1984 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1984 Boston College Eagles football team represented the Boston College in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season.

1984 Boston College Eagles football
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Eastern champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 5
1984 record10–2
Head coachJack Bicknell (5th season)
Captains
  • Mark MacDonald
  • David Thomas
  • Scott Harrington
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Boston College           10 2 0
No. 11 South Carolina           10 2 0
Army           8 3 1
Rutgers           7 3 0
No. 17 Florida State           7 3 2
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
West Virginia           8 4 0
No. 18 Miami (FL)           8 5 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana           6 5 0
Penn State           6 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
Temple           6 5 0
Memphis State           5 5 1
Navy           4 6 1
Southern Miss           4 7 0
Pittsburgh           3 7 1
Tulane           3 8 0
Cincinnati           2 9 0
East Carolina           2 9 0
Louisville           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The Eagles finished the season with a 9–2 record.[1] Doug Flutie gained national attention in 1984 when he quarterbacked the Eagles to victory in a high-scoring, back-and-forth game against the Miami Hurricanes (led by QB Bernie Kosar). The game was nationally televised on CBS the day after Thanksgiving and thus had a huge audience. Miami staged a dramatic drive to take the lead, 45–41, in the closing minute of the game. Boston College then took possession at its own 22-yard line with 28 seconds to go. After two passes moved the ball another 30 yards, only 6 seconds remained. On the last play of the game, Flutie scrambled away from the defense and threw a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the end zone by Gerard Phelan, giving BC a 47–45 win. Although many people think that play clinched the Heisman Trophy for Flutie, the voting was already complete before that game.[2]

Flutie left school as the NCAA's all-time passing yardage leader with 10,579 yards and was a consensus All-American as a senior. He earned Player of the Year awards from UPI, Kodak, The Sporting News, and the Maxwell Football Club.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1Western CarolinaNo. 19W 44–2432,000
September 8at No. 9 AlabamaNo. 18ABCW 38–3167,821
September 22North CarolinaNo. 10ESPNW 52–2044,672
October 13TempleNo. 4
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
W 24–1032,000
October 20at No. 20 West VirginiaNo. 4ABCL 20–2160,286
October 27RutgersNo. 11
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
W 35–2332,000
November 3at Penn StateNo. 9ABCL 30–3785,690
November 10ArmyNo. 16
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
KATZW 45–3132,000
November 17SyracuseNo. 13
  • Sullivan Stadium
  • Foxborough, MA (rivalry)
KATZW 24–1660,890
November 23at No. 12 Miami (FL)No. 10CBSW 47–4530,325
December 1Holy CrossNo. 8
W 45–1025,000
January 1, 1985vs. HoustonNo. 8CBSW 45–2867,381
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1984 Boston College Eagles football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 22 Doug Flutie Sr
WR 20 Gerard Phelan Sr
WR 3 Chris Tripucka Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 97 John Bosa So
DT 52 Scott Harrington Sr
DB 17 Tony Thurman Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 19 18 10 10 5 4 4 4 11 9 16 13 10 8 8 5 
Coaches 20 16 9 7 7 5 4 5 10 7 16 13 10 8 8 4

[3]

Game summariesEdit

Western CarolinaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at AlabamaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1983 W, 20–13

North CarolinaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1981 L, 14–56

TempleEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–3–2 1983 W, 18–15

at West VirginiaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 1983 L, 17–27

RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1983 W, 42–22

at Penn StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–11 1983 W, 27–17

ArmyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–10 1983 W, 34–14

SyracuseEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–14 1983 L, 10–21

at Miami (FL)Edit

Boston College at Miami (FL)
1 234Total
No. 10 Eagles 14 14316 47
No. 12 Hurricanes 7 141014 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8 1979 L, 8–19

[4][5]

Holy CrossEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
45–31–1 1983 W, 47–7

vs. Houston (Cotton Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Eagles 17 14 0 14 45
Cougars 7 7 14 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1962 W, 14–0

[6][7]

Awards and honorsEdit

1984 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1985 NFL Draft.[10]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Gerard Phelan Wide Receiver 4 108 New England Patriots
Mark MacDonald Guard 5 115 Minnesota Vikings
Doug Flutie Quarterback 11 285 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Strachan Running Back 11 303 Los Angeles Raiders

Bill Romanowski was also a member of the team and was drafted in 1988.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boston College-1984". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Heisman Trophy". Heisman.com. Archived from the original on 21 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Boston College 1984 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "FLUTIE'S PASS ON LAST PLAY OVERCOMES MIAMI BY 47-45". The New York Times. November 24, 1984. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "Flutie's Desperation Pass Beats Miami, 47-45". Washington Post. November 24, 1984. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "FLUTIE PASSES FOR 3 SCORES AS BOSTON COLLEGE WINS". The New York Times. January 2, 1985. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Flutie Short of Miracles but BC Wins, 45-28". Washington Post. January 2, 1985. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Heisman Winners". Heisman. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009.
  9. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/waltercampaward.htm
  10. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1985.htm