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Boston College Eagles football
Current season Current season
First season 1892
Athletic director Gene DeFilippo
Head coach Frank Spaziani
2009-Present year, –  (Expression error: Unexpected = operator)
Home stadium Alumni Stadium
Stadium capacity 44,500
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Chestnut Hill, MA
Conference ACC
Division Atlantic
Past conferences Big East
All-time record 601–419–36 (.586)
Postseason bowl record 13–6
Conference titles 2004 (Big East)
Heisman winners 1 (Doug Flutie)
Consensus All-Americans 10
Current uniform
Colors Maroon and Gold              
Fight song For Boston
Mascot Baldwin the Eagle
Marching band "Screaming Eagles" Marching Band
Rivals Notre Dame Fighting Irish ("Holy War")
Virginia Tech Hokies
Miami Hurricanes
Clemson Tigers

The Boston College Eagles football team is the collegiate football program of Boston College. The team is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, a Division I Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-A) league governed by the NCAA. Within the ACC, the Eagles are one of six teams in the Atlantic Division. Begun in 1892, Boston College was one of six "Major College" football programs in New England as designated by NCAA classifications, starting in 1938.[1] By 1981, and for the remainder of the twentieth century, BC was New England's sole Division I-A program.[2] It has amassed a 601-419-36 record and is 71-30-0 since the turn of the century. In 2007, the Eagles captured the ACC's Atlantic Division Championship and finished the season ranked in the AP Top 10[3] for the first time since 1984. They also achieved a mid-season #2 ranking,[4] their highest since being ranked #1 in 1942.[5]

Most recently, the team was coached by Jeff Jagodzinski, however he was fired on January 7, 2009, after interviewing for the head coaching job with the New York Jets. Boston College is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Notre Dame. The Eagles' home games are played at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In addition to success on the gridiron, Boston College football teams are consistently ranked among the nation's best for academic achievement[6] and graduation.[7] In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the football team's Academic Progress Rate was the highest of any school that finished the season ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls.


Conference affiliations



Early history

Boston College football team, 1893

In 1892, Boston College President Edward Ignatius Devitt, S.J., grudgingly agreed to the requests of two undergraduates, Joseph F. O'Connell of the class of 1893 and Joseph Drum of the class of 1894, to start a varsity football team. Drum would become the first head coach, albeit an unpaid position and O'Connell was captain. On October 26, 1893, BC played its first official game against the St. John's Literary Institute of Cambridge followed by its first intercollegiate game against MIT. BC won the first game 4-0, but lost 6-0 to MIT. Some of the original team's alumni had particularly significant careers: captain Joseph Drum became the first BC graduate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Joseph F. O'Connell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and running back James Carlin became president of the College of the Holy Cross.

Eastern Champions, 1928

Holy Cross rivalry

Alumni Field, precursor to Alumni Stadium, ca. 1920

In 1896, Boston College and Holy Cross began what was to become one of the most storied rivalries in college football. For much of the early to mid 20th century, BC and The Cross drew some of New England's largest sports crowds. In 1913, BC began playing home games at Alumni Field.

To accommodate larger crowds, the Holy Cross game was routinely held at larger venues off campus, with the 1916 matchup taking place at the newly constructed Fenway Park. A record 54,000 attended the 1922 game at Braves Field, home of the Boston Braves baseball team. On November 28, 1942, BC lost in a huge upset to the Holy Cross Crusaders by a score of 55-12. This led to the BC players not attending their scheduled victory celebration at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which burned down that night. By the late 1970s the Holy Cross game had become more of a tradition than a rivalry, as Holy Cross football had long since ceased being a major power. By 1980, the game was no longer part of the student ticket package, and was mostly attended by alumni. In 1986 Holy Cross changed the direction of its football program, joining the Division 1-AA Patriot League, and terminated the series. BC had won 17 of the last 20 games.

