Sunday, November 30, 2008


AP - Twenty-four years after his uncle Doug threw the pass that earned Boston College a berth in its last major bowl game, Billy Flutie helped put the Eagles back on a path to New Year's Day with a short flick of the wrist.

The BC backup quarterback, punter and kick-holder threw for a 9-yard touchdown on a fake field goal Saturday to lead the 21st-ranked Eagles to a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 28-21 victory over Maryland.

The Eagles (9-3, 5-3 ACC) will play Virginia Tech in the ACC title game on Saturday -- the second straight year the former Big East foes will play for the conference's spot in the Orange Bowl.

For the Eagles, it would be their first-ever trip to a BCS game and their first major bowl appearance since Doug Flutie led them to a Cotton Bowl victory after the 1984 season.

(Photos by Elsa/Getty Images and AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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