NCAA Game Summary - Maryland at Boston College|
(Saturday, November 29th)
Final Score: (20) Boston College 28, Maryland 21
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Redshirt freshman Dominique Davis,
filling in for injured starter Chris Crane, tossed two touchdowns to lead
No. 20 Boston College to 28-21 victory over the Maryland Terrapins, clinching
the ACC Atlantic Division title for the Eagles.
Davis, who orchestrated a game-winning drive over Wake Forest after Crane
suffered a broken collar bone last week, threw for 134 yards on 12-of-24
passes for Boston College (9-3, 5-3 ACC), which has rattled off four straight
wins and will face Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game on December 6.
Montel Harris logged 116 yards on 25 carries, while Rich Gunnell caught three
passes for a team-high 78 yards and a score for the Eagles.
Special teams also played an important role in the conference clincher, as the
hosts scored a touchdown on a fake field goal in the third quarter.
Chris Turner finished with 360 passing yards on 33-of-57 efficiency with two
touchdowns while rushing for another, but he was picked off twice in the loss
for Maryland (7-5, 4-4), which dropped three of its final four regular season
Torrey Smith and Danny Oquendo each caught a touchdown in addition to 115 and
111 receiving yards, respectively, but the Terrapins were held to a pathetic
minus-six yards rushing compared to BC's 175 on the ground.
"Defensively, I thought we hung in there pretty well. Offensively, I didn't
think we could run the ball," Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I
don't think we blocked anybody. When you become one-dimensional that makes it
tough for the pass protection, it makes it tough for throwing the football."
BC appeared to lose a fumble on a short punt early in the second half, but
instant replay reversed the call. The drive, which started at the Maryland 35-
yard line, stalled inside the Terps 10, but the Eagles faked the 26-yard field
Billy Flutie, the backup quarterback and nephew of school legend Doug Flutie,
rolled right and hit Jordan McMichael for a TD and a 21-7 lead with 8:38
remaining in the third.
"We had been practicing it all week so I was very comfortable with it and it
was successful," Flutie said. "We specifically worked on this play this week
because we saw that Maryland didn't do a good job of containing the edge and
we took advantage of it."
After exchanging punts, Maryland cut into the 21-7 deficit with an effective
drive, which included a fourth-down conversion. Turner hit Oquendo in the
right corner of the end zone from 13 yards out on the first play of the fourth
to make it a 21-14 contest.
Another long drive on their next touch put the Terps in field goal range, but
Obi Egekeze hooked his 36-yard attempt wide left with 8:21 remaining.
The Eagles held the ball for the next five-plus minutes before a punt forced
the Terps to go 91 yards for the tying score. After moving the chains twice,
however, Robert Francois stepped in front of a Turner pass and ran 36 yards
down the left sideline for the clinching TD with 1:42 remaining.
Smith's eight-yard TD reception with 14 ticks left gave the visitors a slim
chance of pulling out the miracle comeback, but the onside kick went out of
bounds and the Eagles earned the chance to play for the ACC crown next
"I'm really proud of these kids and what they've done. I really am. They are a
special group," Eagles head coach Jeff Jagodzinski said.
The Terps crossed midfield with their first touch of the game but promptly
punted to the Eagles, who marched 88 yards in 14 plays for a score.
Justin Jarvis hauled in the seven-yard touchdown pass from Davis on third
down, but a good Maryland kickoff return and a 43-yard completion to Smith set
up Turner's one-yard tying TD run with 3:32 remaining in the first.
Defense took over for the remainder of the half with the big play coming from
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who made a diving interception with
1:14 left in the half.
On the first play after the turnover, Davis found a wide open Gunnell in
the end zone for a 45-yard TD and a 14-7 lead at the break.
The Eagles hold a 4-2 edge in the all-time series... The Eagles, who also won
the Atlantic Division last season, have 25 interceptions on the season...It
was the seventh straight game Boston College's defense or special teams unit
scored a touchdown.
11/30 00:09:02 ET