Dec. 2, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 7
Eagles Set to Take on Future ACC Foe UNC in Continental Tire Bowl
Boston College fans will get a preview of the Eagles' ACC football future when BC takes on the University of North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte, NC, on Dec. 30.
The 1 p.m. game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Boston College Athletic Director Gene DiFilippo accepted a bid to play in the Charlotte game - the Eagles' sixth consecutive post-season appearance - on Tuesday after the team ended the regular season with an 8-3 record, BC's best since 1993. The Eagles also won their first share of the Big East championship in their final season of conference play before joining the ACC ranks next year.
The Tar Heels, who finished the season 6-5, have met Boston College only twice before, with UNC winning 56-14 in 1981 and the Eagles turning the tables three years later by a 52-20 margin.
"We are very excited to get the opportunity to play again," said BC Head Coach Tom O'Brien. "The way it worked out, short of a New Year's Day game, this is the best opportunity for us in terms of travel and for everybody concerned."
O'Brien cited the team's victories over Penn State, Notre Dame and West Virginia as among the highlights of the 2004 campaign.
"There are no more disappointed people than us in the way we ended our season [a 43-17 loss to Syracuse]," O'Brien said. "This is an opportunity for us to go out on a winning note.
"We played so well all year that we don't want our season defined by one football game."
Game information, tickets and travel packages for the Continental Tire Bowl are available through the Boston College Athletic Association Web site at bceagles.collegesports.com. -Reid Oslin •