Football Returns To The Road To Play No. 11 Notre Dame
Nov. 6, 2000
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2000
Time: 3:30 p.m. EST
Site (Capacity): Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN (80,232)
Television: National broadcast on NBC (Tom Hammond, play-by-play, Pat Haden, color, Jim Gray, 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
BC has played all six of its home games in the past seven weeks with the only road trip being a 42-26 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 21.
The Irish enter the game with an overall record of 6-2 and are ranked 11th in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 12 in the latest ESPN/USA Today rankings. Notre Dame was idle last week after a 34-31 overtime win over Air Force on Oct. 28. The game marks the third time in the past four games that BC has played a team that had an off-week before playing the Eagles. Only Rutgers had played the week before while Pittsburgh, Temple and Notre Dame were all idle.
For the Eagles, senior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (Norfolk, Mass.) is one of three captains for Boston College this year, but sprained his knee vs. Temple in the second quarter last Saturday and will miss the Notre Dame game. Hasselbeck is 114 of 203 in the air this season for 1,690 yards, 16 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 Brian St. Pierre (Danvers, Mass.) will get the starting nod and was eight for 12 against Temple last Saturday for 118 yards and one TD. St. Pierre had been playing the first possesion of the second quarter of each game the past two seasons and has completed 30 of 45 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore tailback William Green (Atlantic City, N.J.) is the leading rusher for the Eagles with 1,005 yards on 156 carries with 13 touchdowns. He rushed for 91 yards against Temple to become the 14th player in BC history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. On Oct. 28 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 128 carries for 563 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 rushing and started the Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple games.
Junior wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) has 32 receptions for 620 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 77-yarder vs. Pittsburgh.
HEAD COACH TOM O'BRIEN
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.
Last season, the Eagles posted a 31-29 win over Notre Dame on Nov. 20 in South Bend. The game marked the sixth-year anniversary of BC's other win at Notre Dame Stadium in 1993 as the Eagles handed the Irish their first loss of the season on a David Gordon field goal.
Tim Hasselbeck was 20 of 30 in the air in last year's win for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Brian St. Pierre was one of one for five yards. The game was tied 17-17 at halftime and the two teams traded a pair of second half touchdowns, but Notre Dame failed to convert on an extra point and two-point conversion to give BC the win. Notre Dame's Julius Jones returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 3:27 left in the game, but the conversion failed for the Eagle win.
NOTRE DAME CONNECTIONS
Notre Dame assistant coach Jerry Rosburg was an assistant coach at BC from 1997-98.
BC offensive line coach Dave Magazu coached with the following Irish assistants: Greg Mattison and Kevin Rogers at Navy (Magazu was there from 1987-89), Mattison at Western Michigan (Magazu was there in 1981), Urban Meyer at Colorado State (Magazu was there from 1992-94), Bob Chmiel at Michigan (Magazu was there in 1983).
BC offensive coordinator Dana Bible and Irish offensive line coach Dave Borbely worked at Stanford together from 1995-97 and Bible coached with Rosburg at Cincinnati in 1994.
WINNING SEASON AND BOWL ELIGIBLE
The six wins also means that BC is "bowl-eligible" for the 2000 season. BC played in the Insight.com bowl last year and if it advances to a bowl game this year, it will mark the first time since the 1992-94 season that BC has played in a bowl game in consecutive years (`92 seasons - Hall of Fame, `93 season - Carquest, `94 season - Aloha).