ABC announcer Joe Tessitore calls son’s trick play in BC’s upset bid against Clemson

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By RADIO.COM

Well here’s something you don’t see every day. Veteran announcer and Monday Night Football alum Joe Tessitore was on the call for Saturday’s ACC showdown between top-ranked Clemson—playing without star quarterback and likely No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence—and visiting Boston College.

As the situation often calls for when you’re a double-digit, road underdog, the Eagles resorted to trickery, dialing up a fake field goal attempt to draw the Tigers offside on fourth-and-short. The gutsy sequence was masterminded by Boston College holder John Tessitore, who had a very proud papa watching in the ABC broadcast booth.

“John Tessitore came up and played quarterback at the last second,” an elated Tessitore screamed into the microphone. “How about that on fourth and two?!”

Cognizant that his son, a redshirt sophomore who rarely sees the field (the backup kicker hasn’t attempted a field goal or extra point since 2018), may not get another opportunity like this on a national stage, the elder Tessitore gave a full scouting report of the Eagles’ unsung hero. “He has played every position growing up from prep quarterback, receiver,” shared Tessitore, digging further into John’s backstory. “He’s pulled off multiple fakes and he did it here.”

Tessitore’s broadcast partner, color analyst Greg McElroy, also chimed in. “I know you really had to grind on the week of prep to find out all the detailed history on John Tessitore.”

“I’m trying, brother,” Tessitore responded, still beaming over his son’s heroics. Boston College would score an 18-yard touchdown on the following play, pushing the Eagles’ lead to 28-10 with 1:02 remaining in the first half. Clemson has scored 22 unanswered points since, but Tessitore’s alma mater (he graduated from BC’s Carroll School of Management in 1993) still has a pulse, trailing by four with a little over 10 minutes to go in regulation.

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