1997 Season

1997-10-04 – Georgia Tech at Boston College

Georgia Tech at Boston College - 1997

Georgia Tech at Boston College – October 4, 1997

Georgia Tech: 42
Boston College: 14

After improving to 2-1 with consecutive victories over Wake Forest and Clemson, Georgia Tech would go back on the road to face the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

The Eagles entered the contest at 2-2, having fallen at Temple to start the season before eventually losing to Cincinnati one week earlier at home.

The Jackets and Eagles last met in 1991 when the 17th ranked Ramblin’ Wreck rolled over the Eagles 30-14 in Chestnut Hill to improve to 3-0 in the all-time series.

Boston College jumped out to an early lead on the game’s opening possession when Quinton Lee reeled off a 76 yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage to put the Eagles on top 7-0.

A 6 yard run by Tech’s Phillip Rogers would tie the game at 7-all in the first quarter, and Joe Hamilton would add a 61 yard touchdown run nearly three minutes into the second to give the Jackets the lead at 14-7.

The Eagles threatened later in the period, but the Yellow Jacket defense stepped up when defensive tackle Derrick Sheppard picked off Scott Mutryn and returned the ball 68 yards to the Boston College four yard line. Charles Wiley would score shortly thereafter the give the Jackets a two score lead at 21-7 with 4:06 to go in the half.

The Ramblin’ Wreck defense shut down the Eagles on the ensuing drive and gained another possession for their offense with little time remaining before halftime. Hamilton led the Jackets within scoring position with less than a minute to play, and Wiley exploded for a 23 yard touchdown with 20 seconds to go to put Tech ahead 28-7 at the break.

With the game in hand, the Jackets extended their lead in the third quarter when Hamilton hooked up with Harvey Middleton for a 28 yard touchdown pass to make it 35-7.

The Eagles answered with a score of their own before heading the to the final stanza when Mutryn found Scott Dragos for a 2 yard touchdown pass to cut it back to three scores at 35-14.

In the fourth quarter, the Jackets would extend the lead back to 28 when reserve quarterback Brandon Shaw found fullback Ed Wilder for a 32 yard touchdown to reach the 42-14 final.

The Eagles would go on to lose four of their next six games to finish the season at 4-7, overall.


First Downs:
GT – 22
BC – 15

Rushing yards:
GT – 303
BC – 175

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds):
GT – 11-20-148
BC – 20-31-182

Interceptions thrown:
GT – 2
BC – 1

Fumbles (Total-Lost):
GT – 0-0
BC – 1-0

Penalties (Total-Yds):
GT – 8-83
BC – 10-77

USA Today Recap: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/scores97/97277/97277383.htm

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