Boston College coach Steve Addazio believes the Pinstripe Bowl has put together a match-up of like-minded football teams.
Joining Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at a news conference Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, Addazio said the fourth Eagles team he has led to a bowl game in five seasons approaches the game the same way the Hawkeyes do.
“In my mind on the 27th, it’s going to be a day when you’ll be able to see the breath coming out of your mouth and a game that is what college football is all about,’’ Addazio said. “It’ll be two physical, tough, hard-nosed football teams playing the game the way it's supposed to be played.’’
Much like an Iowa team which matches Boston College’s 7-5 record, Addazio’s team is built on a foundation of playing solid defense to complement a run-oriented offensive attack built around tough-minded line play.
A Farmington, Connecticut native, the 58-year-old Addazio cut his coaching teeth as an offensive line coach.
His resume includes stops at Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana and Florida before he became the head coach at Temple in 2011, two years before he was hired at Boston College.
Addazio was the offensive line coach for the Florida team which defeated Iowa 31-24 in the 2006 Outback Bowl and was working as the offensive line coach at Indiana when the Hawkeyes won a 24-8 road game during the 2002 Big Ten championship season.
“I have had a great deal of admiration for coach Ferentz coming up through the ranks,’’ Addazio said. “He has been a model of how to do things right and how to build a good program.’’
Addazio and Ferentz posed for the obligatory photos following the news conference, holding up No. 17 pinstripe jerseys with Big Ten and ACC on the back and separated by the trophy which will be presented to the winner of the 4:15 p.m. game on Dec. 27.
Iowa last played a game in the state of New York in 2006 when it won in double overtime at Syracuse and the Hawkeyes haven’t competed in the New York City metro area since playing Tennessee in the Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1987.
“The opportunity to come to New York and play in a unique setting like Yankee Stadium is special for our players,’’ Ferentz said. “And, we’re excited to have a chance to play a very good opponent in Boston College.’’
The Eagles have averaged 36 points while winning five of their last six games, a stretch of success which includes wins over Florida State, Louisville, Virginia and Syracuse that led Boston College to the Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in four seasons.
“We have 25 players from this area on our roster and for them to have a chance to come back here and play close to home at Christmastime is special,’’ Addazio said. “They’ll get a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the city during the holiday season and we come back to the Pinstripe Bowl with a little added motivation.’’
The Eagles lost to Penn State 31-30 in overtime in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl and Addazio reminded bowl organizers of something he said following that game.
“We were part of one of the most exciting bowl games that season, but it didn’t end the way we wanted,’’ Addazio said. “We have some unfinished business.’’