Football Goes For Their First BIG EAST Win Against Syracuse
Oct. 9, 2000
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2000
Television: Televised by ESPN Regional and seen locally in Boston on the WCVB-TV (Dave Sims, play-by-play, Jeff Bostic, John Saunders, sideline).
THE GAME: Boston College returns to BIG EAST Conference action this Saturday and plays its fourth home game in a row as it plays host to Syracuse. The Eagles bring a 3-2 record into the contest with a 0-2 mark in BIG EAST play and are coming off a 55-3 win over Connecticut last Saturday. Syracuse is also 3-2, but 1-0 in the BIG EAST after winning a thrilling conference opener last week at the Carrier Dome -- a 24-17 overtime victory over Pittsburgh. For the Eagles, senior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of three captains for Boston College this year and is 68 of 116 in the air this year for 1,017 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Three weeks ago against Navy, Hasselbeck threw for a career-high 355 yards on a 20-for-28 effort with two TD passes. Last Saturday against Connecticut, Hasselbeck was 10 of 15 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore tailback William Green (Atlantic City, N.J.) is the leading rusher for the Eagles with 517 yards on 83 carries with nine touchdowns. Green has rushed for 100 yards in each of the past two games with 117 yards vs. Virginia Tech and a career-high 225 yards vs. Connecticut. He made his first career start vs. the Huskies. Senior tailback Cedric Washington (Holyoke, Mass.) is the second- leading rusher with 62 carries for 301 yards and three touchdowns and has rushed for 100 yards or more in seven career games, including two this year. He missed last week's game vs. Connecticut with a knee injury. Junior wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) has 16 receptions for 340 yards and five touchdowns.
HEAD COACH TOM O'BRIEN: Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien (Navy '71) enters his fourth season in charge of the Eagle program and has an overall record of 19-20 at the school. Last year, Boston College posted an 8-4 mark and played in the Insight.com bowl - the first postseason appearance for the Eagles since the 1994 season. The Eagles were the third-most improved team in NCAA Division I-A football last season. O'Brien came to Boston College after spending 15 years as an assistant coach at Virginia - the final six as offensive coordinator.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game vs. Syracuse marks the 41st meeting between the two schools and the Orange lead the series by a 25-15 count and also leads 9-8 in games played at Alumni Stadium. The two schools have met every year since 1971 and since 1961 have played every year except 1968 and `70. Since the formation of the BIG EAST football conference in 1991, Syracuse leads by a 6-3 count. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 1-2 vs. Syracuse. Last season, the Eagles won a wild one in Syracuse as Boston College defeated the Eagles by a 24-23 count. The winning score came from John Matich on a 34-yard field goal with 2:57 left to play. Syracuse led 17-14 at halftime, but the Eagles took a 21-17 lead five minutes into the second half -- a Cedric Washington one-yard run that capped off a six play 37-yard drive that was setup by a Frank Chamberlin interception. Nathan Trout then kicked two field goals for Syracuse to give the Orange a 23-21 lead with 11:43 left in the game before Matich set up his game-winner.
THE ORRIE T. SCARMINACH AWARD: One player from each team in Saturday's game will receive the Orrie T. Scarminach Award, presented annually for the past 18 years to the MVPs of the BC-Syracuse game. The award is named the former Boston College football player and a native of the Syracuse area, who was killed in an automobile accident while in college. Recent winners from Boston College are Tim Hasselbeck last year (six of 13 in the air for 161 yards and 52 rushing yards with 1 touchdown), Anthony DiCosmo in 1998, Matt Hasselbeck in 1997, Eric Storz in 1996, Rob Clifford in 1995, Mike Mamula in 1994, Glenn Foley in 1993, Chuckie Dukes in 1991-92 and Mike Bumpus in 1990. Other BC winners include Doug Flutie in 1984 and Kelvin Martin in 1985.
