Maryland led the game 24-20 with the ball inside the Boston College ten-yard line with just under eight minutes to go and found a way to lose 29-26. The events of how it got there are as bizarre as they are disappointing for Maryland’s seniors on Senior Day.
Freshman running back Jacquille Veii fumbled with 7:34 to go and gave the ball back to the Eagles on their own eight-yard line. A five-play, 92-yard drive ended with a bizarre 74-yard touchdown pass where two Maryland defensive backs collided in the secondary to leave Alex Amidon all by himself for the touchdown.
The extra point following the touchdown is usually a gimme, not today. Nate Freese’s extra point was blocked, and after a second of indecision, Maryland safety Anthony Nixon took off running. Nixon ended up returning the extra point for what amounted to a game-tying two-point return.
At 26-26 and five minutes to go, Maryland got the ball back and looked to go for the win.
Except they didn’t, they played it relatively safe and took time off the clock before ultimately punting back to Boston College with 92 seconds to play.
The Eagles looked perfectly content playing for overtime as well, before Andre Williams — the nation’s leading rusher — broke a 36-yard run and put the Eagles in field position.
This came on the heels of a questionable timeout before the run.
“What I tried to do there, I tried to take a timeout on second down and if we got a stop on third down I was going to try to block the punt” said Randy Edsall. “We didn’t get the stop on third down.”
Maryland couldn’t get the stop on third down, and compounded that mistake by trying to ice the kicker. Freese initially missed the 52-yard field goal, but was able to compose himself and dialed it in to convert the second in the swirling wind.
Edsall said after the game he was trying to get in Freese’s head, but all he ended up doing was allowing him to was adjust for the wind.
“It’s emotional. I feel for those guys, I came in with them and we’ve been through a lot together, it’s definitely an emotional day,” Quarterback C.J. Brown said about losing on senior day.
Brown didn’t have his best game, but he put the Terps in a position to win using a short passing game and taking off running when he had to.
Brown did have a touchdown called back for a questionable offensive pass interference call and on the same drive had a questionable illegal forward pass call negate a pass down to the one-yard line. Maryland just couldn’t get out of their own way on offense and couldn’t make key stops on defense to contain Williams.
Williams finished the day with 263 yards rushing and two touchdowns, he easily could have had more if he wasn’t facing eight and nine man boxes all day, but Boston College offered no threat throw the air except on one broken play.
It seemed like the defense was expecting Boston College to play for overtime on that third down play where Williams all-but-sealed the game for the Eagles.
“We were expecting him to run the ball, we didn’t expect him to cut the ball back and there was a gap there,” OLB Marcus Whitfield said of the third-down call.
The loss drops Maryland to 6-5 (2-5 in the ACC) on the season, and despite last week’s unbelievable win over Virginia Tech, the roller coaster of a season continues. With bowl eligibility already locked up, the Terps are just playing for pride — and a better bowl slot next week against NC State.
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