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Boston College 28, Maryland 17: Post Game Links And Notes


Eagles Top Terps, Get First ACC Win 28-17 (
Rolandan Finch ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and Boston College defeated Maryland 28-17 Saturday for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season.

BC back in win column (The Boston Globe)
The victory, which was the Eagles’ first against a Bowl Subdivision opponent and first since defeating UMass Sept. 24, came the old-fashioned way. For Finch, it was not “3 yards and a cloud of dust’’ - more like 6.2 yards and a pile of mush, as rain and snow pelted the players all day and turned the field into a pond in some places.

Win worth every Finch (
“An ACC win is a win and like a fresh breath of air for us,” Eagles coach Frank Spaziani said. “The kids have been working hard and making progress, and you have to have success after a while. There is only so much you can do pushing them forward, and it was good for us. The kids put a great effort in with good practice, the conditions were horrific, but we found a way to win.”

ACC Winners and Losers: Week 9 (
It has been a frustrating season for Boston College. Considered to be a possible ACC dark horse coming into the season, the Eagles have battled through injuries to key players and close losses in their disappointing first half of the 2011 season. But Boston College had something to celebrate on Saturday, thanks to the play of Roland Finch. The sophomore running back was listed behind star Montel Harris and Andre Williams when the season began, but injuries in the backfield have given Finch a chance to step up. He delivered against Maryland, torching the Terps' defensive for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 39 carries. Williams added 16 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown as well in the Eagles' 28-17 win. Finch had never broken the 100-yard mark before, and he accomplished that feat before halftime.

Plenty gained by back (
“I think it was a good performance. The offensive line did a great job and a lot of credit goes to them,” Finch said. “They were working hard up front and I’m just happy we could come out and get a win.”

ACC helmet stickers: Week 9 (ESPN ACC Blog)
BC running back Rolandan Finch: He ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 28-17 road victory over Maryland. It was the first time the sophomore had cracked the 100-yard mark, and he had totaled 266 yards in the six previous games. Finch had 152 rushing yards at halftime and finished with a career-high 39 carries. He also had a team-best two catches for seven yards. 

A Win Is A Win (Eagle in Atlanta)
On an ugly day in a sloppy game, BC got a much needed win. I don't know about all of you, but I am pretty happy. Winning is always better than losing. And with this win, this team avoids a lot of "worst BC team since..." categories at the end of the season. In fact with the way I feel, I am hoping we make a strong run to close out the season.

Boston College lays Maryland low in their house (
The game was witnessed by an announced crowd of 29,945 that appeared to be about one-third that size. It’s uncertain which was more unpleasant for the fans: the chilling snow and rain or the uneven play of a team that believed it could win the Atlantic Division after opening the season with a home win over Miami before a capacity crowd.

In Snowy Conditions, Boston College Runs All Over Maryland, 28-17 (Testudo Times)
It's easy to tell that Maryland's performance was underwhelming, but let's put it fully in perspective. Boston College came into today standing at 1-6. They lost to Duke earlier in the year, and had a 30-3 dud against Central Florida. They had the worst offense in the ACC and were missing Montel Harris. Frank Spaziani was on track to be fired. They were easily the least imposing opponent still on Maryland's schedule. And yet that still happened.

Maryland football vs. Boston College: Terrapins hit rock bottom in 28-17 loss (The Washington Post)
Of all the depressing defeats authored by the Terrapins over the past decade — including consecutive losses to Middle Tennessee in 2008 and 2009 and this season’s blowout loss to Temple — Saturday’s result could stand as the worst.

BC sophomore Finch gaining some steam (The Boston Globe)
When asked about threatening BC’s all-time rushing record of 264 yards, set by Harris against N.C. State two years ago, Finch laughed. "I didn’t realize I had that many yards,’’ he said.

What we learned in the ACC: Week 9 (ESPN ACC Blog)
In the battle for the bottom, Maryland wins. It’s about the only thing the Terps have won in the ACC this year. Boston College was due for an ACC win, and Maryland opened the door. Wide. The Terps didn’t just lose at home, they got run over by a sophomore reserve running back who had a career day. BC and Maryland both have identical records (2-6 overall, 1-4 ACC), but after the head-to-head competition, Maryland now officially sunk to the bottom of the division, though NC State made a statement in its loss to FSU that it’s still a candidate.

ACC Grades - Week 9 (Fox Sports South)
Boston College – At least Frank Spaziani's players haven't quit on the season. The Eagles took a 28-17 win at Maryland amidst rain, snow and cold temperatures because they were the mentally and physically tougher team. Sophomore Rolandan Finch's 243 rushing yards were huge in demoralizing the Terps. Grade: A.

Notes on Maryland Terps and Boston College (
A woman who said she was from Edsall's hometown of Glen Rock, Pa., asked the coach at his post-game news conference whether he had heard fans booing as the Terps entered the locker room at halftime. No one seemed to know precisely who the mystery questioner was. But Edsall answered the question. "I don’t ever hear any of that [boos]. To me as a coach, you put the blinders on," Edsall said.