Kyle writes in asking us to draft the best BC football plays of all time. What do you think, Wesley?
No doubt, Wesley. The Flutie Pass isn't just a road in Natick.
While I realize it's still somewhat recent, I have to go with Matty Ice's defining moment at The Heights. I'm sad to say I wasn't there for this game at Lane Stadium (a trip I'm going on THIS year..and yes, I'll be wearing my Matty Ryan jersey in the stands), but I was at an Alumni Game Watch for this finish.
The mood was so sad, so slow, so defeated...until the last couple minutes of this game. I'll remember jumping up and throwing friends in the air as we celebrated this amazing win. Still gives me chills.
4M) Gonzo catch
I actually thought hard about this one, Wesley. For me, as much as I enjoy watching Notre Dame lose (and I really do), the VT game was one where OUR national title hopes were on the lines, not ND's. Both are great plays though, no doubt.
For this game I was actually in Illinois, near Illinois State University. It was after their game, and I more or less insisted we find a bar to watch the game at. Now, this area is heavy with ND fans (since Illinois really stunk at the time, and ND is fairly close), so I was easily the only one in the bar rooting for the Eagles.
Back and forth, it looked like BC was going to (finally) lose to Notre Dame. Then Tony Gonzalez decided to seal ND's fate with a brilliant TD grab in the endzone to keep the streak vs. the Fake Irish alive.
I was there for this one.. Wow.. what a year.. and what a game.
Herzy's first INT vs. Wake Forest last year might be my favorite "OMG, did he just DO THAT?" play. I'm still not sure how Herzy caught this ball from approximately 10 inches away. He's had a ton of great plays, but this remains my favorite Herzy play, and one of my all-time favorite BC plays.
You'll want to look about 1:02 into the video below.
I believe it was near the end of the first half, and BC was surprisingly up (well, surprising to the non-BC fans, anyway) 14-0. FSU had thrown a couple quick WR screens and Tribble had taken note. The next one that was fired his way, he jumped the route and took it to the house, extending the BC lead to 21-0 before half.
Oh man, how did I forget the BJ Raji bull-rush? Man, that one was great. Excellent call there.
For my last pick, I"m going with cheat just a little bit and combine two special teams plays from the same game: Jeff Smith's return to the house vs. Clemson coupled with Jolonn Dunbar's XP block to win the game in 2OT. This game really solidified the BC/Clemson rivalry we enjoy today, as the Eagles showed the grit, determination, and athleticism to compete with (and beat) some of the best teams in the ACC.
Wesley: Hail Flutie, Gordon kick, Clemson TD pass, Harris stiff arm, Raji bull rush
BCMike: Ice at VT, Gonzo beats ND, Herzy insane pick 6, Tribble pick 6 vs FSU, Smith and Dunbar vs. Clemson