October 26, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston College Eagles offensive tackle Emmett Cleary (77) and defensive end Kasim Edebali (91) react after a play during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Alumni Stadium. - Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

Boston College 20, Maryland 17: Eagles notch first FBS win

Chase Rettig had two touchdowns, including a game-winner with less than a minute remaining, as Boston College picked up its first FBS win of the year, 20-17, over Maryland on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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Eagles stave off second half rally by Maryland

Boston College was able to hold off the Maryland Terrapins for an unexpected victory.


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Boston College found its way back into the win column, as did Harvard, and UMass lost again to wrap up the week for New England college football.


BC wins one for Wounded Warrior Project

CHESTNUT HILL - Wins and losses are obviously important in sports, but as we saw at Alumni Stadium on Saturday, there are far more important things.

In support of the Wounded Warrior Project, the Boston College Eagles wore special America-themed jerseys during their game against the Maryland Terrapins, and the school honored them with Military Appreciation Day, something that coach Frank Spaziani thinks the team should do more of.

"We made a big deal out of it for our kids and it should be," Spaziani said. "These people that defend our country and do what they do, we all know that they need to be recognized. I think it's a great thing that Under Armor and college football has done. We probably should be doing more. There are some great people out there and we are thankful to them."

Boston College was able to win one for the military, too, posting a 20-16 victory over Maryland thanks to a last minute game-winning touchdown pass from Chase Rettig to Jonathan Coleman, giving the Eagles their first FBS victory of 2012 (and second win overall) and snapping a five-game losing streak.

For more Boston College Football coverage, visit our team blog, BC Interruption.


Boston College 20, Maryland 17: Eagles beat Terps

CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig (21-for-39, 287 yards, 2 TD) led the Boston College Eagles on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 14-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Jonathan Coleman en route to their first FBS win this season, 20-17, over the Maryland Terrapins at home on Saturday.

"It was an exciting, exhilarating victory," said Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani. "I can't say enough about the job that the kids did to hang in there. We struggled on offense but we were able to make a bunch of plays at the end."

The Eagles' offense survived on the passing game alone, as the rushing game had just eight net yards thanks to four sacks of Rettig accounting for a loss of 43 yards. Maryland controlled the ball for nearly seven minutes longer than Boston College did, but the first downs were nearly even (BC 17, Maryland 16) and BC put the ball on the ground three times and fumbled the ball away twice.

Alex Amidon continued his hot stretch, catching nine passes for 137 yards. Andre Williams rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries and fumbled once. Spiffy Evans had two big punt returns and racked up 179 all purpose yards in the win.

Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe, filling in after a string of injuries to the Terps' gunslingers, performed admirably, completing 23-of-42 passes for 240 yards and two scores, but he was picked off three times. Stefon Diggs led all receivers with 152 yards and one score. Wes Brown rushed for 73 yards.

"We had our opportunities to win and we couldn't make a play when we needed to make a play here at the end," said former UConn coach and Maryland coach Randy Edsall. "It's very disappointing, but again, it's one of those things that our kids played hard, competed, put themselves in a position to win the game and then couldn't come up with the one play that we needed to make."

Boston College appeared to be ready to deliver a blowout, scoring the game's first touchdown after a two-play drive culminating in a 20-yard scoring pass from Rettig at 13:15 of the opening quarter. The score was set up by a 29-yard punt return from Evans after Maryland's offense went three-and-out.

Evans had another gem of a return after the Terapins' punt on their second drive, taking the ball 72 yards to set up a first down at the Maryland 19 yard line. Williams took the ball 15 yards for a first and goal and nearly punched it in on a three-yard run the next play, but a costly fumble resulted in a turnover.

Nate Freese's 36-yard field goal with 4:45 to go in the first half pushed the Eagles' advantage to 10-0, a score which would hold through halftime. BC added another field goal, a 28-yard strike from Freese at 12:11 of the third quarter, to bump the lead to 13 points -- its first double digit lead since beating Maine.

Maryland's offense finally came alive, scoring 17 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters. Rowe led the Terps on a 13-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass to Nigel King at 6:26 of the third quarter, making it a 13-7 game. Brendan Magistro's 28-yard field goal cut the Maryland deficit to three with 0:08 left in the third and a 66-yard touchdown pass from Rowe to Diggs at 8:47 in the fourth put the Terps in the driver's seat, 17-13.

