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Monday, November 25, 2002 From the mists of time: Jesuit grid rivalries past
BC vs Holy Cross, 1921
This past weekend was rivalry weekend in college football: Harvard played Yale – can it be 20 years since MIT pranksters inflated a weather balloon at midfield? Classic Sports Network was filled with replays of great Ohio State-Michigan and USC-UCLA games from the '70s.
And there was nostalgia for the storied Jesuit football rivalry that once was the Harvard-Yale of Catholic Massachusetts, but now is just a memory – Boston College-Holy Cross.
The Holy Cross archive features several BC-HC images, including a shot of HC Heisman finalist Gordie Lockbaum in action in the series' final contest in 1986. Also included are images from the fateful 1942 game, 60 years ago Nov. 28, a stunning Holy Cross upset that kept the nationally-ranked BC team from attending a victory party at the Cocoanut Grove that night – thus saving their lives.
A "virtual exhibit" on BC football history mounted by the Burns Library at Boston College includes this program cover from the 1928 game, as well as a tribute to the 1940 team that won what Grantland Rice called "the greatest football game ever played," against another great Jesuit football rival from the misty past, Georgetown.
BC-Georgetown. Now that would be a rivalry. More on Hoya football history here.