Eagles host Army on Homecoming Weekend Football game notes - Army at Boston College
Through four games in 2013, senior RB Andre Williams leads the ACC in rushing attempts (103), rushing yards (515) and rushing yards per game (128.8). He is 11th among all FBS running backs in rushing yards per game.
Boston College, which is coming off a 48-34 Atlantic Coast Conference home loss to eighth-ranked Florida State, will host Army in non-league action on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 1 p.m. The game will be video streamed and available on ESPN3.
For the first time in decades, Boston College is bringing back homecoming to the Heights this weekend. Homecoming weekend kicks off the night of Friday, Oct. 4 with a pep rally and fireworks on Shea Field. The festivities continue Saturday morning with a variety of pregame activities scheduled before the Eagles take on Army at Alumni Stadium.
This weekend, members of the Eagles' 1988 team will return to campus for a Silver Anniversary reunion of the "Emerald Isle Classic" which was played on Nov. 19, 1988 between Boston College and Army in Dublin, Ireland and served as the introduction of major college football to Europe. The game was won Boston College, 38-24.
Also this weekend, eight of the finest athletes in Boston College history comprise the Class of 2013 and will be inducted into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame on Friday, October 4 at Conte Forum. The group will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game against Army. The athletes will be inducted: Mike Cloud `98 (football), Stalin Colinet `96 (football), Dick Cremin `65 (football), Jessalyn Deveny `05 (basketball), Ken Hodge `88 (ice hockey), Anne T. Kavanagh `81 (soccer), Chris Lambert `05 (baseball) and George Lermond `25 (track & field, cross country).
Boston College is the least penalized team among all teams in FBS college football. Through four games in 2013, the Eagles have been penalized eight times. The Eagles are averaging the fewest penalties per game (2.00) as well as the fewest penalty yards per game (22.25).
The Eagle special teams' unit provided big contributions in the return game in their 48-34 loss to eighth-ranked Florida State on Sept. 28. Junior Spiffy Evans returned two punts for 53 yards, the first of which set up a the opening touchdown of the game. Freshman Myles Willis, a 5-foot-9, 187-pound running back from Conyers, Ga., had three kick returns for 114 yards that included a 71-yard kick return on the opening play of the second half. Willis recorded a game-high 211 all-purpose yards against the Seminoles, catching four Chase Rettig passes for 69 yards and one touchdown - the first of his career, a season-long 52-yard pass with 2:10 left in the third quarter that trimmed the Eagles' deficit to 11 points - at 38-27.
Senior place-kicker/punter Nate Freese, a Lou Groza Award candidate and one of the nation's most accurate kickers who is 4-for-4 in field-goal attempts this season, handles comprehensive kicking responsibilities for BC in 2013. Freese has connected on 54-of-65 career field goal attempts and is fifth among all active FBS field goal kickers (.831).
The Emerald Isle Classic Silver Anniversary
The 2013 season marks the 25-year anniversary of the "Emerald Isle Classic," a November 1988 contest between Boston College and Army that was played in Dublin, Ireland and served as the introduction of major college football to Europe. This weekend, former head coach Jack Bicknell and members of the Eagles' 1988 team will return to campus for a silver anniversary reunion that will include former players and coaches from both West Point and Boston College introduced in during a special recognition ceremony at halftime.
The Eagles and Black Knights - Series History
Saturday's meeting will mark the 38th in the all-time series between the teams that dates to 1917. The Eagles had won five straight match-ups - and 14 of the last 15 - between the teams prior to last fall's 34-31 loss at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. Boston College is 24-13 against the Black Knights. Overall, BC is 11-2 against Army in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and is 13-11 in West Point, N.Y.
Next up ...
Next week, BC travels to Clemson for a 3:30 game on either ABC/ESPN2 or ESPNU on Oct. 12. Including the Clemson game, the Eagles will play five (of seven) games on the road to close the 2013 regular-season schedule.