Boston College vs. Pittsburgh Game Notes
Oct. 16, 2000
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2000
Time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
Site (Capacity): Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pa. (61,221)
Television: Televised by ESPN Regional and seen locally in Boston on the WCVB-TV (John Sanders, play-by-play, John Congemi, color, Greg Roberts, sideline).
Radio: Boston College Football Radio Network (John Rooke, play-by- play, Peter Cronan, color) -- local coverage in Boston on WEEI-850 AM and internet broadcast on www.bceagles.com, Boston College student radio station WZBC-90.3 FM also provides coverage
THE GAME After playing four-straight home games, the Boston College football teams returns to the road for the first time since Sept. 9 when it takes on Pittsburgh on Saturday in Three Rivers Stadium. The Eagles bring a 4-2 record into the contest with a 1-2 mark in the BIG EAST and have won two-straight games, including a 20-13 victory over Syracuse. Pittsburgh, which was off last week, has a 4-1 record and is 1-1 in conference play. It's last action came on Oct. 7 in a 24-17 overtime loss at Syracuse. For the Eagles, senior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of three captains for Boston College this year and is 77 of 139 in the air this year for 1,133 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. In the game against Navy, Hasselbeck threw for a career-high 355 yards on a 20-for-28 effort with two TD passes. Two weeks ago 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 621 yards on 98 carries with 10 touchdowns. Green has rushed for 100 yards in each of the past three games with 117 yards vs. Virginia Tech, a career-high 225 yards vs. Connecticut and 104 yards agaisnt Syracuse. He made his first career start vs. the Huskies and also started the Syracuse game. Senior tailback Cedric Washington (Holyoke, Mass.) is the second- leading rusher with 77 carries for 378 yards and three touchdowns and has rushed for 100 yards or more in seven career games, including two this year. He missed the Connecticut with a knee injury, but returned off the bench Saturday vs. Syracuse and had 77 yards of rushing. Junior wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) has 18 receptions for 354 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the leading tackler for the Eagles is senior cornerback Ramon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) with 48 tackles. Johnson is another team tri-captain along with Hasselbeck and senior offensive guard Paul Zukauskas (Weymouth, Mass.). Junior defensive end Sean Guthrie (Miami, Fla.) and senior cornerback Lenny Walls (San Francisco, Calif.) lead the team with three quarterback sacks each.
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 20-20 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. Pittsburgh marks the 25th meeting between the two schools and the series is tied at 12-12 -- and this game marks the first time in the series that the game has not been played in either Alumni Stadium or Pitt Stadium. Boston College had a 6-6 record at Pitt Stadium. Since the formation of the BIG EAST football conference in 1991, the Eagles lead the series by a 7-1 count. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 3-0 vs. Pittsburgh. Last season, the Eagles posted a 20-16 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, at Chestnut Hill. Boston College trailed late in the game, 16-13, but a 36-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Dewalt with 1:48 left to go gave the Eagles the winning score. Hasselbeck, who did not start the game because of a mild right shoulder seperation, was 13 of 24 in the air for 202 yards and two touchdowns while starter Brian St. Pierre was nine of 15 for 115 yards and one TD.
PITTSBURGH CONNECTIONS There are four players on the Boston College roster from the state of Pennsylvania -- T. J. Stancil (Bensalem), Chris Snee (Montrose), Jim Connor (Straith Haven) and Dan Koppen (Westlake). Boston College linebacker coach Bill McGovern was an assistant at Pittsburgh from 1996-99.
INJURY REPORT OUT - LB Scott Bradley, medial collateral ligament sprain in left knee versus Navy, DL Antonio Garay, left knee medial collateral ligament sprain versus West Virginia, 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 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.), Zukauskas 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.), Johnson and junior cornerback Jonathan Ordway (Seffner, Fla.). With the injuries that have hit the Boston College defense, the lineup has become even younger. Three Saturdays ago vs. fourth-ranked Virginia Tech, the Eagle started two seniors, two juniors, three sophomore and four redshirt freshmen.
