2008 Boston College Eagles
Boston College DT B.J. Raji
Boston College DT B.J. Raji
Posted Jan 16, 2009

2008 Boston College Eagles Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Boston College Eagles

Dec. 31
2008 Music City Bowl
Vanderbilt 16 … Boston College 14

Vanderbilt's offense was held in check all game long, gaining just 200 yards, but good field position and timely defense led the way to the win. Bryan Hahnfeldt hit all three of his field goal attempts and Sean Richardson recovered a fumble in the end zone for all the Commodores' points. BC came up with a 17-play first half drive culminating in a four-yard Montel Harris touchdown catch, and Colin Larmond caught a 55-yard touchdown pass with less than seven minutes to play for the lead, but Vandy went on its best drive of the day, 48 yards in seven plays, setting up Hahnfeldt from 45 yards out with 3:26 to go. The Commodore defense did the rest forcing BC to turn the ball over on downs and picking off a late pass in Eagle territory.
Player of the Game: Vanderbilt PK Bryan Hahnfeldt hit all three field goal attempts connecting from 42, 26 and the game-winner from 45 yards out
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Dominick Davis, 15-36, 190 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Montel Harris, 15-68. Receiving: Montel Harris, 5-25, 1 TD
Vanderbilt - Passing: Larry Smith, 10-17, 121 yds
Rushing: Chris Nickson, 8-57. Receiving: Udom Umoh, 3-29
Inside The Box Score ...  5 Thoughts on the Music City Bowl …Total offense: BC 331 – Vanderbilt 200 … Average yards per carry: BC 3.7 – Vanderbilt 2.2 … Third down conversions: BC 7-of-17 – Vanderbilt 1-of-15 … First downs: BC 17 – Vanderbilt 8 … Turnovers: BC 3 – Vanderbilt 0 … Penalties: BC 3 for 34 yards – Vanderbilt wasn't penalized … Vanderbilt first downs by rushing 2, passing 4, penalties 2.

- 2008 BC Preview 
- 2007 BC Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 9-3
2008 Record: 9-

Aug. 30 at Kent St (Clev) W 21-0
Sept. 6 Georgia Tech L 19-16
Sept. 13  OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 UCF W 34-7
Sept. 27 Rhode Island W 42-0
Oct. 4 at NC State W 38-31
Oct. 11  OPEN DATE
Oct. 18 Virginia Tech W 28-23
Oct. 25 at North Carolina L 45-24
Nov. 1 Clemson L 27-21
Nov. 8 Notre Dame W 17-0
Nov. 15 at Florida State W 27-17
Nov. 22 at Wake Forest W 24-21
Nov. 29 Maryland W 28-21
Dec. 6 ACC Championship
Virginia Tech L 30-12
Music City Bowl
Dec. 31 Vanderbilt L 16-14

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 8-4
2007 Record: 11-

Sept. 1 Wake Forest W 38-28
Sept. 8 NC State W 37-17
Sept. 15 at Ga Tech W 24-10
Sept. 22
Army W 37-17
Sept. 29 UMass W 24-14
Oct. 6 Bowling Green W 55-24
Oct. 13 at Notre Dame W 27-14
Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech W 14-10
Nov. 3
Florida State L 27-17
Nov. 10 at Maryland L 42-35
Nov. 17 at Clemson W 20-17
Nov. 24
Miami W 28-14
ACC Championship
Dec. 1 Virginia Tech L 30-16
Champs Sports Bowl
Dec. 28 Michigan State W 24-21

