“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”



 

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BC's VITO ANANIS UP THE MIDDLE

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
The Terriers can't
beat Boston College

November 18, 1939 ... Boston College's Vito Ananis scored every point for the Eagles, proving once more that he is the top running back in Eastern football.  Ananis had scored the winning touchdowns this year, against Temple, St. Anselm, Auburn and Detroit this year.  This time he did it all against Boston University.  The Terriers put up a stubborn line defense and did everything they could to win this game, but their vaunted passing attack never clicked and their running game made no headway.  The Eagles on the other hand smashed away at the Terrier line for three touchdowns.  They converted two B.U. errors into two touchdowns and paraded 67 yards in the final period for the last score.

Early in the contest, the Terriers received the opening kickoff and after their second play, fumbled.  Ananis recovered the Terrier fumble on the B.U. 30-yard line. Pete Cignetti blasted 23 yards on a buck for a first down at the 7-yd line, and then he went over center to the four.  Ananis then skirted four yards around end for the first score standing up.  The rest of the half was conservatively played, with the Terriers holding them to a standstill.  Then, Cignetti intercepted a B.U. pass at their 45-yd line and carried up the field another 10 yards.  Charlie O'Rourke started as his own 45-yd line and hit Ananis on a long pass with only 20 seconds left in the first half. 

The final score occurred late in the last period on their only long march of the game.  It started when Ed Cowhig recovered a Terrier fumble at the Eagle 34-yard line.  During the next seven plays, B.C. covered those 66 yards. O'Rourke hit Cowhig for 12 yards.  Cignetti carried the ball down to the 31.  O'Rourke escaped the B.U. rushers and took the ball down to the 16.  Ananis made a wide sweep for a yard and then carried on a fake reverse over the Terrier's right guard for the score and his third touchdown. He then drop-kicked the extra point accounting for every point the Eagles scored during the game.  Scoring 19 points, Ananis became the leading major college scorer in the East with 61 points.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

6

6

0

7

 

 

19

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

4 yd Rush – Vito Ananis (BC)
PAT failed

Boston U.  (0)
Boston College (6)

 2nd Qtr

45 yd Pass – Charlie O'Rourke to Vito Ananis (BC)
PAT failed

Boston U.  (0)
Boston College (12)

 4th Qtr

15 yd Pass – Vito Ananis (BC)
Vito Ananis (PAT)

Boston U.  (0)
Boston College (19)

 

 Attendance – 13,000