“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

TURK PETRACA CARRIES

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
A hot 2nd half lifts the Eagles
over Villanova

October 8, 1955 ... Fullback Turk Petraca lit a spark under a lethargic Eagle team to inspire his team to roll over Villanova at Fenway Park.  Petraca scored twice in the third period to break a 7-7 deadlock to give B.C. the victory in its first stern test of the season.  B.C. marched 63 yards for the tie-breaking touchdown and Petraca carried the last 30 yards himself.  Quarterback Billy Donlan also scored twice over a Villanova team that had already beaten Baylor and Kentucky.

B.C. had its first touchdown set up by a Villanova fumble on the third play of the first period.  They had the ball on the Villanova 34-yard line and took eight plays to score. Donlan snuck it over for the touchdown.  The Eagles reciprocated with a fumble five minutes later on their own 33-yd line and Villanova scored on a Johnny Lammers pass to end Van Injalan. 

B.C. took the second half kickoff and marched 63 yards to break the tie.  Billy Alves carried up to Villanova's 45 and Petraca made it to the 40 and then the next four times to finally break the tie with a six yard buck for the score.  Later on in the period sophomore halfback Larry Plenty and Henry Sullivan did most of the carrying to get the ball down to the 11-yard line to set up the next score. Petraca then took the ball and scored from the six to give the Eagles a 21-7 advantage. 

Villanova scored their second and final touchdown on a beautiful 31 yard dash by Davey Parr on a 71 yard march.  Donlan set up the final touchdown in the fourth period with a great 39 yard pass to Tom Mangarelli for a first down at the two yard line.  Donlan carried twice and finally pushed it in for the score to make it 28-14.

Turk Petraca gained 80 yards of the 190 yards rushed.  The Eagles only threw eight passes but had five completed.

 
 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

VILLANOVA

7

0

0

7

 

 

14

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

7

0

14

7

 

 

28

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

2 yd Rush - Billy Donlan (BC)
Eddie DeSilva (PAT)

Villanova (0)
Boston College (7)

 1st Qtr

40 yd Pass - Johnny Lammers to Van Injalan (Vill)
Johnny Lammers (PAT)

Villanova (7)
Boston College (7)

 3rd Qtr

6 yd Rush - Turk Petraca (BC)
Frank Cousineau (PAT)

Villanova (7)
Boston College (14)

 3rd Qtr

6 yd Rush - Turk Petraca (BC)
Frank Cousineau (PAT)

Villanova (7)
Boston College (21)

 4th Qtr

3 yd Rush - Billy Donlan (BC)
Dick Gagliardi (PAT)

Villanova (7)
Boston College (28)

 4th Qtr

31 yd Rush - Davey Parr (Vill)
D'Alonzo (PAT)

Villanova (14)
Boston College (28)

 Attendance – 10,102