Nov. 6, 2000
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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
Boston College returns to the road this Saturday as it travels to Notre Dame for a 3:30 p.m. EST game in Notre Dame, Ind. The Eagles wrapped up the home portion of their schedule on Saturday with a 31-3 win over Temple and enter the Notre Dame game with an overall mark of 6-3 and a 3-3 BIG EAST record. The game against Notre Dame is also the final non-conference game of the season for the Eagles.
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.
Senior free safety RaMon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) is the leading tackler on the team with 69 tackles while junior defensive end Sean Guthrie (Miami, Fla.) leads the way with six sacks.
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 22-21 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. Notre Dame marks the 12th meeting between the two schools and the Irish hold an 8-3 edge in a series which dates back to 1975. The Irish hold a 4-2 advantage in games played at Notre Dame Stadium, with Boston College posting wins there in 1993 and last season. The two teams met in one bowl game -- the 1983 Liberty Bowl, a 19-18 win by the Irish. Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is 1-2 vs. Notre Dame.
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
There is one player on the Boston College roster from the state of Indiana -- receiver DuJuan Daniels of Indianapolis. There are two Illinois players (Dedrick Dewalt of Chicago and Steve Martin of Dolton) and one Michigan player (Kevin Crane of Wixom).
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.
The winner of the Boston College vs. Notre Dame game each year is the recepient of two trophies: The Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl, given by the Notre Dame Club of Boston, and the Ireland Trophy, given by the Notre Dame student government.
OUT - QB Tim Hasselbeck, right knee sprain vs. Temple, DL Antonio Garay, left knee medial collateral ligament sprain versus West Virginia, will miss rest of season, FS Paul Cook, bone fracture in non-weight bone in leg, CB D.J. Sutton, hamstring in practice last week.
Even though its November and the 10th game of the season, the game against Notre Dame on Saturday will be the first of the year for BC on natural grass. The Eagles have played six games on turf at home and also road games on turf at West Virginia, Army and Pittsburgh.
WINNING SEASON AND BOWL ELIGIBLE
Boston College guaranteed itself a winning season with last Saturday's win over Temple. Combined with an 8-3 regular-season mark last year, Boston College now has posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1993-1995. Before that, BC had not posted conseutive winning seasons since 1982-84.
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).