1984 Boston College Eagles football team

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1984 Boston College Eagles football
Eastern Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #5
1984 record 10–2–0
Head coach Jack Bicknell
Home stadium Alumni Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
« 1983 1985 »
1984 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Boston College           10 2 0
#11 South Carolina           10 2 0
Army           8 3 1
Rutgers           7 3 0
#17 Florida State           7 3 2
Virginia Tech           8 4 0
West Virginia           8 4 0
#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           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 1984 Boston College Eagles football team represented the Boston College Eagles in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

The Eagles finished the season with a 9–2–0 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.[dead link][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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 Western Carolina #19 Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 44–24   32,000
September 8 at #9 Alabama #18 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL ABC W 38–31   67,821
September 22 North Carolina #10 Sullivan StadiumFoxborough, MA ESPN W 52–20   44,672
October 13 Temple #4 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 24–10   32,000
October 20 at #20 West Virginia #4 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ABC L 20–21   60,286
October 27 Rutgers #11 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 35–23   32,000
November 3 at Penn State #9 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC L 30–37   85,690
November 10 Army #16 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA KATZ W 45–31   32,000
November 17 Syracuse #13 Sullivan Stadium • Foxborough, MA KATZ W 24–16   60,890
November 23 at #12 Miami (FL) #10 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL CBS W 47–45   30,325
December 1 Holy Cross #8 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA W 45–10   25,000
January 1 vs. Houston #8 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 45–28   67,381
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

1984 team players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were claimed in the 1985 NFL Draft.[3]

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.

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