Terps Hold On, Gain First Road Win

After a fast start, Maryland survives second half surge from BC.

After surrendering a two-touchdown lead, a fourth quarterback comeback attempt led by Montel Harris came a halt on another fourth-down stop by the Maryland defense, allowing the Terps to hold on to their first road win in 10 attempts, 24-21.

Maryland’s first half offensive explosion was led by Danny O’Brien completing over 60 percent of his passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt freshman quarterback was able to find Torrey Smith, Kerry Boykins and Ronnie Tyler for scores.

The success of the Terps’ offense was due largely to the defensive prowess. Harris fumbled for just the fourth time in his career; he had lost just three fumbles in his 673 touches heading into Saturday.

Safety Antwine Perez recorded two interceptions of Boston College’s freshman quarterback Chase Rhettig, escalating the Terps’ turnover count to 15 on the season. Two of the three turnovers translated into touchdowns, which means the team have scored 52 points off turnovers this season.

Two of Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen’s concerns after the Clemson game, special teams and third-down conversions, were resolved.

Punt return specialist Tony Logan was able to spark his team’s offensive after a 29-yard return, which propelled the team to their first score.

The Maryland offense successfully converted 10 of 19 third downs and two of three fourth downs. Offensive coordinator James Franklin utilized a non-traditional approach, employing more slants and screens.

The second half, however, was a different story. The Eagles outscored the Terps 14-3, primarily through the defense’s susceptibility for big plays. A 66-yard pass from Rhettig to wideout Bobby Swigert, and a 26-yard punt return by Harris boosted the Boston College offense.

Harris’ two touchdowns exploited the Terps’ red-zone defense, the second time in as many weeks the unit has faltered. The BC workhorse was able to grind out 126 yards on the afternoon, en route to reaching the 3,000-yard career mark.

With just three points separating the two teams, a fourth-and-one stop by Adrian Moten and Joe Vellano with 1:50 left sealed up the game for the Terps, allowing them to close out their first road win on the season, and their second in ACC play.

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