Doug Flutie usually does what he sets out to do. So in his last regular season game at Boston College today, Flutie took care of some unfinished business.
He threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to his younger brother Darren in a 28-point, third-quarter rally that carried the eighth-ranked Eagles to a 45-10 rout of Holy Cross. It was one of Doug's three touchdown passes and one of Darren's two touchdowns, his first collegiate scores.
"There was just no doubt about it. He was going to get one to Darren before this game ended," said Mike Godbolt, Boston College's offensive backfield coach.
"It was something I've been waiting for all year," said Doug.
After the touchdown, the brothers embraced at about the 15-yard line.
"He just said, 'Good job, kid,' " said Darren, a freshman who had six receptions going into the game and added three today. "This is my last chance . . . I was hoping I'd get the chance. All we needed was the chance."
Doug Flutie left quickly after the game to take care of some more unfinished business, the Heisman trophy presentation in New York tonight. His brother said, "When I see him get the Heisman, it will be better than anything that happened here today. That's going to be my best feeling of the day, I'm just so proud."
The day had not started well for the elder Flutie, whose last-play, 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan had given the Eagles a 47-45 victory at Miami in their most recent game Nov. 23.
In the first half, he completed nine of 20 passes for 160 yards.
The Cotton Bowl-bound Eagles (9-2) held just a 17-10 halftime lead as Holy Cross (8-3) intercepted Flutie twice.
"Our kids came out nervous," said Boston College Coach Jack Bicknell. Holy Cross "did a good job of disguising coverages."
The Eagles relaxed in the second half and ran away with the game.
Flutie finished with 13 completions in 25 attempts for 276 yards and improved his major-college career records to 11,317 yards of total offense and 10,579 passing yards.
"After some games, you say, 'We should have done this, we should have done that,' " said Holy Cross Coach Rick Carter. "But today we did all the things we wanted to."
Flutie quickly killed the Crusaders' hopes for an upset and an end to their five-game losing streak against Boston College. He directed four scoring drives in the first 12 minutes of the third quarter.
A 44-yard touchdown run by Troy Stradford, who had caught Flutie's 17-yard scoring pass on the first series of the game, gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead with 3:54 gone in the third period.
Three plays after Boston College's fourth interception off Peter Muldoon, the Flutie connection clicked. Darren got behind the defense down the right sideline and caught the touchdown pass.
"I was just hoping no one else would be open because I was so wide open," Darren said. "But Doug has a good sense of getting you the ball if you're open."
Before the game, Doug had said, "I want to throw a touchdown pass to Darren. It'll happen. Everything else has happened to me, so this will happen too."
After the score, Rick Lane fumbled the kickoff and Ed Romanowski of the Eagles recovered at the Holy Cross 20. Again, Boston College needed just three plays to score as Darren Flutie took a handoff from his brother and ran 20 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
Doug Flutie completed the scoring with a 39-yard pass to Kelvin Martin with 3:05 left in the third quarter.