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Eagles Fly West For Aloha Bowl

Eagle's Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will lead the offensive charge against the Sun Devils.

Eagle's Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will lead the offensive charge against the Sun Devils.

Dec. 6, 2000

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Date: Monday, December 25, 2000
Time: 3:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. Hawaii Time)
Site (Capacity): Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii (50,000)
Television: National broadcast on ABC (Brent Musburger, play-by-play, Gary Danielson, color, Jack Arute, sideline).
Radio: Boston College Football Radio Network (John Rooke, play-by- play, Peter Cronan, color) -- local coverage on WEEI-850 AM and internet broadcast on, BC student radio station WZBC-90.3 FM also provides coverage, national radio broadcast on Westwood One (Tony Roberts, play-by-play, Russ Francis, color).

Boston College plays in a postseason bowl game for the second year in a row as it meets Arizona State in the Aloha Bowl on Monday, Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m. EST (10:30 a.m. Hawaii time). Boston College ended its regular season with a 6-5 record and a 3-4 mark in the BIG EAST, while Arizona State also had a 6-5 record and was 3-5 in the Pac-10.

Boston College is making a trip to a bowl game for the second consecutive year, as it lost to Colorado in the 1999 bowl by a 62-28 score. The back-to-back bowl appearances mark just the fourth time period in school history of consecutive bowl appearances -- joining the 1940-41, 1982-83-84 and 1992-93-94 seasons.

The Eagles ended their season with road losses at Notre Dame (28-16 on Nov. 11) and at Miami (52-6 on Nov. 28). The Eagles wrapped up the home portion of their schedule on Nov. 11 with a 31-3 win over Temple and played all six of its home games in a seven week span with the only road trip being a 42-26 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 21.

For BC, 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 and missed the Notre Dame game. He did come back and start the Miami contest.

Hasselbeck was 124 of 229 in the air this season for 1,810 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine 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.) made his first start of the season, and second of his career, against the Irish and was 15 of 29 in the air for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. St. Pierre had been playing the first possesion of the second quarter of each game the past two seasons and this year has completed 47 of 77 passes for 543 yards and four touchdowns.

Sophomore tailback William Green (Atlantic City, N.J.) was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 1,164 yards on 187 carries with 13 touchdowns. He rushed for 91 yards against Temple on Nov. 11 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 sixth-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 seven games with 117 yards vs. Virginia Tech, a career-high (and fifth-highest in school history) 225 yards vs. Connecticut and 104 yards against Syracuse.

Senior tailback Cedric Washington (Holyoke, Mass.) was the second- leading rusher with 152 carries for 676 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 last five games of the regular season.

Junior wide receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) had 38 receptions for 676 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 77-yarder vs. Pittsburgh.

Senior free safety RaMon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) was the leading tackler on the team with 85 tackles while junior defensive end Sean Guthrie (Miami, Fla.) leads the way with six sacks.

Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien (Navy '71) is in his fourth season in charge of the Eagle program and has an overall record of 22-23 at the school. Last year, Boston College posted an 8-4 mark and played in the 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. Arizona State marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Boston College has a combined record of 2-3 vs. the current members of the Pac-10 with a win over Calfornia in 1986, a pair of losses to USC in 1987 and '88 and a split of two games with Stanford -- an away loss in '79 and a home win in '80. Next season, Boston College and Stanford are scheduled to play a September non-conference game in Palo Alto.

BC offensive coordinator Dana Bible was an assisant coach at Stanford from 1995-97 and had a 1-2 record against the Sun Devils.

When Miami beat the Eagles in the regular-season finale, the Hurricanes entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings. The Hurricanes were the third team BC had played this year that was been ranked at the time of the game. Notre Dame was ranked 11th in the AP poll at the time of the game and No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. Virginia Tech was No. 4 in the AP and No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today poll at the time of their meeting with the Eagles.

The Eagles played just two games on natural grass this season -- the last two of the year against Notre Dame and Miami. The Eagles have played six games on turf at home and also road games on turf at West Virginia, Army and Pittsburgh.

Boston College guaranteed itself a winning season with the win over Temple (Nov. 11). 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.

This year's trip to the Aloha Bowl marks the third time the Boston College football team has journeyed to the state of Hawaii. BC beat Kansas State in the 1994 Aloha Bowl by a 12-7 margin and won a 24-21 decision over Hawaii in the 1996 season-opener on Aug. 31.

