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Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will try to lead the Eagles to victory over Colorado on New Year's Eve.

Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will try to lead the Eagles to victory over Colorado on New Year's Eve.

Dec. 17, 1999

No. 22 BOSTON COLLEGE (8-3) vs. COLORADO (6-5)

Date: Friday, December 31, 1999
Time: 11:36 a.m. MST (1:30 p.m. EST)
Site: Tucson, Arizona
Stadium: Arizona Stadium
Television: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Rod Gilmore, Dr. Jerry Punch)

Family affair for the Hasselbecks
BC's game vs. Colorado is a family matter for the Hasselbecks. Junior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck will lead the Eagles against the alma mater of his father, Don Hasselbeck. The elder Hasselbeck, a tight end who wore No. 89 for CU, lettered in 1973-74-75-76 and was, in fact, a two-time All-Big Eight selection and a first-team All-America selection in 1976. He also received Academic All-America honors at CU and was an honorable mention selection for the school's "All-Century" team. He was the 52nd selection (second round) in the 1997 NFL draft and went on to play for New England (1977-83), Oakland (1983), Minnesota (1984) and the New York Giants (1985). He played in 123 NFL games, snagging 18 TDs...Tim's brother, Matt Hasselbeck, lettered for the Eagles from 1994-97 and is now a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

Bowling Eagles
This will be Boston College's 11th bowl game appearance, its eighth since 1982...BC is 5-5 overall in those 10 previous bowls...the last time BC appeared in a bowl game was at the Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl on Christmas day, 1994. The Eagles defeated eighth-ranked Kansas State 12-7 in a spectacular defensive effort, completely erasing the Wildcats' ground attack (-61 yards on the day), and sacking QB Chad May eight times. Eagle defensive end Mike Mamula, playing in what would be his final collegiate game, was named the Aloha Bowl MVP after notching four quarterback sacks, including one for a safety that proved to be the winning points of the contest...BC has won four of its last five bowl games...this will mark the second consecutive bowl in which BC will play a Big 12 opponent.

Results of past Insight.com Bowls
December 31, 1989 - Arizona 17, North Carolina State 10
December 31, 1990 - California 17, Wyoming 15
December 31, 1991 - Indiana 24, Baylor 0
December 29, 1992 - Washington State 31, Utah 28
December 29, 1993 - Kansas State 52, Wyoming 17
December 29, 1994 - BYU 31, Oklahoma 6
December 27, 1995 - Texas Tech 55, Air Force 41
December 27, 1996 - Wisconsin 38, Utah 10
December 27, 1997 - Arizona 20, New Mexico 14
December 26, 1998 - Missouri 34, West Virginia 31

BC vs. the Buffaloes & Big 12
The Insight.com Bowl will mark the first meeting between BC and Colorado...In its history, BC has played seven of the teams in the Big 12 Conference, compiling an overall record of 13-7 vs. those teams. The list:

   Baylor - Won 3, Lost 0
   Iowa State - Won 1, Lost 0
   Kansas State - Won 4, Lost 0
   Oklahoma - Won 0, Lost 2
   Texas - Won 1, Lost 2   
   Texas A&M - Won 3, Lost 1
   Texas Tech -Won 1, Lost 2

BC's all-time bowl record (5-5)

1/1/40      Cotton Bowl              Clemson 6, BC 3
1/1/41      Sugar Bowl               BC 19, Tennessee 13
1/1/43      Orange Bowl              Alabama 37, BC 21
12/18/82    Tangerine Bowl           Auburn 33, BC 26
12/29/83    Liberty Bowl             Notre Dame 19, BC 18
1/1/85      Cotton Bowl              BC 45, Houston 28
12/23/86    Hall of Fame Bowl        BC 27, Georgia 24
1/1/93      Hall of Fame Bowl        Tennessee 38, BC 23
1/1/94      Carquest Bowl            BC 31, Virginia 13
12/25/94    Jeep Eagle Aloha Bowl    BC 12, Kansas State 7

1999 Top Division I-A Turnarounds
The BC Eagles engineered the third-best turnaround in Division 1-A football this past season. A look at the list:

