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On Sunday, the Boston College Eagles (7-5), who finished the season on a five-game win streak, will take on the #13 Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1) in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This Bowl, which will be aired at 9 PM/ET on ESPN, usually showcases a PAC 10-WAC match-up but, due to a lack of qualifying bowl teams in the PAC-10, relied on it’s back-up agreement with the ACC and gave BC the nod. This is BC’s third appearance in the Kraft Hunger Bowl – the Eagles defeated Colorado State in 2003 and lost to USC in 2009 – and their 12th consecutive season with a bowl appearance.
"We're excited to bring Boston College back to San Francisco," said Bowl co-founder and Executive Director Gary Cavalli. "They're a first-class organization in every respect. BC's outstanding defensive unit, coupled with Nevada's record-setting offense, will make for a very interesting and strategic matchup. We're proud to feature one of the most explosive players in the country, Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and one of the top defensive players, BC linebacker Luke Kuechly."
The Eagles struggled offensively this season, predominately due to the rotation of two young quarterbacks under center. The team’s defense, however, shined. BC is ranked best among ACC defenses, allowing just 962 rushing yards and 7 rushing TDs in 12 games. They limited opposing teams to a mere 2.7 yards a carry (average). Sophomore Luke Kuechly lead the ACC in tackles with 171 (102 solo stops), which is 42 more than anyone else in the conference. Kuechly registered 10 or more tackles in 21 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. He was named to the Associated Press All-American first team, becoming the eleventh player in BC history to be a Consensus First-Team All-American (FWAA, AFCA, Walter Camp, Sporting News and AP). He became the fastest BC player ever to record 200 tackles, doing so in only the 17th game of his career, and is the only Eagle to record 300 tackles in his first two seasons. Kuechly was the runner-up for the Butkus Award (presented annually to the nations' top college linebacker) and a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (awarded annually by the FWAA to the best collegiate defensive player) this season.
The Nevada Wolf Pack also comes in to this bowl game riding a win-streak (6 games), closing out the regular season with a best-in-school-history record of 12-1. They share the WAC Conference Title with Hawaii and Boise State (7-1 each), the first time for Nevada since 2005.
Senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the only player in college football history to pass for over 9,000 yards (9,906) and rush for over 4,000 yards (4,090). He is tied-for-first in NCAA history for rushing TDs by a quarterback with 59. This total also qualifies him as the WAC’s all-time rushing TD leader.
This will be the first meeting between Boston College and Nevada. Boston College holds a 2-1 record when facing WAC teams.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl supports Kraft Foods’ initiative to (cue cheesy football reference) “tackle” hunger in America by donating one meal per ticket sold to each of the three partnering local hunger organizations (San Francisco Food Bank, Glide Foundation and St. Anthony’s Foundation). Krafts’ goal is to donate a total of 120,000 meals. Volunteers will also be stationed around AT&T Park to accept food donations from fans attending the game. In addition, players from each team will volunteer at Glide or St. Anthony’s while in San Fran, serving food to the needy.
GOOD LUCK, EAGLES!!
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