November 18, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 6

BC football captain Luke Urban and an unidentified ěbulldogî mark the Eaglesí big win over Yale in 1920.

From the Archives

Boston College Football rose to prominence with wins in 1919 and 1920 over then-national powerhouse Yale, and the resulting high spirits at the Heights were captured in this photo of 1920 Captain Luke Urban taming a bedraggled pantomime Bulldog.

Senior Media Relations Officer and former longtime Sports Information Director Reid Oslin, in his BC football history Tales from the Boston College Sideline, describes the euphoria that accompanied the victories over the heavily favored Elis - a prelude to the "Miracle in Miami" decades later [see related story]:

During the 1919 season, Boston College played Yale in New Haven - a game that was as big in those days as a contest against Oklahoma, Southern Cal, or Michigan would stand today. With the Eagles down 3-2 in the fourth quarter, the left-footed [Jimmy] Fitzpatrick booted a perfect 47-yard drop kick through the uprights to give BC an upset 5-3 victory. The other 15 members of the Boston College team carried Fitz off the field on their shoulders to the dismay of a stunned crowd of 10,000 Bulldog rooters.

On Monday following the game, the Boston College student body saluted their triumphant warriors in an afternoon rally held in the main auditorium of Recitation Hall. Following the ceremony the students again snake-danced their way down Linden Lane and on to Boston proper where they once again celebrated the momentous Boston College victory.

A year later, [Coach Frank Cavanaugh's] boys throttled Yale again by a 21-13 score. The game was the high point of a brilliant 8-0 season that brought the eastern championship to the Heights for the first time.

A Burns Library online exhibition on BC Football's "Teams of Destiny" includes a tribute to the undefeated Eastern champs of 1920:

"From the Archives" offers commentaries on historic BC images from the Burns Library collection.

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