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Monday, November 21, 2005

Boston College Athletics: November 21, 2005


Boston College defeated Maryland 31-16 to finish the regular season with an overall record of 8-3. The defensive unit scored two touchdowns and the Eagles were able to overcome several potentially costly turnovers to handily defeat the Terrapins.

A special personal thanks goes out to the overwhelmingly hospitable Maryland fans who welcomed me to ACC tailgating with something missing from Shea Field (quality pulled pork sandwiches), and, thankfully, something all too common on Shea (Busch Light).

Unfortunately, a huge upset of 3rd-ranked Miami by Georgia Tech has thrown BC's already unpredictable bowl game picture completely up in the air. The Eagles will most likely end up in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, or in one of the non-ACC-affiliated bowls - but don't take my word for it.

Doug Flutie's famed "Hail Mary" will be the basis for an upcoming Wheaties commercial that will feature a re-creation of the play by regular guys playing a game of pickup football. The broadcast call from the game will serve as the commercial's soundtrack.

As November 23 marks the anniversary of the pass, ESPN Classic will be showing the game this Wednesday at 1pm.

Men's Hockey

Senior Chris Collins tallied two breakway goals Saturday night to lift the Eagles past the Huskies of Northeastern University by a score of 5-3. Special teams have become a huge concern for the Eagles; BC has allowed three power-play goals in back-to-back games. UPDATE: Collins was awarded Hockey East Player of the Week.

Former Eagle captain Brian Gionta is hoping to land a spot on Team USA for the 2006 Olympic games. Gionta has certainly made a case for himself in the NHL this year by finding the scoring touch he had at BC, that was perhaps best exemplified when he embarrassed rival Maine by scoring 5 goals on 5 shots in one period of hockey; through 20 games, no American-born NHL player has more goals than Gionta.

Tickets for this year's Beanpot are now on sale.

Men's Basketball

The men's basketball team is off to a predictably fast start with two blowout victories over Dartmouth and Shawnee State.

Tickets are still available at ticketmaster.com for the 11th Annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic, where BC will take on Michigan State December 6 at Madison Square Garden. See the BC Blog's previous coverage of this charity event.

UPDATE: The team is now #10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Other Sports

Women's soccer fell to 8th ranked Santa Clara in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
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