“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”



 

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
B.U.'s rally falls short,
as the Eagles win a
21-14 thriller

November 11, 1938 ... The undefeated Boston College Eagles staged two touchdown marches in the first period and scored again in the final period on a long pass by Charlie O'Rourke.  But they were given a few jittery moments in the closing minutes of play when the B.U. passing attack produced a pair of spectacular touchdowns but fell short of overcoming the Eagles in a 21-14 win.  Until then, B.U. was unable to make any headway against the Eagles' heavy forward wall. But a spark ignited the Terriers in the final eight minutes and on sheer inspiration they were able to make the final count a lot closer than it should have been. 

During the first period, B.C. displayed its most powerful offensive charge this season, marching 71 yards the first time they had the ball and then 61 yards the second time they had the ball, for touchdowns.  The Eagles' first touchdown was scored at the end of 15 plays by Fella Gintoff on a four yard end run.  Starting at their own 25-yd line, the Eagles marched again and scored in four plays.  Gintoff started off by galloping 43 yards to the B.U. 20-yd line. Vito Ananis contributed the second touchdown on a reverse inside his own left end.  In the third minute of the final period, on their own 47-yd line, Eagle sophomore, Charlie O'Rourke hurled a 52 yard touchdown to Al Horsfall who grabbed the ball on the B.U. 11-yd line and galloped into the end zone.

Late in the final period, the Terriers instead of falling apart, completed six passes for a total of 69 yards and their first touchdown as Earl Crompton hit Russ Lawry between the B.C. defensive backs at the two.  Lawry cut around Joe Zabilski to score.  After the next kickoff when the Terriers got the ball back. With six minutes left, the Eagles had to punt from their end zone.  The Terriers started their next series at the Eagles' 41-yd line. In six plays they moved down for another score when Ralph Salvatti tossed an 8 yard pass to George Pantano for B.U.'s second score. With only two minutes left, the Terriers got the ball back, but time ran out before they could score again.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

0

0

0

14

 

 

14

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

14

0

7

0

 

 

21

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

4 yd Rush – Fella Gintoff (BC)
Fella Gintoff (PAT)

Boston U. (0)
Boston College (7)

 1st Qtr

19 yd Rush – Vito Ananis (BC)
Fella Gintoff (PAT)

Boston U. (0)
Boston College (14)

 3rd Qtr

52 yd Pass – Charlie O'Rourke to Al Horsfall (BC)
Al Horsfall (PAT)

Boston U. (0)
Boston College (21)

 4th Qtr

19 yd Pass – Earl Crompton to Russ Lawry (BU)
Russ Lawry (PAT)

Boston U. (7)
Boston College (21)

 4th Qtr

8 yd Pass – Ralph Salvatti to George Pantano (BU)
Russ Lawry (PAT)

Boston U. (14)
Boston College (21)

 

 Attendance – 15,000