“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”



 

GARY FAMIGLIETTI

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
Gary Famiglietti leads the Terriers to
a long-awaited victory over Boston College

November 20, 1937 ... Led by 200 lb fullback, Gary Famiglietti, an indomitable and opportunistic  band of Terriers emerged from the long, dreary years of Boston University's football morass yesterday, to scale the heights of gridiron glory with a spine-tingling 13-6 victory over the highly favored Boston College Eagles at Fenway Park.  In as dramatic and thrilling a contest as has ever been waged by the two Hub rivals, the inspired Terriers ran an amazing race to crown a 17-year old quest for a triumph over the Eagles.

Unleashing an electrifying second period attack that netted them two touchdowns, the red-shirted disciples of Pat Hanley, then put up a valiant defense against a rousing rally by B.C.  Turning back the Eagles from the shadow of their own goal line, the Terriers suddenly sprang to the offense shortly after the second period began.  They rolled to their first score with a bulls-eye pass from Saul Nechtem to Lou Blaszynski right on the goal line.  The Eagles then took to the air following this unexpected turn of events, and with less than two minutes to go, Gary Famiglietti snatched the ball at his own 45-yd line and raced the 55 yards for another B.U. score.

As the second half unfolded, the Eagles started an entirely new team, with the exception of John Ianusas and halfback Tom Guinea.  With Walter Bryan at quarterback, the Eagles took the ball 77 yards almost from the kickoff to notch their only score.  The march made it down to the Terriers three-yard stripe, where Dick Cummings fumbled.  The ball squirted into the end zone, where big Pete Cignetti fell on it for a touchdown.  The lion-hearted Terriers then settled back to dispel every subsequent attempt by the Eagles.  B.U. gave them chances as they tugged and pulled into the fourth period.  Saul Nechtem fumbled a punt and Jim Kissell recovered it for the Eagles at the B.U. 35-yard line.  Cignetti ran it down to the 23 for a first down, Cummings to the 20, and Vito Ananis to the 16.  Third down and three to go and B.U. gave it their supreme effort.  QB Walter Bryan was tossed for a two yard loss followed by Cummings being taken down by Famiglietti, giving B.U. the ball back on downs.

B.C. stormed right back after B.U. failed to move the ball.  A pass from Cummings to Jim Cahill, clicked for 11 yards and the ball was across midfield again.  This time it was B.U. captain Leon Spivak, who intercepted a Cummings aerial for the Terrier's fourth interception of the day.  After the Eagles defense held, they again forced a punt.  The Eagles took over on their own 30-yard line for what proved the be the final play of the game.  Cummings shot a pass to his end, Dick Harrison, who lateraled to Hugo Blandori.  Blandori made it up to the 40 and lateraled to Bryan.  The Eagles were now almost in the clear, but Bryan tried one more lateral back to Cummings who was racing up the sideline.  The lateral went wild and bounded out-of-bounds, ending the game.

Famiglietti proved to be the deciding factor in the game.  Besides his interception run, his perfectly timed blocking made the Nechtem to Blaszynski runs work perfectly.  When Famiglietti carried the ball, he personally pushed the B.C, defensive line back every time they hit him for a potential stop.  He also sacked Cummings in a critical situation.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

0

7

0

6

 

 

13

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

0

0

0

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

 2nd Qtr

20 yd Pass - Saul Nechtem to Lou Blaszynski (BU)
Saul Nechtem (PAT)

Boston U. (7)
B. C. (0)

 4th Qtr

55 yd Pass Interception - Gary Famiglietti (BU)
PAT failed

Boston U. (13)
B. C. (0)

 4th Qtr

3 yd Fumble Recovery - Pete Cignetti (BC)
PAT failed

Boston U. (13)
B. C. (6)

 Attendance – 12,000