Boston College Bowl Flashback: 2004 Continental Tire Bowl vs. North Carolina

Streeter Lecka

Belk Bowl before Belk was cool.

Between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31, BC Interruption will be taking a look back at the top 10 bowl games Boston College has appeared in, leading up to the Eagles matchup with Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 'Independence' Bowl.

2004 Tire Bowl: Boston College 37, North Carolina 24

The 2004 Boston College Eagles, playing in its final season as a member of the Big East, finished the regular season with an 8-3 record. But having lost the [GAME THAT WILL NOT BE MENTIONED IN THIS SPACE] to end the season, the Eagles fell all the way from securing its first outright Big East championship and a BCS bowl berth to the Big East's last bowl tie-in, the Continental Tire in Charlotte, North Carolina to play the in-state North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Eagles (8-3, 4-2 Big East) were passed over by both the Gator (8-4, 4-2 West Virginia) and Insight (6-6 Notre Dame) that year -- despite beating bowl teams on the road.

I don't know whether it was because of the disappointment of falling in the regular season finale or what, but for the life of me I can't recall much if anything from this game. I can recall nearly every Boston College football game since I walked onto campus in the fall of 2000, but this game escapes me.

This game was remarkable in that it marked the return of starting quarterback Paul Petersen, who left the Temple game with a broken finger. Petersen threw for 24-of-33 for 236 yards and 2 TDs before breaking his leg in the fourth quarter with the Eagles clinging to a 27-24 lead.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Headed off the field on a stretcher with a broken leg, Paul Peterson heard the roar of the crowd and knew his teammates were about to score.

He glanced up at the scoreboard just in time to see kicker Ryan Ohliger take a fake field goal into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown run that sealed Boston College's 37-24 victory over North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl on Thursday.

Pumping his fists in celebration, the touchdown temporarily eased the pain for Peterson, the Eagles' hard-luck quarterback.

"I saw it on the screen when they were wheeling me off and I was so pumped," Peterson said. "I'd be pretty ticked off I went out in the first quarter, but I made it to the fourth and we got the win. It's just awesome."

Ryan Ohliger's fake field goal touchdown gave the Eagles' a 34-24 fourth quarter lead and William Troost made it 37-24 with just 4:09 to play.

The win was the Eagles' fifth straight bowl victory; its final game as a member of the Big East.

Boston College 14 7 0 16 - 37
North Carolina 7 14 3 0 - 24

BC - L.V. WHITWORTH 3 run (Ryan OHLIGER kick), BC 7, UNC 0, 08:13 left.
UNC - R. McGILL 12 pass from Darian DURANT (Connor BARTH kick), BC 7, UNC 7, 06:08 left.
BC - Grant ADAMS 2 pass from Paul PETERSON (OHLIGER kick), BC 14, UNC 7, 01:32 left.

UNC - Wallace WRIGHT 5 pass from DURANT (BARTH kick), BC 14, UNC 14, 07:12 left.
UNC - Derrele MITCHELL 51 pass from DURANT (BARTH kick), BC 14, UNC 21, 01:44 left.
BC - David KASHETTA 1 pass from PETERSON (OHLIGER kick), BC 21, UNC 21, 00:17 left.

UNC - BARTH 27 field goal, BC 21, UNC 24; 04:32 left.

BC - Andre CALLENDER 1 run (OHLIGER kick failed), BC 27, UNC 24, 14:16 left.
BC - OHLIGER 21 run (William TROOST kick), BC 34, UNC 24, 10:32 left.
BC - TROOST 18 field goal, BC 37, UNC 24, 04:09 left.

Team Statistics BC UNC
First Downs 20 22
Total Net Yds 477 364
Net Yds Rushing 228 105
Net Yds Passing 249 259
Interceptions 0 0
Penalties 3-20 5-40
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0

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