“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

 

VITO ANANIS CARRIES

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
B.C. snatches a 13-7 win

November 4, 1939 ... Auburn's Tigers came to Fenway Park on a beautiful sunshiny day, and for fifty six minutes the crowd saw a probable Eagles loss.  Auburn's Dick McGowen kicked the Eagles deep into their own territory every time the Auburn goal was threatened, and a good Auburn line kept the Eagle running attack from clicking for more than two or three plays in a row.  Auburn scored in the second period.  The Eagles had driven deep on Vito Ananis' great running.  Early in the second period, he ripped off a 43 yard run around right end only to be hauled down at the Auburn 33-yd line.  Charlie O'Rourke was hurried and threw an interception that Dick Cheatham intercepted on his own 26-yard line and raced, with four blockers in front of him,  all the way back for a touchdown unmolested.

The Tigers clung to the lead as time after time an Eagle drive stalled with a brilliant Tiger goal line stand.  Then with four minutes left to play, the long awaited, yet unexpected comeback happened.  The Eagles were on their own 18-yard line, when Frank Maznicki's running and O'Rourke's passing paid off.  O'Rourke faked a quick kick and handed off to Maznicki who made it out to the Eagle 29-yd line.  After a number of runs, O'Rourke hit Alex Lukachik at the Auburn 32-yard line.  O'Rourke worked it to Maznicki and Hank Toczylowski down to the five yard line.  Frank Davis smashed into the line and the game was tied after Maznicki booted the extra point.

Auburn received the kickoff but lost the ball immediately as Ananis ripped off an interception thirty yards to his own 39-yard line.  Only one minute and 50 seconds was left.  O'Rourke hit Ananis for eight yards. Defensive pass interference was then called on Auburn on a pass from O'Rourke to Dick Harrison, giving B.C. the ball on Auburn's 16-yd line.  Two plays later O'Rourke hit Ananis again on a short pass.  Ananis faked toward his right and cut back up the middle tumbling over the goal line for the winning score with only 55 seconds left.  Even with less than a minute, the Eagles almost scored again.  O'Rourke threw seven passes in the final eight minutes.  Only one failed to be completed as the Eagles sailed through 125 yards twice in putting the ball in the Auburn end zone.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

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2

3

4

 

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AUBURN

0

7

0

0

 

 

7

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

0

0

0

13

 

 

13

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

74 yd Pass Interception - Dick Cheatham (Aub)
Dick McGowen (PAT)

Auburn (7)
Boston College (0)

 4th Qtr

3 yd Rush - Frank Davis (BC)
Frank Maznicki (PAT)

Auburn (7)
Boston College (7)

 4th Qtr

16 yd Pass - Charlie O'Rourke to Vito Ananis (BC)
PAT failed

Auburn (7)
Boston College (13)

 

 Attendance – 14,000