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2008 Boston College Eagles football team

The 2008 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Boston College's fourth season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Eagles were led by Jeff Jagodzinski in his second and final season as Boston College head coach. Boston College has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference's (ACC) Atlantic Division since joining the league in 2005, after leaving the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games in 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

2008 Boston College Eagles football
ACC Atlantic Division co-champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2008 record9–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coachJeff Jagodzinski (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorSteve Logan
Defensive coordinatorFrank Spaziani
Captains
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium
(Capacity: 44,500)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 21 Florida State x   5 3         9 4  
Maryland   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 6  
NC State   4 4         6 7  
Coastal Division
No. 15 Virginia Tech xy$   5 3         10 4  
No. 22 Georgia Tech x   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   0 4         0 5  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
Rankings from AP Poll

Season recapEdit

Boston College had to replace Matt Ryan, who was drafted third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Senior quarterback Chris Crane was the starter at the beginning of the year to take over the starting quarterback position. In the November 22 game against Wake Forest, Crane broke his collar bone, and was replaced with Dominique Davis. Other big losses that had to be dealt with from the 2007 season include tailback L.V. Witworth and running back Andre Callender. True freshman Josh Haden was assumed to be the starting running back, but true freshman Montel Harris later turned out to have the starting job. BC finished the year with one of the best defenses in College Football, with the most Interceptions in all of FBS Football, and allowing the fifth fewest yards.

The team had its first loss in a home game against Georgia Tech. It went on to lose two more games against the North Carolina and the Clemson before winning four games in a row to take the team to its second ACC Championship Game in a row, which again, put the Eagles against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Eagles lost the game 12–30, and placed the team in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. The Eagles lost the game to Vanderbilt, which not only ended the Eagles bowl winning streak, which was the longest in the nation, but gave Vanderbilt its first bowl win in over 50 years. On January 5, 2008, Coach Jagodzinski was fired by Boston College, for apparently interviewing for the head coaching vacancy for the NFL New York Jets despite being warned not to. He was later hired as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:30 p.m.at Kent State*ESPNUW 21–010,788
September 612:00 p.m.Georgia TechRaycomL 16–1940,106
September 201:00 p.m.Central Florida*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPNUW 34–741,267
September 271:00 p.m.Rhode Island*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN360W 42–032,628
October 412:00 p.m.at NC StateRaycomW 38–3155,652
October 188:00 p.m.No. 17 Virginia Tech
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA (rivalry)
ESPN2W 28–2344,127
October 2512:00 p.m.at North CarolinaRaycomL 24–4548,000
November 13:30 p.m.Clemson
ESPNUL 21–2741,863
November 88:00 p.m.Notre Dame*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA (Holy War)
ESPNW 17–044,500
November 158:00 p.m.at No. 19 Florida StateABCW 27–1779,792
November 223:30 p.m.at Wake ForestNo. 25ABCW 24–2130,373
November 293:30 p.m.MarylandNo. 22
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ABCW 28–2142,767
December 61:00 p.m.vs. Virginia TechNo. 17ABCL 12–3053,927
December 313:30 p.m.vs. VanderbiltNo. 24ESPNL 14–1654,250

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RosterEdit

2008 Boston College Eagles football roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Head coach

Assistant coaches

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2009-10 Boston College Record Book pg. 114
  2. ^ "2008-09 Results/News Releases". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2012.