Boston University Terriers football

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Boston University Terriers
Boston University Terriers wordmark
First season1884
Last season1997
StadiumNickerson Field
(Capacity: 10,412)
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
NCAA divisionDivision I-AA
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference
All-time record323–390–34 (.455)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Conference titles5 (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993)
RivalriesBoston College Eagles
UMass Minutemen
Northeastern Huskies
ColorsScarlet and White[1]
Fight songGO B.U.
MascotRhett the Boston Terrier

The Boston University Terriers football program were the American football team for Boston University located in Boston, Massachusetts. The team competed in the NCAA Division I-AA and were members of the Yankee Conference and later the Atlantic 10 Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1884. Boston University participated in football from 1884 to 1997, compiling an all-time record of 323–390–34.[2] Boston University terminated their DI-AA football program on Homecoming Weekend 1997 during a one-win season in the Atlantic 10. The players at the time were allowed to keep their 4-year scholarships or transfer without NCAA penalties. The University has used the former-football scholarships to comply with Title IX requirements.

Boston University still fields a club football squad in the modern Yankee Conference.

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1980 Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–2 5-0
1982† Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 5–6 3-2
1983† Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–4 4-1
1984† Yankee Conference Rick Taylor 9–3 4-1
1993 Yankee Conference Dan Allen 12–1 8-0
Total conference championships 5

† denotes co-championship.

Division I-AA Playoffs results

The Terriers appeared in the I-AA playoffs five times with a record of 2–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982 First Round Colgate L 7–21
1983 First Round
Eastern Kentucky
W 24–20
L 16–35
1984 First Round Richmond L 33–35
1993 First Round
Northern Iowa
W 27–21 2OT
L 14–21
1994 First Round Eastern Kentucky L 23–30

Bowl games

The Terriers had a record of 0-1 in bowl games. Boston University appeared in one bowl game during their tenure. As a member of the College Division, they played against a member of the University Division in the Pasadena Bowl.

Year Coach Bowl Opponent Result
December 6, 1969 Larry Naviaux Pasadena Bowl San Diego State L 7–28


  1. ^ "Boston University Master Logo". Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  2. ^ "Boston Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
1947 Boston University Terriers football team

The 1947 Boston University Terriers football team was an American football team that represented Boston University as an independent during the 1947 college football season. In its first season under head coach Aldo Donelli, the team compiled a 5–3 record and outscored opponents by a total of 196 to 168.Donelli was hired as Boston University's football coach shortly after the close of the 1946 season. He had previously been a head coach in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Rams. His hiring was described by the United Press as "a giant step forward" in Boston University's "march into 'bigtime' football". Donelli remained the head coach at Boston University for 10 years.

1974 Boston University Terriers football team

The 1974 Boston University Terriers football team represented Boston University as a member of the Yankee Conference during the 1974 NCAA Division II football season. In its second season under head coach Paul Kemp, the team compiled a 5–4–1 record (3–3 against conference opponents), placed in a four-way tie for third in the Yankee Conference, and outscored opponents by a total of 145 to 129.When coach Paul Kemp took over at Boston University in 1973, he inherited a team that finished 2–8 in 1972. The team improved to 3–8 in 1973. Kemp termed the 1974 season "Project Turnabout", and the team opened with three wins and one loss. The team went 2–3–1 in its final four games, but still wound up with the program's first winning season since 1970. Near the end of the season, coach Kemp said: "We're happy with our winning season. I think we're a pretty good team and we've been getting better in each game."Several Boston University players received post-season honors in 1974. Five were named to the All-Yankee Conference football team selected by the conference coaches: offensive tackle Jim Roderick, offensive guard Kevin Brooks, center Don Chrisos, linebacker Gary Dziama, and cornerback Rick Porter. Two (Chrisos and Dziama) were also named first-team players on the All-New England team.Boston University played its home games on Nickerson Field, which was part of the Case Sports Complex and was formerly known as Braves Field, the home of the Boston Braves.

Bill Budness

William Walter Budness (January 30, 1943 – January 24, 2018) was a professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons for the Oakland Raiders.

He played in three consecutive AFL title games (1967, 1968, and 1969),

with his team winning in 1967, earning the right to play in Super Bowl II.He is considered one of the best linebackers to play for Boston University where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in Education.After retiring from professional football, he put his degree to work, teaching gym at Greenfield High School, in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

William W. Budness, son of the late William and Charlotte (Ludwin) Budness died peacefully on January 24, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones at Paradise Senior Living in Georgetown, DE.

Bob Bicknell

Bob Bicknell (born November 13, 1969) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the wide receivers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals football team of the National Football League (NFL), a position he has held since January 2018. Bicknell is the son of former Boston College head coach Jack Bicknell and the younger brother of Jack Bicknell, Jr., the current assistant offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Bruce Taylor (American football)

Bruce Lawrence Taylor (born May 28, 1948 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round of the 1970 NFL Draft. A 6'0", 184 lbs. cornerback from Boston University, Taylor played in eight NFL seasons and spent his entire career with the 49ers from 1970-1977. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1971 season. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Taylor graduated in 1966 from Perth Amboy High School.

Butch Byrd

George Edward "Butch" Byrd (born September 20, 1941) is a former professional American football defensive back. He started his career playing college football at Boston University. He joined the Buffalo Bills in 1964 and immediately made an impact in the defensive backfield, with seven interceptions. Byrd was also a punt returner for his entire career.

