O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy

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O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy
First meeting January 1, 1940
Clemson 6, Boston College 3
Latest meeting October 17, 2015
Clemson 34, Boston College 17
Meetings total 25
All-time series Clemson leads, 14–9–2
Largest victory Clemson, 36–14 (2011)
Longest streak Clemson, 5 (2011–present)
Current streak Clemson, 5 (2011–present)

The O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy was created in 2008 by the Boston College Gridiron Club in order to honor the tradition at Clemson and Boston College to honor the legacy of Charlie O'Rourke and Banks McFadden, who played during the leather helmet era. The club plans to make this an annual presentation.

Trophy history[edit]

The Boston College Gridiron Club initiated the trophy to honor the relationship between Clemson and Boston College that goes back almost 70 years. The trophy was started to recognize the efforts of Tiger fans welcoming Boston College into the ACC. The trophy features two leather helmet replicas of those used by Charlie O’Rourke of Boston College and Banks McFadden of Clemson, when they competed against each other in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas. In addition to the trophy presentation, the Boston College Gridiron Club presents a replica leather helmet to the MVP of the winning school. The helmet will reflect the colors of the winning team.


Charlie O’Rourke led Boston College from the quarterback position to a 26–3–2 record in his three years as the quarterback of the Eagles between 1938-40. One of those three losses was to McFadden and Clemson in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic. O'Rourke later went on to play quarterback and defensive back for the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Dons, and Baltimore Colts. After two years as an NFL coach, he coached at Massachusetts from 1952–59. He later served as commissioner of the Pop Warner League, a national organization of junior football teams. O’Rourke had his jersey retired at Boston College and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

Banks McFadden led the Tigers to a 9–1 record in 1939 as the starting quarterback. He was an All-American in football and basketball at Clemson. The 1939 football team finished 12th in the final AP poll, Clemson’s first top 20 season on record, and the win over Boston College in the Cotton Bowl Classic was Clemson’s first bowl appearance. In the spring of 1939 he led Clemson to the Southern Conference Basketball championship. McFadden was Clemson’s first inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. McFadden was the #4 overall pick of the 1940 NFL Draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers. After one year in the NFL and a stint in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he returned to Clemson and held coaching positions in football, basketball and track. McFadden became the first coach in college basketball history to improve his conference wins in five consecutive seasons.

Series history[edit]

Clemson first met Boston College on the football field in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic, a 6–3 Tiger victory and the first ever bowl game for the Tigers. Over the next forty-three years, the teams met a total of thirteen times with Clemson winning six of eleven meetings.

In 2005, Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference and was placed in the Atlantic Division. Since then, the divisional match-up has been played on an annual basis with Clemson holding a 7–4 advantage.

Game results[edit]

Boston College victories Clemson victories Tie games
# Date Location Winner Score
1 January 1, 1940A Dallas, TX Clemson 6–3
2 October 11, 1941 Boston, MA Clemson 26–13
3 October 10, 1942 Boston, MA Boston College 14–7
4 September 26, 1947 Boston, MA Boston College 32–22
5 October 29, 1948 Boston, MA Clemson 26–19
6 November 5, 1949 Clemson, SC Boston College 40–27
7 November 11, 1950 Boston, MA Clemson 35–14
8 November 10, 1951 Clemson, SC Clemson 21–2
9 October 31, 1952 Boston, MA Clemson 13–0
10 September 26, 1953 Boston, MA Tie 14–14
11 November 22, 1958 Clemson, SC Clemson 34–12
12 November 19, 1960 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 25–14
13 September 18, 1982 Clemson, SC Tie 17–17
14 September 10, 1983 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 31–16
15 September 24, 2005 Clemson, SC Boston College 16–13
16 September 9, 2006 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 34–33
17 November 17, 2007 Clemson, SC Boston College 20–17
18 November 1, 2008 Chestnut Hill, MA Clemson 27–21
19 September 19, 2009 Clemson, SC Clemson 25–7
20 October 30, 2010 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 16–10
21 October 8, 2011 Clemson, SC Clemson 36–14
22 September 30, 2012 Chestnut Hill, MA Clemson 45–31
23 October 12, 2013 Clemson, SC Clemson 24–14
24 October 18, 2014 Chestnut Hill, MA Clemson 17–13
25 October 17, 2015 Clemson, SC Clemson 34–17
Series: Clemson leads 14–9–2
The first game was played in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic