BILLY SMITHERS GETS MOBBED
FOOTBALL AT FENWAY
Holy Cross nips Boston College
in the last 39 seconds
December 1, 1956 ...
Flinging a 21 yard touchdown pass to Paul Toland with just 39 seconds left on the clock, Holy Cross quarterback Billy Smithers finally fulfilled his dream and was carried off the Fenway Park turf with a 7-0 victory over Boston College under his belt. The fitting
climax to the football season brought to fans flooding on to the field to celebrate the final Jesuit appearance at Fenway Park. The victim in this story was Boston College captain Henry Sullivan, who let Toland get behind him.
The drive started with two minutes left on the clock at the Holy Cross 34-yard line. Smithers got 20 yards by running after calling a pass play, having seen no receivers to be open. He was across midfield to the 47 before B.C.'s Tino Bertolini pushed
him out-of-bounds. A pass in the flat to Dick Surrette gained seven more yards, down to the Eagle 40-yd line. Dick Berardino caught the next pass from Smithers, as he was double teamed, getting clear up the middle where he caught the pass for another first down at the B.C.
21-yard line. Smithers called for Berardino again. He got behind Jim Colclough, but let the pass slip through his fingers in the end zone. Finally, with Berardino split out on the right, being double covered and captain Dick Arcand split left, Smithers dropped back,
looked for his receivers and saw halfback Dick Toland racing for the corner of the end zone. Sullivan had let him get by and Smithers threw a perfect strike to end the game and the season.