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BC Football's 2018 Season, As Told By Taylor Swift

BC v. UMass, W, 55-21 (Sept. 1)

Song Choice: “I’m Only Me When I’m With You”

Appropriate Lyric: “Well, you drive me crazy half the time / The other half I’m only trying / To let you know that what I feel is true / And I’m only me when I’m with you”

Think back to BC’s 2018 season opener at Alumni Stadium. The sun was shining, drinks and food were flowing, and everything was right in the world. Nobody knew what the rest of the season held, but we didn’t care—our fans hadn’t faded and we were back cheering on our beloved Eagles. Was BC going to drive us crazy and go 7-5 during the regular season again? A commanding victory over UMass would lead us to think otherwise. BC football was back, and the team was looking promising.

BC v. Holy Cross, W, 62-14 (Sept. 8)

Song Choice: “State of Grace”

Appropriate Lyric: “You come around and the armor falls / Pierce the room like a cannonball”

The “you” mentioned in the above lyric refers to AJ Dillon, who laid down the law against Holy Cross. Dillon rushed for 149 yards in the first quarter and scored the Eagles’ first three touchdowns of the game, leading the BC offense as per usual. The Crusaders’ armor definitely fell this game, as the Eagles amassed a whopping 62 points on 610 total yards. BC was off to a strong start, piercing the college football world and finally making a name for themselves.

BC at Wake Forest, W, 41-34 (Sept. 13)

Song Choice: “Stay Stay Stay”

Appropriate Lyric: “Stay, stay, stay / I’ve been lovin’ you for quite some time, time, time”

Alert the masses: BC football was 3-0! Having not accomplished such a feat since 2007 when Matty Ice still reigned over the Heights, Eagles fans were loving life and praying for this win streak to stay (stay, stay). Although the saying goes that bad things come in threes, BC found their situation to be the opposite—third straight win, third straight week of scoring on their first drive, and third straight opening touchdown for AJ Dillon.

BC at Purdue, L, 13-30 (Sept. 22)

Song Choice: “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

Appropriate Lyric: “This is why we can’t have nice things, darling”

The Eagles were 3-0, fresh off their first ACC win of the season, and, most importantly, were ranked in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time since 2008. Seems like the momentum was with BC, right? Wrong. Purdue came into this game 0-3, having lost all three games at home. This game should have been a shoo-in for BC, but the Boilermakers had other plans. Dillon was held to a mere 59 yards on 19 carries, while Brown threw three interceptions. After averaging over 577 offensive yards per game through their first three contests, the Eagles mustered up only 229 yards against Purdue. The situation was in our favor at the start, but the Taylor Swift song chosen for this game says it all in regards to how this one tore Eagles fans away from cloud nine.

BC v. Temple, W, 45-35 (Sept. 29)

Song Choice: “Haunted”

Appropriate Lyric: “Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone / Can’t turn back, now I’m haunted”

After rushing for 161 yards and scoring two touchdowns, it seemed as if Dillon was headed towards yet another powerful performance. A collective headache spread through Alumni Stadium, however, when Dillon left the game early in the third quarter due to an injury. A loss to Purdue was one thing; losing AJ Dillon? Haunting.

I will admit I am being dramatic, though, as Dillon’s replacement Ben Glines effectively stepped up, rushing for 120 yards and scoring a touchdown of his own. Glines eased into the position and eased the nerves of Eagles fans, restoring confidence in the future of the offense.

BC at NC State, L, 23-28 (Oct. 6)

Song Choice: “Enchanted”

Appropriate Lyric: “This is me praying that this was the very first page / Not where the story line ends”

Coming off a strong 10-point victory over Temple, BC hopefuls looked to this game as one that could reignite the momentum from the beginning of the season. Perhaps their last win would be the very first page, and not the beginning of the end. However, an offensively weak first half combined with a 10 percent third down conversion rate did not provide the spark the Eagles needed. Despite scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half, BC couldn’t finish off the comeback, resulting in their first conference loss of the season.

BC v. Louisville, W, 38-20 (Oct. 13)

Song Choice: “Out Of The Woods”

Appropriate Lyric: “We were built to fall apart / then fall back together”

We’d fallen off the rails a bit, but boy did everything come back together on Homecoming weekend against Louisville. The Eagles excelled on offense and defense, wrangling in some of the struggles they’d been having over the last few games. David Bailey and Ben Glines rushed for 112 and 107 yards, respectively, while Anthony Brown reached eight different receivers, completing more than seventy percent of his passes. The defense notched seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss, putting an assault on the Louisville offense. BC football was back, baby!

