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Boston College 24, Army 20

November 22, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ Matt Hasselbeck, playing his final collegiate game, threw his third touchdown pass of the game, an 8-yarder to Todd Pollack midway in the fourth quarter, lifting Boston College to a 24-20 win over Army Saturday.

It was the last scheduled game between the schools, who have met 24 times since 1970. The Eagles (4-7) have won 19 of the last 22 meetings and own a 20-12 edge in the series that started in 1917.

With Boston College trailing 20-17 midway through the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck drove the Eagles 79 yards for the game-winning score, hitting Pollack in the back of the end zone. The play was set up by a 29-yard pass from Hasselbeck to Dennis Harding one play earlier.

Hasselbeck hit 31-of-46 passes for 393 yards and was raised atop the shoulders of a throng of students who stormed the field after BC’s final game of the season.

After BC’s final TD, the Cadets (4-6) moved to Boston College’s 33 before four incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Eagles with 1:40 left, sealing the win.

Army tied the score 17-17 late in the third quarter on Brandan Rooney’s 2-yard scoring run and a 2-point conversion. The TD was set up by a 45-yard play-action pass from Johnny Goff to Bobby Williams, which moved the ball to the Boston College 10. On the 2-point conversion, Brad Miller took Goff’s pitch and hit Rod Richardson.

On the following possession, Brian Kavanagh blocked an Eagles’ punt and recovered it at the BC 20. Three plays later, Eric Olsen kicked a 39-yard field goal, putting Army ahead 20-17 with 11:08 left.

Boston College went ahead 7-0 on its opening drive of the game. Hasselbeck, who completed 6-of-8 passes for 65 yards on the first possession, hit Dennis Harding with a 5-yard scoring pass.

Army made it 7-3 on Olsen’s 30-yard field goal 4 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

Boston College also scored on its opening possession of the second half, when John Matich capped a 15-play, 87-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal. Hasselbeck completed five consecutive passes for 51 yards to highlight the drive.

The Cadets, who had just converted a fourth-and-1 at their 46, executed a perfect play-action pass when Goff hit a wide-open Richardson down the middle for a 54-yard TD pass. It was Army’s first TD pass of the season. A 2-point coversion pass was batted down, leaving the score 10-9.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Hasselback capped an 8-play, 84-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring pass to Derrick Crittenden, making it 17-9.

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