Here's a look at the 2000 Boston College football opponents that will play in bowl games this year:

BC OpponentBowlDateBowl Opponent
West VirginiaMusic CityDec. 28Mississippi
PittsburghInsight.comDec. 28Iowa State
Virginia TechGatorJan .1Clemson
Notre DameFiestaJan. 1Oregon State
MiamiSugarJan. 1Florida

The Eagle offensive starting unit against West Virginia in the season-opener was an experienced one as it consisted of seven seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. These 11 players combined for 65 starting nods during the 1999 regular season among five players, including four who started all 11 games -- senior tackle Michael Cook (Walpole, Mass), senior guard Paul LaQuerre (West Barnstable, Mass.), senior guard Paul Zukauskas (Weymouth, Mass.) and Washington.

Conversely on defense, the Eagles had just three senior starters on defense, along with four juniors, three sophomores and a redshirt freshman. The defense had 42 starts from last year returning with three 11-game starters -- junior linebacker Scott Bradley (Hanover, Mass.), Johnson and junior cornerback Jonathan Ordway (Seffner, Fla.).

With the injuries that have hit the Boston College defense, the lineup has become even younger. On Sept. 30 vs. fourth-ranked Virginia Tech, the Eagle started two seniors, two juniors, three sophomore and four redshirt freshmen.

Here's a recap of the various honors that Boston College has won this year:

LB Ryan Burch
Paul Cavanaugh Award (given to the BC player who on and off the field embodies a total committment to the team)

Second team, all-BIG EAST Conference

Second team, all-BIG EAST Conference
Jerry Nason Award (given by the New England Football Writers Association to senior player in New England who has overcome to most adversity to succeed in college football)

RB William Green
First team, all-BIG EAST Conference
BIG EAST co-offensive player of the week, Oct. 28 vs. Rutgers (223 yards, 22 carries)
William J. Flynn Award (team MVP as voted by teammates)

DE Sean Guthrie
BIG EAST defensive player of the week, Oct. 28 vs. Rutgers (12 tackles, three sacks)

QB Tim Hasselbeck
Thomas F. Scanlan Award (given each year to BC player who best exemplifies traits of scholar, athlete and gentlemen)

DE Myran Hunter
BC Scout Team Award (Defense)

C Dan Koppen
Second team, all-BIG EAST Conference

OG Paul LaQuerre
Second team, all-BIG EAST Conference

CB Jonathan Ordway
Jay McGillis Award (given to the BC defensive back who best embodies the qualities of the late Boston College player)

SS Ralph Parent
BIG EAST co-defensive player of the week, Oct. 14. vs. Syracuse (two interceptions)

OG Chris Snee
BC Scout Team Award (offense)

PK Mike Sutphin
First team, all-BIG EAST Conference
BC Special Teams Award

RB Cedric Washington
Unsung Hero Award (team award)

OG Paul Zukauskas
First team, all-BIG EAST Conference
First team, All-Ameircan,
Coaches' Award (given by coaches to player who best exemplifies what coaching staff wants from a BC player)

The Boston College defense has been particularly effective in the fourth quarter this season as opponents have scored only 51 points in the final stanza. The number becomes even more impressive when you take out two touchdowns scored in the season-opener vs. West Virginia in the fourth that were scored on interception returns -- meaning that the defense has yielded just 37 points in the fourth quarter.

Those 37 points came on a field goal by WVU, a touchdown with two seconds left by Army in a 55-17 win, a touchdown on an 82-yard run by Michael Vick of Virginia Tech (the extra point was missed), two touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh and one TD by Miami.

The Eagles posted four interceptions vs. Syracuse on Oct. 14 -- the most by a BC team since having five vs. Navy in 1990.

All four Boston College interceptions came in key situations as junior cornerback Lenny Walls (San Francisco, Calif.) returned his 29 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 13-3 lead in the second quarter.

Sophomore strong safety Ralph Parent (Brookline, Mass.) had two interceptions, including one that ended an 11 play-62 yard Syracuse drive in the final moments of the first half as Syracuse had driven to the BC seven-yard line. Parent's second interception came on the first Orange possession of the second half and ended a six play-14 yard drive.

The other BC interception came in the first quarter as Guthrie ended a seven play-50 yard drive as the Orangemen had moved the ball to the BC 30.

Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stood in the final BIG EAST statistics:

Scoring Offense: 3rd at 31.5 points per game
Rushing Offense: 3rd at 201.0 yards per game
Pass Offense: 4th at 213.9 yards per game
Total Offense: 3rd at 414.9 yards per game
Pass Defense: 1st at 159.5 yards per game
Punting: 3rd at 34.1 yards per punt
Passing Efficiency: 3rd at 133.8 rating points
Turnover Margin: 2nd at +1.00 per game
Passing Defense Efficiency: 3rd at 105.3 rating points
First Downs: 3rd at 227
Third Down Conversions: 3rd at 35.8 (59 of 152)
Sacks Against: 1st at 6 for 42 yards
Field Goals: 1st at 85.7 (12 for 14)
PAT Kicking: 2nd at 95.3 (41 of 43)
Fourth Down Conversions: Tied for 1st at 50.0 (6 of 12)


William Green:
2nd in rushing at 105.8 yards per game
2nd in scoring at 8.2 points per game
4th in all-purpose yards at 131.0 yards per game
10th in total offense at 105.8 yards per game

Cedric Washington:
9th in rushing at 67.6 yards per game

*Tim Hasselbeck:
3rd in passing efficiency at 135.7 rating points
3rd in total offense at 195.1 yards per game
4th in passing yards per game at 181.0

Dedrick Dewalt:
6th in receiving yards per game at 61.5 yards per game
7th in punt returns at 9.0 yards per return
9th in receptions per game at 3.45 per game

Kevin McMyler:
4th in punting at 39.7 yards per punt

Mike Sutphin:
1st in field goal percentage at 85.7 (12 for 14)
1st in field goals at 1.09 per game
6th in scoring at 6.7 points per game

Lenny Walls:
Tied for 2nd in interceptions with six

*Hasselbeck's 362 yards of total offense vs. Navy is the most by a BIG EAST player this year while his 355 passing yards vs. the Mids is also the most.

Here's where the Boston College team and individual players stand in the NCAA statistics this week:

Rushing Offense: 20th at 201.0 yards per game
Passing Offense: 57th at 213.9 yards per game
Passing Efficiency: 22nd at 133.76 rating points
Total Offense: 29th at 414.91 yards per game
Scoring Offense: 25th at 31.55 points per game
Punting: 72nd at 34.11 yards per punt
Punt Return Yards: 67th at 9.04 yards per return
Kickoff Return Yards: 81st at 18.65 yards per return
Rushing Defense: 107th at 212.5 yards per game
Passing Defense: 8th at 168.18 yards per game
Pass Efficiency Defense: 24th at 105.34 rating points
Total Defense: 73rd at 380.73 yards per game
Scoring Defense: 51st at 23.6 points per game
Interceptions: Tied for 22nd with 16
Turnover Margin: Tied for 10th with +1.00 per game


Tim Hasselbeck:
19th in passing efficiency at 135.7 rating points
Tied for 48th in points responsible for at 10.20 per game

Williams Green:
20th in rushing at 105.82 yards pre game
Tied for 26th in scoring at 8.18 points per game
34th in all-purpose yards at 131.0 yards per game

Mike Sutphin:
Tied for 35th in field goals at 1.09 per game

Lenny Walls:
Tied for 8th in interceptions at 0.55 per game

The 55-17 win by Boston College over Army on Sept. 9 marked a number of milestones for the Eagles:

  • The most points scored by BC in a single game since a 66-14 win over Temple on Sept. 25, 1993. Thus, the most points scored by BC under head coach Tom O'Brien -- and a mark now tied with the 55-3 win over Connecticut on Oct. 7.
  • The most points scored by BC in a road game since a 70-8 win over Massachusetts on Nov. 23, 1974.
  • Combined with the 48-7 win over Navy, Boston College scored a total of 103 points in two games -- the most points in two-straight games for the Eagles since 1974 when they had 108 in wins over Massachusetts (70) and Holy Cross (38).
  • Boston College totalled 635 yards of offense vs. UConn -- the fourth-highest in school history and 625 yards of total offense against Navy, the seventh-highest mark. The school record is 656 set against Penn State in 1982.
  • The Eagles had 361 yards of rushing against UConn -- the first BC game of 300 yards of rushing or more since having 350 against Baylor last year. The last time BC rushed for more than 361 yards in a game was 420 vs. Temple in a 66-14 win in 1993.
  • The win over UConn saw the Eagles score 41 first-half points -- the most in a first half by Boston College since scoring 45 in the 66-14 win over Temple.

    Green finished the 2000 season with 1,164 rushing yards -- the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. Green is the14th player in Boston College history to rush for 1,000 yards or more during a season. Green went over the magic total vs. Temple on Nov. 11 when he ran for 91 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.

