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September 19, 2007
Boston has a way of playing matchmaker for the right coach and right quarterback. The Beantown magic worked for Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe and, more recently, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Now that chemistry is trickling from the NFL to the college level.
Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan and new offensive coordinator Steve Logan have become a perfect match through three games. BC is 3-0 on the season ? all against ACC teams ? and Ryan has put up staggering offensive numbers for the Eagles.
Nowhere was this on display more than on Saturday in Atlanta. Boston College shredded the normally stout Georgia Tech defense with 527 yards in a 24-10 win, earning Logan Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.
Ryan, a senior, was 30-of-44 for a career-high 435 yards against the blitz-happy Yellow Jackets. It was the most yards allowed by Georgia Tech since the 2005 Emerald Bowl loss to Utah.
Boston College started the day with a 95-yard touchdown drive and continued to pick at Jon Tenuta's defense for the rest of the day.
For 10 seasons under Tom O'Brien, Boston College was a model of consistency and discipline. Logan's arrival has brought a little adventure to the BC offense.
Ryan's day against Georgia Tech was his second 400-yard passing game of the season; he threw for 408 in the opener against Wake Forest.
Logan is a former coach at East Carolina, where he coached future NFL quarterbacks Jeff Blake and David Garrard. More recently, he spent three seasons in NFL Europe, and brought his high-powered passing attack with him when he was hired by new BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski.
Through three games, the Eagles are averaging 43 pass attempts and 12.8 yards per attempt. Under Logan, Ryan has become even more of the focal point for the Boston College offense. It might even be a match that could put Ryan on the list of Heisman hopefuls.
OTHER NOMINEES FOR COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
Dan Mullen, Florida
Andy Ludwig, Utah
Steve Sarkisian, USC