In the Boston College's regular season opener, the team downed Maine, 24-3. Yet, for the first half of the game, pulling away from Maine was a far tougher task than the final score suggests.
Frustrated SuperFans watched Maine take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Though the Eagles out-possessed Maine 8:33 to 6:27, Maine still retained a three-point lead, thanks to senior kicker/ punter Sean Decloux, who put up a 39-yard field goal with 11:05 left in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, Maine led 3-0.
As the second quarter rolled around, the Eagles started to find their groove. Senior punter/ kicker Alex Howell kicked a 31-yard field goal to tie the game up, 3-3, and then sophomore quarterback Darius Wade hit senior wide receiver Bobby Swigert with less than half of a minute left in the period to put the Eagles up, 10-3.
As both teams emerged from their respective locker rooms after halftime, SuperFans desperately hoped to see a rejuvenated and dominant Boston College team.
However, for the third quarter, the game still remained largely indecisive. In what can best be described as a back-and-forth quarter, each team seemed to trade possession of the football over and over again. Unfortunately, neither team was able to put any points up on the scoreboard.
With a 10-3 Eagles lead going into the fourth quarter, SuperFans were largely underwhelmed. How could the Eagles expect to take on the likes of Florida State, Clemson, and Notre Dame if they could not even secure a victory over Maine?
But in the fourth quarter, the Eagles delivered. Junior running back Tyler Rouse first motored into the end zone, breaking tackles and displaying astonishing speed, for a 21-yard touchdown less than a minute and a half into the quarter. With the BC up 17-3, the Eagles really seemed to have control over the game.
Almost exactly two minutes later, Rouse rushed for another touchdown. Rouse swung around the right side of the field, saw an opening, and sped right into the end zone.
With a 24-3 lead, Boston College had taken control of the game. The rest of the fourth quarter had no decisive plays, and as the clock ran out, Boston College took its first win of the season against Maine, with a final score of 24-3.
While the game itself was slightly frustrating for SuperFans—primarily because it took the team so long to pull ahead—the game had a lot of positives.
First and foremost, the Eagles ended up winning 24-3. Second, Darius Wade played well for his first collegiate start, throwing his first career touchdown to Bobby Swigert in the first half and going 14-for-25 with 155 passing yards. Third, the Eagles' running game—hugely bolstered by Tyler Rouse—looked robust. And fourth, the Eagles' defense looked just as strong as many optimistic fans had expected.
Ultimately, the Eagles shined late in their debut. The game was far from perfect, but the Eagles ended up with a 24-3 win. Yes, the Eagles are going to need to piece a lot of things together before they play a team like Florida State in two weeks, but if anybody can captain that effort, it is head coach Steve Addazio.
So stay optimistic, SuperFans. The Eagles should be in for another promising season.
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