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Chris Hovan was named<BR>BIG EAST Defensive<BR>Player of the Week<BR>for the second time<BR>in his career.

Chris Hovan was named
BIG EAST Defensive
Player of the Week
for the second time
in his career.

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.

BOSTON COLLEGE (5-1, 2-1) VS. MIAMI (2-3, 0-0)

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999
Time: 12:10 p.m. EDT
Site: Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Stadium/Capacity: Alumni Stadium (44,500)
Television/Radio: CBS (Ed Cunningham & Craig Bolerjack), BC Radio Network (John Rooke & Peter Cronan), MiamiRadio Network

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.

The coaches
Boston College's Tom O'Brien is 13-15 as head coach of the Eagles and overall...A three-year starter at defensive end from 1968-70 at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was named BC's 32nd head football coach after 15 years on the staff of the University of Virginia, the last six as coordinator of UVA's record-setting offense. O'Brien also was an assistant at Navy for seven years.

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.

The series
Saturday's game will mark the 21st meeting between Boston College and Miami. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 17-3 (7-0 in BIG EAST play), and have won the last nine times the teams have played. The last time the two teams played in Alumni Stadium (1997), Miami won a 45-44 double-overtime decision in the first overtime game in BIG EAST history. Last year, the 'Canes scored 21 points in the first quarter en route to a 35-17 win in the Orange Bowl. Boston College's last victory in the series was on November 23, 1984, when Doug Flutie's 48-yard 'Hail Mary' pass to Gerard Phelan gave the Eagles a 47-45 win. The Eagles' other two victories in the series were in 1958 (6-2) and 1975 (21-7).

Injury update
Out: WR Chris Barnes (torn ACL), LB Jerome Ledbetter (shoulder burner), DL Adam Grace (dislocated shoulder), DL Frank Misurelli (sprained ankle), Day-to-day: DL Adam Grace (dislocated shoulder), QB Brian St. Pierre (concussion).

How they stack up
Statistical Comparison - Per Game Averages

                            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
If there is no conflict with the Boston Red Sox, BC's game vs. Miami will be heard on SportsRadio WEEI (850 AM), as well as WHYN in Springfield (560 AM), WSAR in Fall River/New Bedford (1480 AM), WTAG in Worcester (580 AM), WGIR in Manchester, N.H. (610 AM), WTMN in Portsmouth, NH (1380 AM), WLPZ in Portland, Maine (1440 AM), and WNRI in Woonsocket, RI (1380 AM). BC radio broadcasts are handled by announcer John Rooke and expert analyst Peter Cronan.

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
This past Saturday's Pittsburgh game was a big one for BC tight ends. Bryan Arndt had a career-best day with six catches for 88 yards and one touchdown. Mike Guazzo snagged a 21-yard catch, while Robert Ellis caught a 12-yarder.

Hovan looms large
BC senior Chris Hovan showed why he is a candidate for top postseason honors in BC's win vs. Pittsburgh. Hovan registered 7 solos, 2 assists, 4 tackles-for-loss, 2 quarterback sacks and was a part of a forced fumble. Hovan came up particularly strong as the Eagles thwarted a Pittsburgh drive in the game's final minute.

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
A look at BC's cumulative statistics sheet reveals a very young offensive unit. A freshman, sophomore or junior leads the Eagles in nearly every offensive category, including rushing (Cedric Washington, 97.8), Passing (Tim Hasselbeck, 166.8 and Brian St. Pierre, 48,3), Receiving (Dedrick DeWalt, 61.7), Total Offense (Hasselbeck, 176.3, Washington, 97.8, St. Pierre, 60.5), Punt returns (Dewalt, 15/119), Kick returns (Green, 11/289), and All-Purpose yards (Washington, 116.3, DeWalt, 83.2, and Green, 74.8).

Eagle notes
When BC sophomore DuJuan Daniels caught a 64-yard pass for a touchdown in the Navy game on his first play ever on offense (Daniels was moved from defensive back a week earlier), it must have seemed like deja vu. In his high school debut for Bishop Chatard in Indianapolis, Daniels snagged a 60-yard pass for a touchdown on his very first play, from Rich Linden, now the starting quarterback for Harvard.

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
A look at BC's efficiency in the 'red zone' (inside the 20-yard-line) this season:


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%

Under control
Coach Tom O'Brien has been pleased with his team's ball control, and for good reason. Boston College has controlled the time of possession category, holding on to the ball for 31:23 to 28:57 for its opponents.

Catch The Tom O'Brien Show
Each Thursday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., BC Head Coach Tom O'Brien will be featured on 'The Tom O'Brien Show' on Sports Radio 850 WEEI. The show is hosted by Ted Sarandis and Peter Cronan.

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