Rettig's game-winning pass to a wide open Coleman came with 52 ticks left.

"They made plays," Spaziani said of his team's game-winning drive. "They made some plays. That's the mark of some guys with some constitution and character. That's what they had to do. We made a couple of nice plays and then we got a big play at the end. That's what good players do, they make a play."

Boston College heads back on the road to face Wake Forest next Saturday.

For more Boston College football coverage, visit our team blog, BC Interruption.


Terps have momentum after 10-point 3rd quarter

The Maryland Terps are finally on the board, cutting Boston College's 10-point halftime lead to just three points as the game moves into the fourth quarter. The Eagles opened the second half with a 61-yard drive that resulted in another Nate Freese field goal. It was an ugly second quarter for both teams, but Chase Rettig and the Eagles offense promptly moved the ball on Maryland. The drive stalled out, however, on the Terps 15-yard line and Frank Spaziani again had to settle for three.

Maryland responded on their first possession of the second half, as freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe led the offense on a 13-play drive that lasted nearly six minutes. Rowe finished the drive with a one-yard dump pass to Nigel King for the Terps first score of the day, and suddenly Maryland was right back in it.

Rowe marched the Terps back into the BC red zone on their very next possession, but this time they would turn to Brendan Magistro for a field goal to cut the deficit to three. The big play of the drive came on a 29-yard connection from Rowe to fellow freshman Stefon Diggs. The dynamic wideout is the most dangerous weapon on Maryland's offense, and he was able to shake loose for a big pick up.

With the momentum swinging to the Maryland side at the end of the third, BC will now try to hold on over the final 15 minutes to earn their first FBS win of the season.


BC up on Maryland in an ugly game in Chestnut Hill

Boston College leads Maryland, 10-0, after one half in Chestnut Hill. This is Frank Spaziani's best shot at an FBS win this season, and so far his defense has held firm against a Terp team ravaged by injuries at quarterback. The second quarter was a back-and-forth punt fest, with only four first downs between both teams.

BC added a field goal midway through the quarter to extend the lead to double digits. The scoring chance was set up by a Kieran Borcich interception of Maryland's true freshman quarterback, Caleb Rowe. The pick handed the ball to Chase Rettig and the offense just across midfield, inside Maryland territory. Rettig hit Johnathan Coleman for a 29-yard gain, but the BC drive would stall out there at the Terp 20. Kicker Nate Freese came on and split the uprights to push the Eagles' lead to 10-0.

Maryland had a shot to add points in the final minute, but Rowe was picked off by Justin Simmons at the four-yard line, ending the threat and preserving the first-half shutout.

Despite the lead, It's been an ugly game on the offensive side for both teams. Rettig finished the half 7-of-18 for 118 yards, while running back Andre Williams carried the ball 10 times for 43 yards. BC will receive the kickoff to open the second half.


Eagles squander scoring chance, still lead Terps

Looking for their first FBS win of the season, Boston College leads ACC rival Maryland, 7-0, after one quarter at Alumni Stadium. It didn't take long for the Eagles to strike, forcing a quick Terp three-and-out and finding the end zone on just their second offensive play. The quick drive was set up by an impressive punt return from Spiffy Evans, who brought it back 27 yards to set up Chase Rettig and the offense on the Maryland 39-yard line. Rettig made quick work against the Terp secondary, hitting Alex Amidon for a 19-yard pickup and then finding David Dudeck for a 20-yard touchdown. Just like that, it was 7-0 Eagles less than two minutes into the game.

Despite the lead, it wasn't all good for BC in the first quarter. They squandered a golden chance at a second touchdown set up by another Evans punt return. This time, he brought a Nathan Renfro punt back 72 yards to give the offense the ball inside the red zone. But Andre Williams would put it on the carpet going in for BC's second touchdown. Maryland recovered for the touchback, and a huge early opportunity was wasted.

The game finally moved into BC territory in the final five minutes of the quarter, as the Terps put together a long sustained drive. But after nearly six minutes, they came away with no points as a Brad Craddock field goal attempt sailed wide left.


BC, UConn and UMass not in bowl game picture

After rough starts to the 2012 season, Boston College, Connecticut and Massachusetts are not projected to play in bowl games this season.

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