Up next in our Ultimate Boston College Football Game contest is Pool G. Vying for the two spots in the Round of 16 are a road win in Happy Valley, a dominating shutout of the Fighting Irish, a surprise victory over the Clemson Tigers and an overtime victory over Brigham Young.
2003: Boston College 27, @ Penn State 14
If you have wanted to experience how loud a college football stadium can get with 106,000+ screaming fans, this was not to game for you. In a game that Jeff and I attended, Boston College hung three first quarter TDs on the Nittany Lions, jumping out to a 21-0 lead and hanging on for a 27-14 victory in Happy Valley. The win marked just the third one over Penn State in the then 22 game series (BC would tack on another win the following season at home).
We seem to have more than our fair share of games where a BC player played with a big chip on his shoulder, and this was another of those games. Running back Horace Dodd, a Penn State transfer, punched it in from the 1 yard line to make it a 21-0 first quarter lead. He finished the game against his former team with 62 yards on 13 carries.
Dodd had redshirted for Penn State in 1999 and played D and special teams in 11 games the following season. He transferred to Boston College when it became apparent he wouldn't spend any time at running back in Happy Valley.
BC quarterback Quinton Porter did just enough on the day, finishing 10-of-21 for 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.
The win got BC back to .500 on the early season after a big, big WTF game the week before against Wake Forest. The Eagles would finish the 2003 campaign with a record of 8-5 (3-4 Big East), capped with a Diamond Walnut Bowl victory over Colorado State.
2008: Boston College 17, Notre Dame 0
In the only shut out in the history of the Holy War, the Eagles blanked a reeling Notre Dame team for Boston College's sixth straight victory in the series. The defense stole the show in this one as the Eagles D limited the Irish running attack to just 66 yards on the ground, forced five turnovers and blocked a punt. Paul Anderson, in particular, stole the show, intercepting two Jimmy Clausen passes and running one back 76 yards for a touchdown.
The victory knotted the all-time series with Notre Dame at 9-9 (and consequently, the last BC W in the series).
Boston College snapped a two game losing streak and used the win over Notre Dame as a springboard to victories in subsequent weeks over Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland to win the Atlantic Division for a second straight season.
2010: Boston College 16, Clemson 10
In another "last victory in the series," Boston College snapped a five game losing streak by eking out a 16-10 victory over visiting Clemson in a low-scoring affair. The BC defense again came up big against the run, limiting Clemson's Andre Ellington to just 42 yards on 14 carries. The week prior, Ellington had torched the Georgia Tech defense to the tune of 166 yards, a career-high.
Kuechly also came up large in this one, stopping the Clemson offense on a 4th and 7 play midway through the fourth and following that up by intercepting Parker to seal the victory.
BC dug themselves a 0-7 hole on the third play of the game when Rashard Hall intercepted Chase Rettig and returned the ball 52 yards for a touchdown. Clemson would add a FG to extend the lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, Freese added a pair of 36 yards and Rettig hit Montel on a wheel route for the Eagles' only touchdown on the day. The Eagles took a 16-10 lead to the locker room, which would be all the scoring in this one after Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed two second half field goals.
The win snapped a five game losing streak for BC, the worst such streak since 1998.
2006: Boston College 30, BYU 23 (2 OT)
After Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez in the second OT, a Jamie Silva interception sealed the victory in a wild 30-23 2 OT victory over the visiting BYU Cougars. It was the second 2 OT victory in as many weeks for BC, who defeated Clemson the week before on a blocked XP.
QB Matt Ryan finished 29-for-48 passing for 356 yards and two TDs, but not before putting a scare into the Superfan faithful. BYU's Kelly Poppinga picked Matty Ice off with 20 seconds left, giving the Cougars offense decent field position. A 51 yard game-winning field goal attempt was missed by BYU's Jared McLaughlin and the game headed to OT.
This was a really exciting, back-and-forth type game with both teams matching each other score for score. Both offenses combined for a total of 1,025 yards -- BYU (554) and Boston College (471).
The two games that receive the most votes will advance to the Round of 16. Voting will end next Wednesday at noon. Which games will advance?