1940 - "Team of Destiny"

1940 banner

The 1940 season can arguably be called the greatest year in the history of Boston College football. BC's undefeated (11-0) and untied team captured the 1941 Sugar Bowl championship and earned the nickname "Team of Destiny".[8][9] Five members of that storied team have been inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame: end Eugene Goodreault (50); guard George Kerr (47); center Chet Gladchuk, Sr. (45); fullback Michael Holovak (12); and halfback Charles O’Rourke (13). It included a 19-18 victory over Georgetown before 41,700 fans at sold-out Fenway Park, that was called one of the greatest games ever by famed sportswriter Grantland Rice. Going into the game, the Hoyas had twenty-two consecutive victories spanning three seasons. BC trailed until the third quarter, when a 43 yard touchdown pass from Charlie O'Rourke to Monk Maznicki put the Eagles ahead. With just seconds remaining, BC had the ball on their own nine, fourth down and 18 to go. Georgetown set up to return the Eagles’ punt. Instead of punting, O’Rourke scrambled in his own end zone for 45 seconds then took a safety. BC used the free kick to boot the ball far downfield and dashed the Hoyas' three-season unbeaten record. Legendary Coach Frank Leahy took his undefeated Eagles on to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans where they beat Tennessee. A banner on BC's campus commemorating the team uses the phrase "national champions," but Boston College was not awarded a national championship by any of the national polls, and BC's claim that it has won a national championship is not recognized by any independent organization. According to the NCAA, 14 polling organizations awarded national championships in 1940 but none of them declared Boston College the champion.[10] Although BC's claim to a title is not recognized by the NCAA or college football historians in general, one Web site called the College Football Data Warehouse notes that selectors named Cliff Morgan and Ray Bryne rated BC #1 in 1940.[11] But even this Web site does not consider this a recognized national championship, instead giving the 1940 title to Minnesota.[12] Since no other sources credit Boston College with a national championship, BC's claim to a national title thus seems to be recognized only on the BC campus.

The Flutie years

The early 1980s are sometimes referred to as "The Flutie Era", and are often credited with putting BC football firmly into the big time. Quarterback Doug Flutie played for Boston College from 1981 to 1984, and won the Heisman Trophy in his senior year. He gained national attention on November 23, 1984, when he led the Eagles to victory in a high-scoring, back-and-forth game against incumbent national champion Miami Hurricanes (led by star QB Bernie Kosar). The game was nationally televised on CBS the day after Thanksgiving, and had a huge audience. Miami staged a dramatic drive to take the lead, 45-41, in the closing minute of the game. Boston College then took possession at their own 22-yard line with 28 seconds to go. After two passes moved the ball another 30 yards, only six seconds remained on the clock. On the last play of the game, Flutie rolled out right away from the defense and threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the end zone by senior wideout Gerard Phelan, giving BC a miraculous 47-45 win. A persistent urban legend holds that this play essentially clinched the Heisman Trophy, the award given to the best player in college football that year, for Flutie; in fact, the Heisman voting was already complete by the day of the game. It has been called "the greatest moment in college football."[13]

In November 2008, Doug Flutie was honored by Boston College with a statue of his famous “Hail Mary” pass to Gerard Phelan to beat Miami.[14]

The Holy War

In recent years, Notre Dame has become one of BC's football rivals. Today, ND is the only other Catholic university playing NCAA Division I-A football. The match up was dubbed the "Holy War" in 1975, and has acquired a number of other nicknames over the years. The two teams battle for the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl and the Ireland Trophy.

On November 2, 2005, Notre Dame announced that because it had agreed to a request from the Big East to play teams from that conference each season, it would suspend the Boston College series following the 2010 season. Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese said the conference made the request after Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech withdrew from the Big East to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, on February 6, 2007, BC Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo stated "The Notre Dame contract calls for two games in South Bend, in 2007 and 2009, and two games in Boston, in 2008 and 2010. We have been in discussions with Notre Dame concerning additional games, and I am very hopeful that we will be able to announce something in the near future."

