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2015 Boston College Eagles football team

The 2015 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Steve Addazio and played their home games at Alumni Stadium. They were a member of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 0–8 in ACC play to finish last place in the Atlantic Division.

2015 Boston College Eagles football
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ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2015 record3–9 (0–8 ACC)
Head coachSteve Addazio (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorTodd Fitch (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorDon Brown (3rd season)
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium
(Capacity: 44,500)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 14 Florida State   6 2         10 3  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Boston College   0 8         3 9  
Coastal Division
No. 15 North Carolina x   8 0         11 3  
Pittsburgh   6 2         8 5  
Miami   5 3         8 5  
Duke   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         4 8  
Georgia Tech   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 45, North Carolina 37
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Boston College
Alma Mater
Steve Addazio Head Coach 2 Central Connecticut State (1982)
Todd Fitch Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2 Ohio Wesleyan (1986)
Justin Frye Offensive Line 2 Indiana (2006)
Frank Leonard Tight ends 2 Central Connecticut State (1981)
Al Washington Running Backs 3 Boston College (2006)
Don Brown Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2 Norwich (1977)
Ben Albert Defensive Line 1 UMass (1995)
Kevin Lempa Defensive Backs 16 Southern Connecticut State (1974)
Coleman Hutzler Special Teams Coordinator 0 Middlebury College (2006)
Reference:[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 51:00 p.m.Maine*ESPN3W 24–329,626
September 121:00 p.m.Howard*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN3W 76–026,132
September 188:00 p.m.No. 9 Florida State
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPNL 0–1439,111
September 261:00 p.m.Northern Illinois*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN3W 17–1430,193
October 33:30 p.m.at DukeACCRSNL 7–920,009
October 103:00 p.m.Wake Forest 
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ACCRSNL 0–330,094
October 177:00 p.m.at No. 5 ClemsonESPNUL 17–3481,416
October 2412:30 p.m.at LouisvilleACCNL 14–1741,486
October 3112:30 p.m.Virginia Tech 
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA (rivalry)
ACCNL 10–2628,108
November 712:30 p.m.NC State
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ACCNL 8–2428,533
November 217:30 p.m.vs. No. 4 Notre Dame*NBCSNL 16–1938,686
November 2812:30 p.m.at SyracuseACCRSNL 17–2030,317
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

MaineEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 3 0 0 0 3
Eagles 0 10 0 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–3 2014 BC, 40–10

The Eagles won their third season opener in a row against regional rival FCS Maine. While the Eagles offense struggled to find their footing under the new leadership of sophomore quarterback Darius Wade, the defense was stifling, holding the Black Bears to 91 total yards on offense, and only 7 yards rushing. Maine opened up the scoring with a field goal on their opening drive, but that would be all they could muster for the entirety of the game. Wade managed to incorporate a passing attack that complemented the Eagles' now well-known running game, throwing 14/25 and 155 yards, including a touchdown pass to Bobby Swigert, who returned to the field after a two season-long injury. Sophomore power back Jonathan Hillman struggled to put up yards, only rushing for 47 yards on 16 carries, but Junior Tyler Rouse picked up the slack, ripping off two fourth quarter touchdown runs, totaling 81 yards on 8 carries, including a 45-yard rush for a score.[3]

HowardEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 0 0 0 0 0
Eagles 41 21 7 7 76
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Eagles trampled over an outmatched Howard team in their second game of the season, scoring 41 first quarter points and 62 points in the first half, the most by any FBS team in the last ten seasons. After the first half concluded, the two teams agreed, per NCAA rules, to shorten the second half of play by 10:00 minutes. After Tyler Rouse scored his third rushing touchdown (just 11:00 into the game), the Eagles starters were able to take an early rest, letting backups and freshman showcase their talents for the rest of the game. Quarterbacks Jeff Smith and Troy Flutie both took snaps, with Smith rushing for 89 yards and 3 scores on 5 carries and Flutie throwing 7/8 for 88 yards and a TD. The Eagles defense held the Bison to just 11 total yards of offense, only becoming a positive number until late in the game.[4]

Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Seminoles 7 0 0 7 14
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–9 2014 FSU, 20–17

