1984 Boston College Eagles football team
|1984 Boston College Eagles football|
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
|Head coach||Jack Bicknell|
|Home stadium||Alumni Stadium
|1984 Division I-A independents football records|
|#5 Boston College||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|#11 South Carolina||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|#17 Florida State||–||–||7||–||3||–||2|
|#18 Miami (FL)||–||–||8||–||5||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The Eagles finished the season with a 9–2–0 record. 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.
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.
|September 1||Western Carolina||No. 19||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||W 44–24||32,000|
|September 8||at No. 9 Alabama||No. 18||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||ABC||W 38–31||67,821|
|September 22||North Carolina||No. 10||Sullivan Stadium • Foxborough, Massachusetts||ESPN||W 52–20||44,672|
|October 13||Temple||No. 4||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||W 24–10||32,000|
|October 20||at No. 20 West Virginia||No. 4||Mountaineer Field • Morgantown, West Virginia||ABC||L 20–21||60,286|
|October 27||Rutgers||No. 11||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||W 35–23||32,000|
|November 3||at Penn State||No. 9||Beaver Stadium • University Park, Pennsylvania||ABC||L 30–37||85,690|
|November 10||Army||No. 16||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts||KATZ||W 45–31||32,000|
|November 17||Syracuse||No. 13||Sullivan Stadium • Foxborough, Massachusetts (Rivalry)||KATZ||W 24–16||60,890|
|November 23||at No. 12 Miami (FL)||No. 10||Miami Orange Bowl • Miami, Florida||CBS||W 47–45||30,325|
|December 1||Holy Cross||No. 8||Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Rivalry)||W 45–10||25,000|
|January 1||vs. Houston||No. 8||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl Classic)||CBS||W 45–28||67,381|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
1984 team players in the NFL
|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|
Awards and honors
- Doug Flutie, QB, Heisman Trophy
- Doug Flutie, QB, Walter Camp Award
- Doug Flutie, QB, Maxwell Award
- Doug Flutie, QB, Davey O'Brien Award
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