Memorable moments in the BC-ND rivalry

The series produced one of the top moments in college football history[13] when in 1993, David Gordon kicked a wobbly 41-yard field goal as time expired to beat top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame 41-39, ending Irish hopes for a national championship. During the 2002 matchup in South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame came into the game undefeated at 8-0, wearing their celebrated green jerseys (which since 1981 had only been worn against archrival USC or in bowl games). BC won the game 14-7, putting an end – again – to Notre Dame's dreams of an undefeated season. The series was played annually from 1992 to 2004 and resumed in 2007, though its future after 2010 is uncertain.[15]

  • 1992 - The beginning of the current "Holy War". In a move he would later regret, ND coach Lou Holtz called a successful fake punt with a 37-0 lead on the way to running up a 54-7 score. While the game was a blowout in Notre Dame's favor, halftime brought the filming of the game scenes used in the film Rudy. Watch closely on the sideline and you can see Boston College paraphernalia.
  • 1993 - A week after Notre Dame's "Game Of The Century" win over then #1 ranked Florida State, BC dominated for three quarters then fell behind after ND scored three touchdowns in 11 minutes. In the end, BC won on a last second field goal to knock the Irish out of the #1 ranking, a 41-39 loss that would keep ND from winning the national championship.
  • 1998 - Deke Cooper's tackle on Mike Cloud at the one yard line completed a dramatic goal line stand in the game's closing moments and preserved a 31-26 victory for Notre Dame in Chestnut Hill. Despite a first and goal from the four yard line, Boston College was unable to score in four plays.
  • 2002 - BC's 14-7 win in South Bend, Indiana over the green-jerseyed and previously 8-0 Irish is the first loss for then head coach Tyrone Willingham.
  • 2007 - BC's 27-14 win not only marked the first 7-0 record for the Eagles since 1942, but also marked the first time either team won five consecutive games in the match up between these teams.
  • 2008 - BC's 17-0 win was the first time that either team was able to shut out its opponent. BC joins Michigan and USC in the ranks of teams that have shut out the Irish under coach Charlie Weis.

Gambling scandal

Boston College's Cody Williams earned some negative press in 1996 when news broke that some football players had bet against BC in a bad loss on October 26 to Syracuse. After the 45-17 beating by the Orangemen, word leaked out to Head Coach Dan Henning that several players may have bet against the team in the game, and the coach subsequently told the university administration. Following an investigation by the university and law enforcement officials, 13 players would be suspended from the team for the season for placing illegal bets — six permanently from the football program. As a result of the scandal and a mediocre 16-19-1 record as coach, Henning resigned at then end of the 1996 season.

Tom O'Brien era

In December 1996 BC hired a 1971 Navy graduate and the former Virginia offensive coordinator Tom O'Brien. O'Brien arrived at The Heights with plans to revive the program after the team had been tarnished in the wake of the scandal. With good recruiting skills and a strong coaching staff around him, notably offensive coordinator Dana Bible and defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, O'Brien has turned the program into a consistent top-25 team. The team has also been helped by increased exposure on the national stage due to the move to the ACC and, more recently, improved facilities in the form of the Yawkey Center.

Following two mediocre seasons in 1997 (4-7) and 1998 (4-7), O'Brien's vision of a re-built football program began to take shape. In 1999, the Eagles finished the regular season 8-3 including a 31-29 win at Notre Dame Stadium on November 20. BC had earned itself its first bowl berth since being ensnarled in the 1996 gambling scandal. Despite the excitement of its first postseason game in five years, Boston College laid an egg at the Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, getting squashed by the University of Colorado, 62-28. In 2000 BC finished the regular season at 6-5 with just enough wins to be bowl-eligible and found themselves in Honolulu for the Aloha Bowl where they downed Arizona State 31-17, giving O'Brien his first bowl victory as head coach.

