“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 


CHARLIE O'ROURKE

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Charlie O'Rourke dazzles as
the Eagles beat Temple, 33-20

October 12, 1940 ... "Chuckin'" Charlie O'Rourke and his All-American teammate Gene Goodreault, led the Eagles to a hair-raising victory at Fenway Park.  O'Rourke was sensational as he completed five of seven passes, two for touchdowns, and quick-kicked 51 yards to the 10-yd line and 66 yards to the 1-yard line, to set up the touchdowns.  He also punted the Eagles out of danger in the second period with a 64 yard punt out of his own end zone.  Then he manufactured another touchdown with a 5 yard sweep, and set up another with a 36 yard run.  While O'Rourke was doing all this, Goodreault was playing brilliantly on defense, making life miserable for Temple's quarterback Andy Tomasic.  The score might indicate that B.C. had some trouble, but it was only for a brief time during the second period.  Tomasic kept his team in the game when he passed to Jim Yeager to give them their first touchdown, ran for one himself and then tossed one 13 yards to Cliff Seaver for the third.

B.C.'s first score came on O'Rourke's quick-kick over the head of Temple's Al Juralewicz, that was downed on their 10-yard line by Frank Maznicki.  Temple only punted back to their own 34-yard line, and in nine plays put the first points on the scoreboard.  In seven minutes, O'Rourke hit Goodreault and Maznicki on two passes and two rushes by Mike Holovak and the scoring one by Maznicki. 

O'Rourke's second quick kick was more dramatic.  It carried 71 yards down the field and with Goodreault in hot pursuit.  He made a diving grab at the 1-foot line.  Tomasic the was forced to punt the ball back and sliced it out-of-bounds at his own 23-yard line.  On the very first snap, O'Rourke started running to his right and at the last second stopped and hit Henry Toczylowski on the left, who the carried one Temple defender with him into the end zone.

In the third period, sophomore Mickey Connolly took over command of the B.C. offense, hit Goodreault and Hank Woronicz on passes and marched 64 yards down the field for another touchdown.  The final pass covered 42 yards hitting Woronicz on the 9-yard line and the score.  Later in the period Tomasic fumbled the ball back to the Eagles at his own 8-yard line.  Holovak picked up three and then O'Rourke took the ball himself around right end for the next score.

Against the Eagles' second and third stringers, Tomasic put up Temple's next points on a 43 yard drive.  B.C.'s answer was to chase 55 yards in five plays to post their last touchdown.  O'Rourke covered 35 of those yards by run over his right side and cutting back into the Temple secondary.  Holovak then ran for six yards and O'Rourke hit sophomore end Don Currivan for the score.

With two minutes left to play, Tomasic wouldn't quit.  On his own 35-yard line, he churned out five yards, then ran around his right end and behind some fine blocking, took the ball down to B.C.'s 19-yd line.  Powers picked up five and the Tomasic hit Cliff Seaver for a last ditch TD.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

0

7

0

13

 

 

20

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

13

0

13

7

 

 

33

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

5 yd Rush – Frank Maznicki (BC)
Frank Maznicki (PAT)

Temple (0)
Boston College (7)

 1st Qtr

23 yd Pass – Charlie O'Rourke to Hank Toczylowski (BC)
PAT failed

Temple (0)
Boston College (13)

 2nd Qtr

18 yd Pass – Andy Tomasic to Jim Yeager (Temp)
Andy Tomasic (PAT)

Temple (7)
Boston College (13)

 3rd Qtr

42 yd Pass – Mickey Connolly to Hank Woronicz (BC)
Frank Maznicki (PAT)

Temple (7)
Boston College (20)

 3rd Qtr

5 yd Rush – Charlie O'Rourke (BC)
PAT failed

Temple (7)
Boston College (26)

 4th Qtr

19 yd Rush – Andy Tomasic (Temp)
PAT failed

Temple (13)
Boston College (26)

 4th Qtr

17 yd Rush – Charlie O'Rourke to Don Currivan (BC)
Frank Maznicki (PAT)

Temple (13)
Boston College (33)

 4th Qtr

14 yd Pass - Andy Tomasic to Cliff Seaver (Temp)
Andy Tomasic (PAT)

Temple (20)
Boston College (33)

 

 Attendance – 24,000