Eagles Rally Past Maryland, 20-17
Oct. 27, 2012
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Eagles (2-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) and helped them avoid their worst start since 1989.
Former fourth-stringer Caleb Rowe completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs midway through the fourth quarter to give Maryland (4-4, 2-2) its first lead of the game. But on the first play after BC's go-ahead touchdown, Rowe was intercepted by Spenser Rositano.
A freshman making the start because of injuries to Maryland's top three quarterbacks, Rowe completed 23 of 42 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. But he was also picked off three times.
Wearing stars-and-stripes uniforms for Military Appreciation Day, Boston College opened a 13-0 lead early in the third quarter thanks to a pair of interceptions and then came back after giving up the lead.
Rettig was 21 for 39 for 287 yards and two touchdowns, completing his last six passes on the game-winning drive. Alex Amidoncaught nine passes for 137 yards.
Diggs had 11 catches for 152 yards for Maryland, and Wes Brown ran 23 times for 73 yards.
The Eagles scored on a two-play, 39-yard touchdown drive on their first possession and took over on the Maryland 19 on their second thanks to Spiffy Evans' 72-yard punt return. But Andre Williamsfumbled the ball into the end zone, where it was recovered by Darius Kilgo for a touchback.
BC made it 10-0 on Nate Freese's36-yard field goal early in the second quarter and made it 13-0 on a 28-yarder early in the third.
They had a chance to ice it when Rowe sailed a third-and-7 pass over the middle into double-coverage that linebacker Nick Clancyhad in his hands but dropped. On fourth down, Rowe hit Kevin Dorsey for 26 yards; on fourth-and-goal from the 1 yard-line, Rowe connected with Nigel King for the touchdown that made it 13-7.
After BC went three-and-out, losing 13 yards on two of Maryland's five sacks, Rowe led the Terps into position for Brendan Magistro's 28-yard field goal that made it 13-10.
BC twice went three-and-out before Maryland took over at its own 27 yard-line and needed just three plays to score. Rowe hit Diggs on a slant pattern, and the receiver headed to the left sideline before outsprinting the coverage to the end zone.
BC took over with 4:45 left, and Rettig missed on four of his first six attempts before clicking. He completed two straight passes, each for a first down, before a sack that set up a second-and-17 that became a third-and-9 and forced BC to call a timeout.
But Rettig hit Amidon for 17 yards to the Maryland 19, Bobby Swigertfor five more yards and then found Coleman in the right flat, with no one between him and the goal line.
2012 Boston College Football - Game Seven; Boston College 20, Maryland 17 Oct. 27, 2012 - Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2012 Boston College Football - Game Seven; Boston College 20, Maryland 17
Oct. 27, 2012 - Alumni Stadium - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Boston College Postgame Notes
Weather: 61 degrees, mostly cloudy, winds out of the east at 2 mph.
Coin Toss: Boston College wins the coin toss and defers to the second half. Maryland will receive; Boston College will defend the south goal.
BOSTON COLLEGE POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Frank Spaziani
"Obviously what can I say, it was an exciting, exhilarating victory. I can't say enough about the job that the kids did to hang in there. We struggled on offense but we were able to make a bunch of plays at the end and wound up winning the game. Certainly the defense played well. Players come to work and it finally paid off for them. Certainly I am happy for the assistant coaches who did a great job in all aspects of the kicking game, defense and offense."
The last offensive scoring drive
"They made plays. They made some plays. That's the mark of some guys with some constitution and character. That's what they had to do. We made a couple of nice plays and then we got a big play at the end. That's what good players do, they make a play."
The effect of the victory
"It's good to get that one. Hopefully we get some confidence, continue on and get better."
"It's a confirmation to me of what we believe in and what those kids have in them. I'm glad they were able to get the result. I know it's there and I know how to get it out of them but they're young and they need to have something like that. It's a confirmation to them, their work ethic and who they are."
The contribution of freshman
"Those guys have been contributors. We can't say enough about them. They've been out there playing and practicing. Obviously just by the definition of freshman there are things they haven't seen. They are working at it. They are football players and the future is bright. They can only get better and we can only get better."
His team's defensive effort
"Bill and those guys did a good job over there getting the kids ready. We made a couple of plays. We made some mistakes but that's the ebb and flow of games. We were able to make some plays. Now we have to build on that and make some more. That's what happens when you can play a little defense, you can win some games."
On military appreciation day
"We made a big deal out of it for our kids and it should be. These people that defend our country and do what they do, we all know that they need to be recognized. I think it's a great thing that Under Armor and college football has done. We probably should be doing more. There are some great people out there and we are thankful to them."
Senior LB Nick Clancy
On the play of the defense:
"I thought the defense played well. In the past we've talked about which plays you wish you could have had back, the inconsistencies on defense. I think that's what was so important today - everybody was doing their job and was playing BC football from start to finish. There wasn't a good series here, a good series there, it was consistent throughout. I'm so proud of our guys and the way they came out. They dug deep at the end there."
On making stops in late-game situations:
"The attitude of our defense was we wanted to be out there. I've never seen our d-linemen so fired up to get back on the field and our DBs so ready to play. I think that was a huge part in why we were so successful today. We wanted to be out there on the field, and we wanted the game on our shoulders."
On creating pressure on the quarterback:
"We definitely weren't afraid to run some blitzes today. Every series we ran two or three blitzes every time. Not even just on blitzes, in our zone deep coverage, our d-line got great push off their offensive guards and tackles. Our d-line came out to play today, especially on a rookie quarterback that's huge."