The year 2001 saw Boston College end a 21-game losing streak to ranked opponents when, in the Music City Bowl, the Eagles beat No. 16 Georgia 20-16 to finish at 8-5. But the most memorable moment of the year came in another thrilling game against then-No. 1 Miami at Alumni Stadium. Trailing 12-7 BC stood at the Hurricanes 9-yard-line, poised to win with just over 20 seconds left in the contest, but a freak interception thrown by Eagles quarterback Brian St. Pierre cost BC the game. St. Pierre threw too low for BC receiver Ryan Read, and the pass ricocheted off a Miami defender's leg and fell into the hands of Ed Reed, who returned it 80 yards for a touchdown — preserving a win for the Hurricanes and keeping its hopes alive for a national championship, which they would eventually win. Despite the heartbreaking loss, the season had several highs including running back William Green rushing for 1,559 yards and being the top RB taken in the 2002 NFL Draft; eight wins for the first time since 1993; and the team finished the season ranked (No. 21) for the first time since 1994.

Over the next few years the team posted respectable win-loss records and continued to win bowl games. In 2002, BC went 9-4 and won the Motor City Bowl, in 2003 they were 8-5 with a victory in the San Francisco Bowl and finished 9-3 in 2004 with a win in the Continental Tire Bowl. The year 2004 would be the Eagles final campaign in the Big East, and it finished the season in a four-way tie atop the league — a year in which they closed the season ranked No. 21 in both major polls.

BC holds the active national record for consecutive bowl victories, having won a postseason bowl game in each of the past eight years. BC footballers routinely rank at or near the top in Division 1-A for best graduation rate and were ranked sixth nationally in Student-Athlete GPA for 2004-05. As of June 2005, 20 Boston College football players were on NFL rosters. Among the more notable: Marc Colombo '02 (Cowboys), Doug Flutie '85 (Patriots), William Green '02 (Browns), Matt Hasselbeck '98 (Seahawks), Chris Hovan '00 (Bucs), Dan Koppen '03 (Patriots), Tom Nalen '94 (Broncos), and Damien Woody '99 (Lions).

Mathias Kiwanuka, BC defensive end who earned Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004, was drafted by the New York Giants in the April 2006 NFL Draft. The Giants are coached by former BC Head Football Coach Tom Coughlin.

On December 6, 2006, O'Brien decided to leave the Eagles and replace Chuck Amato as head coach at NC State. He was replaced by then Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski.

Logos and uniforms

Boston College's uniform combinations

It was announced on December 1, 2009, that the Boston College football team, along with 29 other athletic programs on campus, will officially switch its athletic outfitter from Reebok to Under Armour. On July 1, 2010, BC will become the fourth Football Bowl Subdivision team to wear uniforms from the Baltimore-based outfitter.[16]

Recent seasons


In Boston College's final year as a member of the Big East Conference, the Eagles finished the regular season at 8-3 including a 4-2 conference record. The Eagles tied West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse - all at 4-2 - for a share of the Big East regular season title. Pittsburgh was selected as the conference's BCS representative, heading to the Fiesta Bowl only to lose to Utah 35-7. The Eagles were invited to the Continental Tire Bowl where they defeated North Carolina. BC ended final season in the Big East ranked in the Top 25 of both major polls (No. 21 in the USA Today/Coaches' Poll and No. 21 in the AP Poll). Boston College reached the 9 win mark for the second time in three years.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 2* 8:00 pm at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN W 19-11  
September 11* 8:00 pm Penn State Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 21-7  
September 17 8:00 pm Connecticut Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 27-7  
September 25* 12:00 pm at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC L 17-14  
October 2* 1:00 pm Massachusetts Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 29-7  
October 16 12:00 pm at Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA L 20-17  
October 23* 2:30 pm at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN NBC W 24-23  
November 6 3:30 pm Rutgers #25 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 21-10  
November 13 12:00 pm at #10 West Virginia #21 Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, WV W 36-17  
November 13 12:00 at Temple #20 Lincoln Financial Field • Philadelphia, PA W 34-17  
November 27 1:00 pm Syracuse #19 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA L 43-17  
December 30* 1:00 pm vs. North Carolina #25 Bank of America Stadium • Charlotte, NC (Meineke Car Care Bowl) W 37-24  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Boston College moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference in time for the 2005 season and the football team faced a new schedule of opponents. BC football earned its first ACC win at Clemson on September 24 and finished the year at 8-3 including a 5-3 conference record, tied for the Atlantic Division title with Florida State, and the Eagles were invited to the MPC Computers Bowl where they defeated Boise State on the Broncos' home blue turf. BC ended the 2005-06 campaign at No. 17 in the coaches' poll and at No. 18 in the AP poll. Boston College won nine games for the second straight year and the third time in four years, while the senior class tied the school record for most wins in a four-year period with 35 (1939-42).