BC v. Miami, W, 27-14 (Oct. 26)

Song Choice: “Today Was a Fairytale”

Appropriate Lyric: “But can you feel this magic in the air?”

Win or lose, the Red Bandanna Game always provides a sense of camaraderie and magic throughout Alumni Stadium. BC certainly embraced this atmosphere, launching past Miami in the first meeting between the two teams since 2012. The offense garnered 433 total yards, going 5-for-5 on scores in the red zone. Defensively, BC continued to dominate as Isaiah McDuffie and Will Harris notched 12 and nine tackles, respectively. AJ Dillon was back, it was a Friday night, and we won the Red Bandanna Game—a true fairytale.

BC at Virginia Tech, W, 31-21 (Nov. 3)

Song Choice: “Wildest Dreams”

Appropriate Lyric: “And his voice is a familiar sound, nothing lasts forever / but this is getting good now”

This win over the Hokies gave BC their third straight win. Sound familiar? It should because this was the second three-game win streak the Eagles had on the season. Although the forlorn Purdue game broke their last win streak, BC had a paramount matchup to look forward to for the next game this time around—ESPN College GameDay was coming to town for the first time since 2009. The second-half heroics of the VT game, as well as being ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll, left the Eagles on a high note heading into the game against No. 2 Clemson the next week. Things in Chestnut Hill were really getting good now.

BC v. Clemson, L, 7-27 (Nov. 10)

Song Choice: “Long Live”

Appropriate Lyric: “I said remember this moment / In the back of my mind / The time we stood with our shaking hands / The crowds in stands went wild”

College GameDay will forever prevail as one of the most memorable moments for this generation of Eagles fans. Students were lining up for GameDay spots before 5 a.m., tailgates were taking in anyone in maroon and gold, and Alumni Stadium contained enough electricity to power the city of Boston. "Wild" does not even begin to describe the crowds in the stands after BC scored their first touchdown in the first quarter; beer showered the crowds, students were tossed in the air in excitement, and the cheers were loud enough to be heard all around Chestnut Hill.

Outside of the 20-point loss, in addition to Anthony Brown going down with an injury in the first quarter, this day will long live in the memories of Eagles fans alike.

BC at Florida State, L, 21-22 (Nov. 17)

Song Choice: “The Way I Loved You”

Appropriate Lyric: “And you were wild and crazy / Just so frustrating, intoxicating, complicated”

A back-and-forth game against FSU kept BC fans on their toes, hoping that the then-No. 20 Eagles could pull out a conference win after falling to Clemson the week prior. After taking a 21-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, it looked as if BC had taken control of the game. A few minutes later, however, FSU tallied its third field goal of the night, bringing the score to 21-16. BC could not get anything going to score some insurance points, which allowed the Seminoles to score the game-winning touchdown with under two minutes left in the game. Frustrating, intoxicating, complicated–Taylor Swift properly sums up how this game felt.

BC v. Syracuse, L, 21-42 (Nov. 24)

Song Choice: “All Too Well”

Appropriate Lyric: “Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise”

Another regular season, another 7-5 record for BC football. The Eagles have not won more than seven games in a season since 2009. After a season enlivened by AP rankings and a visit from College GameDay, it looked like maybe, just maybe, BC could find it in them to finally break the 7-5 regular season cycle. Unfortunately, their performance against Syracuse did not provide that opportunity. Four BC turnovers resulted in 14 points for the Orange, which only assisted Syracuse’s offense as they outgained BC 559-356–the most yards given up by BC in a single game. The prospects of an eight-win season slipped away from BC as the game went on, ending the regular season on a familiar, but undesirable note.

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Hopefully, the Eagles can shake it off and put the last three games of this season behind them as they await the bowl selection process. That eighth win is still out there for the taking, meaning the BC football “Love Story” lives on. Although there are some aspects of their play that need to “Change” if they are to secure a bowl win, our “Fearless” Eagles have a plethora of momentum from this past season to put them in a solid spot heading into bowl season. Are you “...Ready For It?”

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