“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

MAZNICKI POSTS FIRST SCORE

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Tennessee rallies to beat the Eagles
in a Sugar Bowl rematch

November 15, 1941 ... The Tennessee Volunteers marched into Fenway Park to stage a rematch of last year's Sugar Bowl contest and walked away with a 14-7 win.  In the first quarter it seemed that the Vols would not be able to move against the Eagle defense both on the ground and in the air. The Eagles drew first blood in the second period.  Frank Maznicki personally marched his team on a 55 yard drive for their score, with runs of 18 and 19 yards to set up his 8 yard scoring plunge. 

At this point B.C. looked unbeatable.  They beat the Tennessee offense to a pulp with an unmovable line, and they were able to move the ball easily.  But in the second half the southerners roared back with a vengeance.  It started when their punter Bob Slater dropped a ball out-of-bounds on B.C.'s one yard line.   After a couple of exchanges Bobby Cifers and Dick Mulloy racked up the yards and drove the ball down to the 1-foot line.  Cifers fumbled just as Maznicki hit him short of the goal line.  The loose ball rolled into the end zone where Molloy claimed it for Tennessee. 

B.C. answered with a savage fourth period charge that started on their 12-yard line and ended up 78 yards later with a heartbreaking fumble on a field goal effort.  Teddy Williams went for nine yards.  Maznicki and Butch Kissell brought it down to midfield.  Mike Holovak knocked off great runs of 16 and 18 yards and the ball was now on the 12-yard line.  Here the Vols got tough and thru the Eagles back for a loss.  Maznicki is right in front of the goal post and only 29 yards away.  Wally Boudreau receives the snap from Tuck Toomey but looses control of the ball and it squirts away.  Maznicki grabs it but it swamped at the 23-yard line where the southerners take over.

With three minutes left to play the Eagles had another chance. Starting on their own 9-yd line, Boudreau tried to hit Mike Holovak on a pass down the middle.  The Vols Billy Gold cut in front, intercepted and carried it 26 yards down to the 3-yard line.  In three plays Cifers blasted in for the winning touchdown with only 90 seconds left to play.  Boston College got the ball back but Mickey Connolly was intercepted on a long bomb to end the game.

 
 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

TENNESSEE

0

0

7

7

 

 

14

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

7

0

0

0

 

 

7

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

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

Tennessee (0)
Boston College (7)

 3rd Qtr

Fumble Recovery in the End Zone  – Dick Mulloy (Tenn)
Charlie Mitchell (PAT)

Tennessee (7)
Boston College (7)

 4th Qtr

3 yd Rush – Billy Cifers (Tenn)
Charlie Mitchell (PAT)

Tennessee (14)
Boston College (7)

 

 Attendance – 31,000