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 3:30 pm Brigham Young LaVell Edwards Stadium • Provo, UT W 20-3  
September 10* 12:30 pm Army Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 44-10  
September 17 7:45 pm #8 Florida State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA L 28-17   44,500
September 24 12:00 pm Clemson Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC W 16-13 OT 
October 1* 1:00 pm Ball State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 38-0  
October 8 1:00 pm Virginia Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 28-17   35,286
October 15 12:00 pm Wake Forest Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 35-30   33,632
October 27 7:45 pm at #3 Virginia Tech Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA L 30-10  
November 5 12:00 pm at North Carolina Kenan Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC L 16-14  
November 12 7:15 pm NC State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 30-10   42,826
November 19 12:00 pm at Maryland Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD W 31-16  
December 28* 4:30 pm vs. Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID (MPC Computers Bowl) W 27-21  
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
August 31* 6:00 pm at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI ESPN2 W 31-24   25,418
September 9 3:30 pm #18 Clemson Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ABC W 34-33 2  44,500
September 16* 12:00 pm BYU #23 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN2 W 30-23 2  40,233
September 23 8:00 pm at NC State #20 Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPN2 L 17-15   57,583
September 30* 1:00 pm Maine Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 22-0   42,000
October 12 7:30 pm #22 Virginia Tech Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 22-3   44,500
October 21 3:30 pm at Florida State #22 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 24-19   83,043
October 28* 1:00 pm Buffalo #17 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 41-0   14,682
November 4 7:00 pm at #22 Wake Forest #16 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC ESPN2 L 21-14   32,633
November 11 7:00 pm Duke #22 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 28-7   43,000
November 18 12:00 pm #21 Maryland #20 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN W 38-16   44,500
November 23 7:30 pm at Miami #18 Orange BowlMiami, FL ESPN L 17-14   23,308
December 30* 1:00 pm vs. Navy #23 Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Meineke Car Care Bowll) ESPN W 25-24   52,303
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


The Eagles, under first year coach Jeff Jagodzinski, the Boston College Eagles started their season 8-0, featuring a dramatic last-minute win engineered by QB Matt Ryan against Virginia Tech. They rose to Number 2, a position not held by a BC football team since the 1940s. Florida State upset the Eagles in the 9th week, ending Boston College's hopes of contending for a National Championship. After a second consecutive loss, this time to Maryland, they beat Clemson to clinch a position in the ACC Championship Game. The next week they beat Miami for the first time since "Hail Flutie" in 1984, and sent Miami to their first bowl-ineligible season in 9 years. A loss to Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, however, dashed Boston College's hopes of its first BCS bowl bid.

