“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”



 

HARRY AGGANIS

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
A last minute fumble recovery saves B.U.
as Harry Agganis passes for four TDs

October 18, 1952 ... Defensive left end Jim Meredith saved a battered and yielding Boston University eleven in the closing moments, to save a 33-28 victory at Fenway Park, in what was a tremendous offensive game.  Meredith swarmed on a loose ball at the B.U. fifteen with two minutes left to play, as William & Mary was steamrolling its way toward the B.U. goal line and a winning touchdown in huge gulps.

The genius of Harry Agganis was written all over this game, as he towered over everyone on the field in the first half and bailed his team out midway through the final period with a one shot pass for the winning touchdown after guard Gerry Keane had recovered a W&M fumble at their 17-yd line.  Agganis found Tom Gastall in the right corner and sent an arrow right at him for his fourth touchdown throw of the game.  At the time, the Virginians were pushing the Terriers all over the field.  W&M got the 7-0 jump in the first quarter, then was flooded under four B.U. scores in the second period.  Agganis pulled the W&M line apart with a series of fakes.  Don Defeudis scored one on a pitchout from Agganis and another on a 41-yard pass play.  Then ends Tom Gastall and Tom Lavery each plucked an Agganis pass out of the night  to give B.U. a 27-7 halftime lead.  During the 88 yard drive for the second score Agganis passed five times in 14 plays.  The game was turned on its back in the second half when W&M tremendous power took hold.  The Virgians tore off large chunks on the ground and capped a 70 yard march to take a 28-27 lead after the third period.  B.U. was simply unable to stop them at this point and they were tearing the Terrier defense to ribbons.  But Agganis crowned an upset when Keane gave him a chance with his fumble recovery at the W&M 17-yd line.  Agganis was 14 of 22 in the passing department for 187 yards.  He also intercepted two passes and let loose with a couple of 30-yd runs and averaged 43 yards with his punts.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

WILLIAM & MARY

7

0

14

7

 

 

28

 

 
 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

0

27

0

6

 

 

33

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

7 yd Run - Tom Koller (W&M)
L. Quniby Hines (PAT)

W&M (7)
Boston U. (0)

 2nd Qtr

11 yd Rush - Don DeFeudis (BU)
PAT failed

W&M (7)
Boston U. (6)

 2nd Qtr

23 yd Pass - Harry Agganis to Tom Gastall (BU)
Titus Plomeritus (PAT)

W&M (7)
Boston U. (13)

 2nd Qtr

7 yd Pass - Harry Agganis to Tom Lavery (BU)
Titus Plomeritus (PAT)

W&M (7)
Boston U. (20)

 2nd Qtr

41 yd Pass - Harry Agganis to Don DeFeudis (BU)
Titus Plomeritus (PAT)

W&M (7)
Boston U. (27)

 3rd Qtr

1 yd Rush - Tom Koller (W&M)
L. Quniby Hines (PAT)

W&M (14)
Boston U. (27)

 3rd Qtr

2 yd Rush - Bruce Sturgess (W&M)
L. Quniby Hines (PAT)

W&M (21)
Boston U. (27)

 4th Qtr

7 yd Pass - Bruce Sturgess to Walter Brodie (W&M)
L. Quniby Hines (PAT)

W&M (28)
Boston U. (27)

 4th Qtr

7 yd Pass - Harry Agganis to Tom Lavery (BU)
PAT failed

W&M (28)
Boston U. (33)

 Attendance – 15,855