“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”



 

HARRY AGGANIS

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Harry Agganis
outsmarts Pacific and
leads Boston U. to a stunning victory

October 19, 1951 ... Boston University without Harry Agganis last year was destroyed by the College of the Pacific, 55-7.  But this year, Agganis lead his Terriers to a spectacular upset of Pacific at Fenway Park tonight.  They'll insist that no one man can make the difference but the Golden Greek was the difference between last year and this year.  Not only did the ex-marine stop them on land and by air, but B.U.'s defense rose to the occasion also and stopped their running attack.  Agganis called a nearly perfect game and Pacific had no answer.  They scored their only points in a sudden burst of complete passes in the last two minutes of the game.  John Kastan was immense force for  B.U. smashing at the Pacific wall with regular success and on defense, Eddie Macon bottled up the highly touted Pacific running back Tom McCormick.

The situation still could have been reversed had it not been for Agganis.  B.U. started the game moving the ball down to the Pacific 7-yard line only to see Pacific pick off one of Harry's passes in the end zone.  That would prove to be Agganis' only blip on the radar.  After B.u. took Pacific's punt on its own 27, Agganis on a fake and keep, broke through left tackle to the Pacific 32.  Harry then connected with Tom Oates at the 16 and then again to the 9-yd line.  Harry then hit Kastan on a screen to get the ball down to the one yard line.  On the next play, Kastan smashed the ball in for a touchdown.  After the ensuing kickoff, Pacific drove the ball down to Terrier 11-yd line and it looked as if they were going to make a game of it, but on defense, Agganis intercepted their pass on the goal line and ran it out to the 36-yard line.  In eight plays B.U. had another touchdown.  Oates took a pass for 26 yards and Lindy Hanson smashed though from the six for the score.  For the rest of the half, the two teams got into a tugging contest between the 30 yard lines.  As the half ended, the feeling was that the B.U. juggernaut still might be overtaken.

 

But as the second half got underway, Agganis took charge.  From midfield he hit Kastan, Capuano and Oates to get the ball down to Pacific's six yard line.  Harry faked a pass and smashed to the three.  He then faked a hand-off and took the keeper unmolested into the end zone for B.U. third score.  Pacific had just two plays after that when Bill Taylor picked off Doug Scovill's pass at the B.U. 45 and squeezed through would-be tacklers down to Pacific's 13 yard line. On the first play, Agganis sat in the pocket with all the protection he needed and waited for Tom Oates to cross in front of him at the goal line, where he laid the ball in perfectly for yet another score.

Pacific, who was determined to grind out yard on the ground all game, decided to go with a new plan in the fourth quarter.  Doug Scovill led Pacific on an 85-yard drive mostly through the air.  On the next possession, Scovill got the ball back resulting from a fumble and then hit Dave Devoto for another quick score.  All this took place during the last two minutes of the contest.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

COLLEGE OF THE PACIFIC

0

0

0

12

 

 

12

 

 
 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

7

7

13

0

 

 

27

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

1 yd Rush - Johnny Kastan (BU)
Tom Gastall (PAT)

Pacific (0)
Boston U. (7)

 2nd Qtr

6 yd Rush - Lindy Hanson (BU)
Tom Gastall (PAT)

Pacific (0)
Boston U. (14)

 3rd Qtr

3 yd Rush - Harry Agganis (BU)
PAT failed

Pacific (0)
Boston U. (20)

 3rd Qtr

13 yd Pass - Harry Agganis to Tom Oates (BU)
Tom Oates (PAT)

Pacific (0)
Boston U. (27)

 4th Qtr

12 yd Pass - Doug Scovill to Wes Mitchell (COP)
PAT failed

Pacific (6)
Boston U. (27)

 4th Qtr

37 yd Pass - Doug Scovill to Dave Devoto (COP)
PAT failed

Pacific (6)
Boston U. (27)

 Attendance – 16,030