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There are 25 comments on 50 Years Ago, the BU Football Team Played Its Only Bowl Game

  1. Excellent article. Did not know about this legacy and rest with destiny a lesson from Hughes and Colleagues for us all Dream Big and act ( Put one step in Front of the other and start marching)

    1. Dave Capen great to see you about. Each time e pass thru Groton on the train I’m reminded of football and track. I went to my 50th at New Britain high
      I wasn’t expecting so many gone. Stay healthy. Wer did have 50th this past November at BU. They announced our presence at a soccer game. Hmmmm so much for the Pasadena Bowl
      Merry Christmas or happy Hanukkah. Gary.

      1. was a member of the team.was co-captain along with jimmy Norris the following year. Admired Pat then and ran into him later on the Giants in 1974, Take one exception though, Pat’s class had the outstanding players Bruce and Freddie in addition to Pat but I always felt our class contributed an attitude to the upperclassmen beginning with our Freshman Year in 1967. Jay Donabedian stated that he never felt so much pressure from younger guys. Jim Norris,John Dwinnel,John Burke, Jay Dixon Butchie Jewett,Bill Soucy Gary Capehart all the other guys and humbly myself were “mongrels” from our high school teams but we all had the attitude that we weren’t going to contribute to the attitude of the classes before us and accept losing. Always felt that there were 3 things that could happen in a game you win(hopefully);you lose (after giving your all) or get beat(just didn’t care). We followed the Bowl year by losing 4 games-3 by a total of 11 points and 50-19 against Delaware in which we had over 500 yds of offense.
        Main difference was a coaching staff that didn’t believe we could repeat the success of 1969.

  2. Anyone know how they transitioned to no football in 1997. I mean in regard to the Freshman, Sophs and Juniors who lost their program and opportunity to play. What about their scholarships.

  3. I was fortunate enough to play with Pat Hughes—as well as Bruce Taylor and Fred Barry—on the BU freshman team in 1966. They were all great players—and good men. They continued playing football and participated in BU’s only bowl game; I didn’t. But I treasure memories of BU football—and these players. Thank you for this article.

  4. Recall that year at West Campus. Pat was a warrior out of legendary Everett HS. Bruce Taylor, who had a special teams field day against a rugged Delaware Blue Hens eleven, out of Perth Amboy NJ,, became the NFL Rookie of the Year 1970 w the 49ers. Pat Diamond, a tough RB. Reggie Rucker, out of Anacostia DC, who graduated in 1969, had a stellar 13 year NFL career w Dallas, Giants, Patriots and Browns. All of these guys were terrific role models, great classmates and friends on campus. BU Proud!

  5. Thanks for the article but it still hurts that BU doesn’t have a football program in 2019….during my career at IBM it hurt to know my alma mater dissolved football. While my colleagues were excited about their college teams. I had to get excited about BU hockey and basketball, etc…just more slat on an open wound. Enjoy my years at BU in the early 70’s…SMG 75′ but never forgave BU for dropping football. Dumb decision.

    1. While I’m unsure if there is any direct correlation, BU’s CTE program began in 1996. I’d say the studies the university has done there are an awfully good reason to keep any football program as a relic of the past. I wish other universities would take heed.

  6. Any chance I’d be able to get that team picture, or access to any others? My dad was on that team, I’ve heard many stories about that game/trip. It would be great to have some of those for our family.

  7. Harry Agannis the great All American QB from Lynn MA took BU to the Sugar Bowl in the 1950’s. I played in this game the Pasadena Bowl and the whole line from San Diego State were war vets that were huge, fast and in their late 20’s.

    I played in this game and our after game talking point was that 28 points was the lowest amount of points San Diego State was held to including the previous 3 seasons under Air.. Don Coryell their head coach. The great NFL Cleveland quarterback Brian Sipe was the backup to Dennis Shaw who was AFC rookie of the year for Buffalo and our great cornerback Bruce Taylor later played for San Francisco and was NFC rookie of the year.

