Football Prepares For Temple
Oct. 30, 2000
Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000
Boston College plays its final home game of the season on Saturday against Temple at 12:00 p.m. EST as the Eagles play their sixth home game in a seven-week period. Boston College enters the game with a 5-3 record overall and a 2-3 BIG EAST mark as it posted a 42-13 win over Rutgers last Saturday. The Eagles closed the month of October with a 3-1 record, with the only loss coming at Pittsburgh on October 21. Temple, meanwhile, is 4-4 on the season and has a 1-3 BIG EAST mark. The Owls were idle last week and their last action came on October 21 with a 45-17 loss to Miami.
For the Eagles, senior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of three captains for Boston College this year and is 106 of 191 in the air this season for 1,572 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. In the game against Navy on Sept. 23, Hasselbeck threw for a career-high 355 yards on a 20-for-28 effort with two TD passes. Against Connecticut on Oct. 7, 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 914 yards on 133 carries with 12 touchdowns. Last Saturday against Rutgers, Green ran for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. The 223 yards were the fourth-highest in school single-game history as Phil Bennett had 253 against Temple in 1972. Green has rushed for 100 yards in four of the past five games with 117 yards vs. Virginia Tech, a career-high 225 yards vs. Connecticut and 104 yards against Syracuse.
Senior tailback Cedric Washington (Holyoke, Mass.) is the second- leading rusher with 115 carries for 529 yards and five touchdowns and has rushed for 100 yards or more in seven career games, including two this year. He missed the Connecticut game with a knee injury, but returned off the bench vs. Syracuse and had 77 yards of rushing and started the Pittsburgh game.
Junior wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) has 26 receptions for 537 yards and six touchdowns, including a 77-yarder vs. Pittsburgh.
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 21-21 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.
Today's game vs. Temple marks the 33rd meeting between the two schools and the Eagles lead the series by a 23-7-2 count. Boston College leads in game played at Alumni Stadium by a 12-1 count. The series dates back to the 1936 season and since the formation of the BIG EAST football conference in 1991, the Eagles lead the series by a 7-2 count. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 1-2 vs. Temple.
Last season, Temple posted a 24-14 win over the Eagles on Oct. 9 at Veterans Stadium. The Eagles led 14-7 at haftime, but the Owls posted a shutout in the second half, scoring two passing touchdowns from Devin Scott and a field goal for the win. BC quarterback Tim Hasselbeck was 14 of 23 in the air for 153 yards and one touchdown.
TEMPLE CONNECTIONS There are four players on the Boston College roster from the state of Pennsylvania -- T.J. Stancil of Bensalem, Chris Snee of Montrose, Jim Connor of Straith Haven and Dan Koppen of Whitehall. Boston College offensive coordinator Dana Bible was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.
BIG EAST HONORS
Boston College picked up a pair of BIG EAST honors this week as Green was named the co-offensive player of the week for his performance against Rutgers and Guthrie was named the defensive player of the week. Green shared his award with Pittsburgh quarterback John Turman.
Green rushed for 223 yards on 22 carries against Rutgers, while Guthrie made a career-high 12 tackles (10 solo) and had three sacks.
The awards mark the second and third time this season that BC players have won BIG EAST weekly awards as sophomore strong safety Ralph Parent (Brookline, Mass.) was named the co-defensive player of the week after the Syracuse game when he had a pair of interceptions.