Terps Shock No. 8 Boston College

It was only after assuming the starting quarterback spot did Chris Turner perform up to Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's standards in practice. So when Turner reverted back to some of his old ways during the week, Friedgen met with him Friday to talk things over.

"I asked him if the pressure was getting to him," Friedgen said. "I told him, ‘You have the talent. I've seen you do it. You need to relax and you need to make decisions on what defenders do. Don't pick guys out.'"

The message got through loud and clear to Turner. He upstaged the Heisman-candidate quarterback on the other sideline, completing 21-of-27 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Lance Ball added 109 rushing yards and a touchdown against the nation's No. 1 rush defense as Maryland rolled over No. 8 Boston College, 42-35.

It was the most points the Terps (5-5, 2-4) have scored since putting up 45 against Virginia in 2005 and the most points Boston College (8-2, 4-2) has surrendered since a 43-17 loss to Syracuse in 2004.

Turner and the Maryland offense executed almost flawlessly before 52,827 fans on a cold Senior Night at Byrd Stadium. It was all made possible by Friedgen's aggressive play calling, which was absent for much of the previous nine games.

"I felt like I was at a point where we really had nothing to lose," Friedgen said. "So let's go for it."

For Turner, it was a welcomed reprieve.

"I loved it," he said. "Just let me throw the ball up… [Friedgen] didn't let up. He didn't let up all night. Maybe Boston College wasn't ready for it, I don't know."

Turner's three passing touchdowns matched the Terps season total coming into the game. Two of those were to tight end Jason Goode, whose six catches Saturday equaled his total in the first nine games.

Another seldom-used target, red shirt freshman Emani Lee-Odai, led all Terp receivers with 78 yards on three catches—the first three of his career. He started in place on Danny Oquendo, who injured his knee in practice Wednesday and is out for the year, Friedgen said after the game.

The success through the air allowed Maryland's run game to thrive. Ball's 75 first-half yards were 17 more than Boston College has allowed on average per game coming into Saturday. Darrius Heyward-Bey even got in on the ground action, taking a reverse 37 yards for a touchdown to put the Terps up 42-21 early in the fourth quarter.

The offensive explosion—all totaled, a season-high 472 yards—overshadowed an aggressive defensive performance. Maryland sacked BC quarterback Matt Ryan four times, pressured him numerous others and forced him into two interceptions. Dre Moore's pick—"all hands," he gloated after the game—set up Maryland's second touchdown. J.J. Justice's acrobatic interception over two other players led to Heyward-Bey's touchdown run.

Ryan finished 33-of-56 for 421 and three touchdowns, two of which came in the fourth quarter after Maryland had built a 21-point lead.

With the win, Maryland is now one victory away from becoming bowl eligible. It's a far cry from just a week ago at North Carolina, when a desperate feeling clouded over the visitors' locker room. A year that has been ravaged with misfortune, injuries and blown opportunities can be salvaged, and it began Saturday.

"This," Friedgen said, "might have saved our season."

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