1942 Boston College Eagles football team

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1942 Boston College Eagles football
Boston College Eagles wordmark.png
Orange Bowl, L 21–37 vs. Alabama
Conference Independent
Ranking
AP No. 8
1942 record 8–2
Head coach Denny Myers (2nd season)
Captain Mike Holovak
Captain Fred Naumetz
Home stadium Fenway Park
Seasons
← 1941
1943 →
1942 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan         6 0 0
Western Michigan         5 1 0
No. 19 Penn State         6 1 1
No. 8 Boston College         8 2 0
No. 6 Notre Dame         7 2 2
No. 15 Santa Clara         7 2 0
Miami (FL)         7 2 0
Army         6 3 0
Syracuse         6 3 0
St. Mary's (CA)         6 3 1
Yale         5 3 0
Fordham         5 3 1
Cal Poly         4 3 0
Detroit         5 4 0
Navy         5 4 0
West Virginia         5 4 0
No. 19 Holy Cross         5 4 1
Michigan State         4 3 2
Villanova         4 4 0
Michigan State Normal         3 3 1
Pittsburgh         3 6 0
Massachusetts State         2 5 0
Drexel         2 6 0
Wayne         1 6 1
San Francisco State         0 6 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1942 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 1942 college football season. The Eagles were led by second-year head coach Denny Myers, and played all of their regular season games at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Boston College won its first 8 games of the season, climbing to #1 in the AP Poll. All the Eagles needed to do to secure its second national championship in three years, and first ever AP title, was to beat rival Holy Cross (4–4–1) in the final game of the regular season. The result, however, was a stunning rout loss, 12–55. The Eagles team cancelled their planned post-game celebration at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, which inadvertently saved the team from perishing along with 492 others in the Cocoanut Grove fire that occurred that night.[2]

Team co-captain and fullback Mike Holovak was the undisputed star of the team, earning consensus All-America honors and finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.[3] He finished his career as Boston College's all-time leading rusher, with 2,011 yards and 23 touchdowns.[4] Holovak returned to coach the Eagles from 1951 to 1959.

The Eagles received an invitation to play in the Orange Bowl on New Years Day, where they lost to Alabama, 21–37.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
October 3 West Virginia Fenway ParkBoston, MA W 33–0   15,000
October 10 Clemson Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 14–7   23,400
October 17 North Carolina Pre-Flight No. 11 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 7–6   25,107
October 25 Wake Forest No. 10 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 27–0   21,500
October 31 Georgetown No. 7 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 47–0   28,000
November 7 Temple No. 5 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 28–0   24,000
November 14 Fordham No. 3 Fenway Park • Boston, MA W 56–6   36,300
November 21 vs. Boston University No. 3 Fenway Park • Boston, MA (Green Line Rivalry) W 37–0   10,000
November 28 vs. Holy Cross No. 1 Fenway Park • Boston, MA (Rivalry) L 12–55   41,300
January 1 vs. No. 10 Alabama No. 8 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) L 21–37   30,000
#Rankings from AP Poll.

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2009-10 Boston College Record Book. Section: Season-by-Season Results.
  2. ^ Anderson, Dave (November 22, 1992). "Sports of The Times; The Upset, the Party, the Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1942 Heisman Trophy Voting". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  4. ^ "2016 Boston College football media guide" (PDF). p. 156. 
  5. ^ "1942 Boston College Eagles Schedule & Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 12, 2017.