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Maryland vs. Boston College: Terps lose another heartbreaker, fall 20-17 to Eagles

A Chase Rettig 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with under a minute to play gave the host Eagles a 20-17 win over the Terps.

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Maryland to use two field goal kickers

Maryland plans to use two field goal kickers in its remaining games this season. Brendan Magistro will take the short kick attempts while Brad Craddock will take the longer attempts.

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Terrapins can't overcome slow start against Eagles

The Maryland Terrapins fell short against the Eagles on the road.

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Terps Give Up Last-Minute Touchdown, Lose Again

Maryland took their first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter, but gave up a touchdown to Johnathan Coleman with less than a minute left, losing 20-17 to Boston College.

After an opening drive three-and-out for Maryland where Caleb Rowe passed three times, Boston College went to work quickly. Spiffy Evans returned a punt 26 yards and Chase Rettig completed a pass down the sideline to Alex Amidon for a 19-yard gain, setting the Eagles up with an opportunity in the redzone. Rettig executed a nice play-action fake and found running back David Dudeck past Demetrius Hartsfield in the end zone for the score, giving BC a 7-0 lead.

Later in the quarter, Rowe started to get it together. After an incomplete pass to Stefon Diggs and a false start penalty, he completed five passes in a row - two to Diggs and one apiece to Nigel King, Devonte Campbell and Wes Brown - for a combined 30 yards. Brown followed that up with a 17-yard run, giving Maryland a first down in BC territory. Rowe was able to complete two more passes to Diggs on the drive, but freshman kicker Brad Craddock missed a 35-yard field goal from the right hash.

Two Rowe interceptions On third-and-eight from the Eagles' 45, Rowe got pressured from outside and threw the ball directly to defensive lineman Kieran Borcich. A 29-yard Rettig pass to Johnathan Coleman set up a 36-yard field goal from Nate Freese, increasing BC's lead to 10-0.

Boston College went to work immediately on the first drive of the half. Rettig found a wide-open Amidonfor 38 yards on their first play from scrimmage, bringing the Eagles into Maryland territory. After a seven-yard run from Andre Williams, Rettig connected with Coleman for a 13-yard first down. Maryland's defense was then able to get themselves together, forcing a 28-yard field goal from Nate Freese. Boston College extended their lead to 13-0.

Maryland was able to get a drive of their own together immediately after. Diggs returned the kickoff 16 yards, and a BC penalty gave the Terps possession at their own 31. Rowe then completed five passes for a combined 59 yards, including a 26-yard pass to Dorsey on fourth-and-seven. After he found Dorsey again on third-and-goal at the 11 for nine yards, the Terrapins faced fourth-and-goal at the 2. Randy Edsall elected to go for it, and Rowe found Nigel King wide open in the corner of the end zone on a fade route, making the score 13-7. The extra point was taken by Brendan Magistro, a walk-on, as Craddock was benched for the missed field goal.

On BC's next drive, the Terps' defense stepped up. Rettig was sacked on back-to-back plays, first by Joe Vellano and then by A.J. Francis. Andre Williams was able to run for ten yards on the next play, but it wasn't enough and the Eagles were forced to punt.

Rowe started out the next drive by completing a 29-yard pass to Diggs, and then gradually moved down the field on the legs of Wes Brown, who ran four times for seven yards, and Rowe, who had an eight-yard rush. Rowe missed a wide-open Brown in the end zone on third-and-goal, and Magistro kicked a 28-yard field goal to close out the quarter.

After the teams traded three-and-outs to start the fourth, Stefon Diggs struck. On third-and-three from the Terps' 34, he caught a pass over the middle heading across the field and simply outran the Eagles' entire defense. Diggs ran into the endzone with ease, scoring from 68 yards out. Magistro hit the extra point, giving the Terps their first lead of the game - 17-13.

On Boston College's next drive, Vellano, rushing the passer, was held around the neck by Ian White, yet powered forward and sacked Rettig, forcing a fumble the Maryland recovered.

The Eagles had one last chance with just under five minutes left, and managed to come through. Rettig completed five first down passes - two to Chris Pantale and three to Amidon - before finding Coleman wide open on the right side for a 14-yard score, taking a 20-17 lead with under a minute left.

Maryland got the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead, but Rowe threw an interception to Spenser Rositano at midfield - his third of the day.

Rowe played much better than his statline shows (23/42 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and three picks), and performed well for a fourth-string true freshman thrown into his first collegiate start. Wes Brown finished with 23 rushes for 73 yards, and Diggs had a career-high 12 catches for 156 yards and a score.

The loss likely eliminates Maryland from postseason contention. The Terps will have to win two more games this season to make a bowl game, and with dates against Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina, that does not look probable.

We'll have more on the loss tomorrow.

