2008 Boston College Eagles football team

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2008 Boston College Eagles football
ACC Atlantic Division co-champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
2008 record 9–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Steve Logan
Defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani
Captain Chris Crane
Captain Mike McLaughlin[1]
Home stadium Alumni Stadium
(Capacity: 44,500)
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2008 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 21 Florida State x   5 3         9 4  
Maryland   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 6  
NC State   4 4         6 7  
Coastal Division
No. 15 Virginia Tech xy$   5 3         10 4  
No. 22 Georgia Tech x   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   0 4         0 5  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Boston College's fourth season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Eagles were led by Jeff Jagodzinski in his second and final season as Boston College head coach. Boston College has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference's (ACC) Atlantic Division since joining the league in 2005, after leaving the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games in 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.

Season recap[edit]

Boston College had to replace Matt Ryan, who was drafted 3rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Senior quarterback Chris Crane was the starter at the beginning of the year to take over the starting quarterback position. In the November 22 game against Wake Forest, Crane broke his collar bone, and was replaced with Dominique Davis. Other big losses that had to be dealt with from the 2007 season include tailback L.V. Witworth and running back Andre Callender. True freshman Josh Haden was assumed to be the starting running back, but true freshman Montel Harris later turned out to have the starting job. BC finished the year with one of the best defenses in College Football, with the most Interceptions in all of FBS Football, and allowing the 5th least amount of yards.

The team had its first loss in a home game against Georgia Tech. It went on to lose two more games against the North Carolina and the Clemson before winning four games in a row to take the team to its second ACC Championship Game in a row, which again, put the Eagles against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Eagles lost the game 12–30, and placed the team in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. The Eagles lost the game to Vanderbilt, which not only ended the Eagles bowl winning streak, which was the longest in the nation, but gave Vanderbilt its first bowl win in over 50 years. On January 5, 2008, Coach Jagodzinski was fired by Boston College, for apparently interviewing for the head coaching vacancy for the NFL New York Jets despite being warned not to. He was later hired as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:30 PM at Kent State* Cleveland Browns StadiumCleveland, OH (FirstMerit Patriot Bowl) ESPNU W 21–0   10,788
September 6 12:00 PM Georgia Tech Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA Raycom L 16–19   40,106
September 20 1:00 PM Central Florida* Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPNU W 34–7   41,267
September 27 1:00 PM Rhode Island* Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ESPN360 W 42–0   32,628
October 4 12:00 PM at NC State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC Raycom W 38–31   55,652
October 18 8:00 PM No. 17 Virginia Tech Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 28–23   44,127
October 25 12:00 PM at North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC Raycom L 24–45   48,000
November 1 3:30 PM Clemson Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA (O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy) ESPNU L 21–27   41,863
November 8 8:00 PM Notre Dame* Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA (Holy War) ESPN W 17–0   44,500
November 15 8:00 PM at No. 19 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 27–17   79,792
November 22 3:30 PM at Wake Forest No. 25 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ABC W 24–21   30,373
November 29 3:30 PM Maryland No. 22 Alumni Stadium • Chestnut Hill, MA ABC W 28–21   42,767
December 6 1:00 PM vs. Virginia Tech No. 17 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (ACC Championship) ABC L 12–30   53,927
December 31 3:30 PM vs. Vanderbilt No. 24 LP FieldNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN L 14–16   54,250
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.



2008 Boston College Eagles football roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Head coach

Assistant coaches


  1. ^ 2009-10 Boston College Record Book pg. 114
  2. ^ "2008-09 Results/News Releases". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved November 28, 2012.