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Boston College 29, Florida State (No. 3) 31: BC nearly pulls off the upset but plagued by penalties

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CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Boston College was set up for a game-winning drive, but a face mask on third down allowed Florida State to keep the ball and drain the clock out to seal the Seminole victory. On an 18-penalty day for BC, the program record, FSU was able to hang on for the win.

Boston College came out of the gate strong though with a 32-yard touchdown from Thomas Castellanos to Lewis Bond, before holding FSU to a field goal on their opening drive. They nearly took a two-possession lead taking it deep into Seminole territory on the following drive, but they were held to a field goal in the final minute of the first.

Behind a pair of ‘disconcerning signal’ penalties on BC, the Seminoles tied the game up at 10 on a 19-yard pass from Travis. The Seminoles later took their first lead of the game, as Trey Benson took a two-yard carry into the end zone that gave Florida State a 17-10 lead late in the half. The quick score at the end of the half coupled with another score less than three minutes into the second half gave Florida State a sudden two-touchdown lead, 24-10.

And one play into the next drive, Castellanos was picked off before it only took the Seminoles two plays to get into the end zone once again. Just like that, the Seminoles were up 31-10 less than four minutes into the second half.

However, the Eagles weren’t finished. They pieced together a 12-play drive that was capped off by a Kyle Robichaux touchdown, and they successfully recovered a squibbed kick on the ensuing kickoff giving them the ball at the FSU 29-yard line. However, the drive stalled at the FSU five-yard line, turning the ball over at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

But just as the life was taken out of Alumni Stadium, it was brought back — Elijah Jones forced a fumble on Lawrance Toafili allowing Khari Johnson to scoop and score for a Boston College touchdown. Instead of making it a one-possession game, however, the Eagles went for two and failed — keeping it a two-score game at 31-22 with just under 12 minutes to go.

BC would not go away though. Pinned inside their own 10-yard line, Castellanos converted a 13-yard run on third down and followed that up with a 42-yard strike to Lewis Bond putting them across the 50 into FSU territory with a little over six and a half minutes remaining in the affair. As if there wasn’t enough magic in the previous two plays, Castellanos was rushed out of the pocket and threw it across his body for another large gain to Ryan O’Keefe bringing them to the FSU 15-yard line. With the drive seemingly stalled at fourth-and-2 from the seven-yard line, the decision to go for it was rewarded as Castellanos once again delivered, scampering off the edge and into the end zone — cutting the FSU lead to 31-29 with a little over five minutes to go.

They would get the FSU stop they needed, only to be stopped themselves. With the ball back the Seminoles could ice the clock with a first down, but they wouldn’t get that — BC stopped them on third down to set themselves up for a game-winning drive, though John Pupel was called for a face mask, BC’s 18th penalty of the day, giving Florida State the opportunity to just ice the clock out. In a day where BC nearly pulled off the unthinkable, penalties continued to cost them time and time again before it finally reached a breaking point and costed them a chance at a game-winning drive.

The Eagles have their first road matchup of the year next week against Louisville.

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Boston College lineman Kyle Hergel selected 3rd overall in CFL draft

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The former Eagles guard was not selected in last week’s NFL draft, but quickly heard his name yesterday in the 2024 CFL draft, going 3rd overall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hergel, who spent one year at Boston College after transferring from Texas State. The guard was a huge success in helping transform the offensive line play in 2023, gaining the best PFF pass block grade at Boston College (86.6) with no sacks allowed and two quarterback hits on 402 dropbacks. This was good enough to earn All-ACC honorable mention and a trip to the East-West shrine game.

Recently signing with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2024 NFL draft, Hergel will seemingly look to catch on in the NFL this summer before trekking north of the boarder to play for the Roughriders.

John Pupel gets Patriots rookie camp invite

The former safety will travel to nearby Foxboro, Ma as an invite to Patriots rookie camp. After beginning his college career at Dartmouth, Pupel joined the Eagles in 2022. Starting 11 games last year with 81 tackles, a pack break up and a forced fumble.

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Boston College’s Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany drafted, others signed: Eagles Draft Weekend Recap

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It was a rather successful weekend for Boston College in the NFL Draft, as both Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany were taken while guard Kyle Hergel inked a UDFA deal. In addition, longtime and former BC notables Jaelen Gill and Josh DeBerry have received UDFA deals.

Jones – The first Eagle off the board this year, Jones went 90th overall in the third round to the Arizona Cardinals. He missed the final three games of the season for undisclosed reasons but had a big year that shot up his draft stock with a conference-best five interceptions while also defending 13 passes. As a member of the 2018 recruiting class, the corner tallied 60 games at BC and racked up a First-team All-ACC selection this past year.

Jones’ 86.9 defensive PFF grade was the sixth-best in the draft class out of corners and he was the 11th cornerback off the board for the Eagles.