                     1998     1999    Plus
Team                Record   Record   Wins
*Hawaii              0-12     8-4     +8
*Stanford            3-8      8-3     +5
*BC                  4-7      8-3     +4
Houston              3-8      7-4     +4
Akron                4-7      7-4     +3
*Fresno State        5-6      8-4     +3
*Illinois            3-8      7-4     +3
*Boise State         6-5      9-3     +3
*Clemson             3-8      6-5     +3
*East Carolina       6-5      9-2     +3
Memphis              2-9      5-6     +3
*Michigan St.        6-6      9-2     +3
*Minnesota           5-6      8-3     +3
UNLV                 0-11     3-8     +3
New Mex. St.         3-8      6-5     +3
N.  Illinois         2-9      5-6     +3
Pittsburgh           2-9      5-6     +3
Vanderbilt           2-9      5-6     +3
*Virginia Tech       8-3     11-0     +3
*Wake Forest         3-8      6-5     +3

*Bowl-bound teams

Eight is enough...
This year's Boston College football team:

  • Became only the 18th team in 101 years of BC football to win eight or more games.
  • Became only the third BC team in the 1990s to win eight or more games.
  • Finished with their best 11-game record since the 1993 season.
  • Became the first bowl-eligible BC team since the 1994 season.

The Coaches
Boston College's Tom O'Brien is 16-17 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 an 8-3 record and a top 25 national ranking in 1999.

"Tom O'Brien and his staff have done a phenomenal job, not just a great job, a phenomenal job in turning our football program around."
-Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo

Gary Barnett is in his first season as head coach at Colorado...He owns a 6-5 record at Colorado, and a 41-50-1 record in eight years on the Division I-A level (the first seven at Northwestern). At Northwestern, he turned a dismal program into one of the nation's top teams, leading the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Ten championships (1995 and 1996), earning trips to the Rose and Citrus bowls.

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

Individual Leaders
  Rushing:  27.  Cedric Washington (102.0)
  Kickoff Returns:  14.  William Green (26.31)
Team Leaders
  Rushing:  29.  Boston College (177.5)
  Punt Return Yards:  36. Boston College (10.8)
  Kickoff Return Yards:  38. Boston College (21.4)
  Scoring Defense:  37. Boston College (22.4)

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 9 of BC's 11 games, the Eagles were ahead or tied going into the fourth quarter of play. In six of those games, BC has been within a touchdown of its opponent going into the fourth quarter. A breakdown:

Opponent        Score after 3 Qtrs.   Final Score
Baylor              BC 16, BU 16       BC, 30-29, ot
Navy                BC 7, Navy 3       BC, 14-10
Rutgers             BC 20, RU 7        BC, 27-7
Northeastern        BC 20, NU 14       BC, 33-22
Temple              TU 24, BC 14       TU, 24-14
Pittsburgh          BC 13, Pitt 13     BC, 20-16
Miami               BC 28, UM 7        UM, 31-28
Syracuse            BC 21, SU 20       BC, 24-23
W. Virginia         BC 31, WVU 10      BC, 34-17
Notre Dame          BC 24, ND 17       BC, 31-29
Virginia Tech       VT 24, BC 0        VT, 38-14

"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 reaches milestone
Although he only racked up 45 rushing yards before spraining his left knee at Notre Dame, Cedric Washington nonetheless became the 13th player in BC football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. He has 1,122 yards on the season.

Washington now has 1,306 career yards, which places him 23rd 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 12 more games (one this season and 11 next year), he would finish as one of BC's five top rushers of all-time.

In the zone during last six games
A look at BC's efficiency in the "red zone? (inside the 20-yard-line) illustrates how the Eagle offense matured over the course of the season. After a 65% start through five games, BC entered the red zone (inside the 20) 17 times during the last six games of the year and scored 14 of those times (82.4%). Ten of those scores were touchdowns. Against Notre Dame, BC was in the red zone at the end of the game when quarterback Tim Hasselbeck took a knee to kill the clock. And both of BC's scores in the Virginia Tech game were from out of the red zone (including the Hasselbeck to Dewalt 97-yard touchdown bomb).

