Boston College (2-5, 0-4 ACC) did some good things, but not enough, and turned the ball over three times in the 24-21 loss.
"Obviously, the three turnovers to zero was a tilting factor in the game," coach Frank Spaziani said. "But we just don't have that winning edge right now."
Two of the turnovers were interceptions by freshman quarterback Chase Rettig, one on a dropped ball and the other on a mistaken route. The other was by running back Montel Harris, who doesn't fumble often but usually picks bad times to do it. This time he did it on the run that lifted him over the 3,000-yard career rushing mark in this, his junior season.
It all added up to the first five-game losing streak for the program since 1998, which also happens to be the last time the Eagles didn't go bowling.
And the schedule, which didn't look too tough before this past weekend, suddenly looks tougher, especially for a team that now long knows how to win and has one victory over an FBS team this season (Kent State).
This week, the Eagles host an up-and-down Clemson team that moved to 4-3 with a win over Georgia Tech, then visit Wake Forest and Duke (3-11 combined after Duke was hammered by Virginia Tech) before hosting Virginia (3-4 after beating Eastern Michigan) and visiting Syracuse (winners at West Virginia).
MONDAY NOTES: As if BC wasn't already having enough troubles, injuries to key players, all seniors, played a key role in its 24-21 loss to Maryland on Oct. 23.
Defensive end Alex Albright suffered a broken right leg, which apparently ends his injury-riddled BC career. Safety Wes Davis was carried off with a neck injury, the second of his college career, and spent the night in a hospital for observation. And cornerback DeLeon Gause also left, with a knee injury. All this after defensive tackle Conor O'Neal didn't play because of illness.
Davis suffered a season-ending neck injury and surgery in the third game of the 2007 season, but hadn't had trouble since.
"I don't want to speculate too much, but they did tell me that it was for precaution that they took him to the hospital," coach Frank Spaziani said. "Because of his previous injury, they were being very cautious with him. But from what (head athletic trainer) Steve Bushee told me, he did have feeling in his hands and legs."
Andre Ellington and company could find it tough running against Boston College this weekend as the Eagles rank fourth in the nation in run defense. (Getty Images)
--The Eagles played their first game with a reconfigured offensive line, with Mark Spinney moving from guard to center and Nathan Richman center to guard.
--Maryland scored in the first three quarters, making it 14 straight scoring quarters by ACC opponents against BC. The streak started after Virginia Tech failed to score in the first quarter and ended when Maryland was blanked in the fourth.
--BC's first-half scoring drive -- 15 plays, 75 yards, 8:09 on the clock -- was its longest of the season.
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Montel Harris -- Yes, he had a big fumble, his first cough-up of the season, and yes, he came up inches short on a fourth-and-1 on BC's final chance, but he did net 116 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and did become the fourth BC player to rush for 3,000 yards in a career, the first to do it as a junior.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The effort of this team -- There were too many flat periods in the Oct. 23 game and you have to wonder what the collective psyche is for a team that has lost five in a row and sees its season wasting away. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're making some errors that we need not to make, because we have a very, very small margin for error." -- Coach Frank Spaziani on his 2-5 football team.