TOUGH FOURTH QUARTER DEFENSE The Boston College defense has been particularly effective in the fourth quarter this season as opponents have only scored 30 points in the final stanza. The number becomes even more impressive when you take out two touchdowns scored in the season-opener vs. West Virginia in the fourth that were scored on interception returns -- meaning that the defense has yieded just 16 points in the fourth quarter. Those 16 points came on a field goal by WVU, a touchdown with two seconds left by Army in a 55-17 win and a touchdown on an 82-yard run by Michael Vick of Virginia Tech (the extra point was missed). As a team, the Eagles have not given up a fourth quarter point in each of its last two games -- vs. UConn and Syracuse.
INTERCEPTIONS VS. SYRACUSE The Eagles posted four interceptions vs. Syracuse on Saturday -- the most by a BC team since having five vs. Navy in 1990. All four Boston College interceptions came in key situations as Walls returned his 29 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. Sophomore strong safety Ralph Parent (Brookline, Mass.) had two interceptions, including one that ended an 11 play-62 yard Syracuse drive in the final moments of the first half as Syracuse had driven to the BC seven-yard line. Parent's second interception came on the first Orange possession of the second half and ended a six play-14 yard drive. The other BC interception came in the first quarter as Guthrie ended a seven play-50 yard drive as the Orangemen had moved the ball to the BC 30.
PARENT NAMED DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK For his efforts against Syracuse, Parent was named the BIG EAST co-defensive player of the week. The honor is the first weekly BIG EAST honor for a BC player this season. Parent shared the award with Ronyell Whitaker of Virginia Tech.
EAGLES AND BIG EAST LEADERS Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stand in BIG EAST statistics this week: Team: Scoring Offense: 3rd at 37.7 points per game Rushing Offense: 3rd at 215.3 yards per game Pass Offense: 4th at 223.8 yards per game Total Offense: 3rd at 439.2 yards per game Pass Defense: 1st at 146.7 yards per game Kickoff Returns: 4th at 22.6 yards per return Punt Returns: 3rd at 12.7 yards per punt Punting: 2nd at 35.9 yards per punt Passing Efficiency: 4th at 141.0 rating points Turnover Margin: 2nd at +1.33 per game Passing Defense Efficiency: 1st at 82.8 rating points First Downs: 3rd at 130 Third Down Conversions: 2nd at 42.7 (35 of 82) Opponent Third Down Conversions: 4th at 30.8 (28 of 91) Sacks Against: 1st at 2 for 20 yards Field Goals: Tied for 1st at 1.000 (8 for 8) PAT Kicking: 1st at 96.6 (28 of 29) Fourth Down Conversions: 1st at .571 (4 of 7) Individual: Cedric Washington: 7th in rushing at 75.6 yards per game William Green: 2nd in all-purpose yards at 137.3 yards per game 2nd in rushing at 103.5 yards per game 2nd in scoring at 10.0 points per game 10th in total offense at 103.5 yards per game Tim Hasselbeck: 3rd in passing yards per game at 188.8 4th in total offense at 205.2 yards per game 5th in passing efficiency at 140.4 rating points Dedrick Dewalt: 5th in punt returns at 12.8 yards per return 7th in receiving yards per game at 59.0 yards per game Tied for 8th in scoring at 7.2 yards per game Kevin McMyler: 4th in punting at 39.6 yards per punt Mike Sutphin: Tied for 1st in field goal percentage at 1.000 (8 for 8) 3rd in field goals at 1.33 per game 4th in scoring at 8.2 points per game Lenny Walls: Tied for second in interceptions with three Hasselbeck's 362 yards of total offense vs. Navy is the most by a BIG EAST player this year while his 355 passing yards vs. the Mids is also the most. Green's 225 rushing yards vs. Connecticut is the most by a BIG EAST player in a single game this year.
