It was O'Rourke's 24-yard run late in the fourth quarter which gave the Eagles a 19-13 victory over Tennessee in the 1941 Sugar Bowl, staking BC's claim to the national championship. A photo showing O'Rourke in mid-scamper became a staple of BC Athletic Association publications and materials.
O'Rourke, who went on to play professional football for eight seasons, was the first Boston College player inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
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