October 29, 2007

Cronan: One for the ages

R.R. Marshall: Peter, before we start dissecting the Eagles' 14-10 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night I have to ask you where this one ranks among all the games you've witnessed over the years with Boston College?

Peter Cronan: I've been doing BC games on the radio going back to 1987 and I've seen the good times and the bad times, but I haven't seen anything that compared to this one. This was a signature win for BC, and just like the 1976 upset of Texas was the game of the 70's, the last-second win over Miami in 1984 was the game of the 80's, and the upset of #1 Notre Dame in South Bend was the game of the 90's, this win at Virginia Tech now becomes the game of this decade for Boston College. But I would go a step further and say that given the circumstances and what this game meant in terms of visibility for this program, where it fell on the schedule, and what was at stake for this team this may arguably be one of the best games I've ever been around.

Looking back at how this game ended with Matt Ryan throwing two late touchdown passes to pull out the win, well if you wrote this thing up in a script you'd have to sell it as fiction because no one would believe it! This game captured the imagination of the entire country much like the way the Flutie Hail Mary pass did back in 1984. This was the next BC miracle, but there are still four games left to play and the ultimate goal of this team is still the ACC Championship. Still on this one special evening BC provided us with a game we will remember for a very long time.

RRM: Matt Ryan's last-second, game-winning touchdown throw to Andre Callender is going to become a permanent staple in the BC highlight reel from now on. What was your take on the play?

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