BOSTON (CBS) — The Boston College Eagles are going bowling.

With their 17-14 win over Wake Forest on Saturday, the Eagles finished their regular season at 6-6 and bowl eligible after missing out on the postseason fun last year. They’ve accepted an invite to the Quick Lane Bowl and will square off against Maryland (6-6) at Ford Field in Detroit on December 26.

This marks the third time in his four years on the Boston College sidelines that head coach Steve Addazio has led the Eagles to a bowl game, just the second time a coach has done so in school history. The Eagles once again finished with one of the nation’s best defenses under Addazio, ranking seventh in all of college football by allowing just 310.6 yards per game.

“Our team just had great chemistry and really grew and formed this unbelievable bond,” Addazio told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton on Sunday night’s Sports Final. “Our seniors had so much pride in the fact that they wanted to get back to another bowl game and really leave a legacy. It shows you the power of what people can do when they’re locked in together. I’m so proud of the kids and their approach, and how they worked at it.”

Addazio and the defense, led by junior defensive end Harold Landis and his 15 sacks, will now set their sights on the Terrapins, who needed a 31-13 win over Rutgers in the final game of the season to reach the six-win mark. The Terps lost six of their last eight games.

“I think we match up well. It will be a great game against a Big-10 team. Formally an ACC team, so the BC fan base understands and knows Maryland,” said Addazio, with BC winning each of their last three meetings against Maryland. “It’ll be two teams really battling each other to improve their season to seven wins. It’ll be a great atmosphere.”

The Eagles last played in a bowl game at Ford Field in 2002, a 51-25 victory over Toledo in the Motor City Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl will be the 25th overall bowl appearance by Boston College, and 15th in the last 18 years.

 

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