Boston College lost a hard-fought game to Georgia Tech 14-17 at the 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic (formerly the Emerald Isle Classic) at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on September 3. The game capped off a week of pep rallies and tailgate parties at Trinity College Dublin, as well as an American Football Showcase, with six Atlanta high schools competing at nearby Donnybrook Stadium. More than 40,000 fans attended.
Freshman rusher Dedrick Mills, who scored Georgia Tech’s winning touchdown, said he had played big crowds in high school, but nothing like this. “Coming over here, being overseas for the first time with a big crowd, I haven’t played in anything like that,” he told the AP. The game was the first Georgia Tech has played abroad in the program’s 124 year history. For their troubles, they took home the inaugural Keough-Naughton Trophy, designed by Waterford Crystal. It was Boston College’s second game in Ireland, having beaten Army 38-24 in the inaugural Emerald Isle Classic in 1988. ♦
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