SYRACUSE CONNECTIONS: There are five players on the Boston College roster from the state of New York, including sophomore cornerback Trevor White of Syracuse. Syracuse assistant coach Jerry Azzinaro was an assistant coach at Boston College from 1995-96 and also coached with Eagle assistant Bill McGovern at Massachusetts (1992-93).
INJURY REPORT OUT - LB Scott Bradley, medial collateral ligament sprain in left knee versus Navy, LB Ryan Burch, medial collateral ligament sprain in right knee versus Navy, DL Antonio Garay, left knee medial collateral ligament sprain versus West Virginia, RB Cedric Washington, hyperextended of bruised right knee versus Virginia Tech, CB Jonathan Ordway, Baker's cyst in right knee versus Virginia Tech.
RECAPPING ARMY, NAVY AND UCONN: The 55-17 win by Boston College over Army on Sept. 9 marked a number of milestones for the Eagles: * The most points scored by BC in a single game since a 66-14 win over Temple on Sept. 25, 1993. Thus, the most points scored by BC under head coach Tom O'Brien -- and a mark now tied with the 55-3 win over Connecticut last Saturday. * The most points scored by BC in a road game since a 70-8 win over Massachusetts on Nov. 23, 1974. Combined with the 48-7 win over Navy on Saturday, Boston College has scored a total of 103 points in two games -- the most points in two-straight games for the Eagles since 1974 when they had 108 in wins over Massachusetts (70) and Holy Cross (38). Boston College totalled 635 yards of offense vs. UConn -- the fourth-highest in school history and 625 yards of total offense against Navy, the seventh-highest mark. The school record is 656 set against Penn State in 1982. The Eagles had 361 yards of rushing against UConn -- the first BC game of 300 yards of rushing or more since having 350 against Baylor last year. The last time BC rushed for more than 361 yards in a game was 420 vs. Temple in a 66-14 win in 1993. The win over UConn on Saturday saw the Eagles score 41 first-half points -- the most in a first half by Boston College since scoring 45 in the 66-14 win over Temple.
EXPERIENCED ON "O", YOUNG ON "D": The Eagle offensive starting unit against West Virginia in the season-opener was an experienced one as it consisted of seven seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. These 11 players combined for 65 starting nods during the 1999 regular season among five players, including four who started all 11 games -- senior tackle Michael Cook (Walpole, Mass), senior guard Paul LaQuerre (West Barnstable, Mass.), senior offensive guard Paul Zukauskas (Weymouth, Mass) and Washington. Conversely on defense, the Eagles had just three senior starters on defense, along with four juniors, three sophomores and a redshirt freshman. The defense had 42 starts from last year returning with three 11-game starters -- junior linebacker Scott Bradley (Hanover, Mass.), senior free safety RaMon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) and junior cornerback Jonathan Ordway (Seffner, Fla.). With the injuries that have hit the Boston College defense, the lineup has become even younger. Two Saturdays ago vs. fourth-ranked Virginia Tech, the Eagle started two seniors, two juniors, three sophomore and four redshirt freshmen.
EAGLES AND BIG EAST LEADERS: Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stand in BIG EAST statistics this week:
Brian St. Pierre: 10th in passing yards per game at 41.4
EAGLES AND NATIONAL LEADERS: Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stand in the NCAA statistics this week:
Tim Hasselbeck: 9th in passing efficiency at 152.09 rating points
Williams Green: 15th in kickoff returns at 27.33 yards per return
Mike Sutphin: 28th in scoring at 8.2 points per game
GREEN HAS CAREER DAYS:
KNIGHT ADDS TO GREEN: Eagle redshirt freshman Derrick Knight (Westwood, Mass.) saw the most playing time of his career on Saturday vs. Connecticut as he rushed for 110 yards, including a rush of 43 yards. The game marked the first time that Boston College had two players rush for 100 yards or more since Oct. 18, 1998 when Omari Walker had 185 yards and Mike Cloud had 157 in a 35-17 loss at Miami.