    I remember the elation when Pat knocked Shaw out of the game then their backup came in and Brian Sipe was better than Shaw.

  8. Nice article Doug.

    My good friend Linda Calascibetta is in that photo with me holding the BU pennant. It was an exciting time. We loved being there to cheer the team on.

    I do believe, however, that I graduated from Boston University School of Education. That is what my diploma states. Not Wheelock! I think if you graduate after June 1, 2018 then you use Wheelock School.

    1. On the Wheelock name substituting for SED , I also think it robs those SED grads of their identity with the University. When I was at BU, Wheelock was a separate neighboring College . For those of us who graduated in the 60s, and later, it makes no sense to take a merged college and tack it over SED’s long and highly prestigious name.

      Only use Wheelock for those who graduated after the merger.

      Russ Barmmer, COM ‘63 (Aka SPRC, SPC)

  9. I played on that team and enjoyed many great times with your father. He was a tough football player, but a great guy off the field
    . If I was in any of those stories, they were all lies
    . Please tell your dad I was asking for him.

  10. Thanks for the bringing back great memories. That game was a battle. Pat and his classmates were great leaders and taught us that teamwork excelled. We were made to feel we were equals and necessary to the success of the team. Then there was their leadership at Fathers, the Dugout, and the booze cruises after our spring games. Well, I guess those are stories for another venue. Thanks! Maybe this will stimulate a get together.

  11. I was a freshman living on West Campus in 1969. Remember watching the team practice most afternoons. Open heart surgery in the Spring of my Junior year in High School prevented me from continuing with Varsity sports according to uninformed athletic directors in High School and College. But my doctors told me I could do pretty much anything I wanted to do sports wise. I roomed with a Freshman team Quarterback and decided to play flag football . I studied Bruce Taylor’s technique and brought it to the Intramural League at BU. I led the League in Interceptions that season and I believe Sophomore year as well. It was nice to be “tutored” by Bruce and I notice a lot of Cornerbacks and Safeties in today’s game don’t practice the same skills he and Fred demonstrated at BU. Today’s D-backs could have learned a lot from the fine program we had back then!

  12. I was privileged to have as friends both the stars and the generally great athletes that comprised that team. But in addition to being good athletes who played as a team, they were really good people with whom you could have a deep conversation or a fun night out.
    It is sad that BU terminated their football program due to finances but the BU of today possess financial stability about which we could only dream in 1969.
    That many of the athletes in our class had successful other careers and are still relevant and active speaks volumes as to who they are as people. GO BU

  13. Many of us were given an opportunity at BU. We played football and received a challenging education. It was a special time. BU did not accept everyone. I would be my families first university graduate. We came from coal, factory, and mill towns. Expectations were high. Leaders like Pat Hughes, and Bruce Taylor weren’t just great athletes. They had character! Our team was tops in New England and 2nd to Penn State in the East. BU Football earned funds for our endowment. 11 major bowl games were played in 1969. My Dad finally saw me play. Thank – you Boston University

  14. How ironic that I stumbled across this article today, having noticed in today’s death notices one Jay Dixon, whose name I immediately associated with BU football. He was a member of that Pasadena Bowl team. My dad was a BU grad in the 40s and I grew up religiously following BU football from my earliest days. Every home game, for as far back as I can remember, we were in our seats at Nickerson Field, right up to the end in 1997. (If I remember correctly, that Pasadena Bowl team was either the first or second team to play on AstroTurf at Nickerson Field.). I was in junior high during that magical 1969 season. (Its legacy remains with me today: I cheered for the 49ers in the Super Bowl a few weeks ago not because of Jimmy Garropolo, but because Bruce Taylor played for the 49ers!) I recognize a few of the names of those who commented about this article…Gary Capehart, Glenn Harris. Of course Pat Hughes. If any of you are interested and can reach me in Revere, MA I have many old game programs from those days that my father collected. Many thanks to the guys who were my childhood heroes.

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