BC - Game      # in RZ   TD   FG   Effic.
Baylor             6      4    1    83.3%
Navy               3      1    0    33.3%
Rutgers            4      2    2     100%
Northeastern       3      1    1    66.7%
Temple             4      2    0    50.0%
Pittsburgh         1      1    0     100%
Miami              5      4    0    80.0%
Syracuse           3      2    1     100%
West Virginia      4      2    2     100%
Notre Dame         3      1    1    66.7%
Virginia Tech      1      0    0    00.0%
Season Totals     37     20    8    75.8%

Opp. - Game # in RZ TD FG Effic. Baylor 4 2 1 75.0% Navy 3 1 1 66.7% Rutgers 1 0 0 0.0% Northeastern 2 1 0 50.0% Temple 4 3 1 100% Pittsburgh 5 1 3 80.0% Miami 4 3 1 100% Syracuse 5 2 3 100% West Virginia 2 2 0 100% Notre Dame 3 3 0 100% Virginia Tech 4 2 1 75.0% Season Totals 37 20 11 83.7%

Record-setting team
Records watch - Tim Hasselbeck has quietly etched his name onto several pages of the BC record books, already passing his brother Matthew in some categories and threatening in others. Hasselbeck has already accounted for the longest touchdown throw in BC history and sits in fourth place on the all-time completion percentage list. Elsewhere, DuJuan Daniels and William Green are set to become two of the most prolific kick return men in BC history, while youngster Dedrick Dewalt has already begun an assault on the receiving record charts, John Matich scores big, and junior Cedric Washington is in a rush to the top.

A look at BC all-time records set to be affected by the 1999 team:

Touchdowns - Game
1. Tim Hasselbeck, 4 (3 pass, 1 rush) - the ninth BC player to account for 4 TDs in one game - BC vs. Notre Dame, 11/20/99.

Yards-Play
1. (97) - Tim Hasselbeck to Dedrick Dewalt, vs. Virginia Tech, 11/26/99.

Passing Attempts - Season
8. 330 - Matt Hasselbeck, 1996
9. 305 - Matt Hasselbeck, 1997
10. 298 - Glenn Foley, 1991
11. 286 - Scott Mutryn, 1998
12. 265 - Glenn Foley, 1992
13. 260 - Tim Hasselbeck, 1999

Completions - Season
9. 159 - Doug Flutie, 1983
10. 159 - Mark Hartsell, 1994
(t) 159 - Shawn Halloran, 1986
12. 153 - Glenn Foley, 1991
13. 149 - Ken Smith, 1977
14. 146 - Glenn Foley, 1992
15. 145 - Tim Hasselbeck, 1999

Completion Percentage - Career
1. 55.8 - Mike Kruczek, 1973-75 (225-337)
2. 57.5 - Shawn Halloran, 1983-86 (416-723)
3. 57.1 - Mark Kamphaus, 1986-89 (193-338)
4. 56.6 - Tim Hasselbeck, 1998-99 (154-272)
5. 55.8 - Frank Harris, 1968-70 (366-655)
6. 55.6 - Matt Hasselbeck, 1994-97 (390-701)

Receptions - Career
32. 55 - Pete Casparriello, 1984-87
(t) 55 - Mike Sanders, 1987-90
34. 53 - Jim O'Shea, 1968-70
35. Dedrick Dewalt, 1998-99

Receiving Yardage - Play
1. 97 - Dedrick Dewalt, vs. Notre Dame, 11/20/99.

