Doug Flutie threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as Boston College upset Texas A&M, 38-16, last night in College Station, Tex., spoiling the debut of Aggie Coach Jackie Sherrill. It was the worst opening loss for the Aggies since a 38-3 defeat by Georgia Tech in 1966.
"We lost because I did a terrible job," Sherrill said. "It would be awful easy for me to come in and say there were no players here and that the program was in terrible shape, but I'm not gonna do that."
Sherrill left the University of Pittsburgh during the offseason to take a reported $250,000-a-year job offer with the Aggies.
Boston College scored on four straight possessions in the first half and led, 24-6, at the half. After the Aggies cut the deficit to 24-16 in the third quarter, Flutie led his team to two quick touchdowns.
Flutie, a sophomore, completed 18 of 26 passes for 346 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 45 and 16 yards to John Schoen in the first half, then stopped a comeback by Texas A&M with a 32-yard scoring pass to Brian Brennan midway through the third period.
Flutie also scored the Eagles' second touchdown when he faked to a running back heading to the right and kept the ball himself around left end.
"The Aggies used some unsound defenses," said Flutie, the ninth-leading passer in the nation as a freshman. "I couldn't believe some of the things they were doing."
Sherrill agreed: "We just gave up too many cheap touchdowns that they didn't have to earn."