Despite their #2 conference ranking, #14 BCS ranking and 10-3 record the Eagles were the 4th overall bowl selection in their conference and were chosen by the Champs Sports Bowl. Due to loopholes in the ACC bowl selection process the Chick-fil-A Bowl used its #2 pick to select Clemson, a team BC had beaten on the road. With the third choice the Gator Bowl selected Virginia. Both Clemson and Virginia had 9-3 records and only 1 win each over ranked teams to BC's 3 wins (over ranked opponents). This made Boston College and its former conference rival Connecticut the only bowl-eligible teams in 2007 that received a bowl bid lower than its conference ranking.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 1 3:30 pm Wake Forest Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ABC W 38-28   42,292
September 8 2:30 pm NC State #25 Alumni Stadium • Chesnut Hill, MA ESPN2 W 37-17   42,513
September 15 8:00 pm at #15 Georgia Tech #19 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta, GA ESPN2 W 24-10   51,112
September 22* 1:00 pm Army #12 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN Classic W 37-17   40,329
September 29* 1:00 pm UMass #11 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 24-14   44,111
October 6* 12:00 pm Bowling Green #6 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 55-24   40,117
October 13* 3:45 pm at Notre Dame #4 Notre Dame StadiumSouth Bend, IN (Holy War) NBC W 27-14   80,795
October 25 7:30 pm at #9 Virginia Tech #2 Lane StadiumBlacksburg, VA ESPN W 14-10   66,233
November 3 8:00 pm Florida State #2 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ABC L 27-17   40,065
November 10 8:00 pm at Maryland #8 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD ABC L 42-35   52,827
November 17 7:45 pm at #20 Clemson #18 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ESPN W 20-17   81,500
November 24 12:00 pm Miami #16 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN2/ESPNU W 28-14   44,500
December 1 1:00 pm vs. #5 Virginia Tech #12 Municipal StadiumJacksonville, FL (ACC Championship) ABC L 16-30   53,212
December 28* 5:00 pm vs. Michigan State #14 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Champs Sports Bowl) ESPN W 24-21   46,554
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 6:30 pm at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH (FirstMerit Patriot Bowl) ESPNU W 21–0   10,788
September 6 12:00 pm Georgia Tech Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA Raycom & ESPN-GP L 16–19   40,106
September 20* 1:00 pm Central Florida Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 34–7   41,267
September 27* 1:00 pm Rhode Island Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 42–0   32,628
October 4 12:00 pm at NC State Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC Raycom & ESPN-GP W 38–31   55,652
October 18 8:00 pm #17 Virginia Tech Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN2 W 28–23   44,127
October 25 12:00 pm at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC Raycom & ESPN360 L 24–45   48,000
November 1 3:34 pm Clemson Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA (O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) ESPNU L 21–27   41,863
November 8* 8:00 pm Notre Dame Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA (Holy War) ESPN W 17–0   44,500
November 15 8:00 pm at #19 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC & ESPN-GP W 27–17   79,792
November 22 3:30 pm at Wake Forest #25 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ABC, ESPN2, & ESPN-GP W 24–21   30,373
November 29 3:30 pm Maryland #22 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ABC & ESPN2 W 28–21   42,767
December 6 1:00 pm vs. Virginia Tech #20 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (ACC Championship) ABC L 12–30   53,927
December 31 3:30 pm vs. Vanderbilt LP FieldNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN L 14–16   54,250
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5* 2:00 pm Northeastern Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 54–0   33,262
September 12* 2:00 pm Kent State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 34-7   25,165
September 19 12:00 pm at Clemson Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) Raycom L 25-7   77,000
September 26 2:00 pm Wake Forest Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 27-24 OT  40,892
October 3 3:30 pm Florida State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ABC W 28-21   40,029
October 10 8:00 pm at #5 Virginia Tech Lane Stadium • Blacksburg, VA Raycom L 48-14   66,233
October 17 3:30 pm NC State Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ABC W 52-20   35,261
October 24* 3:30 pm at Notre Dame Notre Dame Stadium • Notre Dame, IN (Holy War) NBC L 20-16   80,795
October 31* 3:30 pm Central Michigan Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 31-10   34,128
November 14 3:30 pm at Virginia Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, VA ESPN360 W 14-10   44,324
November 21 12:00 pm North Carolina Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN2 L 31-13   41,272
November 28 3:30 pm at Maryland Byrd Stadium • College Park, MD ESPNU W 19-17   35,042
December 26 8:00 pm at USC AT&T Park • San Francisco, CA (Emerald Bowl) ESPN L 24-13   40,121
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Yearly records

