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Then came the Cinderella season of 1993. Picked to finish near the bottom of the Yankee Conference, the Terriers opened the season with a 45-0 win over the University of Maine. At the end of the first quarter, BU led the Black Bears 35-0. Dougherty, a junior college transfer from California’s College of Sequoias, led the offense, while Primavera, a transfer from Fresno City College, was a spark plug of the defense. The Maine game was just a hint of what was ahead for Terrier fans for the next two years.

By the end of the 1993 regular season, the Terriers had rolled to an 11-0 record, setting a school record for wins in a season. For the first time in nine years, they advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs. In the opening round, they eliminated Kurt Warner and the University of Northern Iowa, 27-21, in double overtime. In the quarterfinals, they rallied against the University of Idaho with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but came up just short, 21-14, as the team finished at 12-1 overall.

BU won the Yankee Conference title with an 8-0 record, was voted the Lambert Cup for outstanding achievement by a Division 1-AA team in the East, and was named the ECAC Division 1-AA Team of the Year. Allen also received accolades; he was chosen the NCAA Division 1-AA National Coach of the Year as well as the Conference, Greater Boston, and New England Coach of the Year.

Coaches often talk about the importance of family, but many don’t practice it. Allen did. On Halloween, with their team having won the first eight games of the season, Allen’s staff was working to prepare for a game against the University of Buffalo. But Allen sent them home early. “It was more important for the coaches to go trick or treating with their children than to break down the Buffalo film,” he said.

In 1994, the Terriers posted a 9-2 regular-season record that included a 21-12 win at Army. Their only two losses were by a combined total of four points — by three to James Madison, 24-21, and by one to New Hampshire, 52-51, in overtime. Once again, BU advanced to the Division 1-AA playoffs, where the team lost in the first round to Eastern Kentucky, 30-23, to finish the season with an overall record of 9-3. With a 21-4 combined record, 1993 and 1994 were the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history.

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