EAGLES AND NATIONAL LEADERS Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stand in the NCAA statistics this week: Team: Rushing Offense 17th at 215.33 yards per game Passing Offense: 50th at 223.8 yards per game Passing Efficiency: 20th at 141.00 rating points Total Offense: 16th at 439.17 yards per game Scoring Offense: 11th at 37.67 points per game Punting: 42nd at 35.94 yards per punt Punt Return Yards: 22nd at 12.67 yards per return Kickoff Return Yards: 26that 22.56 yards per return Rushing Defense: 101st at 206.20 yards per game Passing Defense: 2nd at 146.67 yards per game Pass Efficiency Defense: 2nd at 82.83 rating points Total Defense: 56th at 352.83 yards per game Scoring Defense: 42nd at 20.3 points per game Interceptions: Tied for 12th with 10 Turnover Margin: Tied for ninth with +1.33 per game Individual: Tim Hasselbeck: 18th in passing efficiency at 140.4 rating points 46th in total offense at 205.2 yards per game Tied for 46th in points responsible for at 10.0 per game Williams Green: 15th in kickoff returns at 27.33 yards per return 12th in scoring at 10.00 points per game 22nd in rushing at 103.5 yards pre game 27th in all-purpose yards at 137.33 yards per game Tied for 46th in points responsible for at 10.0 points per game Dedrick Dewalt: 25th in punt returns at 12.82 yards per return Mike Sutphin: Tied for 28th in scoring at 8.17 points per game Tied for 27th in field goals at 1.33 per game
GREEN HAS CAREER DAYS Boston College sophomore running back William Green (Atlantic City, N.J.) started his first career game last Saturday vs. Connecticut and rushed the ball for 225 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. The 225 yards was a career-high for Green and the most for a Boston College player since Darnell Campbell had 227 yards on 29 carries in a 38-12 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 2, 1991. Green also started Saturday's win over Syracuse and rushed the ball for 104 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Green had a 65-yard run on BC's first play from scrimmage -- the longest for the Eagles since Mike Cloud also ran for 65 yards agasint Virginia Tech in 1998. Green has three 100-yard games this year as he also rushed for 117 yards vs. Virginia Tech.
KNIGHT ADDS TO GREEN Eagle redshirt freshman Derrick Knight (Westwood, Mass.) saw the most playing time of his career 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 (Oct. 7). 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 second-leading receiver on the Eagles team this year with 13 receptions for 235 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 18 receptions for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He made two receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown vs. Connecticut . In addition to his receiving duties, Dewalt is the punt returner for the Eagles, averaging 12.8 yards per return on 11 returns (fifth in the BIG EAST). Against 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 13th on the Eagle team with 18 tackles and also has four tackles for a loss and two 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.
SUTPHIN GETS HIS KICKS Eagle senior kicker Mike Sutphin (Ellicott City, Mary.) is a perfect eight-for-eight on field goals this season with a long of 39 yards in the Navy game. Sutphin had two field goals against Army, Navy, Connecticut and Syracuse -- the four BC victories this year. Sutphin is also 25-for-26 on extra point attempts this season. Sutphin, a fifth-year senior, is in his first year as a placekicker for the Eagles and his field goal and extra point attempts this year are the first of his career.
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).
EAGLES IN THE NFL A total of 19 former Boston College football players were listed on active National Football League rosters for the opening weekend of the NFL season. They are: Doug Flutie QB Buffalo Bills Daryl Porter DB Buffalo Bills Tim Morabito DL Carolina Panthers Stalin Colinet DL Cleveland Browns Tom Nalen OL Denver Broncos Bill Romanowski LB Denver Broncos Stephen Boyd LB Detroit Lions Matt Hasselbeck QB Green Bay Packers Darnell Alford OL Kansas City Chiefs Mike Cloud RB Kansas City Chiefs Chris Hovan DL Minnesota Vikings Damien Woody C New England Patriots Pete Mitchell TE New York Giants Ron Stone OL New York Giants Doug Brzezinski OL Philadelphia Eagles Mike Mamula DL Philadelphia Eagles Chris Sullivan DL Pittsburgh Steelers Pete Kendall OL Seattle Seahawks Frank Chamberlin LB Tennessee Titans
The 19 Eagles on opening day rosters ranks Boston College 25th in the country along with Stanford and LSU. Florida State leads the way with 38. The Eagles' 19 players are second in the BIG EAST to Miami with 34.
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.
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.
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.
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.