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The Eagles take on
Notre Dame Saturday in
a game that will play
a key role in determining
their postseason fate.

Nov. 15, 1999

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The 7-2 Boston College Eagles (No. 25 AP, 22 ESPN/USA Today) have begun preparations for Saturday's nationally televised (NBC) showdown with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend. Kickoff for that game is 2:30 p.m.

The Eagles realize Saturday's game will play a key role in determining their postseason fate. Even if BC loses Saturday, the team should merit serious consideration for a spot in the Music City Bowl (Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn.). If the Eagles defeat the Irish, they could merit serious consideration for a spot in the Insight.com Bowl (Dec. 31 in Tucson, Ariz.) or the Toyota Gator Bowl (Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.).

Date: Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Site: Notre Dame, Ind.
Stadium/Capacity: Notre Dame Stadium (80,012)
Television/Radio: NBC (Dick Enberg & Pat Hayden), BC Radio Network (John Rooke & Peter Cronan), Westwood One Radio Network

The coaches
Boston College's Tom O'Brien is 15-16 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. After taking over a troubled BC program and going 4-7 his first two seasons, O'Brien and his staff have led the Eagles to a 7-2 record and a No. 22 ranking in 1999.

Bob Davie is in his third year as the head coach at Notre Dame, where he has compiled a 21-14 record. In his first two years at Notre Dame, he led the Irish to berths in the Independence (1997) and Gator (1998) Bowls. In 1997, he became the only first-year Notre Dame coach to lead the Irish to a bowl game. He also became the first coach since 1975 to lead Notre Dame to a winning record in his first year at the helm. Prior to being named head coach in November 1996, he served as the defensive coordinator on Lou Holtz's staff for three seasons. Davie spent nine seasons at Texas A&M before moving to Notre Dame. From 1985-88, he was the outside linebackers coach, and moved to defensive coordinator for his last five seasons with the Aggies. In 20 years as an assistant coach, Davie was involved in 15 bowl games.

The series
Saturday's game will mark the 11th meeting between Boston College and Notre Dame, and the eighth consecutive game. The series features a matchup between the only Catholic universities playing Division I-A football. Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 8-2, and has won the last four times the teams have played. A year ago, Notre Dame dealt BC a heartbreaking defeat on Senior Day when the Eagles had first-and-goal at the ND 4-yard-line but could not cross the plane. The 12th-ranked Irish held on to win 31-26. Boston College's last victory in the series was on Oct. 8, 1994, when the Eagles defeated the Irish 30-11 in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles' other victory in the series was a 41-39 upset over the No. 1-ranked Irish on Nov. 20, 1993, at Notre Dame - six years ago to the date from Saturday's game. Tom O'Brien is 0-2 against the Irish.

Injury update
Out: WR Chris Barnes (torn ACL), DL Adam Grace (dislocated shoulder).

How they stack up
Statistical Comparison - Per Game Averages

BCND
Points Per Game24.928.2
Opp. Points Per Game19.926.0
Yards Per Game380.7421.5
Opp. Yards Per Game369.7369.0
Rushing Yards178.4184.2
Opp. Rushing Yards137.1145.4
Yards Per Carry4.24.2
Opp. Yards Per Carry3.54.1
Passing Yards202.2237.3
Opp. Passing Yards232.6223.6
Yards Per Completion12.814.6
Opp. Yards Per Completion11.512.0
Passing Yards Allowed232.6223.6

Eagles on the radio
BC's game vs. Notre Dame 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.

BC in seventh heaven, but 8 would be great
If the Eagles win Saturday's game:

  • They will become only the 18th team in 101 years of BC football to win eight or more games.
  • They will become only the third BC team in the 1990s to win eight or more games.
  • They will have their best 10-game record since the 1993 season, when they got off to an 8-2 start. That year, the Eagles were 7-2 when they got their 8th win in the aforementioned 41-39 upset of the top-ranked Irish (on November 20, 1993)

Eagles are RED hot in last four games
A look at BC's efficiency in the "red zone" (inside the 20-yard-line) this season reveals that the Eagles have been red-hot in the zone the last four games. BC has entered the red zone (inside the 20) 13 times during the last four games and have scored 12 of those times (92.3%). Nine of those scores have been touchdowns.

