January 31, 2014

Holy Cross-Boston College Football Series Highlights

Nov. 14, 1896: Holy Cross claims to have won a 6-4 game over Boston College, while the Eagles claim to have won by a score of 8-6. With less than three minutes to play and the Crusaders leading 6-4, a fight broke out on the field. During the melee, Boston College's Hugh McGrath picked up the ball and crossed the Holy Cross goal line. The officials, however, did not allow the score, and the Eagles left the field in protest. The referee then awarded the win to Holy Cross, and the Crusaders left the field with an apparent victory. However, the story, does not end there. The referee decided to reverse his decision after a Boston College protest, and asked both teams to return to the field. Holy Cross refused and claimed a 6-4 win, while the Eagles returned to field, scored without opposition, and claimed to have taken an 8-6 victory.

Nov. 29, 1924: The Crusaders down Boston College 33-0, before 50,000 fans at Braves Field.

Nov. 30, 1935: Dr. Eddie Anderson's Crusaders finished an undefeated season with a 20-6 victory over Boston College. Holy Cross ended the year with an overall record of 9-0-1, to become the first unbeaten team in school history.

Nov. 26, 1938: Holy Cross completes an 8-1 season with a 29-7 win over Boston College, and the Crusaders end the season ranked ninth in the final Associated Press poll.

Nov. 28, 1942: In one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Holy Cross stunned undefeated and top-ranked Boston College 55-12 at Fenway Park. Johnny Bezemes caught two touchdown passes from John Grigas, threw for a score, and returned an interception 64 yards for another touchdown, helping knock the Eagles out of a Sugar Bowl berth. Holy Cross finished just 5-4-1, but was 19th in the final Associated Press poll. That night, 496 people died in a fire at the Cocoanut Grove night club, where Boston College had planned a victory celebration, but cancelled after the loss. The fire was the nation's worst since 1903.

Dec. 2, 1950: Trailing Boston College 14-0, after suffering a 76-0 defeat against the Eagles the year before, Johnny Turco's 97-yard kickoff return sparks Holy Cross to a 32-14 win.

Dec. 1, 1956: Bill Smithers finds Paul Toland with 39 seconds left for a 7-0 win over Boston College.

Nov. 30, 1957: Vince Promuto recovers eight Boston College fumbles in Holy Cross' soggy 14-0 victory.

Nov. 28, 1964: In Dr. Eddie Anderson's final game as Crusader coach, Holy Cross falls to Boston College 10-8.

Nov. 26, 1966: Jack Lentz hits Pete Kimener for a touchdown in the final minute to beat Boston College, 32-26. Mike Kaminski had kicked a pair of then-record 44-yard field goals in the first quarter. Lentz becomes the first player to win the Edward O'Melia Award twice.

Dec. 1, 1984: A crowd of 25,000 fans pack Fitton to see Boston College's Doug Flutie on the day he would receive the Heisman Trophy. The Eagles won 45-10.

Nov. 22, 1986: Unbeaten Holy Cross takes a 14-0 lead over Hall of Fame Bowl-bound Boston College, but the Eagles come back to win 56-26 before a crowd of 25,000 at Fitton Field.