NCAA Game Summary - Boston College at Maryland|
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: Maryland 42, (8) Boston College 35
College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Turner completed 21-of-27 passes for
337 yards and three touchdowns, as the Maryland Terrapins stunned the
eighth-ranked Boston College Eagles, 42-35.
The loss was the second straight for Boston College (8-2, 4-2 ACC), which in
two short weeks has fallen from a school contending for the national
championship to one struggling to stay in the race in the ACC.
The Eagles now find themselves tied with Clemson atop the Atlantic Division,
with a showdown in Death Valley looming next Saturday for a berth in the ACC
Lance Ball gained 109 yards on 32 carries with a touchdown, and Darrius
Heyward-Bey gained 75 yards on five catches, and 37 yards on one carry, a
touchdown run on a reverse for Maryland (5-5, 2-4), which stopped a three-
game skid. Jason Goode had six catches for 56 yards and two scores for
Maryland, and Emani Lee-Odai gained 78 yards on three grabs for the Terrapins,
who played without leading rusher Keon Lattimore and receiver Danny Oquendo,
but did not see the effects in their offense.
Matt Ryan completed 33-of-56 passes for 421 yards, three scores, and two
interceptions for the Eagles. Ryan Purvis had 10 catches for 102 yards and two
scores. Andre Callender gained 56 yards on 12 carries, and another 92
through the air on eight catches for BC, which rallied from 21 down to pull
within seven points late, but couldn't pull off the miracle. JamesMcCluskey
had two one-yard touchdown dives for the Eagles.
Trailing 21-20 early in the second half, the Terrapins rolled to 21 straight
points to put the game out of reach. Turner's seven-yard scoring toss to
Goode put Maryland on top 27-21 with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter. The
first play of the next Maryland possession was a big one, as Da'Rel Scott
broke open down the sideline and Turner hit him for a 57-yard touchdown,
breaking the game open as the Terps took a 34-21 lead.
A gadget-play on the ground produced the next Terps touchdown. A pitch-reverse
ended up in the hands of Heyward-Bey, who sprinted 37 yards virtually
untouched and into the end zone. Maryland went for the two-point conversion,
and Turner hit Heyward-Bey in the back of the end zone for a 42-21 lead less
than a minute into the fourth quarter.
"We executed the game plan tonight...We played a great game," said Turner. "We
liked our matchups with Darrius (Heyward-Bey) and the other guys. We made
plays and got points out of it in the end. It is a great feeling."
Ryan led the Eagles back, though, cutting the deficit to 42-28 on a five-yard
scoring pass to Purvis with 7:31 left. Ryan connected with Purvis again for a
score, this one from 13 yards out to make it a one-score game with 52 ticks
BC kicker Steve Aponavicius whiffed on the onside kick, though, and the ball
didn't travel the 10 yards necessary to keep the Eagles' chances alive.
"We still have the chance to go to the ACC championship game, and we know that
it's going to be a big game next week," said Ryan. "But we just have to get
together as a team and make sure we play better for next week."
The Terps struck quickly in the first quarter. On the fourth play from
scrimmage, Turner and Heyward-Bey connected on a 43-yard catch-and-run, moving
all the way to the BC 16. Two plays later Turner hit Goode for 10 yards and a
score, putting Maryland up 7-0.
The Eagles answered with a 10-play, 70-yard drive, and McCluskey dove in
from one yard out to tie the game with 7:32 left in the quarter.
Ryan was picked off by Dre Moore on the second play of the next BC drive, and
Moore returned it 12 yards to the Eagles 14. Three Ball carries later and the
Terps scored again, a five-yard Ball rush off left tackle, for a 14-7 Maryland
lead with 2:04 remaining in the first.
Ryan made up for his mistake on the next drive, with completions of 12, 26,
and 21 yards on the first three plays, moving BC to the Maryland 27. McCluskey
again capped a drive with a one-yard TD run, tying the game at 14-14 just
three seconds into the second quarter.
Two field goals by Obi Egekeze gave the Terps a 20-14 lead heading into the
The Eagles marched 67 yards on 11 plays to start the second half, and Ryan's
three-yard TD toss to Kevin Challenger gave BC a 21-20 lead with 9:37 left in
the third quarter. The Eagles looked in good shape, but things fell apart soon
BC entered the game with the top-ranked rushing defense in the nation, having
allowed only 58 yards per game. The Terrapins, without their leading rusher,
racked up 135 yards on the ground...Ryan threw six interceptions through the
first seven games of the season. He's thrown seven in the last three.
11/11 01:41:58 ET