BC-Game# in RZTDFGEffic.
Baylor64183.3%
Navy3 1033.3%
Rutgers422100%
Northeastern31166.7%
Temple42050.0%
Pittsburgh11 0100%
Miami54080.0%
Syracuse321 100%
West Virginia4 22100%
Season Totals 3319778.8%

Opp.-Gam# in RZTDFGEffic.
Baylor4215.0%
Navy3 1166.7%
Rutgers100 0.0%
Northeastern2 1050.0%
Temple431100%
Pittsburgh5 1380.0%
Miami431100%
Syracuse523100%
West Virginia220100%
Season Totals30151083.3%

Irish coming off tough loss at Pittsburgh
With a 5-5 record and two games remaining (vs. BC and at Stanford), a winning season and a possible bowl berth will be on the line for the Irish when the Eagles head to South Bend. Notre Dame is coming off a 37-27 loss to Pittsburgh in the final game of the 74-year history of Pitt Stadium. Pittsburgh quarterback John Turman threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns in that game. The Irish are led by 6-1, 228-pound senior quarterback Jarious Jackson, who has completed 156 of 263 passes for 2,303 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year. Jackson's favorite receiver is 6-2 senior split end Bobby Brown, who has snagged 31 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns on the year.

Eye on the Eagles - 1999 season synopsis


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. BC Record: 1-0, 0-0.

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. BC Record: 2-0, 0-0.

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. BC Record: 3-0, 1-0.

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. BC Record: 4-0, 1-0.

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 Record: 4-1, 1-1.

Game Six (BC 20, Pittsburgh 16) - In perhaps their most impressive win of the season, the Eagles took a 20-16 come-from-behind victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers 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. BC Record: 5-1, 2-1.

Game Seven (Miami 31, Boston College 28) - In the heartbreaker game of the season, Miami mounted an incredible comeback to beat BC 31-28 in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles led 28-0 late in the third quarter but were unable to hold the lead. Junior running back Cedric Washington rushed for a career-high 183 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. BC outrushed UM 237-178 in the game. Junior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed 18-of-35 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles held Miami to 4-of-15 on third down conversions. BC Record: 5-2, 2-2.

Game Eight (Boston College 24, Syracuse 23) - A redeemed John Matich kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining and Frank Chamberlin made his 25th - and most important - tackle on fourth-and-14 to preserve an emotional victory over No. 24 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. BC got a huge lift when DuJuan Daniels returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown before the game turned into a struggle that had six lead changes. Trailing 17-14 to start the second half, Chamberlin intercepted a pass by Troy Nunes and returned it 26 yards to the Syracuse 33 to set up a Cedric Washington touchdown. Syracuse took the lead early in the fourth quarter before Tim Hasselbeck completed a 40-yard pass to Derrick Crittenden late in the game to set up the Matich field goal. BC Record: 6-2, 3-2.

Game Nine (Boston College 34, West Virginia 17) - Cedric Washington rushed for 181 yards as BC defeated the Mountaineers on Senior Day in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles scored third-quarter touchdowns on Pedro Cirino's 63-yard fumble return (the first touchdown of Cirino's career) and Tim Hasselbeck's 66-yard pass to Dedrick Dewalt to break open a game they led 17-10 at halftime. The Mountaineers, outgained 291 yards to 134 in the half, had cut the lead to 17-10 on Jay Taylor's 41-yard field goal on the last play. They drove again on the opening series of the third quarter, getting a first down at the BC 32-yard line. It took them 10 plays to get there but only one for BC to turn the game around as Lewis fumbled trying to hand off to Avon Cobourne. Cirino scooped the ball up and ran untouched for the touchdown. West Virginia punted on its next two possessions and BC needed only one play to scored again as Hasselbeck hit Dewalt at about the Mountaineers 35 and the receiver ran the rest of the way with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter. Matich added a 26-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the game. BC Record: 7-2, 4-2.

American top 40
Below are NCAA national individual or team statistical categories in which BC appears (40th or better):

Individual Leaders

  • Rushing: 18. Cedric Washington (108.0)
  • Kickoff Returns: 16. William Green (26.0)
  • All-Purpose Yards: 37. Cedric Washington (124.9)

Team Leaders

  • Rushing: 26. Boston College (178.4)
  • Punt Return Yards: 32. Boston College (10.8)
  • Kickoff Return Yards: 35. Boston College (22.0)
  • Scoring Defense: 27. Boston College (19.9)

Stingy defense
Boston College is allowing opponents to score just 19.9 points per game, its best defensive effort since 1994, when BC opponents averaged 13.5 points per game.

60-minute men
"I talked a lot this year about mental toughness. We lost a couple of down-to-the-wire games last year. This year, Baylor went down to the last minute, Navy did, as did the Pittsburgh, Miami and Syracuse games. You've got to be prepared to play the whole way, and if it goes into overtime, you've got to be prepared to play that. You have to be mentally tough and able to withstand all the highs and lows that happen in a football game. That's one thing we've been able to accomplish this year."