Dec. 6
2008 ACC Championship
Virginia Tech 30 … Boston College 12

Virginia Tech broke open a close game in the second half with a 50-yard field goal from Dustin Keys and a 10-yard Darren Evans scoring run for a 24-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, and then the defense took over. The Hokies forced four turnovers with Orion Martin taking a fumble 17 yards for a score to put the game well out of reach. Tyrod Taylor gave Tech a 14-0 lead with touchdown runs from five and four yards out. Boston College stayed alive in the first half with a 16-yard touchdown catch from Rich Gunnell, but the offense only managed a 24-yard field goal the rest of the way.
Player of the game: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor completed 11-of-19 passes for 84 yards with an interception, and he ran 11 times for 30 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Dominique Davis, 17-43, 263 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Montel Harris, 9-34. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 7-114, 1 TD
Virginia Tech - Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 11-19, 84 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Darren Evans, 31-114, 1 TD. Receiving: Dyrell Evans, 4-44
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... BC's mistakes hurt more than Virginia Tech's mistakes. The defense wasn't awful, but the offense didn't have a Tyrod Taylor on its side and the passing game couldn't get anything going to move the chains. It was a second straight disappointment in the ACC title game, and now the work has to be done to get the offense up to the defense's level over the next nine months. It'll start with the bowl games and the practices to get the young players more and more work. The loss of Chris Crane shouldn't have killed the offense this badly. Dominique Davis struggled under the constant pressure, and there was little from the running backs to help.

Nov. 29
Boston College 28 … Maryland 21
Boston College clinched the Atlantic title for the second straight year as Billy Flutie hit Jordan McMichael on a nine-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal and Robert Francois returned an interception 36 yards for a score in the second half. Dominique Davis threw two touchdown passes, connecting with Justin Jarvis on a seven-yard score and Rich Gunnell on a 45-yard pass play in the first half, but Maryland wouldn't go away. Despite giving up five sacks and getting the running game stuffed for -6 yards, the Terps kept it close on a one-yard Chris Turner touchdown run and a 13-yard pass to Danny Oquendo.
Player of the game: Boston College LB Robert Francois made 10 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and an interception return for a score
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 33-57, 360 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 13-19. Receiving: Danny Oquendo, 9-111, 1 TD
Boston College - Passing: Dominique Davis, 12-24, 134 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Montel Harris, 25-116. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 3-78, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... When you have a dominant defensive front seven, everything else tends to fall into place. It's no coincidence that BC got really good, and is going back to its second straight ACC title game, once the defense started to take over. After the losses to North Carolina and Clemson, the defense stepped up its game and the wins started to come. Picked to finish as low as fifth in the division, who could've seen this coming after losing Matt Ryan and some key defenders? (Actually, we predicted a 9-3 regular season finish in the Preview.)

Nov. 22
Boston College 24 … Wake Forest 21
With starting quarterback Chris Crane out injured, Dominique Davis led the way with a late scoring drive finished up with a one-yard scoring run with 1:12 to play to give BC the lead, and the D held on as Wake Forest had one final shot but couldn't get in field goal range. Mark Herzlich picked off a Riley Skinner pass and took it 34 yards for a touchdown for an early 13-0 BC lead, but Wake Forest would bounce back with two fumble returns for scores. The first came in the second quarter on a 15-yard play from Kevin Patterson, and the second came on a two-yard return from Kyle Wilber on the first plat of the second half. The offense gave the Demon Deacons the lead on a one-yard Rich Belton score, but Davis came through.
Player of the game: Boston College LB Mark Herzlich made nine tackles and two interceptions with a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Wake Forest - Passing: Riley Skinner, 14-28, 126 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Brandon Pendergrass, 13-67. Receiving: Demir Boldin, 6-87
Boston College - Passing: Dominique Davis, 13-23, 103 yds
Rushing: Josh Haden, 17-77. Receiving: Montel Harris, 5-18
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Boston College will need its defense and running game more than ever with QB Chris Crane injured against Wake Forest. Dominique Davis might have come up with the win, but he'll have to be mistake-free against Maryland, and the rest of the parts will need to step up, to get the win and get into the ACC title game. The run defense continues to be fantastic, while the secondary is doing its job on key plays. The defensive tackles dominated against the Demon Deacons.