Byrd holds the Bills' career records for interceptions (40), interception return yards (666) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (5). He was a five-time American Football League All-Star, and was selected for the second team, All-Time All-AFL. Byrd is a 1980 inductee of the Boston University Hall of Fame, and in 2008 was selected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Dave DeGuglielmo

Dave DeGuglielmo ( DAY-gool-YEL-moh; born July 15, 1968) is an American football coach. He has been offensive line coach for the NFL's New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Indianapolis Colts

Gary Famiglietti

Gary J. Famiglietti (November 28, 1913 – July 13, 1986) was a professional American football player who played running back for nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and Boston Yanks. He was born in Medford, Massachusetts and attended college at Boston University. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1938 NFL Draft.

Famiglietti's most productive year occurred in 1942. He finished third in the National Football League in rushing yards with a total of 503 and first in rushing touchdowns with a total of 8.

Gene Prebola

Eugene Nicholas Prebola (born June 30, 1938) is a former American football tight end who played four seasons in the American Football League with the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 19th round of the 1960 NFL Draft. Prebola played college football at Boston University and attended Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey. He was inducted into the Boston University Hall of Fame in 1991.

George Kenneally

George Vincent "Gigi" Kenneally, Sr (April 12, 1902 – September 3, 1968) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Pottsville Maroons, the Boston Bulldogs, the Chicago Cardinals, the Boston Braves, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He attended St. Bonaventure University.

Hilary Mahaney

Hilary F. Mahaney Sr. (February 17, 1902 – August 30, 1969) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Boston University from 1930 to 1931, compiling a record of 3–14–1. Mahaney was a four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection as a player for Holy Cross from 1921 to 1924. He was selected as an All-American end after his senior season of 1924. He died after a short illness in 1969.

John Mazur

John Edward Mazur (June 17, 1930 – November 1, 2013) was an American football player and coach. He was a quarterback for the University of Notre Dame and also served as head coach for the New England Patriots from 1970 to 1972.

John Toner

John L. Toner (May 4, 1923 – September 23, 2014) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Connecticut (UConn) from 1966 to 1970 and as the school's athletic director from 1969 to 1987. During his 18-year tenure as athletic director Toner also served in several roles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), including as its president from 1983 to 1985. Toner was responsible for several momentous decisions in his time as athletic director at UConn, including UConn becoming a founding member of the Big East Conference in 1979, as well as the hiring of future Hall of Fame coaches Geno Auriemma and Jim Calhoun. He also oversaw the funding and construction of Gampel Pavilion.

Larry Naviaux

Larry L. Naviaux (born 1937) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Boston University from 1969 to 1972 and at the University of Connecticut from 1973 to 1976, compiling a career college football coaching record of 37–45–1. Naviaux played college football as a halfback from 1956 to 1958 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Prior to taking over at Boston in 1969, Naviaux served as an assistant coach there as well as Nebraska and Southwestern Louisiana. Naviaux now resides in Farmington, Connecticut.

Nickerson Field

Nickerson Field is an outdoor athletic stadium in the Northeastern United States, on the campus of Boston University (BU) in Boston, Massachusetts. The stadium is owned by BU, and is the home field for some Boston University Terriers athletics programs, including soccer and lacrosse. It was also the home of the Boston University Terriers football team until the program was discontinued following the 1997 season.The stadium is located on the site of Braves Field, the former home ballpark of the Boston Braves, a major league baseball team in the National League; the franchise relocated to Milwaukee in March 1953, and relocated again in 1966, becoming the Atlanta Braves. Parts of Braves Field, such as the entry gate and right field pavilion, remain as portions of the current stadium. The old Braves Field ticket office at Harry Agganis Way also remains, now used by the Boston University Police Department. The stadium has been the home of BU teams longer (50-plus years) than it was the home of the Braves (parts of 38 seasons).

The field is named for William Emery Nickerson (1853–1930), a partner of King C. Gillette during the early years of the Gillette Safety Razor Company.

Paul Farren

Paul Farren (born December 24, 1960 in Weymouth, Massachusetts) was a tackle in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns. Farren took over as the Browns' starting left tackle after Rickey Bolden was injured in 1989. Farren also played as a guard and a center when he attended Boston University. Farren was considered a long shot to make the pros.

Pete Perreault

Pete Perreault (March 1, 1939 – December 8, 2001) was an American football guard who played nine seasons of professional football. He played for the American Football League's New York Jets from 1963 through 1967, for the AFL's Cincinnati Bengals in 1968, then returned to the Jets in 1969. He also played for the National Football League's Jets in 1970 and the Minnesota Vikings in 1971.

Peter W. Perrault was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He attended Shrewsbury High School, Cheshire Academy and Boston University. He was inducted into the Shrewsbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, and is remembered in the Peter Perreault Student/Athlete Of The Year Scholarship Award, presented each year since 2003.

Peter Rossomando

Peter Rossomando (born April 7, 1972) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Central Connecticut State University, a position he has held since January 2014. In 2012, he was awarded the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award for NCAA Division II as head coach of the New Haven Chargers.

Tom Quinn (American football)

Tom Quinn (born January 27, 1968) is a coach in the National Football League. He spent 11 years as the Special Teams Coordinator for the New York Giants, where he was a part of two Super Bowl winning teams.

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