    Coach Tom O'Brien

A recap of BC's season illustrates what O'Brien's talking about. In eight of BC's nine games, the Eagles have either been ahead or tied going into the fourth quarter of play. In five of those games, BC has been within a touchdown of its opponent going into the fourth quarter. A breakdown:

OpponentScore after 3 Qtrs.Final Score
BaylorBC 16, BU 16BC, 30-29, ot
NavyBC 7, Navy 3BC, 14-10
RutgersBC 20, RU 7BC, 27-7
NortheasternBC 20, NU 14BC, 33-22
TempleTU 24, BC 24TU, 24-14
PittsburghBC 13, Pitt 13BC, 20-16
MiamiBC 28, UM 7UM, 31-28
SyracuseBC 21, SU 20BC, 24-23
W. VirginiaBC 31, WVU 10BC, 34-17

"We try to get ourselves into a position to win. When you get to that point in the game, somebody has to make a play to win the game. We came into this year talking about our mental toughness, our will to win, hanging in there and playing 60 minutes, and not looking at the scoreboard. I think we've done that."

    Coach Tom O'Brien

Washington heading for 1,000
With 972 yards so far this season, junior tailback Cedric Washington is looking to become the 13th player in BC football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. Washington now has 1,156 career yards, which places him 27th on the BC all-time rushing list. Although Washington had played sparingly before this season, he could make an impact on the BC record books. If, for example, he continues at his current average for 13 mor3e games (two this season and 11 next year), he would finish as one of BC's five top rushers of all-time.

Kudos for Chamberlin
Linebacker Frank Chamberlin was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Charlotte Touchdown Club for the week ending Oct. 30. Chamberlin led the Eagles in their 24-23 victory over Syracuse with a career-high 25 tackles (15 solos), 3 TFLs, 1.5 sacks and a 26-yard interception return. He also was named USA Today College Football Player of the Week and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

DuJuan's Midas Touch
What is it with DuJuan Daniels? Every time the sophomore tries something new, it seems to work - in a big way. Against Syracuse, the first time he ever returned a kickoff for the Eagles (subbing for the injured William Green), Daniels took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, providing a huge lift for an Eagles team still stinging >from the come-from-ahead loss to Miami a week earlier. That 100-yard kickoff return was only the third in Boston College history, the first since 1973. It also represented the first BC kickoff return for a touchdown since 1990. "What a tremendous effort by DuJuan," Coach Tom O'Brien says. "He's going to keep returning kicks now."

Earlier this year, it was deja vu all over again. Daniels caught a 64-yard pass for a touchdown in the Navy game on his first play ever on offense (he was moved from defensive back a week earlier). 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.

Matich on the move
With his 50 points thus far, senior placekicker John Matich has moved into second place on the BC all-time scoring list. The top five:

Player (years)Points
Brian Lowe (1986-89)262
John Matich (1996-99)234
Troy Stradford (1982-86)216
Fred Steinfort (1972-75)215
Keith Barnette (1973-75)206

Matich is seventh on the BIG EAST all-time scoring list. West Virginia's Amos Zereoue is seventh on that list with 234 points.

Football News honors O'Brien
Coach Tom O'Brien has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Football News' 1999 Coach of the Year award. O'Brien joins some elite company that includes Florida State's Bobby Bowden, Penn State's Joe Paterno, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Kansas State's Bill Snyder. The list will be trimmed to three finalists on Nov. 22. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1. Last year's FN Coach of the Year was Arkansas' Houston Nutt. The 10 semifinalists:

  • Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
  • Bobby Bowden, Florida State
  • June Jones, Hawaii
  • Steve Logan, East Carolina
  • Glen Mason, Minnesota
  • Tom O'Brien, Boston College
  • Joe Paterno, Penn State
  • Jackie Sherrill, Mississippi State
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State
  • Tyrone Willingham, Stanford

The BIG EAST bowl formula
When BC won its sixth game and became bowl-eligible, the questions began - where do you think BC will go? Although it's too soon to tell where - or if - BC will go bowling, a look at the BIG EAST bowl formula clears things up somewhat. The BIG EAST is a partner in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). The Tostitos Fiesta, FedEx Orange, Nokia Sugar and Rose Bowls will choose from among the champions of the BIG EAST, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences to appear in their respective games.

In addition to the BCS, the BIG EAST is associated with the Toyota Gator Bowl, Insight.com Bowl and Music City Bowl. The Toyota Gator Bowl will select the second team from the BIG EAST after the BCS accepts the conference champion. The Insight.com Bowl will choose a team, as will the Music City Bowl. The BIG EAST and the University of Notre Dame have an agreement which allows Notre Dame the opportunity to be selected by the Toyota Gator Bowl, Insight.com Bowl or Music City Bowl if the Fighting Irish are bowl eligible and do not qualify for the BCS.