BURKE CATCHES ON Eagle sophomore wide receiver Jamal Burke (Brockton, Mass.) caught a pair of touchdown passes vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 30) on catches of six and 17 yards and had one touchdown on three receptions for 107 yards vs. Connecticut on Saturday. The scores vs. the Hokies marked his first ones of the season and his second career two-TD receiving game (in addition to last year vs. Notre Dame). Burke now has four career touchdowns, all of which have come in those Virginia Tech and Notre Dame contests. He is the third-leading receiver on the Eagles team this year with 10 receptions for 182 yards. His 107 receiving yards vs. UConn was a career-high -- topping his mark of 56 last year vs. the Irish.
DEWALT DOES IT ALL: Eagle junior receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) is the leading receiver on the Boston College team with 16 receptions for 340 yards and five touchdowns. He made two receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown vs. Connecticut on Saturday. In addition to his receiving duties, Dewalt is the punt returner for the Eagles, averaging 14.6 yards per return on 10 returns (fourth in the BIG EAST). On Saturday vs. Connecticut, Dewalt returned a late first quarter punt for 76 yards and a touchdown to give the Eagles a 20-0 lead. That marked the first Eagle punt return for a touchdown since Kenyatta Watson returned a punt for a TD 68 yards on November 24, 1995, in a 41-38 win over Rutgers.
GOODWIN SEES PLAYING TIME: Boston College freshman defensive tackle Doug Goodwin (Freeport, N.Y.) has seen a great deal of playing time early in his career and is ninth on the Eagle team with 17 tackles and also has five tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks. He started the Army game for the Eagles, in addition to the UConn game, becoming the first freshman to start on defense for BC since Trevor White last year at strong safety in 11 games.
WASHINGTON ON WALKER WATCH LIST: Washington is one of 35 candidates for the 2000 Doak Walker Award presented by Vectrix. The award is given annually to the nation's top college running back by the Southwestern Bell-SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas. Washington was a first team all-BIG EAST selection last year as he rushed for 1,122 yards on 222 carries for seven touchdowns. He became just the 13th player in Boston College history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. The Southwestern Bell Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists on November 8, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November. The National Selection Committee consists of former all-pro and All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives. The winner will be announced live on ESPN's College Football Awards Show Thursday, Dec. 7. The presentation banquet will be January 31, 2001, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Last season, former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne won the award after becoming the NCAA's career rushing leader with 6,397 yards. Washington joins an impressive list of candidates from around the country including Maryland senior LaMont Jones, the nation's leading returning rusher with 3,227 career yards, TCU senior LaDainian Tomlinson, who was tops among Division I-A runners in 1999 with 1,850 yards and Texas senior Hodges Mitchell, a 1999 Doak Walker Award finalist. Other candidates from schools on the 2000 BC schedule are: Tony Fisher of Notre Dame and James Jackson of Miami.
McMYLER ON GUY WATCH LIST: Boston College sophomore punter Kevin McMyler (Dallas, Texas) is one of 32 punters on the first Ray Guy Award watch list as announced last Tuesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Last season as a freshman, McMyler averaged 37.2 yards per punt, including a career-long 61-yard punt in his collegiate debut against Baylor. The Ray Guy Award will be awarded to the Nation's best punter as determined by a committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The winner will display leadership, self-discipline, and have a significant positive impact on the team's success. The National Selection Committee will choose the 10 semifinalists who will be announced by November 8, 2000. That same national body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced November 30, 2000. The award is named after the greatest punter of all time, Ray Guy who attended Southern Mississippi and then was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders. Guy was an integral part of the Raider's successful years between 1973-1986. The Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the Ray Guy Award in December at a combined awards dinner with the Greater Augusta Medal For Excellence in Sports Awards for high school students in the Augusta metro area.
BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE POLLS: Boston College was in the "also receiving votes" category in the 2000 preseason Associated Press poll with three points, which was released on Aug. 5. 2000. Eagle opponents in the poll were Virginia Tech (No. 11), Syracuse (also receiving votes) and Notre Dame (also receiving votes). In the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, which was released on August 10, Boston College also received three votes. Virginia Tech was ranked 10th while Syracuse and Notre Dame also received votes. Boston College also received votes in the first weekly edition of both polls, which were released on Aug. 29.
EAGLES TABBED FOURTH IN BIG EAST: Boston College was picked fourth in the official BIG EAST Conference preseason poll - a selection voted upon by media representatives who cover the league on a regular basis. Boston College finished fourth with 109 points while Miami was first (183 points with 15 first place votes) followed by Virginia Tech (177 points with nine first place votes) Syracuse (134 points). Following the Eagles were Pittsburgh (100 points), West Virginia (85 points), Temple (48 points) and Rutgers (28 points).
BC AND PRESEASON PICKS:
The Boston College football team and individual performers have been mentioned in several preseason publications this year:
Team: 29th in country by The Sporting News (Third in the BIG EAST)
BOSTON COLLEGE ON THE RADIO: Once again this season, Boston College games will be broadcast on two of Boston's most powerful radio stations - WEEI-850 AM or WRKO-680 AM (depending on conflicts with Boston Red Sox games). John Rooke returns for his second season as the play-by-play announcer while former Boston College All-American lineman Peter Cronan provides color. Others stations on the Boston College radio network are: WHYN-560 AM in Springfield, Mass., WSAR-1480 AM in Fall River/New Bedford, Mass., WTAG-580 AM in Worcester, Mass., WGIR-610 AM in Manchester, N.H., WTMN-1380 AM in Portsmouth, N.H., WLPZ-1440 AM in Portland, Maine, WNRI-1380 AM in Woonsocket, R.I.
EAGLES HAVE NEW LOGOS The new millennium has brought a new look at Boston College athletics. A new series of Boston College logos were unveiled at a media and corporate partner event on July 26 and was the conclusion of a 24-month process. A study and a logo redesign for the athletic department will broaden the base of athletics-related design concepts and bring all Boston College athletic teams under the umbrella of one branded look and feel. A color match for maroon and gold has been carefully researched and gives BC teams the opportunity to put a consistent look on its 34 varsity sports.
FIVE EAGLES NAMED TO BIG EAST ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Five former Boston College football players were named to the BIG EAST Conference 10th Anniversary team. Named to the squad from Boston College were offensive lineman Doug Brzezinski (1995-98), offensive lineman Pete Kendall (1992-95), tight end Pete Mitchell (1991-94), defensive lineman Chris Hovan (1996-99) and defensive lineman Mike Mamula (1993-94). The five selections from Boston College were tied for second among league schools behind Miami with seven. West Virginia and Syracuse also had five each while Virginia Tech had four and Pittsburgh three. Brzezinski was an anchor on the Boston College offensive line for four seasons as he started 46-straight games in his career. He earned first team all-BIG EAST in both his senior and junior years. He was a first team all-East pick after his senior year. Kendall was a four-year starter for the Eagles on the offensive line and earned all-BIG EAST honors twice on the first team - in 1994 as a tackle and in 1995 as a guard. He was a two-time all-East pick. Hovan was named first team all-BIG EAST for three consecutive years at Boston College and was a first team All-America pick in 1999 by the American Football Coaches Association and second team by the Football Writers Association of America. He made a total of 245 tackles in his career and registered 20.5 sacks. Mitchell earned all-BIG EAST first team honors as a tight end in his junior and senior seasons. He led Boston College in receptions for three seasons with 40 in 1992, 66 in 1993 and 55 in 1994. He was a consensus first team All-America pick in 1994. Mamula registered 13 sacks for Boston College in his final year of 1994 and was fourth on the team in tackles with 73. He was a first team all-BIG EAST pick in 1994.
BOSTON COLLEGE ON THE WEB: For information on all 34 of Boston College's athletic teams, please go to the internet at www.bceagles.com. This site underwent a redesign this past summer in conjunction with the logo redesign.