1978 Boston College Eagles football team

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1978 Boston College Eagles football
Boston College Eagles wordmark.png
Conference Independent
1978 record 0–11
Head coach Ed Chlebek (1st season)
Home stadium Alumni Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Division I-A independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State           11 1 0
North Texas State           9 2 0
East Carolina           9 3 0
Navy           9 3 0
No. 7 Notre Dame           9 3 0
Rutgers           9 3 0
Florida State           8 3 0
Temple           7 3 1
Pittsburgh           8 4 0
Holy Cross           7 4 0
Louisville           7 4 0
UNLV           7 4 0
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Northeast Louisiana           6 4 1
Georgia Tech           7 5 0
Hawaii           6 5 0
Miami           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 5 1
William & Mary           5 5 1
Cincinnati           5 6 0
Villanova           5 6 0
Army           4 6 1
Memphis State           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Virginia Tech           4 7 0
Air Force           3 8 0
Colgate           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Syracuse           3 8 0
Illinois State           2 9 0
West Virginia           2 9 0
Boston College           0 11 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College as an independent during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team compiled a 0–11 record and were outscored by a total of 294 to 153.[1] The team compiled the worst record in Division I-A during the 1978 season. Five of the team's games were lost in late stages.[2] The team traveled to Tokyo to play in the Mirage Bowl on December 10.[3]

Ed Chlebek was hired as the team's head coach in January 1978, after having coached at Eastern Michigan for two years; he was named the Mid-America Conference coach of the year in 1977.[4]

The team's statistical leaders included Jay Palazola with 926 passing yards, Anthony Brown with 748 rushing yards, and Paul McCarty with 531 receiving yards.[5]

The team played its home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponent#SiteResultAttendanceSource
September 16Air ForceL 7–1821,935[6]
September 23 No. 9 Texas A&M
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
L 2–3726,012[7]
September 30Navy
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
L 8–1924,082[8]
October 7 No. 9 Pittsburgh
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
L 15–3221,673[9]
October 14at TulaneL 3–927,177[10]
November 4at VillanovaL 16–2813,300[11]
November 11at ArmyL 26–2928,049[12]
November 18Syracuse (rivalry)
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
L 23–3715,855[13]
November 25at UMass (rivalry)L 0–277,950[14]
December 2Holy Cross (rivalry)
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Chestnut Hill, MA
L 29–3028,109[15]
December 10vs. Temple (Mirage Bowl)L 24–2855,000[3]
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1978 Boston College Eagles Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Boston College Nation's Top Loser; Eagles Hoping To Reverse Fortunes Quickly". The Times and Democrat. December 14, 1978. p. 12A – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Temple gains Tokyo game". The Lincoln Star. December 11, 1978. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Boston College hires EMU's Chlebek". Detroit Free Press. January 20, 1978. p. 3D – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "1978 Boston College Eagles Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Air Force shocks Boston College". Fort Myers News-Press. September 17, 1978. p. 5C – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "A&M sprinter races for three in 37–2 rout over Boston College". Marshall (TX) News Messenger. September 24, 1978. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Defense lifts Navy past B.C." The Baltimore Sun. October 1, 1978. p. C1, C15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "Pitt Thumps Boston College, 32–15". The Pittsburgh Press. October 8, 1978. pp. D1, D2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ "B.C. No Headache For Tulane, 9 To 6". Daily World (Opalusas, LA). October 15, 1978. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Villanova 28, Boston College 16". Palm Beach Post-Times. November 5, 1978. p. E6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "Army 29, Boston College 26". Fort Lauderdale News and Sun Sentinel. November 12, 1978. p. 11C – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ "Boston College Loses Again". Palm Beach Post-Times. November 19, 1978. p. E8 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ "Massachusetts 27, Boston College 0". Palm Beach Post-Times. November 26, 1978. p. E2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  15. ^ "Holy Cross 30, Boston College 29". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 1979. p. III–5 – via Newspapers.com.