2009 Boston College Eagles Football Team
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2009 Boston College Eagles Football Team
2009 Boston College Eagles football
Emerald Bowl, L 13-24 vs USC
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2009 record8-5 (5-3 ACC)
Head coachFrank Spaziani (1st as head coach, 12th overall season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Tranquill (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorBill McGovern (9th season)
Captains
Home stadiumAlumni Stadium
(Capacity: 44,500)
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 24 Clemson x   6 2         9 5  
Boston College   5 3         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
NC State   2 6         5 7  
Maryland   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Georgia Tech * x$   7 1         11 3  
No. 10 Virginia Tech   6 2         10 3  
No. 19 Miami   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina *   0 4         0 5  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Georgia Tech 39, Clemson 34
December 5, 2009
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles were led by first-year head coach Frank Spaziani. He replaced Jeff Jagodzinski who was fired after the 2008 season. The Eagles finished the season 8-5, 5-3 in ACC play and lost in the Emerald Bowl 24-13 against USC.

Preseason

Mobile quarterback Anthony Haney (New Jersey recruit) was injured in an early preseason practice due to a career ending arm injury

Mark Herzlich

Mark Herzlich, a senior linebacker and the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, revealed on May 14 that he had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer most commonly found in bone or soft tissue. In his statement, he indicated he was unsure what his illness would mean for his football future.[2]

Season Highlights

In the Eagles 52-20 win over NC State, Sophomore RB Montel Harris set two single-game school records when he rushed for 264 yards and 5 TDs.

On October 3, College Gameday came to Boston College for the Eagles' game against the Florida State Seminoles. During the broadcast, star LB Mark Herzlich, who was forced to miss the entire 2009 season after being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, publicly announced that he was cancer-free. BC went on to beat the Seminoles by a score of 28-21.

Early in the season, Boston College won in thrilling fashion as the Eagles defeated Wake Forest 27-24 in OT. Boston College had the ball first in OT and kicked a field goal. On Wake Forest's possession, the Demon Deacons had a First and Goal from the 3 yard line. Amazingly, Isaac Johnson stripped Riley Skinner and Wes Davis recovered the ensuing fumble to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

True freshman Luke Kuechly was pressed into service as a weakside linebacker due to the unexpected departure of Herzlich and became a national sensation. He led the team and conference and finished second in the nation in Total Tackles with 158. Kuechly was named to the CFN All-America Team, the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, and the Defensive MVP of the Emerald Bowl.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 52:00 p.m.Northeastern*ESPN360W 54-033,262[3]
September 122:00 p.m.Kent State*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN360W 34-725,165[4]
September 1912:00 p.m.at ClemsonRaycomL 7-2577,362[5]
September 262:00 p.m.Wake Forest
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN360W 27-24 OT40,892[6]
October 33:30 p.m.Florida State
ABC/ESPN2W 28-2140,029[7]
October 1012:00 p.m.at No. 5 Virginia TechRaycomL 14-4866,233[8]
October 173:30 p.m.NC State
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ABCW 52-2035,261[9]
October 243:30 p.m.at Notre Dame*NBCL 16-2080,795[10]
October 313:30 p.m.Central Michigan*
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPNUW 31-1034,128[11]
November 143:30 p.m.at VirginiaESPN360W 14-1044,324[12]
November 2112:00 p.m.North Carolina
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
ESPN2L 13-3141,272[13]
November 283:30 p.m.at MarylandESPNUW 19-1735,042[14]
December 268:00 p.m.vs. USC*ESPNL 13-2440,121[15]

References

  1. ^ 2009-10 Boston College Record Book pg. 114
  2. ^ Dinich, Heather (May 14, 2009). "BC Linebacker Herzlich Fighting Cancer". ESPN. Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Northeastern Huskies vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. September 5, 2009. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. September 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "2010 Clemson Football Media Guide" (PDF). Clemson University Department of Athletics. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. September 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Florida State Seminoles vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. October 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Box Score". ESPN. October 10, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. October 17, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "Boston College Eagles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Box Score". ESPN. October 24, 2009. Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Boston College Eagles Box Score". ESPN. October 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Cavaliers Box Score". ESPN. November 14, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ "North Carolina vs. Boston College". USA Today. November 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "Boston College Eagles vs. Maryland Terrapins Box Score". ESPN. November 28, 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  15. ^ "Boston College Eagles vs. USC Trojans Box Score". ESPN. December 26, 2009. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010.

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