    The BC single-season rushing record is 1,726 yards by Mike Cloud in 1998. BC has had a 1,000 yard rusher in each of the past two seasons as Cedric Washington had 1,122 last year and this marks the first time in school history that BC has had 1,000 yards rushers in three-straight seasons.

    Green has 1,415 rushing yards in his career, which is the 19th-highest in school history.

    Green started his first career game vs. Connecticut (Oct. 7) and rushed the ball for 225 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. The 225 yards was a career-high for Green and the most for a Boston College player since Darnell Campbell had 227 yards on 29 carries in a 38-12 win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 2, 1991.

    Green had 223 yards of rushing vs. Rutgers and now has two of the top six rushing games in school history. Green also started the win over Syracuse (Oct. 14) and rushed the ball for 104 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Green had a 65-yard run on BC's first play from scrimmage -- the longest for the Eagles since Mike Cloud also ran for 65 yards against Virginia Tech in 1998.

    Brian St. Pierre made his second career start on Nov. 11 when the Eagles played Notre Dame and was 15 of 29 in the air for 172 yards (career high), two touchdowns and two interceptions. Despite not being the starter in the first nine games, St. Pierre had seen plenty of playing time the past two years as he is used on the first possession of the second quarter each week.

    St. Pierre is 47 of 77 this season in the air for 543 yards and four touchdowns. After Hasselbeck got hurt against Temple, he was 11 of 16 for a then career-high 155 yards and also threw for one TD.

    Last year, St. Pierre made his first career start against Pittsburgh (Oct. 16) when Hasselbeck went down with a shoulder injury. St. Pierre was nine of 15 in the air for 115 yards and one TD before having to leave that game with a concussion. Hasselbeck came back in that game and led the Eagles to a 20-16 win.

    Eagle redshirt freshman Derrick Knight (Westwood, Mass.) saw the most playing time of his career vs. Connecticut as he rushed for 110 yards, including a rush of 43 yards. The game marked the first time that Boston College had two players rush for 100 yards or more since Oct. 18, 1998 when Omari Walker had 185 yards and Mike Cloud had 157 in a 35-17 loss at Miami.

    Eagle sophomore wide receiver Jamal Burke (Brockton, Mass.) caught a pair of touchdown passes vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 30) on catches of six and 17 yards and had one touchdown on three receptions for 107 yards vs. Connecticut (Oct. 7). The scores vs. the Hokies marked his first scores of the season and his second career two-TD receiving game (in addition to last year vs. Notre Dame). Burke now has four career touchdowns, all of which have come in those Virginia Tech and Notre Dame contests. He was the second-leading receiver on the Eagles team this year with 26 receptions for 386 yards. His 107 receiving yards vs. UConn was a career-high -- topping his mark of 56 last year vs. the Irish. He had five catches against Temple (Nov. 4) for a career high.

    Eagle junior receiver Dedrick Dewalt (Chicago, Ill.) was the leading receiver on the Boston College team this year with 38 receptions for 676 yards and eight touchdowns. He had a career day vs. Pittsburgh with eight receptions for 183 yards -- both career highs. He also had one TD reception against the Panthers -- on a 77-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck in the third quarter.

    Dewalt had six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown vs. Temple (Nov. 4).

    In addition to his receiving duties, Dewalt is the punt returner for the Eagles, averaging 9.0 yards per return on 23 returns (seventh in the BIG EAST). Against Connecticut, Dewalt returned a late first quarter punt for 76 yards and a touchdown to give the Eagles a 20-0 lead. That marked the first Eagle punt return for a touchdown since Kenyatta Watson returned a punt for a TD 68 yards on November 24, 1995, in a 41-38 win over Rutgers.

    Boston College freshman defensive tackle Doug Goodwin (Freeport, N.Y.) saw a great deal of playing time early in his career and was 14th on the Eagle team with 29 tackles and also has seven tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks. He started the Army game for the Eagles, in addition to the UConn, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Notre Dame and Miami games, becoming the first freshman to start on defense for BC since Trevor White last year at strong safety in 11 games.

    Zukauskas was named by the Football Writers Association of America All-America Committee as a nominee for the 2000 Outland Trophy. A total of five players from the BIG EAST were named to the list including: Miami defensive tackle Damione Lewis, offensive guard Matt Lehr of Virginia Tech, West Virginia center Rick Gilliam and Hokie offensive guard Josh Redding.

    The Outland Trophy has been presented annually since 1946 to the best interior lineman in college football on either side of the ball. It is the third-oldest award in college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award and is named after the late Dr. John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the century.

