First Responder Bowl – Dec 26
Coach: Steve Addazio
Boston College Players to watch:
Senior RG Chris Lindstrom (6-4/305)
Lindstrom has not allowed a pressure in his last seven starts. The Dudley, Mass., native has also been flagged for just one penalty all year on 864 snaps. Lindstrom has never been penalized more than two times in a single season in his NCAA career covering 50 games.
**Sophomore CB Hamp Cheevers (5-10/170)
Cheevers tied for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Eagles. He tied for second on the squad with seven pass breakups as well.
Senior RS/WR Michael Walker (6-1/195)
Walker is the nation’s leader in combined kick return yards for the second consecutive season after 1,294 combined kick return yards in 2018. An All-ACC Second Team selection, Walker ranks seventh nationally in punt returns this season.
Senior DE Zach Allen (6-5/285)
Allen led the Eagles with 15.0 tackles for loss and ranked second with 6.5 quarterback sacks. He totaled 61 tackles (26 solo), 11 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
Coach: Bryan Harsin
Boise State Players to watch:
Senior QB Brett Rypien (6-2/203)
Rypien currently ranks very close to the national Top 10 in six major categories: touchdown passes (eighth, 29), completions per game (eighth, 23.8), passing yards (ninth, 3,580), passing yards per game (10th, 298.3), completion percentage (10th, 68.8), and passing efficiency (11t, 160.7).
*Junior RB Alexander Mattison (5-11/219)
Mattison powered his way to 1,215 rushing yards and a Mountain West-best 16 rushing touchdowns. His 1,215 rushing yards also gave him a second-straight 1,000-yard campaign, extending Boise State’s streak of seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher to 10.
**Sophomore DE/STUD Curtis Weaver (6-3/266)
Weaver followed up his breakout redshirt freshman season of 2017 with another big year in 2018, leading the Mountain West and ranking 13th in the FBS in sacks (9.5) and ranking tied for third in conference with 14.5 tackles-for-loss.
Senior CB Tyler Horton (5-11/185)
The Fresno, Calif., native recovered four fumbles on the year, second-best in the country, along with scooping up a blocked field goal, and picked off a pass. He returned three of those five turnovers for scores, beginning with fumble returns of 55 and 11 yards in the season-opening win at Troy, then taking a pick 99 yards to the house at Nevada on Oct. 13.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Boston College vs. Boise State, canceled because of weather