Boston College and Temple will face off for the first time since 2004, when both teams were in the Big East. Things have changed quite a bit for both teams since then, the Big East is gone, and Temple is part of the AAC Conference now, while Boston College as we all know left the BE for the ACC. All in all, Boston College is 28-7 against Temple, with a 5 game winning streak. Their last loss came in 1999, when Tom O’Brien’s Eagles fell to the Owls in Philadelphia.
But let’s take a look at their last three games:
2004: Boston College 34 Temple 17: In both BC’s and Temple’s final year in the Big East (Owls were getting kicked out) the Eagles rode the legs of L.V Whitworth for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The #19 Eagles looked well on their way to their first ever BCS bowl when Paul Peterson broke his hand late in the second quarter. A young freshman Matt Ryan came in and saw his first real action of his collegiate career, and it would be Ryan who took over in the season finale against the Syracuse Orange, where nothing bad happened.
2003: Boston College 38 Temple 13: On the road in Philly, the Eagles put the hammer to the far outmatched Temple squad. With a 21 point first quarter, the Eagles rode a hot Quinton Porter who threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and Horace Dodd and Derrick Knight lit up the Owls for 158 yards on the ground and two scores. This was never much of a game. Right around the time of this game it was rumored BC was fleeing to the ACC, and Bobby Wallace the head coach of Temple was blaming BC for getting Temple thrown out of the Big East.
2002: Boston College 36 Temple 14: In a rather sloppy games the Eagles took care of business against the Owls as Brandon Brokaw ran for three touchdowns, and the BC defense held Temple to only 222 yards. The Eagles had three interceptions, including one by Mathias Kiwanuka, and caused two fumbles. Brian St. Pierre had a pretty pedestrian game for the Eagles, throwing for just over 200 yards and one interception.