Eagles Top Terps, Get First ACC Win 28-17
Oct. 29, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Rolandan Finch ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and Boston College defeated Maryland 28-17 Saturday for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season.
Finch, a sophomore, never before broke the 100-yard mark and had run for 266 yards in six games before Saturday. He had 152 yards rushing at halftime, finished with a career-high 39 carries and had a team-leading two catches for seven yards.
Finch is filling in for standout senior Montel Harris, who's out for the year with a knee injury.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly had 12 tackles and an interception to help Boston College (2-6, 1-4) snap a three-game skid.
Maryland (2-6, 1-4) coach Randy Edsall started C.J. Brown at quarterback, then switched to Danny O'Brien in the second quarter. Both threw an interception, and neither moved the offense until O'Brien threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Coxson with 6:39 left.
That made it 21-10, and after a failed onside kick, Finch scored his second touchdown to clinch it.
Brown went 2 for 6 for 14 yards, and O'Brien completed 14 of 35 passes for 165 yards, including 141 in the fourth quarter.
Maryland got off to a miserable start, beginning when Nick Ferrara bounced the opening kickoff out of bounds. Boston College needed only six plays to cover the 60 yards, the last five on runs by Finch for 7, 5, 9, 8 and 18 yards.
Brown threw an errant pitch on the Terrapins' first offensive play, but he recovered the loose ball and got a field goal out of the drive.
After a Maryland punt, Boston College mounted an 80-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Andre Williams.