The Boston College offense picked an opportune time to wake up in the second half. The Eagles were able to overcome a redzone fumble for a touchback, a costly no call on a Terrapin hold and an anemic Eagles third down offense to defeat the Maryland Terrapins 20-17. The Eagles improve to 2-6 (1-4 ACC) on the year.
Boston College had all the momentum early, building on two fantastic Spiffy Evans punt returns. Rettig hooked up with David Dudeck for his first TD as an Eagle to make it 7-0. On the next possession, BC was poised to make it 14-0 before Andre Williams coughed the ball up -- once again -- into the endzone for a touchback.
The Eagles managed to keep the Terps off the scoreboard in the first half, taking a 10-0 lead to the locker room. In the second half, however, the Boston College offense didn't show up. After putting together a seven play, 61 yard drive resulting in a Nate Freese FG, the Eagles turtled up. Pun intented.
Here were BC's next four offensive possessions:
-- 3 plays -3 yards, 02:13 BOSTCOLL PUNT
-- 3 plays 9 yards, 02:11 BOSTCOLL PUNT
-- 3 plays 2 yards, 00:55 BOSTCOLL PUNT
-- 4 plays 9 yards, 01:45 BOSTCOLL FUMB
Rettig finally put it all together on the Eagles' sixth drive of the second half, engineering a 13 play, 85 yard drive that resulted in a 14-yard Johnathan Coleman TD. After taking over at their own 31, Maryland's fourth string QB Caleb Rowe threw his third interception of the day right to Spenser Rositano, preserving an Eagles victory.
Other than the exciting finish, this was about as bad a college football game as you'll ever watch. The Eagles went 0-for-10 on third downs before they converted all three on the game-winning TD drive. With the numerous sacks given up, BC finished with just 8 yards rushing. Eight! for 0.3 yards a carry. A far cry from last year's 372 yard rushing performance in College Park.
Despite the ugliness of the game, very happy for the players for getting back in the win column. BC definitely needed something positive heading into the final 1/3 of the season. This victory has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season.
Be sure to check out bceagles.com/auctions following the game to bid on Boston College's game-worn Wounded Warrior Project Under Armour Freedom Initiative jerseys. All of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
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