Looking to avenge a loss to Texas Christian in the 2002 AXA
Liberty Bowl, the Rams came out hungry in the Diamond Walnut San
Francisco Bowl at Pacific Bell Park, but ran into a problem: Boston
College safety T.J. Stancil.
Perhaps CSU’s quarterbacks Bradlee Van Pelt and Justin Holland
forgot the team’s colors are green and gold, not maroon and gold;
perhaps they did not think Stancil, who had not recorded an
interception in the Eagles’ previous 12 games, was capable of being
in the right place at the right time; whatever the reason, Stancil
had three interceptions on the night, while Van Pelt and Holland
combined to throw for five interceptions in BC’s 35-21 win.
The loss dropped the Rams to 7-6 and extended the team’s bowl
losing streak to two games, while Boston College finished 8-5 in
what appears to be the school’s final season in the Big East
A bright spot for the Rams on a cold New Year’s Eve was
sophomore wide receiver David Anderson, who had 10 catches for 134
yards and a 40-yard touchdown reception. Those numbers gave the
sophomore the all-time single season high in CSU history in both
receiving yards (1,293) and receptions (72). With the absence of
starter Chris Pittman due to academic ineligibility, Anderson
played a key role in the passing game and also set the school’s
bowl game record in receiving yards and receptions.
“I got hit pretty hard one play so I couldn’t really tell you
how it is (to get the record),” Anderson said. “But it’s nice I
guess, but I’d like to get a victory, I’m 0-2 in bowl games.”
Anderson and the Rams will have their chance to change that
record next season, assuming they qualify for a bowl game.