Boston College Bowl Flashback: 2007 Champs Sports Bowl vs. Michigan State

Brian Favat

Counting down the program's top 10 bowl games leading up to the December 31 matchup with Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.

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.

2007 Champs Sports Bowl: Boston College 24, Michigan State 21

It wasn't the game Boston College wanted to be in, but after both the Peach and Gator Bowls passed on the ACC Championship Game runner-up, the Eagles fell to the Orlando-based Champs Sports Bowl vs. Michigan State.

In his final game of his career, quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22-of-47 passes for 249 yards and three touchdown passes -- two to Rich Gunnell -- to lead the Eagles to a 24-21 victory over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl. The win extended the Eagles' bowl win streak to eight games -- tops in the nation at the time. More importantly, the victory gave BC an 11th win for the first time since 1940 and only second time in school history.

"It was big to get to 11 wins," Jagodzinski said. "To get to double-digit wins is hard to do in any league. These guys bought into what I was talking about and they did everything I asked them to do to get to that point."

Ryan wasn't the only senior to step up in his final game wearing the maroon and gold. All-American safety Jamie Silva picked off Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer twice, including once in the end zone, en route to being named the game's MVP. Paul Anderson picked off Hoyer with 2:29 remaining in the game to seal the victory.

The win, the senior class' 39th in four years, capped off one of if not the greatest four-year stretch in Boston College football history. The Eagles went 39-12 from 2004-2007, a stretch that included a share of the Big East title (2004), two ACC Atlantic Division titles (2005, 2007), four bowl wins, a 19-1 record in non-conference play and 22-3 mark at home.

The win over Michigan State also propelled the team to a No. 10 finish in the final AP college football poll of the season, BC's first top 10 finish since the 1984 season.

SCORING SUMMARY
Boston College 7 7 3 7 - 24
Michigan State 7 3 3 8 - 21

FIRST QUARTER
MSU - Davis 18-yard pass from Hoyer (Swenson kick), 3-18 1:37, BC 0, MSU 7.
BC - Loyte 1-yard pass from Ryan (Aponavicius kick), 4-11 1:51, BC 7, MSU 7.

SECOND QUARTER
BC - Gunnell 29-yard pass form Ryan (Aponavicius kick), 10-70 3:31, BC 14, MSU 7.
MSU - Swenson 39-yard field goal, 4-8 1:39, BC 14, MSU 10.

THIRD QUARTER
MSU - Swenson 23-yard field goal, 11-54 5:40, BC 14, MSU 13.
BC - Aponavicius 28-yard field goal, 11-69 3:11, BC 17, MSU 13.

FOURTH QUARTER
BC - Gunnell 68-yard pass from Ryan (Aponavicius kick), 3-80 1:04, BC 24, MSU 13.
MSU - Curry 14-yard pass from Hoyer (Davis pass from Hoyer), 3-37 0:32, BC 24, MSU 21.

STATS
Team Statistics BC MSU
First Downs 17 18
Total Net Yds 276 303
Net Yds Rushing 27 172
Net Yds Passing 249 131
Interceptions 1 4
Penalties 4-22 1-15
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1

Pro tip: If you find yourself tailgating outside of the Citrus Bowl, don't place your still hot grill under your car if you want to keep your grill. RIP, Jeff's grill.

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