Boston College's hopes of an upset on an emotional "Red Bandana" night, honoring alum and 9/11 hero Welles Crowther, were defeated as the Seminoles stuffed the Eagles 14–0 in an extremely tight defensive contest. After former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson led a drive for a touchdown after the game's opening kickoff, neither team would put up any points offensively during the rest of the entire game; the Noles would pad their 7–0 lead in the 4th quarter with a touchdown off a fumble recovery. The Eagles produced a tremendous defensive performance against the #9 ranked Seminoles, allowing only 217 total yards of offense and holding running back Dalvin Cook to 54 yards rushing. This effort was in vain, though, as BC's offense struggled to start drives and move the ball down the field; only passing midfield three times. Starting QB Darius Wade left the game in the 4th quarter with an injury, and for the second week in a row, both backups Jeff Smith and Troy Flutie took snaps to finish off the contest. The win was the 6th in a row for the Seminoles in the series.[5]

Northern IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 0 7 14
Eagles 0 7 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1971 BC, 20–10

In the second ever matchup between the two schools, the Eagles and Huskies struggled through a close defensive battle, which is quickly becoming a trend for the season as the BC defense continues to lead the FBS in total yards allowed. After trading punts throughout the 1st quarter, the Eagles broke through with the first score of the game, when Troy Flutie, who started in lieu of Darius Wade after suffering a broken ankle in the previous week against FSU, threw a 27-yard touchdown to Charlie Callinan. The Huskies would answer back with a rushing score shortly before the end of the half, set up by a long interception return to the 4 yard line. The Eagles would take the lead again with a 21-yard rushing score by Jonathan Hilliman in the 3rd. It seemed all but over after BC tacked on a field goal late in the 4th to make it a 17–7 game, however, the Huskies would make it interesting, returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to come within 3 points. After forcing a 3-and-out, NIU got the ball back with 2:20 on the clock, but failed to convert on a 4-and-10, sealing the victory for Boston College. Hilliman lead the way for the Eagles, rushing for 119 yards and a score on the day. Flutie went 5 for 11, throwing 92 yards and a score, and Jeff Smith, who also took snaps with Wade out, ran for 56 yards on 9 attempts. The Eagles defense remained stellar, holding the Huskies to just 153 yards of offense for the game.[6]

@ DukeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 7 0 7
Blue Devils 3 6 0 0 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2011 DUKE, 20–19

In yet another defensive showdown between two top defensive teams in the nation, BC was edged out by Duke in a low scoring 9–7 contest. It was a tale of two halves, as Duke scored 3 field goals in the first half but did not score in the 2nd, and as BC scored a touchdown in the second half, after having been shut out of the first. The Eagles missed two field goal attempts during the game (the first on a muffed snap and the other on a shanked kick), which proved to be pivotal points lost. On the flip side, Duke lost potential points after failing to pound the ball in the end zone on a short fourth-and-1 from the goal-line. Both freshman quarterbacks shared snaps again, with Jeff Smith making the start. After Smith failed to complete a pass during the entire first half and struggled to move the ball down the field, the switch was made to Flutie, who completed 5 of 8 passes for 129 yards, one of which was the games only touchdown, a 66-yard score to Thadd Smith. The team combined for 164 yards rushing. The Eagle's defense was stifling, allowing just 33 yards rushing on 35 attempts, less than a yard per carry average. They also held the Blue Devils to just 74 yards of offense in the second half, giving the Eagles plenty of opportunity, in vein, to take the lead late in the game.[7]

Wake ForestEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Demon Deacons 0 0 3 0 3
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–8–2 2014 BC, 23–17

@ ClemsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 3 0 7 17
Tigers 10 7 10 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–13–2 2014 CLEM, 17–13

@ LouisvilleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 7 7 0 14
Cardinals 7 10 0 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2014 LOU, 38–19

Virginia TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 10 10 3 3 26
Eagles 0 0 3 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–15 2014 BC, 33–31

NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 0 14 7 3 24
Eagles 0 0 0 8 8
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–4 2014 BC, 30–14

Notre DameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Irish 10 0 6 3 19
Eagles 0 0 3 13 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–13 2012 ND, 21–6

@ SyracuseEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 7 3 17
Orange 0 10 7 3 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–29 2014 BC, 28–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Football Roster". Boston College Department of Athletics. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "Boston College Eagles Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Vega, Michael (September 5, 2015). "BC Cruises Past Maine in Season Opener". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Vega, Michael (September 12, 2015). "Boston College Rumbles Its Way to Rout of Howard". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Vega, Michael (September 18, 2015). "BC Loses Low-Scoring Battle to Florida State". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Benbow, Julian (September 26, 2015). "Troy Flutie, Jeff Smith Help BC Fend off Northern Illinois". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Vega, Michael (October 3, 2015). "BC Drops Sloppy Game to Duke". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 25, 2015.