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Posted Dec 14, 2006

2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl Player Profile, History & More

Navy (9-3) vs. Boston College (9-3)

Dec. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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Meieke Bowl History
2005 NC State 14, South Florida 0
2004 Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 Virginia 23, Pittsburgh 16
2002 Virginia 48, West Virginia 22

By Richard Cirminiello

Meineke Car Care Bowl Player Profile
QB Matt Ryan, Boston College – If you’re on the prowl this bowl season for the next big thing in a pro-style NFL quarterback, don’t sleep on the Meineke Bowl.  Ryan is going to play this game long after he leaves the Heights.  His numbers the last two years may suggest otherwise, however, pro scouts are already hinting that the junior could ascend into the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with a big senior year.  In terms of next-level skills, Ryan has got it all.  He’s 6-5 with a strong arm, deceptive mobility and great intangibles, not unlike a certain other quarterback from the New England area.  He’s also tough, playing on a gimpy left ankle and sore left foot that’s forced him to wear a boot since September.  A former three-sport star in high school, Ryan has yet to truly have a breakout year at Boston College.  Sure, he was named All-ACC first team in 2006, but that had as much to do with the dearth of deserving quarterbacks in the league than anything else.  Ryan threw just 14 touchdown passes to eight interceptions in 11 games and was the nation’s 48th-ranked passer.  There’s reason to believe, however, those pedestrian numbers are going to change dramatically in 2007.  This past year, Ryan was saddled with a conservative offense, very suspect support and that bad left wheel.  The injury will heal and Jeff Jagodzinski is determined to address everything else.  Boston College’s new head coach, a proponent of a more wide-open, quarterback-friendly offense, plans to get the most out of his franchise player in 2007.  Jagodzinski, who is leaving his post as the Green Bay Packer offensive coordinator, is no stranger to really good quarterbacks.  Don’t be surprised if he impacts Ryan’s future next year much the Charlie Weis helped propel Brady Quinn after leaving the New England Patriots for Notre Dame.   

Best Middie Bowl Moment – Ben Fay will forever be a part of Navy football lore.  He was the backup quarterback, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of the 1996 Aloha Bowl to help upset Cal, 42-38.  The senior led the offense on touchdown drives of 80 and 84 yards over the final 10:38 as the Academy captured its first bowl win in 18 years. 

Best Eagle Bowl Moment – The 1984 season will forever be remembered fondly by Eagle fans.  It was the year of Flutie, the Heisman and the miracle in Miami.  It was also the scene of Boston College’s first bowl win in 44 years, a 45-28 thumping of Houston in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.  Flutie threw three touchdown passes, but the real hero was running back Troy Stradford, who ran for 196 yards and was named the game’s MVP.

Boston College's best win ... Boston College 22 ... Virginia Tech 3
Boston College's defense held Virginia Tech to just 181 yards of total offense forcing four turnovers and allowing a 36-yard Brandon Pace field goal. The Eagle offense got two touchdown catches from Kevin Challenger, but the real star was walk-on PK Steve Aponavicius, who provided the first steady kicking of the year with two field goals and two extra points. The Hokies finished averaging just 2.9 yards per play.

Boston College's worst loss ... NC State 17 ... Boston College 15
NC State QB Daniel Evans, in his first start, didn't have a night to remember until his final drive. Down five with 46 left and starting on his own 28, Evans found Anthony Hill for an 18 yard pass. He threw a 20-yard pass to John Dunlap to get to the BC 34, and then with five seconds to play, found Dunlap in the end zone for touchdown. The Wolfpack were able to win on the score since BC failed on a two-point conversion after a Brian Toal touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles scores early in the game on a 22-yard catch from Tony Gonzalez, but the extra point was no good. Andre Brown ran for a 26-yard score in the third quarter for State's touchdown before the final score.

Navy's best win ...
Navy 41 ... Connecticut 17
Brian Hampton ran over UConn for three touchdowns and bombed away for a 77-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Campbell leading Navy to 605 yards of total offense on the way to an easy win. Hampton ran for a score from 24 yards out in the first quarter, and put the game well out of reach with touchdown dashes from 52 and four yards out in the fourth. Campbell added to the big plays with a 68-yard scoring dash on Navy's first play from scrimmage in the second half. UConn only managed a 14-yard touchdown catch from Terry Caulley and a four-yard scoring grab from Deon Anderson, but three fumbles and the inability to get the Navy offense off the field proved costly.

Navy's worst loss ...
Rutgers 34 ... Navy 0
Rutgers held Navy to 161 yards of total offense and 113 yards on the ground, while the passing game got working with three Mike Teel touchdown passes including two to Tiquan Underwood. Jeremy Ito hit two field goals and Kordell Young ran for a three-yard score, but the real story was the Rutgers D, and the loss of Navy QB Brian Hampton to a knee injury. Navy converted just four of 19 third down chances and completed four of 16 passes in comeback mode.

2005 Meineke Car Care Bowl
NC State 14 ... South Florida 0

NC State got a nine-yard touchdown catch from Brian Clark and a one yard scoring run from Andre Brown in the second quarter for all the points it would need. The defense took care of the rest with six sacks and three forced turnovers. Andre Hall was the only positive for the South Florida offense with 118 rushing yards, but the Bull passing game never got on track.
Player of the game: NC State LB Stephen Tulloch made 15 tackles, three sacks, five tackles for loss, one broken up pass, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Stat Leaders: USF - Passing: Pat Julmiste, 8-25, 91 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Andre Hall, 19-118. Receiving: Andre Hall, 2-49
NC State - Passing: Marcus Stone, 9-19, 127 yds, 1 TD
Toney Bakey, 23-93. Receiving: Brian Clark, 3-66, 1 TD

Boston College Bowl History (11-6)
2005 MPC Computers Boston College 27, Boise State 21
2004 Continental Tire Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 San Francisco Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
2002 Motor City Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2001 Music City Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 Aloha Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
1999 Colorado 62, Boston College 28
1994 Aloha Boston College 12, Kansas State 7
1993 Carquest Boston College 31, Virginia 13
1992 Hall of Fame Tennessee 38, Boston College 23
1986 Hall of Fame Boston College 27, Georgia 24
1984 Cotton Boston College 45, Houston 28
1983 Liberty Notre Dame 19, Boston College 18
1982 Tangerine Auburn 33, Boston College 26
1942 Orange Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1940 Sugar Boston College 19, Tennessee 13
1939 Cotton Clemson 6, Boston College 3
Navy Bowl History (6-5-1)
2005 Poinsettia Navy 51, Colorado St 30
2004 Emerald Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 Houston Texas Tech 38, Navy 14
1996 Aloha Navy 42, California 38
1981 Liberty Ohio State 31, Navy 28
1980 Garden State Houston 35, Navy 0
1978 Holiday Navy 23, BYU 16
1964 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1961 Orange Missouri 21, Navy 14
1958 Cotton Navy 20, Rice 7
1955 Sugar Navy 21, Ole Miss 0
1924 Rose Navy 14, Washington 14