    Eagle senior kicker Mike Sutphin (Ellicott City, Md.) was a near-perfect 12-for-14 on field goals this season with longs of 43 yards in the Pittsburgh and Notre Dame games. Sutphin had two field goals against Army, Navy, Connecticut and Syracuse and also Pittsburgh, when he missed his first field goal of the year. Sutphin was also 38-for-40 on extra point attempts this season. Sutphin, a fifth-year senior, is in his first year as a placekicker for the Eagles and his field goal and extra point attempts this year are the first of his career.

    Boston College was one of the most televised teams in the country this season as 10 games, plus the Aloha Bowl, on television. Here's an updated look at the 2000 Eagle schedule with television coverage.

    Boston College was in the "also receiving votes" category in the 2000 preseason Associated Press poll with three points, which was released on Aug. 5. 2000. Eagle opponents in the poll were Virginia Tech (No. 11), Syracuse (also receiving votes) and Notre Dame (also receiving votes).

    In the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, which was released on August 10, Boston College also received three votes. Virginia Tech was ranked 10th while Syracuse and Notre Dame also received votes.

    Boston College also received votes in the first weekly edition of both polls, which were released on Aug. 29. The Eagles received votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll on Nov. 5.

    Boston College was picked fourth in the official BIG EAST Conference preseason poll, a selection voted upon by media representatives who cover the league on a regular basis. Boston College finished fourth with 109 points while Miami was first (183 points with 15 first place votes) followed by Virginia Tech (177 points with nine first place votes) and Syracuse (134 points). Following the Eagles were Pittsburgh (100 points), West Virginia (85 points), Temple (48 points) and Rutgers (28 points).

    The 19 Eagles on opening day rosters ranks Boston College 25th in the country along with Stanford and LSU. Florida State leads the way with 38. The Eagles' 19 players are second in the BIG EAST to Miami with 34.

    Once again this season, Boston College games were broadcasted on two of Boston's most powerful radio stations, WEEI-850 AM or WRKO-680 AM (depending on conflicts with Boston Red Sox games). John Rooke returned for his second season as the play-by-play announcer while former Boston College All-American lineman Peter Cronan provided color.

    Other stations on the Boston College radio network are: WHYN-560 AM in Springfield, Mass., WSAR-1480 AM in Fall River/New Bedford, Mass., WTAG-580 AM in Worcester, Mass., WGIR-610 AM in Manchester, N.H., WTMN-1380 AM in Portsmouth, N.H., WLPZ-1440 AM in Portland, Maine, WNRI-1380 AM in Woonsocket, R.I.

    The new millennium has brought a new look at Boston College athletics. A new series of Boston College logos were unveiled at a media and corporate partner event on July 26 and was the conclusion of a 24-month process. A study and a logo redesign for the athletic department will broaden the base of athletics-related design concepts and bring all Boston College athletic teams under the umbrella of one branded look and feel. A color match for maroon and gold has been carefully researched and gives BC teams the opportunity to put a consistent look on its 34 varsity sports.

    Five former Boston College football players were named to the BIG EAST Conference 10th Anniversary team. Named to the squad from Boston College were offensive lineman Doug Brzezinski (1995-98), offensive lineman Pete Kendall (1992-95), tight end Pete Mitchell (1991-94), defensive lineman Chris Hovan (1996-99) and defensive lineman Mike Mamula (1993-94).

    The five selections from Boston College were tied for second among league schools behind Miami with seven. West Virginia and Syracuse also had five each while Virginia Tech had four and Pittsburgh three.

    Brzezinski was an anchor on the Boston College offensive line for four seasons as he started 46-straight games in his career. He earned first team all-BIG EAST in both his senior and junior years. He was a first team all-East pick after his senior year.

    Kendall was a four-year starter for the Eagles on the offensive line and earned all-BIG EAST honors twice on the first team, in 1994 as a tackle and in 1995 as a guard. He was a two-time all-East pick.

    Hovan was named first team all-BIG EAST for three consecutive years at Boston College and was a first team All-America pick in 1999 by the American Football Coaches Association and second team by the Football Writers Association of America. He made a total of 245 tackles in his career and registered 20.5 sacks.

    Mitchell earned all-BIG EAST first team honors as a tight end in his junior and senior seasons. He led Boston College in receptions for three seasons with 40 in 1992, 66 in 1993 and 55 in 1994. He was a consensus first team All-America pick in 1994.

    Mamula registered 13 sacks for Boston College in his final year of 1994 and was fourth on the team in tackles with 73. He was a first team all-BIG EAST pick in 1994.

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