Nov. 15
Boston College 27 … Florida State 17
Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a two-yard touchdown and Marty Bowman took a Christian Ponder pass 87 yards for a score as Boston College never trailed in the key win. Rich Gunnell gave BC the early lead on a 14-yard catch, but the Noles made a comeback in the second quarter with a four-yard Ponder run and a 39-yard Graham Gano field goal, But that would be as close as FSU got with BC getting a 10-point third quarter to go up two scores. Greg Carr caught a 29-yard jump-ball touchdown on a trick play pass from WR Preston Parker, but the Eagles were able to put the game away on a 30-yard Steve Aponavicius field goal.
Player of the game: Boston College RB Montel Harris ran 25 times for 121 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 15-31, 183 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Graham Gano, 1-24. Receiving: Preston Parker, 6-53
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 154-26, 181 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Montel Harris, 25-121, 1 TD. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 5-37, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Now where does BC stand in the ACC title chase? After bouncing back from the rough losses to North Carolina and Clemson with wins over Notre Dame and Florida State, the Eagles are back on track going into key games against Wake Forest and Maryland. If they win those two games, they'll be playing for the ACC title. The defense did the job against the FSU running game, while the secondary gave the depleted FSU receiving corps problems. QB Chris Crane bounced back from a rough day against Notre Dame to had a decent outing.

Nov. 8
Boston College 17 … Notre Dame 0
Boston College picked off Jimmy Clausen four times with Paul Anderson taking one of his two interceptions 76 yards for a second quarter touchdown. The BC offense sputtered, gaining just 246 yards, but it managed an eight-yard Brandon Robinson scoring catch early in the third and a 27-yard Steve Aponavicius field goal in the first. In all, Notre Dame turned it over five times. Boston College didn't commit any turnovers.
Player of the game: Boston College LB Mark Herzlich made 11 tackles and broke up three passes.
Stat Leaders: Notre Dame - Passing: Jimmy Clausen, 26-46, 226 yds, 4 INT
Rushing: Armando Allen, 6-24. Receiving: Armando Allen, 9-47
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 9-22, 79 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Montel Harris, 23-120. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 4-34
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense stunk and Chris Crane struggled with his accuracy, but the defense came up with one of its better games of the year in the win over Notre Dame. The Eagles shut down the ND running game, and while Jimmy Clausen got his yards, the secondary was all over his mistakes. While this game might not have mattered in BC's ACC world, this was the type of confidence booster after the losses to North Carolina and Clemson that the team needed just before going off to play Florida State and Wake Forest on the road.

Nov. 1
Clemson 27 … Boston College 21
C.J. Spiller suffered an early concussion, and was held out for most of the third quarter, but he still managed to catch six passes for 105 yards and ran for 55 yards, while the rest of the Tigers picked up the slack. James Davis started out the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run on the way to a 17-0 Clemson lead, but BC roared back with 21 straight points helped by a blocked punt for a score early in the fourth and a 15-yard Brandon Robinson touchdown catch. But Aaron Kelly came back with a four-yard touchdown catch and Mark Buchholz nailed a 43-yard field goal to put the Tigers up six. BC had one last shot, but the drive stalled.
Player of the game: Clemson RB C.J. Spiller ran eight times for 55 yards and caught six passes for 105 yards
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 18-39, 116 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Josh Haden, 15-71, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 5-60, 1 TD
Clemson - Passing: Cullen Harper, 21-33, 252 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: C.J. Spiller, 8-55. Receiving: C.J. Spiller, 6-105
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... BC needs to have a consistent running game because the deep passing attack isn't there. Chris Crane wasn't awful against Clemson, but he didn't keep the chains moving and he struggled to make the key throws when needed. Josh Haden ran well, but he didn't get established with the passing game trying to control things. However, there wasn't much in the way of yards after the catch. Now on a two-game losing streak, things don't get much easier with Notre Dame up next followed up by trips to Florida State and Wake Forest.

