Football On Hurricane Watch As Miami Heads North
Oct. 18, 1999
CHETSNUT HILL, Mass. - The Miami Hurricanes are headed to Chestnut Hill for a key BIG EAST showdown this Saturday in a nationally televised (CBS) game at 12:10 p.m. EDT. The 'Canes are 2-3 on the season and had an unexpected off day last week when a real Hurricane - Irene - forced the postponement of their home game vs. Temple. Miami had the college football world talking when it opened the season with a 23-12 victory over Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic. The 'Canes defeated Florida A&M 57-3 before running into a roadblock, losing close games to three ranked teams (27-23 to Penn State, 27-23 to East Carolina and 31-21 to Florida State). Miami is led by the passing machine of quarterback Kenny Kelly and receiver Santana Moss. Kelly is averaging 210.6 yards per game through the air and has thrown for 8 touchdowns on the year. Moss is averaging 94.4 receiving yards per game and has snagged five TD passes.
BC, however, could be up for the challenge. The Eagles are flying high following their most impressive win of the season, a 20-16 come-from-behind victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers last Saturday in Alumni Stadium. Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, who did not start the game due to a sore right shoulder, came into the game in the third quarter when starter Brian St. Pierre suffered a concussion. Hasselbeck then completed 13-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, a 36-yard bomb to Dedrick Dewalt with 1:48 remaining in the game. The Eagle defense - led by Chris Hovan (7 solos, 2 assists, 4 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback sacks) - came up big to stop a final Pittsburgh drive and preserve the important win.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999
BIG EAST Player of the Week - For the second time in his career, Chris Hovan has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. The senior finished with four tackles, all behind the line for losses of 27 yards. He also added two sacks (15 yards), one quarterback hurry and forced one fumble.
Butch Davis is in his fifth year as the head coach at the University of Miami, where he has compiled a 33-18 record. Davis was named head coach at Miami in January, 1995, marking his second stint with the Hurricane program. He was an assistant under Jimmy Johnson from 1984-88 and was part of the 1987 national championship team. Davis left Miami to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, and served for four seasons as the defensive line coach, and two seasons as the defensive coordinator. A member of the 1992 and 1993 Super Bowl teams, Davis left Dallas to return to the Miami football program in 1995.
How they stack up
BC UM Points Per Game 23.0 29.4 Yards Per Game 389.7 381.8 Rushing Attempts 43.8 36.0 Rushing Yards 174.5 162.4 Yards Per Carry 4.0 3.8 Passing Attempts 30.5 30.4 Passing Yards 215.2 219.4 Yards Per Completion 12.1 13.2 Points Allowed 18.0 20.0 Total Yards Allowed 369.8 315.8 Rushing Yards Allowed 130.8 96.8 Opp. Yards Per Carry 3.4 2.7 Passing Yards Allowed 239.0 219.0 Opp. Yards Per Completion 12.2 12.4
Eagles on the radio
A look at the season so far:
Game One (BC 30, Baylor 29, OT) - In an exciting season opener, Baylor's Kyle Atteberry missed an extra point in overtime and Boston College, behind Cedric Washington's 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns, beat Baylor 30-29 in Alumni Stadium. On Boston College's overtime possession, Washington scored on a 1-yard run and John Matich kicked the extra point. Baylor then scored on a 1-yard run by Jermaine Alfred. Atteberry, who missed a long extra-point attempt after Baylor was penalized for excessive celebration following a second-quarter touchdown, pulled his kick to the left.
Game Two (BC 14, Navy 10) - After a week off, linebacker Frank Chamberlin led an aggressive defensive attack (11 tackles, 9 solo, one sack) as the Eagles defeated Navy, 14-10, in Annapolis. Junior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed 16-of-25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles dominated time of possession 34:52 to 25:08 in that game.
Game Three (BC 27, Rutgers 7) - The Eagles opened their BIG EAST schedule in style with a 27-7 road win over Rutgers. Tim Hasselbeck completed 17-of-22 passes for 168 yards, one TD and no interceptions as the Eagles amassed 427 yards of offense. Cedric Washington carried 21 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Defensively, the Eagles intercepted three Mike McMahon passes, led by Jonathan Ordway, who picked off two. The BC defense also held Rutgers to 98 yards on the ground.
Game Four (BC 33, Northeastern 22) - BC got off to a 4-0 start when it defeated hometown foe Northeastern 33-22 in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles returned a fumble for a touchdown, returned a block punt for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown on the day. Cedric Washington rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries. Tim Hasselbeck completed 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards.
Game Five (Temple 24, BC 14) - BC suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Temple at The Vet in Philadelphia. Tim Hasselbeck completed 14-of-22 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in the game, but the Eagles were held to 105 yards rushing (60 from Cedric Washington). Temple scored 24 unanswered points in the final 30:02 of the game to hand BC its first loss of the season. Sophomore quarterback Devin Scott completed 17-of-23 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns on the day. BC blocked a punt for the second straight game.
BC tight ends Arndt in the shadows
Hovan looms large
Hovan is among the 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman. The other semifinalists include LaVar Arrington (Penn State), Alex Brown (Florida), Courtney Brown (Penn State), Steve Hutchinson (Michigan), Chris McIntosh (Wisconsin), Corey Moore (Virginia Tech), Rob Morris (Brigham Young), Rob Renes (Michigan), Chris Samuels (Alabama), Corey Simon (Florida State), and Adalius Thomas (Southern Mississippi).
Young Eagle offense
According to a recent chart published by The Boston Globe, the 1999 BC roster boasts the top two rushers in Massachusetts high school football history - Cedric Washington (6,688 yards, 1992-95, Holyoke) and Doug Bessette (5,034 yards, 1995-98, Bridgewater-Raynham). Several other Eagles left their marks in the rushing record books at their high schools: DuJuan Daniels led the state of Indiana in rushing as a senior, gaining 2,509 yards on 312 carries. Daniels rushed for 325 yards in two games, junior wide receiver Steve Dapra finished as his high school's all-time leading rusher with 2,970 yards, tight end Mike Guazzo set his high school's all-time rushing record with 2,121 yards, freshman running back Paul Cook finished his career as his school's all-time rushing and scoring leader, and freshman running back Greg Toal broke every offensive record at his school. He finished with 96 career touchdowns.
Of 93 scholarship players and/or walk-ons on the BC roster, only 29 (31.2%) are upperclassmen, Nearly half - 44.6% (41-93) - of the players on the roster are freshmen or true freshmen, Throw in the sophomore class of 23 and a full 68.8% (64-93) of this team is either a freshman or sophomore.
Red Zone rundown
Game # in RZ TD FG Effic. Baylor 6 4 1 83.3% Navy 3 1 0 33.3% Rutgers 4 2 2 100% Northeastern 3 1 1 66.7% Temple 4 2 0 50.0% Pittsburgh 1 1 0 100% Season Totals 21 11 4 71.4%
Game # in RZ TD FG Effic. Baylor 4 2 1 75.0% Navy 3 1 1 66.7% Rutgers 1 0 0 0.0% Northeastern 2 1 0 50.0% Temple 4 3 1 100% Pittsburgh 5 1 3 80.0% Season Totals 19 8 6 73.7%
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