Boston College 20, Maryland 17
Head Coach Randy Eds.
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 played 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 picks 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 hair 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.”
Senior Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano
On the play of the defense:
“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.”
On the play of freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe:
“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.”
On how frustrating the final drive is after playing so well all game:
“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.”
On how difficult the loss is given their schedule in November:
“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.”
Freshman quarterback Caleb Rowe
On making his first career start:
“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.
On getting on rhythm in the third quarter:
“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.”
On what it was like preparing this week:
“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.”
On the final drive:
“I felt calm on the last drive. I know we had to get a field goal with one timeout left but #47 [Rositano] made a good play on the ball.”
On much he learned from this game?
“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.”
Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Boston College improved to 2-6 and 1-4 in the league … the Eagles lead the all-time series 7-3 with a 3-1 advantage in Chestnut Hill … Maryland’s defense held its opponent to under 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season.
D-Line Steps Up: Maryland’s defensive line combined for 3.5 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss, while helping hold Boston College to 8 net rushing yards. Joe Vellano, who leads the ACC in TFLs, had 3.0 including 1.5 sacks. A.J. Francis had 2.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack, while Darius Kilgo had 1.0 sack.
Rowe Makes Start: Caleb Rowe made his first career start at quarterback and became the sixth true freshman to start on either offense or defense this season. Rowe went 23 of 42 for 240 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He became the first Maryland QB with 40 pass attempts in a game since C.J. Brown vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 19, 2011.
4th-Down Conversions: Maryland converted two fourth downs en route to its first scoring drive. On 4th-and-7, Rowe hits Kevin Dorsey for a 26-yard gain that got the Terps to the BC 6-yard line. Four plays later, on 4th-and-goal from the 1, Rowe hit Nigel King in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
Diggs Cracks Two Lists: With four games to play, Stefon Diggs has already cracked the top 20 on the Maryland single-season receiving yards list. Diggs had 152 yards on 11 catches against Boston College, bringing his season total to 670 which ranks 16th. That’s second all-time among freshmen, trailing only Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 694 in 2006. Diggs also moved into the top 20 on Maryland’s single-season all-purpose yards list. The freshman has 1,354 this year, which ranks 11th. That’s also second among freshmen, trailing only Torrey Smith’s 1,425 in 2008.
More Diggs: Diggs set career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (152). It was his third 100-yard receiving game this season and he leads the team with four receiving touchdowns. Diggs is the first Terp with at least 10 receptions in a game since Torrey Smith had 14 against NC State on Nov. 27, 2010.
Defensive Notes: Maryland held Boston College to 8 net rushing yards on 27 attempts, while totaling five sacks and 10 tackles for loss … Cole Farrand had a team-high seven tackles … the Terps forced six 3-and-outs, including three straight during one stretch in the second half … defensive backs Dexter McDougle and Anthony Nixon each had six solo tackles.
Tidbits: Maryland possessed the ball for 33:27 compared to 26:33 for Boston College … the Terps were just 5 of 18 on 3rd-down conversions, while holding Boston College to 3 of 13 … Nathan Renfro averaged 40.8 yards on eight punts and put two inside the 20.