The Boston College Eagles football season records are taken from the Boston College football media guide.[17]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1893 none 3-3 n/a
1894 none 1-6 n/a
1895 none 2-4-2 n/a
1896 none 5-3 n/a
1897 none 4-3 n/a
1898 none 2-5-1 n/a
1899 none 8-1-1 n/a
1901 none 1-8 n/a
1902 none 0-7-1 n/a
1908 none 2-4-2 n/a
1909 none 3-4-1 n/a
1910 none 0-4-2 n/a
1911 none 0-7 n/a
1912 none 2-4-1 n/a
1913 none 4-3-1 n/a
1914 none 5-4 n/a
1915 none 3-4 n/a
1916 none 6-2 n/a
1917 none 6-2 n/a
1918 none 5-2 n/a
1919 none 5-3 n/a
1920 none 8-0 n/a
1921 none 4-3-1 n/a
1922 none 6-2-1 n/a
1923 none 7-1-1 n/a
1924 none 6-3 n/a
1925 none 6-2 n/a
1926 none 6-0-2 n/a
1927 none 4-4 n/a
1928 none 9-0 n/a
1929 none 7-2-1 n/a
1930 none 5-5 n/a
1931 none 6-4 n/a
1932 none 4-2-2 n/a
1933 none 8-1 n/a
1934 none 5-4 n/a
1935 none 6-3 n/a
1936 none 6-1-2 n/a
1937 none 4-4-1 n/a
1938 none 6-1-2 n/a
1939 none 9-2 n/a
1940 none 11-0* n/a
1941 none 7-3 n/a
1942 none 8-2 n/a
1943 none 4-0-1 n/a
1944 none 4-3 n/a
1945 none 3-4 n/a
1946 none 6-3 n/a
1947 none 5-4 n/a
1948 none 4-3-2 n/a
1949 none 3-5-1 n/a
1950 none 0-9-1 n/a
1951 none 3-6 n/a
1952 none 5-3-1 n/a
1953 none 5-3-1 n/a
1954 none 8-1 n/a
1955 none 5-2-1 n/a
1956 none 4-5 n/a
1957 none 7-2 n/a
1958 none 7-3 n/a
1959 none 5-4 n/a
1960 none 3-6-1 n/a
1961 none 4-6 n/a
1962 none 8-2 n/a
1963 none 6-3 n/a
1964 none 6-3 n/a
1965 none 6-4 n/a
1966 none 4-6 n/a
1967 none 4-6 n/a
1968 none 6-3 n/a
1969 none 5-4 n/a
1970 none 8-2 n/a
1971 none 9-2 n/a
1972 none 4-7 n/a
1973 none 7-4 n/a
1974 none 8-3 n/a
1975 none 5-4 n/a
1976 none 8-3 n/a
1977 none 6-5 n/a
1978 none 0-11 n/a
1979 none 5-6 n/a
1980 none 7-4 n/a
1981 none 5-6 n/a
1982 none 8-3-1 n/a
1983 none 9-3 n/a
1984 none 10-2 n/a
1985 none 4-8 n/a
1986 none 9-3 n/a
1987 none 5-6 n/a
1988 none 3-8 n/a
1989 none 2-9 n/a
1990 none 4-7 n/a
1991 Big East Conference 4-7
1992 Big East Conference 8-3-1
1993 Big East Conference 9-3 5-2
1994 Big East Conference 7-4-1 3-3-1
1995 Big East Conference 4-8 4-3
1996 Big East Conference 5-7 2-5
1997 Big East Conference 4-7 3-4
1998 Big East Conference 4-7 3-4
1999 Big East Conference 8-4 4-3
2000 Big East Conference 7-5 3-4
2001 Big East Conference 8-4 4-3
2002 Big East Conference 9-4 3-4
2003 Big East Conference 8-5 3-4
2004 Big East Conference 9-3 4-2**
2005 Atlantic Coast Conference 9-3 5-3
2006 Atlantic Coast Conference 10-3 5-3
2007 Atlantic Coast Conference 11-3 6-2
2008 Atlantic Coast Conference 9-5 5-3
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference 8-5 5-3
* = Disputed National Champions
** = Conference Co-Champions


