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Boston College gets its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference victory in overtime at Death Valley.

The Eagles enter the ACC
The Eagles enter the ACC
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Welcome to the 2nd installment of the BC sports video archive series. On the first day of every month from September through March, I will post one of the many old game videos from either Boston College football or basketball games from the 80s through the 2000s.

Last month we revisited the 1992 BC win at Penn State, BC's second victory ever over the Nittany Lions and the first ever in Happy Valley. Now let's move forward a few years and look at another first...BC's first ever win in the ACC.

The year was 2005...can you believe it's now been 10 years since the Eagles moved from the Big East to the ACC? The excitement around the program was palpable. The 2004 team under Coach Tom O'Brien had come oh-so-close to the program's first outright conference championship, losing to Syracuse in the final game of the regular season behind a freshman quarterback named Matthew Ryan, who subbed for the injured Paul Peterson. BC would win their bowl game in Charlotte against North Carolina, 37-24, to cap off a solid 9-3 season and entered 2005 not only with a new conference affiliation, but high hopes for a run in the ACC.

Starting the season ranked #22 in the country, BC would open with a convincing road win at BYU 20-3, then follow it up with a 44-7 pounding of Army at Alumni, before welcoming #8 Florida State to town for the first ever ACC contest. BC would have it's chances, but eventually would drop a 28-17 decision to the Noles...the party would have to wait..but only one more week.

The Eagles, now 2-1 on the season and ranked #25, would travel to Death Valley in Clemson, SC for the first time since 1982 when they tied the defending national champion Tigers, 17-17, behind sophomore QB Doug Flutie. On this day, it would be sophomore quarterback Matt Ryan, leading BC to a historic overtime victory.

I won't spoil the story, you can watch the game, but suffice to say the 2005 Eagles made a splash, not only on that sun drenched day in the South, but in the ACC championship race. They posted their second straight 9-3 season, capping it off by defeating Boise State on their famed blue turf in the MPC Computers Bowl.

The 2005 Eagles are only one of two Boston College teams (the other being the 1984 squad, albeit only 20 teams were ranked at that time) that were ranked every week in both major polls, reaching as high as number 13 and finishing at #17 in the ESPN/USA Today and #18 in the Associated Press Poll.

Enjoy the game and Go Eagles!!

#25 Boston College 16 at Clemson 13 (OT)