Rushing
16. 1,647 - Mike Sanders, 1987-90
17. 1,497 - Harry Crump, 1960-62
18. 1,486 - Jim Bell, 1984-88
19. 1,362 - Cedric Washington, 1997-99

Rushing Attempts - Season
5. 238 - Chuckie Dukes, 1992
6. 233 - Keith Barnette, 1974
7. 223 - Fred Willis, 1970
8. 222 - Cedric Washington, 1999

Rushing Yardage - Season
3. 1,289 - Mike Esposito, 1973
4. 1,199 - Omari Walker, 1996
5. 1,188 - Troy Stradford, 1986
6. 1,178 - Cedric Washington, 1999

Total Offense - Season
5. 2,828 - Shawn Halloran, 1985
6. 2,298 - Scott Mutryn, 1998
7. 2,263 - Matt Hasselbeck, 1997
8. 2,138 - Tim Hasselbeck, 1999

Career Scoring Leaders
1. 262 - Brian Lowe, 1986-89
2. 243 - John Matich, 1996-99

Field Goals Made (Career)
1. 57 - Brian Lowe, 1986-89
2. 46 - John Matich, 1996-99

Kickoff Return Yardage (Play)
1. 100 - DuJuan Daniels vs. Syracuse, 10/30/99 (3rd player in BC history).

Kickoff Return Average (Career)
1. 27.5 - DuJuan Daniels, 1998-99 (11/302)
2. 26.6 - Dave Bennett, 1966-68 (30/782)
3. 26.3 - William Green, 1999 (13/342)

Honor Roll
Darnell Alford: First-team All-BIG EAST.
Frank Chamberlin: Second-team All-BIG EAST.
Pedro Cirino: First-team All-BIG EAST.
Chris Hovan: First-team All-America, American Football Coaches Association, Second-team All-America, Associated Press, Football News, First-team All-BIG EAST, 61st George Bulger Lowe Award, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
Cedric Washington: First-team All-BIG EAST.
Paul Zukauskas: Second-team All-BIG EAST.

BC Team Awards
Unsung Hero Award: For unheralded achievement and outstanding performance recognized by teammates and coaches, infrequently the "Big-Play" person but always the steady performer, making plays with fundamental football skills and a person whose leadership is found in his steady play day in and day out. 1999 Winner: Bryan Arndt.

Coaches' Award: The player who exemplifies the coaching staff's attitude toward the game, a performer whose style of play reflects what has been taught and sometimes what simply cannot be taught, a person with great football instincts. 1999 Winner: Chris Hovan.

Scout Team Award: Recognizes the player who, day in and day out, walks onto the field to play the game, this player makes the most of his abilities, has a healthy attitude and is a leader in a way that only a football person can understand. 1999 Winner: Pat Kneib.

Special Teams Award: Recognizes outstanding play on the special teams, in football terms, sometimes known as the Big-Play guy, the kamikaze man, often known as the heart of the team, this player has great football instincts, speed, and a nose for the ball, he possesses the capability of turning a game around. 1999 Winner: Adam Newman.

William J. Flynn Award: Voted by his teammates as the team's most valuable player. 1999 Winner: Frank Chamberlin.

Jay McGillis Scholarship Award: Recognizes a defensive back who best exemplifies the personal qualities of team dedication and leadership by example, an extraordinary competitive spirit, and personal concern for family, friends and teammates. 1999 Winner: Pedro Cirino.

Touchdown Club Award: Awarded for outstanding contributions as the team's marquee player. 1999 Winner: Chris Hovan.

Thomas F. Scanlan Award: The highest honor bestowed on a BC football player, recognizes the senior football player who best exemplifies the ideals of Tom Scanlan '20: scholar, athlete, gentleman and friend. 1999 Winner: Frank Chamberlin.

BC's 1999 BIG EAST Players of the Week

      Sept. 6 - Cedric Washington, offense
      Oct. 18 - Chris Hovan, defense
      Nov. 1 - Frank Chamberlin, defense
      Nov. 1 - DuJuan Daniels, special teams 
      Nov. 15 - Cedric Washington, offense
      Nov. 22 - Tim Hasselbeck, offense

1999 All-BIG EAST teams
Defensive end Chris Hovan and safety Pedro Cirino join running back Cedric Washington and offensive tackle Darnell Alford on the first-team All-BIG EAST football team. Offensive guard Paul Zukauskas and linebacker Frank Chamberlin were named second-team selections...after completing an 11-0 regular season, Virginia Tech won all five BIG EAST individual awards. The Hokies' Michael Vick (Offense, Rookie), Corey Moore (Defense) and Shayne Graham (Special Teams) were honored as Players of the Year. Tech head coach Frank Beamer was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year...Hovan became the first BC player ever to garner All-BIG EAST honors for three consecutive years.