Oct. 23
North Carolina 45 … Boston College 24
Boston College got up 10-0, and then it was the Hakeem Nicks show. The UNC receiver caught three touchdown passes from 26, 40 and 43 yards, and he ran for 12 yard score as part of a 45-7 run with a 24-point second quarter. The defense got into the act with a 51-yard interception return for a score from Trimaine Goddard. Boston College's defense got a 13-yard fumble return for a score from Kevin Akins, but the offense didn't get into the end zone until late in the fourth.  
Player of the game: North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks caught eight passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran three times for 31 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 28-42, 204 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Josh Haden, 6-25. Receiving: James McCluskey, 8-58
North Carolina - Passing: Cam Sexton, 19-30, 238 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Shaun Draughn, 18-64. Receiving: Hakeem Nicks, 8-139, 3 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The BC defense was supposed to be able to stop big runs and keep games from getting out of hand. That didn't happen against North Carolina as the secondary couldn't handle Hakeem Nicks. The offense didn't help the cause with three interceptions and nothing from the running game. This isn't a good enough attack to overcome mistakes and mediocre defensive play. After this loss, a win over Clemson next week is a must of the great season could quickly take a major turn downward.

Oct. 18
Boston College 28 … Virginia Tech 23
Chris Crane threw a pick six on his first pass of the game, with Brett Warren taking it 36 yards for a 7-0 Virginia Tech lead, and Crane got picked off by Macho Harris for a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter. But Crane also found some of his own receivers, hitting Ifeanyi Momah for a 10-yard score, and the defense and special teams did the rest. Rich Gunnell returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown and the BC D only gave up just three field goals and 240 yards of Hokie offense. 
Player of the game: Boston College DE Mark Herzlich made 13 tackles and a tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: Virginia Tech - Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 12-27, 90 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyrod Taylor, 15-110. Receiving: Danny Coale, 4-28
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 16-32, 218 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Montel Harris, 15-61, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 4-97
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... BC came up with a nice win over Virginia Tech, by allowing just 90 passing yards and keeping the Hokie offense out of the end zone, but it was an ugly, ugly win. Five turnovers, with two picks taken for touchdowns, little from the running game, and a shaky game from QB Chris Crane meant the defense had to carry the team. While it worked this week, the O can't screw up against teams like North Carolina, Florida State, Wake Forest and Maryland down the road.

Oct. 4
Boston College 38 … NC State 31
BC's Chris Crane ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 23 seconds to play to finally put away a game NC State team that played one of its best games of the year. Russell Wilson ran for a two-yard score and connected with Owen Spencer for a 61-yard score to tie the score at 31 in the fourth quarter, but Crane led the way for a 70-yard drive in seven plays to pull out the win. Crane ran for three touchdowns and threw two first quarter touchdown passes, but NC State kept fighting back, highlighted by a 100-yard T.J. Graham kickoff return for a touchdown to answer Crane's first scoring run. BC outgained NC State 578 yards to 253.
Player of the game: Boston College QB Chris Crane completed 34-of-51 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and ran 11 times for 42 yards and three touchdowns, and DT B.J. Raji made three sacks.
Stat Leaders: NC State - Passing: Russell Wilson, 19-33, 218 yds, 1 TD
Jamelle Eugene, 4-26. Receiving: Julian Williams, 4-35
Boston College
- Passing: Chris Crane, 34-51, 428 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Chris Crane, 11-42, 3 TD. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 11-123, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Boston College learned a valuable lesson. It can't make mistakes. It dominated NC State with 578 yards of total offense, but three turnovers, a special teams breakdown, and six penalties proved costly. The defense wasn't bad, allowing just 35 yards rushing, and DT B.J. Raji was unstoppable. Most importantly, QB Chris Crane proved he could lead the offense in a tough game. This was his win.

Sept. 27
Boston College 42 … Rhode Island 0
Montel Harris ran for three short scores and Dominique Davis and Jeff Smith each ran for scores as BC had no problems with URI. The Eagles only threw for 27 yards, but ran for 289, keeping the game on the ground, while the defense forced five turnovers with Mark Herzlich taking an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter. URI dominated time of possession holding on to the ball for 39:46.
Player of the game: Boston College RB Montel Harris ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries
Stat Leaders: Rhode Island - Passing: Derek Cassidy, 26-41, 189 yds, 3 INTs
Anthony Ferrer, 6-33. Receiving: Brandon Johnson-Farrell, 7-67
Boston College
- Passing: Dominique Davis, 2-5, 21 yds
Montel Harris, 18-143, 3 TDs. Receiving: Ryan Purvis, 2-9
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
So now what's the quarterback situation? BC decided to go exclusively with the running game against Rhode Island, only throwing it nine times with just three completions, with Chris Crane completing just one of four passes and Dominique Davis completing two of five throws. This was truly a game for the backups, but Montel Harris ran well enough to earn more playing time. Now it's on to NC State and its inept offense, and as long as BC is mistake-free, it should be 4-1 going into a bye week.

