Maryland-Boston College post-game wrap
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was a tombstone game for the Maryland football team.
No, not one signifying the death of the Terrapins' season. Instead, the win over No. 8 Boston College means the Terps get to add another tombstone outside of their practice field, a tradition everytime Maryland beats a top-10 team.
It's the second time that has happened this season - the first came at No. 10 Rutgers way back in September. It also puts Maryland (5-5, 2-4 ACC) back in the bowl picture, and it kills Boston College's (8-2, 4-2 ACC) chances of a national title. The Eagles travel to Clemson next Saturday with a trip to the ACC title game hanging in the balance.
"We still have a chance to win the ACC championship," Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "Tonight's loss does not change our focus. We are going to go out and compete for a championship."
Meanwhile, the Terps were delighted to end a three-game losing streak with such a remarkable offensive explosion. Quarterback Chris Turner was nearly flawless, completing 21-of-27 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen opened up the offense like he hadn't previously done this season, and it truly paid off. The Terrapins had numerous passing plays of 35+ yards.
"I felt we were at the point where we didn't have anything to lose," Friedgen said. "Let's go for it."
After the game, Turner praised the playcalling and was thrilled that he was given the chance to throw the ball downfield.
"We knew we needed to score points; we knew going in the game," Turner said. "We made plays and got points out of it in the end. It is a great feeling."
Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, who probably lost any outside chances of winning the Heisman Trophy, threw a ton of passes for the second straight week. He was 33-for-56 for 421 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
But he didn't look sharp, especially as Maryland jumped out to a 21-point fourth-quarter lead.
"We just have to get together as a team and make sure we play better for next week," Ryan said.
It was truly a shocker. The yellow-jacketed security guards were no match for the herd of students rushing the field to celebrate with the Terrapins after the final seconds ticked off.
And it wasn't just that Maryland beat No. 8 Boston College. It was the way the Terrapins won. They completely outclassed the Eagles in every facet of the game. The score was by no means an indicator of how this game played out. Coming in, the Terps were a desperate team, but so banged up that it was hard to imagine this happening.
Boston College has got to be wondering what happened. It is officially out of the national title picture, and the Eagles could even end up in the Champs Sports Bowl or Music City Bowl instead of the Orange Bowl or Gator Bowl. Man-oh-man, what a reversal of fortunes in an eight-day span.
"It is disappointing anytime you lose a ballgame but we still have everything in front of us," Jagodzinski said. "We lost two in a row and now we have to go out and fight next week against Clemson."
Player of the game: Maryland quarterback Chris Turner. The sophomore signal-caller had the best game of the season and of his career. He threw for 337 yards and directed the offense almost flawlessly.
Play of the game: Turner's 57-yard screen pass to running back Da'Rel Scott, his only touch of the game. Scott got a block and took off down the left sideline pretty much untouched. It put the Terps up 34-21, sent the crowd into a frenzy, and Maryland never looked back.
Next up: Boston College at Clemson, next Saturday, 7:45 p.m. EST; Maryland at N.C. State, next Saturday, noon EST.