Head coaches

Years Head Coach Record Winning Pct
1893 Joseph Drum 3-3-0 .500
1894 William Nagle 1-6-0 .143
1895 Joseph Lawless 2-4-2 .250
1896 Frank Carney 5-3-0 .625
1897-1899, 1901 John Dunlop 15-17-2 .441
1902 Arthur White 0-7-1 .000
1908 Joe Reilly, Joe Kenney 2-4-2 .250
1909 Charles McCarthy 3-4-1 .375
1910 Jim Hart 0-4-2 .000
1911 Joseph Courtney 0-7-0 .000
1912-1913 William Joy 6-7-2 .400
1914-1915 Stephen Mahoney 8-8-0 .500
1916-1917 Charles Brickley 12-4-0 .750
1918 Frank Morrissey 5-2-0 .714
1919-1926 Frank Cavanaugh (College Hall of Fame Bio) 48-14-5 .716
1927 D. Leo Daley 4-4-0 .500
1928-1934 Joe McKenney 44-18-3 .677
1935 Dinney McNamara / Harry Downes 3-1-0 / 3-2-0 .667
1936-1938 Gil Dobie (College Hall of Fame Bio) 16-6-5 .593
1939-1940 Frank Leahy (College Hall of Fame Bio) 20-2-0 .909
1941-1942 Denny Myers 35-27-4 .530
1943-1945 Moody Sarno 11-7-1 .579
1946-1950 Denny Myers 35-27-4 .530
1951-1959 Mike Holovak 49-29-3 .605
1960-1961 Ernie Hefferle 7-12-1 .350
1962-1967 Jim Miller 34-24-0 .586
1968-1977 Joe Yukica 68-37-0 .648
1978-1980 Ed Chlebek 12-21-0 .364
1981-1990 Jack Bicknell 59-55-1 .513
1991-1993 Tom Coughlin 21-13-1 .600
1994-1996 Dan Henning 16-19-1 .444
1997-2006 Tom O'Brien 75-45-0 .625
2007-2008 Jeff Jagodzinski 20-8-0 .714
2009-Present Frank Spaziani 9-5-0 .643

Defensive coordinators

Offensive coordinators

Assistant Head Coach

Individual award winners

Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Doug Flutie - 1984
Mike Ruth - 1985
Matt Ryan - 2007
Matt Ryan - 2007

See also


  1. ^ The NCAA classified Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale as NCAA University Division (Major College) in 1937. Boston College and Holy Cross were added in 1938.
  2. ^ In 1980, the Ivy League schools were reclassified as Division I-AA. Holy Cross followed suit in 1981.
  3. ^ "Associated Press 2007 NCAA Football Rankings - Final". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-03.  
  4. ^ "2007 NCAA Football Rankings - Week 8". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-08-03.  
  5. ^ "Eagles still are on rise". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-08-03.  
  6. ^ "Duke, BC Lead Academic Honor Roll". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  7. ^ "Eagles Among Nation's Elite in Graduation Success Rate: Football rated third-best in the country; 16 BC teams receive 100% GSR score". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  8. ^ "1940 Football 'Team of Destiny' - National Champions". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  9. ^ "1940 Team of Destiny". John J. Burns Library. Fall 2001. Retrieved 2008-02-18.  
  10. ^ NCAA list of recognized national champions
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ a b "College football's best of the last 20 years." USA Today. November 19, 2002.
  14. ^ BC unveils life-sized tribute to Flutie, November 13, 2008.
  15. ^ The rivalry is scheduled to resume in 2007 under a contract that ran through 2013. However, the series may be a victim of acrimony stemming from BC's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. On November 2, 2005, Notre Dame announced that because the Irish have agreed to play three Big East Conference teams each season, they will stop playing Boston College following the 2010 season. Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese said the conference made the request after Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech withdrew from the Big East to join the ACC. Notre Dame senior associate athletic director John Heisler said the Irish simply don't have room for Boston College — the only other Catholic university playing Division I football — on their schedule after adding the three Big East opponents. Heisler said that had the Eagles stayed in the Big East, they would have been one of those three. "They made a business decision to go to the ACC," Heisler said. Notre Dame has a unique and unusual relationship with the Big East Conference, in which it is a member institution but its football program remains independent and has a separate television contract with NBC.
  16. ^
  17. ^, Football, Boston College Football Year-by-Year Results. Retrieved November 24, 2009.

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