Youthful Eagles...
The past two years, BC has signed 40 prospects to national letters-of-intent. Of those, 36 still have freshman eligibility.

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.

...especially the offense
A freshman, sophomore or junior leads the Eagles in every offensive category, including:

  • Rushing (Cedric Washington, 108.0),
  • Passing (Tim Hasselbeck, 170.0 and Brian St. Pierre, 41.4)
  • Receiving (Dedrick DeWalt, 55.1)
  • Total Offense (Hasselbeck, 185.1, Washington, 108.0, St. Pierre, 56.1)
  • Punt returns (Dewalt, 18/136)
  • Kick returns (Green, 12/312)
  • All-Purpose yards (Washington, 124.9, DeWalt, 71.3).

Hovan looms large
BC senior Chris 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).

Eagle notes
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...BC's game vs. Northeastern featured a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown. When Doug Bessette blocked a Northeastern punt and Ralph Parent returned it for a touchdown at 14:47 in the fourth quarter, it was the first time a Boston College player had returned a blocked punt for a touchdown since David Johnson accomplished the feat on Oct. 13, 1990...Also of note in the Northeastern game -- Frank Chamberlin's fumble recovery for a touchdown was BC's first since Eric Storz returned one vs. Syracuse (67 yards) on October 26, 1996. And RaMon Johnson's interception return for a touchdown was BC's first since Eric Shorter accomplished the feat vs. Temple (35 yards) on October 15, 1994..The BC vs. 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...Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck received the Orrie T. Scarminach Award, presented annually for the past 17 years to the MVPs of the BC-Syracuse game...In special halftime ceremonies at the Miami game, Boston College retired a jersey honoring the late William J. Flynn '39, who served as the Director of Athletics at BC from 1957 until 1991. A week earlier, BC retired a jersey honoring Eagle great Art Donovan (1946-49). Donovan was one of the greatest linemen ever to play at BC.

Keeping watch
Several Eagles are listed on watch lists for college football's top postseason awards, including:

  • Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman): Chris Hovan
  • Dick Butkus Award (top linebacker): Frank Chamberlin
  • Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back): Pedro Cirino
  • Bronko Nagurski (best defensive player): Chris Hovan
  • Outland Trophy (top interior lineman): Chris Hovan

Under control
Coach Tom O'Brien has been pleased with his team's ball control. Boston College has controlled the time of possession category, holding on to the ball for 31:03 to 29:10 per game 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.

Xaverian connection
The BC roster features seven players - including three starters - from Westwood (Mass.) football power Xaverian Brothers High School. The Xaverian Eagles include starters Tim Hasselbeck, Scott Bradley and Adam Newman, as well as Derrick Knight, J.P. Comella, Dan Murphy and Shaun Toof.

NFL Eagles
According to the National Football League, 20 former Boston College Eagles were listed on NFL opening-day rosters (the most of any BIG EAST school other than Miami). Of 250 colleges and universities with former players in the NFL, only 23 have more than BC. The former Eagles:

PlayerTeam
Stephen BoydDetroit Lions
Doug BrzezinskiPhiladelphia Eagles
Mark ChmuraGreen Bay Packers
Mike CloudKansas City Chiefs
Stalin ColinetMinnesota Vikings
Doug FlutieBuffalo Bills
Glenn FoleySeattle Seahawks
Matt HasselbeckGreen Bay Packers
Pete KendallSeattle Seahawks
Mike MamulaPhiladelphia Eagles
Tom McManusJacksonville Jaguars
Pete MitchellNew York Giants
Tim MorabitoCarolina Panthers
Tom NalenDenver Broncos
Daryl PorterBuffalo Bills
Bill RomanowskiDenver Broncos
Ron StoneNew York Giants
Erik StorzJacksonville Jaguars
Chris SullivanNew England Patriots
Damien WoodyNew England Patriots

BC alumni - 120,000 strong
There are some 120,000 living Boston College graduates, the largest alumni body of any Catholic university in the world.

DeFilippo & Davie
When BC Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo was the offensive coordinator at Youngstown State (1975-79), he coached a player named Bob Davie - who is now the head coach at Notre Dame.

Class act
In the past 13 years, the Boston College football team has won the American Football Coaches' Association (formerly CFA) Academic Achievement Award three times and finished as an honorable mention selection nine times, including 1999. BC has one of the nation's highest graduation rates for all varsity athletes. That figure averaged 83 percent over the last 10 years.

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