“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Boston University ties Boston College
after 12 defeats

November 21, 1936 ... A small but valiant band of Boston University football players, who evidently never heard the word "quit" earned the right to be known as the team who battled a heavily favored Boston College foe to a thrilling scoreless tie.  The 15,000 fans at Fenway Park were alternately exultant and then stunned as the tide of battle ebbed and flowed in this traditional intra-city rivalry.  In the end, a result other than a Boston College victory was posted for the first time in 13 matchups.  There was nothing tainted about this even split of the spoils that B.U. was celebrating as a moral victory.

Widely outplayed in the first half, the Terriers three times pushed the Eagles back from their goal line.  Once was by a goal line stand on the 7-yard line and two times by a pass interception.  Then, on a sudden second half metamorphosis, the Terriers rushed to the offense and up until the closing minutes of play, easily held the balance of power.  In the end a missed field goal by B.C'.s Fella Gintoff from 20 yards out, with less than five minutes to play, was the difference.  If one B.U. player could be accorded distinction, it would be sophomore, Saul Nechtem.  His spectacular end effective pirouetting run-backs of kicks, plus his mighty forward-passing arm, in addition to his back-breaking tackles on defense kept the Eagles on their heels and gave the Terriers the confidence that they could play on equal terms.  To add to his stature, he fumbled four times and hustled to recover each one.  B.C. did plenty of ball moving between the 20-yard lines, but in the red zone they were lacking.  In the end B.U. marked a turning point in Terrier history with this game.

 

 

 
 

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      Attendance – 15,000