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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Boston College Beats Clemson 16-13 in OT

Boston College defeated the Clemson Tigers yesterday in an overtime thriller for the team's first ACC victory. Read all about the game at www.bceagles.com.

The Game, by the Numbers

1 - All-time Boston College football victories in the ACC
2 - Sacks recorded by Brian Toal this season
3 - Touchdowns scored by Brian Toal this season
90 - Offensive plays run by BC
57 - Offensive plays run by Clemson
50% - BC's 3rd down conversion percentage
0% - Clemson's 3rd down conversion percentage
5.45 – Average Clemson 3rd down length
-0.636 – Average Clemson gain on 3rd down
100 - Games TOB has coached for BC
60 - Games TOB has won as coach of BC
10 - Number of different receivers Matt Ryan completed passes to
116 - Rushing yards by Andre Callender

The Game, by the Quotes

"We are elated with this win."-BC coach Tom O'Brien

"It was a little awkward because it was so quiet. Usually when you score a touchdown, people celebrate." -Brian Toal, after scoring the game-winning touchdown in OT

"I said, let’s get this to overtime and maybe we can win it." -CU coach Tommy Bowden

"Brian Toal could have been our MVP on offense and defense.'' -Tom O'Brien

''We've been keeping that stat since 1978, and that's the first time we've never converted a single third down." -Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret

"They don't call him 'Matty Ice' for nothing." -Michael Vega, Boston Globe

''I'm good. I'm good. No marks...You've got to hit me a lot harder than that." -BC QB Matt Ryan, when asked if a big hit by CU's Dunham left a mark

"I got stopped here today twice and the third time I couldn't get stopped, or that would be about it for my running back career" -Brian Toal

“Today, the Eagles earned a lot of credibility in the college football world and their new conference, because they brought the hammer precisely when it would have been easy for them to get nailed on the road.” -Matthew Zemek of collegefootballnews.com

"Tom O'Brien's comments about B.C. proving to Clemson that the "Yankees" could play football sounds like he was reading the Boston Globe too much instead of actually seeing the respect the Eagles were getting in most of the media in South Carolina before the game." -fanblogs

"This is certainly the biggest win since we've been here." BC AD Gene DeFilippo

"Boy, where'd you get those big guys?" -Clemson junior cornerback Duane Coleman to Tom O'Brien, referring to BC's offensive line

Boston College Hockey Coach Jerry York:

From The Globe:

BC hockey coach Jerry York, who graced Clemson's press box, said he is feeling well after undergoing prostate cancer surgery eight weeks ago. York, who had the choice of going to either the Brigham Young or Clemson game, chose to join BC's entourage to the ACC's most hostile venue ''just to see the environment," he said.

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From Clemson

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