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Terps Close Gap, Trail 13-10 Heading Into Fourth

Maryland is inching back, and the Terrapins trail 13-10 heading into the fourth, thanks to a touchdown by Nigel King and a field goal from walk-on Brendan Magistro.

Boston College went to work immediately on the first drive of the half. Chase Rettig found a wide-open Alex Amidon for 38 yards on their first play from scrimmage, bringing the Eagles into Maryland territory. After a seven-yard run from Andre Williams, Rettig connected with Johnathan Coleman for a 13-yard first down. Maryland's defense was then able to get themselves together, forcing a 28-yard field goal from Nate Freese. Boston College extended their lead to 13-0.

Maryland was able to get a drive of their own together immediately after. Stefon Diggs returned the kickoff 16 yards, and a BC penalty gave the Terps possession at their own 31. Rowe then completed five passes for a combined 59 yards, including a 26-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey on fourth-and-seven. After he found Dorsey again on third-and-goal at the 11 for nine yards, the Terrapins faced fourth-and-goal at the 2. Randy Edsall elected to go for it, and Rowe found Nigel King wide open in the corner of the end zone on a fade route, making the score 13-7. The extra point was taken by Brendan Magistro, a walk-on, as Brad Craddock was benched after missing an early field goal.

On BC's next drive, the Terps' defense stepped up. Rettig was sacked on back-to-back plays, first by Joe Vellano and then by A.J. Francis. Andre Williams was able to run for ten yards on the next play, but it wasn't enough and the Eagles were forced to punt.

Rowe started out the drive by completing a 29-yard pass to Diggs, and then gradually moved down the field on the legs of Wes Brown, who ran four times for seven yards, and Rowe, who had an eight-yard rush. Rowe missed a wide-open Brown in the end zone on third-and-goal, and Magistro kicked a 28-yard field goal to close out the quarter.

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Terps Struggling, Trail 10-0 At Half

Caleb Rowe threw his first two collegiate interceptions, Boston College scored a field goal, and a boring second quarter went by nearly without notice. After the first play went from Chase Rettig to Chris Pantale for 22 yards, we didn't see another first down until about 11 minutes later.

On third-and-eight from the Eagles' 45, Rowe got pressured from outside and threw the ball directly to defensive lineman Kieran Borcich. A 29-yard Rettig pass to Johnathan Coleman set up a 36-yard field goal from Nate Freese, increasing BC's lead to 10-0.

Maryland almost had a drive going later, when Rowe completed a 10-yard pass to Diggs, which was followed by a personal foul penalty on BC. On the next play, Rowe threw towards the end zone looking for Nigel King, but was picked off by Justin Simmons.

Rowe finishes the half 13/27 for 81 yards and two interceptions, with four rushes for 17 yards. Diggs has seven catches for 51 yards, and Wes Brown has 13 rushes for 52 yards. Rowe is doing just fine for a fourth-string quarterback, but it's hard to see how Maryland will score in this one.

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Eagles Lead Terps Early on Rettig Touchdown

Neither team looks particularly good, but it is the Boston College Eagles who lead the visiting Terrapins 7-0 after a first quarter Chase Rettig touchdown.

After an opening drive three-and-out for Maryland where Caleb Rowe passed three times, Boston College went to work quickly. Spiffy Evans returned a punt 26 yards and Chase Rettig completed a pass down the sideline to Alex Amidon for a 19-yard gain, setting the Eagles up with an opportunity in the redzone. Rettig executed a nice play-action fake and found running back David Dudeck past Demetrius Hartsfield in the end zone for the score, giving BC a 7-0 lead.

Evans returned a punt after Maryland's next drive 72 yards, and Andre Williams ran for 15 yards on the next play to give the Eagles the ball on the Terps' four. On the next play, Cole Farrand forced a fumble, and Darius Kilgo recovered in the end zone for a big touchback.

On the next drive, Rowe started to get it all together. After an incomplete pass to Stefon Diggs and a false start penalty, he completed five passes in a row - two to Diggs and one apiece to Nigel King, Devonte Campbell and Wes Brown - for a combined 30 yards. Brown followed that up with a 17-yard run, giving Maryland a first down in BC territory. Rowe was able to complete two more passes to Diggs on the drive, but freshman kicker Brad Craddock missed a 35-yard field goal from the right hash.

Rowe finished the quarter 10/19 for 67 yards, and Diggs was the only receiver with more than one catch (six for 41 yards). Brown ran seven times for 34 yards. For BC, Retting is 5/9 for 67 yards and the touchdown, with Alex Amidon his top target (three catches for 40 yards). Williams has three rushes for 19 yards.

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Terps Look To Bounce Back Against BC

After suffering three season-ending injuries in the past week, including two to then-starting quarterbacks, Maryland is hoping to rebound

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Maryland tries to keep pace in the ACC

The Terrapins try to keep pace in the ACC Atlantic against Boston College.

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