Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Time: BC-Clemson, Ohliger, Rutgers and Willette

Happy time, Eagles!

First, let's take a minute 7:36 look back at last year's Boston College-Clemson game (via YouTube ... via theACC.com):


Ahh, that feels good. Two things though ... why did TheACC.com insist on interviewing a "BC fan" who was wearing Red Sox World Series gear?! Pisses me off. Also, I didn't know Jake Gyllenhaal is a Clemson fan:



No BC birthdays of note today, so we wish a Happy (early) Halloween Birthday to Ryan Ohliger. Ohliger was the Boston College placekicker from 2004-2006. He had, shall we say, a rocky 2006 season, missing an extra point that cost the Eagles a chance to go to overtime in Raleigh against North Carolina State. Ohliger got a vote of confidence from then coach Tom O'Brien the following week, but the next day he was suspended for violating undisclosed team rules (disclosed: Ohliger kicked the crud out of kids heckling him for his kicking woes). Ohliger gave way to the Steve Aponavicius, and the walk-on kicker won over Eagles fans in his debut with 2 PATs and 2 field goals in the Eagles 22-3 win over Virginia Tech. A humorous video of the ups and downs of Ohliger's kicking career on the Heights can be found on YouTube.


Happy Anniversary to the BC football team. On this date 6 years ago, a couple of juniors watched the Eagles beat down on the lowly Rutgers Scarlet Knights 44-14 in Chestnut Hill. Running back Derrick Knight was a beast in that game, rushing 205 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The win pushed the Eagles record to 8-4 on the year and gave the Eagles a berth in the Motor City Bowl. The victory also pushed the Eagles unbeaten streak against Rutgers to 11 (10-0-1). The loss sent Rutgers to a 1-11 record, including dropping their last 9 games that season.


Happy Trails Jerry Willette. Our senior defensive tackle is out for the Clemson game and most likely the Notre Dame game as well with an injury to his left knee. #99 injured his knee in the 45-24 loss to North Carolina last week. Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery as the losses to the defense continue to mount - Brady Smith, Albright, Toal, Willette ...

6 comments:

BCMike said...

Man, watching that celebration in the video after the game just reminds me of how different last year's team (and what an amazingly special ride it) was.

Miss having Jamie Silva back there. What a play-maker he was for us.

Ben said...

wait, why can't bc fans also be red sox fans?

Brian said...

bc fans can certainly also be red sox fans.

but when you are going to a bc football game, shouldn't you wear gear that supports the team you are going to watch?

BCMike said...

I'm with Brian et al on this one. If you're at a BC game, wear BC colors. We get enough flack from the local and national media for not supporting the Eagles enough, the least you can do is wear gold (preferably) or maroon. Wearing Red Sox blues does nothing to show you're supporting the Eagles.

JP from Dorchester said...

Same here, I'm a Boston guy, but nothing bugs me more than the people who wear Pats jerseys to BC games. (Little kids don't count)

Ben said...

eh, i guess i don't feel as strongly about the gear. at least that guy went down to clemson, which is more than i can say for a lot of season ticket holders to last weekend's game against clemson AT HOME. i think i'd rather sit next to someone in sox gear who's enjoying the game than be 'downed-in-front' by somebody decked out in bc gear.