Mahogany – Mahogany sat out of the bowl game and had some noticeable buzz surrounding his name entering the draft, but the guard fell to the sixth round to the Detroit Lions. Mahogany missed most of the 2022 season after an ACL injury but came back fully healthy for 2023, posting the 16th-best total PFF grade out of guards in the draft class.

Mahogany fell further than many, with many projections putting him as a Day 2 pick, but given he’s 24 and his scouting reports present some clear downside, it’s not all that shocking that he fell all the way to the sixth round.

Hergel – Hergel didn’t exactly have any buzz surrounding his name but he managed to grab a UDFA deal with the Saints. He was a four-year starter between North Dakota and Texas State before he was a fifth-year transfer to BC, and he put up a solid enough season to get signed.

DeBerry – DeBerry signed on with the Cowboys, as he transferred to Texas A&M for his fifth year after four seasons with the Eagles. He was a big loss for BC’s secondary, as he started seven games this year for the Aggies and grabbed two interceptions.

Gill – Gill put up huge numbers for Fresno State this past year after three seasons with BC. After an initial start to his career at Ohio State, he transferred to the Eagles ahead of the 2020 season and through three years he put up 1,092 yards. He put up basically half of that in just one year with the Bulldogs, tallying 516 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns.

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DiMauro: The buzzkillers who run Boston College

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My favorite English professor at Boston College, the late, great Dr. John J. Fitzgerald, loved the writings of Alexander Pope, poet and satirist during the Enlightenment Era. I shall now take pleasure in taking what I learned in class at BC to deliver an overdue lecture to university leadership, badly in need of its own Enlightenment Era.

What transpired this past Saturday, during an otherwise anticipated and eventful day on campus, illustrated BC leadership’s dizzying levels of obtuseness. Instead of celebrating the spring football game (with actual buzz because of new coach Bill O’Brien), baseball game against a nationally ranked opponent, national championship hockey game and the ALC Showdown, celebrating BC’s 17 different dance teams, BC students were issued a missive:

“Good evening Mod residents,” wrote Mike Sanzio, Interim Resident Director of the Mods, “as you saw earlier today from the Dean of Students Office, our men’s ice hockey team will be competing in the national championship game Saturday night. 

“This will be a busy weekend, filled with events such as the ALC showdown and spring football game. This is an exciting time for your community and I wanted to remind you of Mod-specific policies so we can appropriately celebrate these occasions. No outside gatherings are permitted in the Mods. Alcohol is not permitted outside your Mod.”

Some attendees of the spring game saw several “alcohol compliance supervisor” jackets from the commandos hired to patrol the parking lots. 

Sanzio got thrown down a flight of stairs by BC loyalists on X (formerly known as Twitter). I’m guessing Sanzio was just doing his job, carrying out orders from above. You’ve heard the “towers on the Heights reach the Heav’ns own blue?” This was from the ivory towers on the Heights. 

BC’s buzzkill rules and regulations hearken a line once written by Raymond Chandler: “The tragedy of life is not that things die. The tragedy is that they grow old and mean.” That’s the tenor of BC right now: old and mean. 

Can someone explain why Mods dwellers – most of whom are 21, by the way – were issued something so puritanical on what should have been a fun day? Do the people who run BC understand the power of sports on campus? This just in: Kids derive strength and appreciation for their school through campus events designed to cultivate pride and senses of “we” and “us.” It’s more important than ever today in a society too busy texting to notice anything or anyone else.

The Mods are a campus institution. The last time ESPN’s College GameDay was on campus, Lee Corso uttered the now classic, “party in the Modes!” line, mistaking “Mods” for “Modes.” It’s unlikely he came with that on his own. Somebody probably whispered in his ear at some point that the Mods are central to the BC student experience.

And then we get “no outside gatherings” and “alcohol compliance supervisors.” Overkill, anyone? If a kid gets caught hiding a Heineken, what’s the penalty these days? Firing squad at dawn?

And to think that O’Brien spent ample time last week trying to fire up the students to attend the spring game. Then the administration betrays him by issuing antisocial missives during what should be the most social day of the year on campus.

Is there a good reason – Puritanism aside – that tailgating isn’t allowed for the spring game? Someone tell the BC administration that Ohio State drew 80,000 for its spring game. Imagine passing the edict out there that Buckeye fans couldn’t tailgate?

I get that the missions of BC and Ohio State aren’t the same. But then, they are both in power conferences. It’s just that only one acts that way.

The worst thing that happened Saturday at BC was not that the hockey team lost. The worst thing was O’Brien learning what life is really like at The University of Austerity: A spring game with buzz. A national championship game at night. And an administration petrified of its own success.

Mike DiMauro, a columnist in Connecticut, is a contributor to Eagles Daily and a member of BC’s Class of 1990. He may be reached at m.dimauro@theday.com or @BCgenius on X.

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