Starting in 2020, the Boston College Eagles and Ohio State Buckeyes will meet in a two-game, home-and-home series. Earlier this week, school officials in Chestnut Hill, Mass. and Columbus, Ohio announced the agreement to pit the long standing institutions against each other on the gridiron.
Boston College and Ohio State will play in Columbus on Sept. 19, 2020, and in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 18, 2021.
“This will be a great opportunity for our team to measure itself against one of the premier programs in college football,” Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. “We will have the opportunity to showcase the rich history and tradition of Boston College football in a great matchup between ACC and Big Ten schools.”
While there isn’t much history between the programs on the football field– they last met in 1995 and Ohio State has won all three of the previous meetings–the last battle featured some future famous professional players. Most notably, Eddie George, Orlando Pace, Shawn Springs and Terry Glenn all competed that day for Ohio State in Giants Stadium while longtime NFL offensive lineman Pete Kendall was on the Boston College team.
The following is an excerpt from the New York Times coverage of that 1995 Kickoff Classic:
“It was like a measuring stick kind of game,” said Orlando Pace, Ohio State’s massive sophomore offensive tackle.
Boston College’s measurements were painful and confusing. “Disgusting” was the word Pete Kendall used. The senior offensive tackle, playing with an injured right hamstring muscle that had affected his conditioning, did not understand what had happened.
“I’m still not impressed by their defense at all,” Kendall said. “I don’t know how they held us to 6 points. We moved the ball at will, it seemed like . . . I don’t know how we didn’t score more. I’m baffled. I’m waiting to see the film. I’m dying to see it. I didn’t have any respect for the way they played at all.”
Eddie George, the Buckeye back who was named the most valuable player, rushed 17 times for 99 yards and caught 3 passes for 44. The most important reception came with under two minutes to play in the first half and the Buckeyes ahead by 14-3 following a Kickoff Classic-record 97-yard kickoff return touchdown by Shawn Springs.