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The Boston College Eagles are the athletic groups that represent Boston College. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sub-level for football), mostly completing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
The Eagle label and mascot for Boston College’s groups were provided by Rev. Edward McLaughlin. Fr. McLaughlin, incensed at a Boston newspaper cartoon depicting the champ BC track team as a feline licking clean a plate of its competitors, penned a passionate letter to the trainee newspaper, The Heights, in the newspaper’s first year in 1920. “It is very important that we adopt a mascot to administer at our pow-wows and victorious accomplishments,” composed Fr. McLaughlin. “And why not the Eagle, symbolic of majesty, power, and freedom?
The Boston College mascot is Baldwin the Eagle, an American bald eagle whose name is a pun originated from the bald head of the eagle and the word “win.”.
The school colors are maroon and gold. The battle song, “For Boston”, was made up by T.J. Hurley, Class of 1885, and is America’s earliest college fight song.
The Boston College Eagles football team represents Boston College in the sport of American football. The Eagles compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Begun in 1892, Boston College’s football team was among six “Major College” football programs in New England as designated by NCAA classifications, starting in 1938. By 1981, and for the remainder of the twentieth century, BC was New England’s sole Division I-A program. It has collected a 624– 444– 37 record and is 99– 54 since the turn of the 21st century.
Steve Addazio is presently the team’s head coach. Boston College is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Notre Dame. The Eagles’ home games are played at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College school in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In addition to success on the gridiron, Boston College football teams are consistently ranked among the nation’s best for academic achievement and graduation. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the football team’s Academic Progress Rate was the greatest of any school that finished the season ranked in the AP or ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ surveys.
Over the last few years, Notre Dame has become one of BC’s football competitors. Today, ND is the only other Catholic university playing NCAA Division I FBS football. The match up was dubbed the “Holy War” in 1975, and has actually gotten a variety of other nicknames over the years. The two teams battle for the Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl and the Ireland Trophy. Notre Dame presently leads the all-time series 14– 9.
The Eagles and the Fighting Irish have actually met as soon as in the postseason; Notre Dame beat Boston College in the 1983 Liberty Bowl by a score of 19– 18.
The schools are arranged to satisfy in 2015, playing a neutral site game at Fenway Park, part of Notre Dame’s continuous Shamrock Series. The teams are set up to fulfill 5 times over the next 10 years; each year from 2015– 2019, and every third year from 2019– 2025. Boston College will host in 2017 and 2025, and Notre Dame will host in 2019 and 2022, in addition to hosting the neutral site game at Fenway Park in 2015.
Memorable moments in the BC-ND rivalry.
The series produced among the top minutes in college football history when in 1993, David Gordon kicked a shaky 41-yard field goal as time ended to beat top-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame 41– 39, ending Irish hopes for a championship game. Notre Dame would not be ranked # 1 once again till late in the 2012 season. During the 2002 matchup in Notre Dame, Indiana, Notre Dame came into the game unbeaten at 8– 0, using their renowned green jerseys (which since 1981 had actually only been worn against archrival USC or in bowl games). BC won 14– 7, putting an end– once again– to Notre Dame’s dreams of an unbeaten season. The series was played every year from 1992 to 2004 and from 2007 to present.
1992– The beginning of the present “Holy War”. In a move he would later on be sorry for, ND coach Lou Holtz called a successful phony punt with a 37– 0 lead on the first series of the third quarter on the way to a 54– 7 Irish blowout of the 9th-ranked Eagles. While the game was a blowout in Notre Dame’s favor, halftime brought the recording of the game scenes utilized in the movie Rudy. Enjoy carefully on the sideline and you can see Boston College stuff.
1993– A week after Notre Dame’s “Game of the Century” win over then # 1-ranked Florida State, BC controlled for three quarters then fell back after ND scored three touchdowns in 11 minutes. In the end, BC won on a last second field goal to knock the Irish from the # 1 ranking, a 41– 39 loss that would keep ND from winning the championship game.
1998– Deke Cooper’s tackle on Mike Cloud at the one-yard line finished a dramatic goal line stand in the game’s closing moments and preserved a 31– 26 victory for Notre Dame in Chestnut Hill. Regardless of a first and goal from the four-yard line, Boston College was unable to score in four plays.
2002– BC’s 14– 7 win in Notre Dame, Indiana over the green-jerseyed and formerly 8– 0 Irish is the first loss for then head coach Tyrone Willingham.
2007– BC’s 27– 14 win not only marked the first 7– 0 record for the Eagles since 1942, but also marked the very first time either team won 5 successive games in the compare between these teams.
2008– BC’s 17– 0 win was the first time that either team was able to lock out its challenger. BC signs up with Michigan and USC in the ranks of groups that have shut out the Irish under coach Charlie Weis.
2012– ND’s 21-6 win was the first time the Eagles failed to beat a Notre Dame team ranked in the top 5 of the BCS rankings. Notre Dame was ranked 4th in the country that week and finished the season ranked # 1 and unbeaten at 12-0. (They lost to # 2 Alabama in the BCS National Championship).
2015– ND’s 19-16 win took place at Fenway Park, where the Fighting Irish (No. 4 CFP, No. 5 AP) spent the majority of its time on the BC side of the field, overcoming five turnovers (three of the turnovers were inside the BC 5) to beat the Eagles.