Junior QB Chase Rettig
On the mindset on the last scoring drive:
"We just go back to practice and all the times we've run the two-minute drill. We got a couple of completions - it's all about getting completions and getting back up to the line of scrimmage and making sure guys are there and not taking any penalties. I think everyone made good decisions. The line helped out. We had a big third-down-and-ten conversion to Amidon and that really propelled us."
On game-winning touchdown:
"We were throwing this one combination route all day. I tried to give them a little sauce on the slant, and Coleman came open in the back of the end zone. It worked out for us - I got rid of the ball quickly, and we scored a touchdown."
On getting first ACC win:
"It's great. The last five weeks have been tough obviously. Offensively we've done some good things this year, and people have taken notice, but we could have done more in other games. It's just nice that we were able to put it together at the end of the game there and scored a touchdown. I think how we won the game today definitely gives us momentum going into next week."
Junior WR Alex Amidon
On the last scoring drive:
"Coach Martin says let it come down to two minutes left and we have the ball, and he'll take us in to win the game. That's kind of our mindset just let us have the ball with two minutes left to go win the game."
On getting first ACC win:
"It feels great, just getting a win it feels so good. You can feel the atmosphere in the locker room. Everyone's just so excited about it. It doesn't fix everything, but it just feels awesome. We're 1-0 today, that's how I think about it."
Junior WR Johnathan Coleman
On game-winning touchdown:
"We were running that play all day, and they kept jumping on the slant so I guess they thought we were throwing it to Amidon - I think he has two or three touchdowns on that play. They jumped him, and they just forgot about me I guess. I was really excited - it's a game-winner."
Freshman DB Justin Simmons:
On making plays as a freshman:
"Coach [Mike] Siravo has preached from day one of camp that - when all the freshmen were third or fourth string - we're going to need you this year so prepare as if you were a first string guy. For all of our freshmen that's been our mentality from day one - preparing and making the older guys work. Today all we did was put what we've learned in practice into the game."
MARYLAND POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Randy Edsall
On lost opportunities to win the game...
"We had our opportunities to win and we couldn't make a play when we needed to make a play here at the end. It's very disappointing, but again, it's one of those things that our kids played hard, competed, put themselves in a position to win the game and then couldn't come up with the one play that we needed to make. We had opportunities, offensively, defensively and on special teams."
On the defense's play...
"Our defense plays great the whole game and really kept us in the game until we got going offensively. [BC] doesn't have a third-down conversion the whole game, until that last drive. We blew a coverage there at the end, which was unfortunate. Offensively, we didn't take advantage of the field position that we had throughout the game."
On freshman QB Caleb Rowe...
"I thought Caleb did a good job. I thought he competed. You can see the inexperience a little bit. A couple of times, he could have hung in the pocket a little bit more. Two of the pick he had, he was trying to do too much. Take a sack on the first one. On the second one, just run out of bounds, in terms of where we were. And he'll get better for this and he'll learn from it."
On the loss...
"I feel for the kids, I really do. I wanted them to win so badly because they are doing all the things that we are asking them to do and playing their hearts out. We've got to get them to play a little bit smarter. When they got in some of these situations, they need to believe even more in themselves. That is what is so frustrating and disheartening for me. We're just not getting those wins for these kids in terms of the effort that we are getting from them."
On BC's game-winning drive...
"We had some pressure in there. We had one that opened wide open and [Darin Drakeford] was just a hare second late getting there. We were getting good pressure. We just needed to make one more play and we were just unable to do it."
DL Joe Vellano
Thoughts on the defense overall?
A. We were running just some base stuff and we were able to get a few sacks but they had a few crossing routes that mixed up our coverage a little bit. It's tough for me to tell with the coverage because my back is to the play.
What did you think of the job Caleb did?
A. In practice watching him, he made all the throws. He did a great job coming in and getting the offense going, getting some first downs, and putting some points on the board. He did a really good job overall.
How frustrating is it to play well the entire game and have them drive down the field at the end?
A. We were rushing hard every play and he [Rettig] made some plays but we can't let them come down the field like that with such a long field ahead of them. Obviously it's a tough one to handle.
How difficult does this loss make it for your team given the tough November schedule?
A. We have some guys down but a bunch of guys need to step up. We just have to keep making plays and not wait until the second half to do so. We have to come out with better energy in the beginning of games and give them tougher field position then they had.
QB Caleb Rowe
How was your first career start?
A. It was very exhilarating and we were finally able to get some things going in the second half. Overall it was fun but you would have liked to have gotten a win.
What happened in the third quarter that seemed to have gotten you into rhythm?
A. I felt pretty calm at the beginning of the game, I think it was just a matter of things opening up for us in the third quarter. That's just how football goes, things began to click for us.
What was the week like for you and how did you get yourself ready?
A. I'm always trying to get myself ready but it was fun to be "the guy" this week. There were a lot more reps so I'm a little more sore than usual, the guys were behind me the whole time.
Comments on the final drive?
A. I felt calm on the last drive. I know we made to get a field goal with one timeout left but #47 [Rositano] made a good play on the ball.
How much do you feel you have learned from this game?
A. I have learned so much. Each interception really can teach you a lot and with the film study, I'm looking forward to learning a lot more. Right before halftime I shouldn't have tried to force that ball, also I need to try and stay in the pocket more. My offensive line was blocking great, I just need to stay in there longer.