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.