Boston College has played better football of late but a loss is a loss is a loss. Actually, make that five losses — in a row. The Eagles’ comeback fell short as B.C. fell to Maryland 24 – 21 on Saturday.
Maryland safety Antwine Perez had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and Danny O’Brien threw for three touchdowns to lead the Terrapins to the victory on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their fifth consecutive loss.
The news was even worse for BC, which lost three defensive starters to injuries, including one that appeared to be serious. Safety Wes Davis remained on the turf for about 10 minutes before being strapped to a backboard and wheeled to a waiting ambulance; the school said he had “full movement” but was taken to a hospital for observation.
O’Brien completed 27 of 40 passes for 182 yards, hitting Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler and Kerry Boykins on touchdown passes for Maryland (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Montel Harris ran 27 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns for BC (2-5, 0-4) to surpass 3,000 yards in his career.
Chase Rettig completed 18 of 33 passes for a touchdown. One of the interceptions was tipped and several other passes were dropped, including one on fourth down in the final minutes with the Eagles needing a field goal to tie the game.
Maryland led 24-7 on three short touchdown passes and a 26-yard field goal before BC perked up.
Rettig hit Ifeanyi Moma for a 23-yard pass to the Maryland 7, and Harris ran it three times for the score that made it 24-14 with 11:20 to play. After BC forced a punt, Rettig threw a long pass to Moma that was high and off his fingertips, only to be caught by BC’s Bobby Swigert for a gain of 63 yards.
Swigert was pushed out at the 6, and a roughing the passer penalty moved it to the 3. Harris ran it in from there to make it 24-21 with 7:10 left.
The Eagles had two more chances with the ball, but Shakim Phillips dropped a slant pass on fourth-and-3 and Harris was stopped inches short of the first down on BC’s final possession to allow the Terps to run out the clock.
Davis’ knees were up while he was being worked on, and he was moving his arm as he was taken from the field; the school said he had a neck injury but noted that he has “full movement.” Defensive lineman Alex Albright left the game with an ankle in the first quarter, and cornerback DeLeon Gause hurt his right knee.
Harris is the fourth player in BC history — and the first junior — to reach the 3,000 yard milestone.