|BC's Ryan proud of Red Sox, and his team|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 29 October 2007 13:15|
Boston College's star quarterback found out Monday morning that the local baseball team had done its part against the Colorado Rockies - just as the second-ranked Eagles have done theirs - to bring success to the Boston sports scene.
``I caught about probably the first six innings and then fell asleep,'' Ryan said Monday.
``I was excited for everybody who's a true Boston Red Sox fan,'' he said. ``I had always grown up a Phillies fan and still do love the Phillies, but I've gotten to know some diehard Sox fans and I'm happy for them today.''
The Red Sox have won their last eight World Series games. The New England Patriots are 8-0 this season. So is BC.
The Eagles are coming off their biggest win, 14-10 at then-No. 8 Virginia Tech, last Thursday night and are off to their best start since 1942.
``It's a great time to be a Boston sports fan,'' Ryan said. ``We're enjoying all these teams having great success and, hopefully, everybody can keep it up.''
The next obstacle for the Eagles (8-0, 4-0 ACC) is Florida State (5-3, 2-3) on Saturday.
The Seminoles were the first team Ryan faced, replacing injured quarterback Quinton Porter in the third game of the 2005 season in a 28-17 loss. Ryan has come a long way since then and could be BC's first Heisman Trophy winner since Doug Flutie in 1984.
Ryan's scrambling touchdown pass to Andre Callender with 11 seconds left gave BC a 14-10 win over Virginia Tech and drew comparisons to Flutie's long touchdown pass on the final play of a 47-45 win at Miami in 1984.
Flutie's entertaining style and success drew national attention to Boston College.
``What Doug did for BC and the heroics that he displayed and the plays that he made while he was here were phenomenal,'' Ryan said. ``I don't think about myself too much in that light.''
He's much less elusive but has a strong, accurate arm that has completed 61 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's averaging 304 yards per game this season.
``My accuracy down the field has been a little better this year than it was last year,'' Ryan said.
BC is the best of a mediocre ACC. Besides Virginia Tech, the only other team that was ranked when the Eagles beat them was Georgia Tech, No. 15 at the time.
Their final four games are against ACC opponents Florida State, on the road against Maryland and No. 25 Clemson, and at home against Miami.
The win over the Hokies kept BC from becoming the fourth second-ranked team to lose in four weeks and proved it can beat strong opponents.
``We don't worry too much about what other people think or whether other people think we're deserving of where we're at,'' Ryan said. ``In terms of confidence for our own team, going on the road and winning a tough game at a tough place against a very good football team does boost confidence for every one.''
The Eagles are just four wins away from an unbeaten regular season. If they achieve that, Ryan's chances for the Heisman should improve.
``You have to play well and you have to continue to win,'' he said. ``If it works out, it'll be great. If not, hopefully we can continue to win games.''