Nov. 16, 1999
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College, having cracked the top 25 for the first time since the end
of the 1994 season, meet up with Notre Dame in a game crucial to its bowl
The Eagles (7-2) entered the poll after a 34-17 rout of West Virginia.
Cedric Washington rushed for 181 yards as Boston College broke open a tight
game with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Tim Hasselback, who threw for 229
yards, had a 66-yard touchdown pass to Dedrick DeWalt in the pivotal third
With seven wins and a 4-2 mark in the Big East, Boston College has a chance
to nail down a spot to the Gator Bowl or the Insight.com Bowl with a victory
against the Fighting Irish. The Eagles close their season at No. 2 Virginia
Tech, which can clinch the conference title with a win over Temple this week.
"The more wins we get, the better bowl game we get," Hasselbeck said after
Washington has 826 yards rushing this season, while Hasselback has thrown
for 1,537 yards and seven touchdowns. DeWalt is his favorite target as the
flanker has 36 receptions for 503 yards and three touchdowns.
Boston College has not been 8-2 since the 1993 season, when it celebrated
its eighth win with a stunning 41-39 victory at Notre Dame exactly six years
Notre Dame (5-5) has lost consecutive games, including a 37-27 setback at
Pittsburgh on Saturday. Jarious Jackson threw for a career-high 317 yards with
a pair of touchdowns, and flanker Bobby Brown had the best day of his
collegiate career with 12 receptions, 208 yards and two scores. The Fighting
Irish, however, surrendered 27 second-half points and 389 yards of total
"I'm embarrassed for our football team," Irish coach Bob Davie said. "I
hate to talk and make too strong a statement, but I'm embarrassed. I told our
team to call it what it was: We got whipped."
In its defeats, Notre Dame has failed to establish any rushing attack. The
Irish are averaging 104.6 yards per game in the five losses, but 263.4 per game
in the victories. They also have committed 25 turnovers, almost double their
total after 10 games from last season.
Jackson has thrown for 2,303 yards this season and 14 touchdowns, but also
has been intercepted 11 times. Brown has 31 catches for 532 yards and a
team-high five scores.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 8-2, and has won the last four games
since the 1993 defeat.