Sept. 20
Boston College 34 … UCF 7
After a rocky start, BC's Chris Crane ran for two touchdowns in the third quarter and threw a 48-yarder to Brandon Robinson in the fourth. The Eagle defense did the rest holding UCF to just 252 yards of total offense allowing a late first half touchdown run to QB Michael Greco. BC backup QB Dominique Davis, who came in for a brief spell early on, threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Lars Anderson in the final minutes.
Player of the game:
Boston College QB Chris Crane went 16-of-34 for 207 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions, while rushing seven times for 31 yards and two more scores.
Stat Leaders: UCF
- Passing: Michael Greco, 12-24, 92 yds, 3 INTs
Rushing: Michael Greco, 6-54, 1 TD. Receiving: Brian Watters, 6-59
Boston College
- Passing: Chris Crane, 16-34, 207 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Rushing: Montel Harris, 13-112. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 7-109, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Chris Crane isn't Matt Ryan. In fact, there might not be a quarterback in college football who is. Crane struggled early on against UCF, but he eventually found his groove and got the offense moving. Montel Harris had a strong game running the ball to help take the pressure off, and the defense was dominant holding UCF to 123 rushing yards and picking off four Michael Greco passes. With Rhode Island up next, the offense needs to open things up for Crane a little bit. That has to be a tune-up game before dealing with NC State.

Sept. 6
Georgia Tech 19 ... Boston College 16
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson got his first ACC win as hit offense overcame three first half fumbles getting a one-yard Josh Nesbitt touchdown run and a Scott Blair 27-yard field goal to stay in range, and Jonathan Dwyer hit the home run with a 43-yard scoring dash in the fourth. BC managed a seven-yard touchdown catch from Ifeanyi Momah for a 16-10 lead in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jacket defense held from then on with a Vance Walker sack for a safety followed by the big Dwyer run.
Player of the game: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer ran 18 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech
- Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 6-13, 73 yds
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 18-108, 1 TD. Receiving: Demaryius Thomas, 4-56
Boston College
- Passing: Chris Crane, 18-35, 142 yds, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Rushing: Josh Haden, 8-35. Receiving: Ryan Purvis, 3-38

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Georgia Tech game could've gone either way, but the BC offense sputtered late while the Yellow Jackets came through when they had to. Chris Crane struggled under the constant pressure of the Tech defensive front, and while he only took the one big sack for a safety, he was hurried. Several backs rotated in the running game with Jeff Smith and Josh Haden each struggling to get going with Smith held to 2.5 yards per carry. With a week off, three winnable games against UCF, Rhode Island and at NC State, followed by another off week before the real schedule kicks in, there's time to tune up.

Aug. 30
Boston College 21 ... Kent State 0
BC had no problems with Kent State as QB Chris Crane ran for touchdowns from 10 and six yards out, and Jeff Smith tore off a 42-yard scoring dash. The Eagles got up 14-0 after the first quarter and let the defense do the rest, holding the high-powered Golden Flash running game to just 126 yards while giving up 260 yards in total offense.
Player of the game: Boston College QB Chris Crane completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards, and ran seven times for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-14, 123 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Eugene Jarvis, 11-51. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 4-31
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 12-18, 106 yds
Rushing: Jeff Smith, 11-74, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 3-36
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It might not have been a blowout of Kent State, but it didn't have to be. The BC defense did what it had to do to keep the Golden Flash running game in check, while the offense didn't turn it over and kept the chains and the clock moving after getting up early. Chris Crane isn't Matt Ryan, but he was a good game manager, while the questions about the running game were answered, at least for one week, as Jeff Smith and Josh Haden were effective.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Josh Haden RB 5-9 190 Accokeek, MD/Friendly Senior
First-team All-State, All-Metro and All-County selection...rated as the No. 3 all-purpose running back in the nation...earned a No.1 SPARQ (speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness) rating as a junior...named MVP of his combine class.

