013, including a 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns in his final collegiate game.
- Following the conclusion of the season, Texas hired then-Cardinal head coach Charlie Strong and Louisville hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter as Strong's successor. Petrino previously served as head coach of the Cardinals from 2003-06.
- The undefeated Eagles traveled to Louisville and the new Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and fell to the 1-2 Cardinals, 52-28, in 1998.
- Quarterback Scott Mutryn completed 19-of-31 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns - a 36-yard bomb to Dennis Harding in the first quarter and a 17-yard pass to Anthony DiCosmo that brought the Eagles within six points in the second quarter.
- Running back Mike Cloud rushed 21 times for 121 yards and one touchdown to lead the Eagle ground attack.
- Back-up quarterback Tim Hasselbeck threw a 46-yard touchdown strike to Jermaine Walker with three minutes remaining in the game. Hasselbeck led the Eagles on an impressive seven-play, 80-yard drive to end the day for BC.