“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

 

ATILIO FERDENZI TO THE FOUR YD LINE

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
B.C. ties Michigan State
and almost wins

October 31, 1936 ... Michigan's State long awaited tea party at Fenway Park didn't happen.  Rallying from behind on one of the most inspired late game surges, the valiant Eagles marched 92 yards for the ultimate touchdown that tied the score.  Turning suddenly on an opponent who had shown no quarter, the Eagles not only earned a tie, but almost won it in the closing minutes had a last second field goal made it thru the uprights.  Early in the game B.C. showed great offensive strength and Tony DiNatale's ability to bury Michigan deep in their own territory with great punts, and a 20-yard pass from Fella Gintoff to Tom Guinea gave B.C. the early lead.  But in the second quarter, the Spartan quarterback Fred Ziegel outplayed the B.C. secondary.  Twice in the quarter he sucked the Eagle defensive backs in with great fakes and then unleashed quick passes in the flat to exploit the mistake.  The first was from midfield caught by Milt Lehnhardt at the B.C. 20, who breezed over the goal line standing up.  Less than a dozen plays later the Spartans were on the move again.  Again a flat zone pass.  This time 26 yards Ziegel to Walter Nelson, setting the stage for the score at the B.C. 19-yd line.  Ziegel then tried to hit Johnny Pingel at the nine yard line, and the field judge hit the Eagles with a penalty for pass interference.  On third down, Pingel hit Usif Haney thrown wide to the left side for the next State score.

After the intermission, Michigan State was on the move again, taking the ball from their own 10-yd line down to the Boston College 11-yd line where the strong Eagle line held them on downs.  The fourth quarter started with Eagle QB Ira Jivelekian throwing passes that could not be stopped, and allowed B.C. to move from their own eight yard line down toward the Michigan goal.  He hit Atilio Ferdenzi at the 40-yard line, then went after him again, hitting him on for a 36-yard gain to the Michigan 14-yd line.  Ferdenzi again down to the 4-yd line and Jivelekian took it in from the four on a sweep. 

Late in the game, the Eagles had one more shot resulting from a dramatic pass interception by Walter Bryan at the Spartan 20-yd line.  Bryan returned it to the eight as time was running out.  A pass and a running play gained only two yards, and with 12 seconds on the clock, Tony DiNatale was brought in to try a game winning field goal that missed by a whisker.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

MICHIGAN STATE

0

6

0

7

 

 

13

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

0

13

0

0

 

 

13

 

 

 

 2nd Qtr

20 yd Pass – Fella Gintoff to Tom Guinea (BC)
PAT failed

Michigan State (0)
Boston College (6)

 2nd Qtr

50 yd Pass – Fred Ziegel to Milt Lehnhardt (MS)
PAT failed

Michigan State (6)
Boston College (6)

 2nd Qtr

2 yd Pass – Johnny Pingel to Usif Haney (MS)
Usif Haney (PAT)

Michigan State (13)
Boston College (6)

 4th Qtr

4 yd Rush – Ira Jivelekian  (BC)
Fella Gintoff (PAT)

Michigan State (13)
Boston College (13)

 

 Attendance – 11,000