Potential Instant Impact Players

Codi Boek QB 6-3 220 Orangevale, CA/American River
First-team All-State, All-Metro and All-County selection...rated as the No. 3 all-purpose running back in the nation...earned a No.1 SPARQ (speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness) rating as a junior...named MVP of his combine class...coached by George Earley.

Kaleb Ramsey DL 6-4 270 Union Town, PA/Laurel Highlands
First-team All-County defensive team selection...First-team All-Conference defensive team selection...also played basketball at Laurel Highlands, earning All-State, All-County and All-Conference honors

Rest of the Class

Stephen Atkinson DB 6-1 183 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Codi Boek QB 6-3 215 Sacramento, CA
Nick Clancy LB 6-3 220 Joliet, IL
Emmett Cleary OL 6-6 250 Arlington Heights, IL
Alexander DiSanzo LB 6-2 214 Ramsay, NJ
Donte Elliott ATH 6-0 180 Houston, TX
Donnie Fletcher DB 6-0 169 Cleveland, OH
Mike Goodman OL 6-5 270 Miami, FL
Josh Haden RB 5-8 191 Fort Washington, MD
Nick Halloran DE 6-6 260 Cambridge, MA
Montel Harris RB 5-8 195 Jacksonville, FL
Chris Hayden-Martin DB 6-1 190 Greensburg, PA
Max Holloway DE 6-3 240 Tampa, FL
Isaac Johnson RB 5-11 185 Everett, MA
Jerry Kelly RB 6-1 225 Fairmont, WV
Christian Klein DE 6-3 235 Montvale, NJ
Colin Larmond WR 6-2 185 Morristown, NJ
Clyde  Lee WR 5-11 170 Fort Bend, TX
Dominick LeGrande ATH 6-1 192 Staten Island, NY
Bryan Murray DT 6-1 288 Wheaton, MD
Patrick Neumann OL 6-6 260 Montvale, NJ
Okechuckwu Okoroha DB 6-0 183 Greenbelt, MD
Ugo Okpara DB 6-1 175 Sugar Land, TX
Chris Pantale TE 6-6 230 Wayne, NJ
Ryan Quigley K 6-3 175 Little River, SC
Kaleb Ramsey DE 6-4 257 Uniontown, PA
Eric Reynolds RB 5-10 192 Warrington, PA
Mike Stone TE 6-6 230 Holliston, MA
Justin Tuggle QB 6-3 205 Duluth, GA
2007 Recap

First-year head coach Jeff Jagodzinski inherited a talented team that he helped guide to 11 wins for the first time since 1940, and a nation's-best eighth bowl victory in-a-row.  The fact that the finale was the Champs Sports Bowl, and not the Orange Bowl, was a disappointment for the Eagles, who started 8-0 and lost to Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game.  The season featured the Heisman run of Matt Ryan, the best quarterback since Doug Flutie to play in the Heights, and a player that earned a reputation for excelling late in games.          

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Matt Ryan

Defensive Player of the Year:
S Jamie Silva

Biggest Surprise: The play of the defense.  Even without LB Brian Toal and DT B.J. Raji for the entire season, the Eagle defense was the backbone of a program that often had trouble putting points on the board.  Boston College finished second nationally in run defense and 19th in total defense, despite beginning the season without any true defensive stars.   

Biggest Disappointment: Losing at home to 5-3 Florida State on Nov. 3.  In one of the biggest games in school history, No. 2 Boston College flamed out in front of the nation, managing just one touchdown through three quarters, and allowing a Geno Hayes pick six to end its comeback hopes with a minute left.

Looking Ahead:
As a caretaker, Jagodzinski did a fine job, but what happens after Ryan and a slew of other key seniors graduate?  We're going to find out next season, the staff's first really big challenge at Boston College.  Getting back Toal from injury and Raji from suspension will provide a big lift to a defense that'll carry the program in the early going.


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