1940 Boston College Eagles football team

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1940 Boston College Eagles football
Boston College text logo.gif
National Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
Sugar Bowl vs Tennessee, W 19–13
Conference Independent
AP #5
1940 record 11–0
Head coach Frank Leahy (2nd year)
Home stadium Alumni Field (c. 15,000)
Fenway Park (c. 38,805)
« 1939 1941 »

The 1940 Boston College Eagles represented Boston College in the 1940 college football season. Playing as an independent, the team was led by head coach Frank Leahy in his second year, and played their home games at Fenway Park in Boston and Alumni Field in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. They finished the season with ten wins and zero losses with a victory in the 1941 Sugar Bowl against Tennessee. A banner on BC's campus commemorating the team uses the phrase "national champions," but Boston College was not awarded a national championship by any of the national polls at the time of the 1940 season. Although BC's claim to a title is not recognized by the NCAA or college football historians in general, one website, the College Football Data Warehouse, claims that selectors named Cliff Morgan and Ray Bryne rated BC #1 in 1940.[1] This web site states that BC's historic 1940 run resulted in a split championship with the University of Minnesota, but it's not clear whether the selectors awarded BC a title at the time of the 1940 season, or if they did so retroactively.[2] The NCAA lists only Minnesota as the national champion in 1940, and does not credit BC with any national championships in football.[3]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 21 Centre Alumni Field • Chestnut Hill, MA W 40–0   18,000
September 28 at Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA W 27–7   42,000
October 12 Temple Fenway ParkBoston, MA W 33–20   24,000
October 19 Idaho #8 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 60–0   8,000
October 26 St. Anselm #10 Alumni Field • Chestnut Hill, MA W 55–0   15,000
November 2 Manhattan #9 Alumni Field • Chestnut Hill, MA W 25–0   5,000
November 9 Boston University #8 Fenway Park • Boston, MA (Rivalry) W 21–0   15,000
November 16 Georgetown #8 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 19–18   41,700
November 23 Auburn #4 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 33–7   30,000
November 30 Holy Cross #4 Fenway Park • Boston, MA (Rivalry) W 7–0   39,000
January 1, 1941 vs. #6 Tennessee #4 Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) W 19–13   73,181
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

*Schedule Source:[4]