“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Fitzpatrick's field goal beats Holy Cross

December 2, 1916 ... For the first time in 17 years Boston College has defeated arch rival Holy Cross in football.  The win came when Jimmy Fitzpatrick, the Boston College halfback, calmly drop-kicked a 34-yard field goal to break a 14-14 tie in the fourth period.  Up until that moment the game was a bitterly contested battle, with the advantage going back and forth from team to team. 

The game started of with neither team able to gain an advantage.  Boston College starting at the Holy Cross 32-yard line scored first with John Lowney skirting around end to the 13-yd line.  A penalty for offside moved the ball down to the three where Lowney was able to get it over for the score.  Later in the same first period Boston College was able to score again.  Play started on the Holy Cross 40-yd line.  Lowney, Fitzgerald and Hanlon all carried and the ball made it down to Holy Cross' 16-yard line in four rushes.  A short gain was followed by a pass from Fitzgerald to Ray Trowbridge at the goal line for the second B.C. score.

In the second period Holy Cross succeeded in stopping B.C. and on a punt from their own 18-yard line, the Holy Cross ploughed through the B.C. line and blocked a punt.  The ball rolled back toward the end zone where the Worcester tackle Zimmerman fell on the ball for a touchdown.  The tying score resulted from an exceptional play.  Boston College was moving the ball into Holy Cross territory when the Holy Cross defensive line forced Fitzgerald to make a running pass.  The ball was off target and Cummings picked the ball out of the air and ran it back 70 yards for tie the game.  In the second half the two teams pushed each other back and forth across midfield until halfway through the fourth quarter.  From his own 38 yard line, Holy Cross' George Fitzpatrick had his punt blocked and B.C. recovered it at the Holy Cross 33-yd line.  Twice Lowney ran into the line for no gain, and on his third time broke loose for nine yards.  A moment later Jimmy Fitzpatrick kicked his field goal to take the lead.  After the kickoff, Holy Cross was more determined than ever, but the game ended when Jimmy Fitzgerald picked off Joe Higgin's forward pass to give B.C. the ball back as the game ended.

 

FENWAY PARK

 

P

C

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
     

HOLY CROSS

0

14

0

0

   

14

   
     

BOSTON COLLEGE

14

0

0

3

   

17

   

1st Qtr

3 yd Rush - John Lowney (BC)
Jimmy Fitzpatrick (PAT)

Holy Cross (0)
Boston College (7)

1st Qtr

14 yd Pass – Jimmy Fitzpatrick to Ray Trowbridge (BC)
Jimmy Fitzpatrick (PAT)

Holy Cross (0)
Boston College (14)

2nd Qtr

18 yd Punt Block - Zimmerman (HC)
Cummings (PAT)

Holy Cross (7)
Boston College (14)

2nd Qtr

70 yd Pass Interception - Cummings (HC)
Cummings (PAT)

Holy Cross (14)
Boston College (14)