1999 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
WR-Latef Grim, Pittsburgh
WR-Santana Moss, Miami
OT-Mark Baniewicz, Syracuse
OG-Richard Mercier, Miami
C-Ty Wise, Miami
OG-Shaun O'Hara, Rutgers
OT-Darnell Alford, Boston College
TE-Daniel Franks, Miami
QB-Michael Vick, Virginia Tech
RB-Shyrone Stith, Virginia Tech
RB-Avon Cobourne, West Virginia
RB-Cedric Washington, Boston College
PK-Shayne Graham, Virginia Tech
KR/PR-Ricky Hall, Virginia Tech

DEFENSE
DL-Corey Moore, Virginia Tech
DL-Chris Hovan, Boston College
DL-John Engelberger, Virginia Tech
DL-Duke Pettijohn, Syracuse
LB-Barrett Green, West Virginia
LB-Keith Bulluck, Syracuse
LB-Nate Webster, Miami
CB-Hank Poteat, Pittsburgh
CB-Anthony Midget, Virginia Tech
S-Ramon Walker, Pittsburgh
S-Pedro Cirino, Boston College
P-Jimmy Kibble, Virginia Tech

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
WR-Andre Davis, Virginia Tech
WR-Khori Ivy, West Virginia
OT-Tim Leach, Temple
OG-Paul Zukauskas, Boston College
C-Keith Short, Virginia Tech
OG-Matt Lehr, Virginia Tech
OT-Dave Kadela, Virginia Tech
TE-Anthony Becht, West Virginia
QB-Mark Bulger, West Virginia
RB-James Jackson, Miami
RB-Kevan Barlow, Pittsburgh
PK-Jay Taylor, West Virginia
KR/PR-Santana Moss, Miami

DEFENSE
DL-Damione Lewis, Miami
DL-Demond Gibson, Pittsburgh
DL-Wayne Hampton, Rutgers
LB-Michael Hawkes, Virginia Tech
LB-Dan Morgan, Miami
LB-Jamel Smith, Virginia Tech
LB-Frank Chamberlin, Boston College
CB-Mike Rumph, Miami
CB-Ike Charlton, Virginia Tech
S-Edward Reed, Miami
S-Al Blades, Miami
P-Mark Fazzolari, West Virginia
P-Greg DeBolt, Pittsburgh

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 53 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)     241
Troy Stradford (1982-86)  216

Football News honors O'Brien
Coach Tom O'Brien was 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

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, 102.0),
Passing (Tim Hasselbeck, 176.4 and Brian St. Pierre, 32.8)
Receiving (Dedrick DeWalt, 54.9 and Washington, 16.2)
Total Offense (Hasselbeck, 194.4, Washington, 102.0, St. Pierre, 44.4)
Punt returns (Dewalt, 19/136)
Kick returns (Green, 13/342)
All-Purpose yards (Washington, 1,300, DeWalt, 750).

Hovan looms large
BC senior Chris Hovan was among the 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman.

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.

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:

Player Team
Stephen Boyd Detroit Lions
Doug Brzezinski Philadelphia Eagles
Mark Chmura Green Bay Packers
Mike Cloud Kansas City Chiefs
Stalin Colinet Minnesota Vikings
Doug Flutie Buffalo Bills
Glenn Foley Seattle Seahawks
Matt Hasselbeck Green Bay Packers
Pete Kendall Seattle Seahawks
Mike Mamula Philadelphia Eagles
Tom McManus Jacksonville Jaguars
Pete Mitchell New York Giants
Tim Morabito Carolina Panthers
Tom Nalen Denver Broncos
Daryl Porter Buffalo Bills
Bill Romanowski Denver Broncos
Ron Stone New York Giants
Erik Storz Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Sullivan New England Patriots
Damien Woody New England Patriots

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