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Senior Day Sayonara: Syracuse Football ends 2017 season with lopsided loss to rival BC

Syracuse senior linebacker Justin Thomas sheds a tear during the playing of the University's marching band after a 42-14 loss to Boston College.

A season that began with so much hope came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Syracuse University football team dropped its fifth straight game en route to the end of the 2017 season.

There's no question Boston College is a regional rival, often times battling the Orange over the same recruits in the northeast region.

Not to mention, there's a reason Saturday's game was scheduled for the last game of the year, based on the rivalry between the two teams.

The Eagles have shown immense growth in the matter of a single year, falling to Syracuse in Chestnut Hill last season, 28-20.

This year, Boston College was able to not only win its seventh game of the season on Saturday, but also put up style points in the process.

Led by true freshman tailback AJ Dillon, the Eagles roared to a 28-7 lead in the first half.

Rex Culpepper started at quarterback for the Orange, playing from start to finish, putting up a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

However, the game was never in question, as the Eagles soared to the 42-14 victory despite Steve Ishmael's 11 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.

Afterward, head coach Dino Babers put a bow on the 2017 season.

"I don't feel like that is the end of what we're going to do," Babers said during his post game press conference. "I think this is the beginning. I really believe the 2018 season is going to be something we're going to be talking about here for a long, long time. I think the seniors in the 2017 class will be the cornerstone. They're going to be the foundation that gets this thing started. When we have success next year and the years after that, I want everyone to think back to Zaire [Franklin] and Parris [Bennett], and [Jamar] McGloster and [Steve] Ishmael and Ervin [Philips] -- and any senior that I failed to mention right there -- that those were the guys that got us started."

Syracuse now enters the long off-season, preparing for the 2018 season opener at Western Michigan on September 1.

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