Halftime Report: BC trails 21-7
|10.23.10 at 3:05 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL– Turnovers are killing Boston College.
And so is inconsistent quarterback play. Montel Harris, who put up a great first half with 84 yards on 16 carries, also committed a game-changing fumble at his own 38. It resulted in the go-ahead touchdown. Chase Rettig threw a pair of interceptions. The first set up Maryland’s third touchdown and the second killed a momentum-generating drive late in the half.
BC (2-4, 0-3 ACC) won the coin toss against Maryland (4-2, 1-1 ACC) and elected to kick off to a Maryland offense that managed to score seven points against Clemson last Saturday.
The Maryland offense responded to the challenge thanks to some BC miscues and a huge first half by quarterback Danny O’Brien, taking a 21-7 lead into halftime at Alumni Stadium. BC lineman Alex Albright suffered a right ankle injury and his return to the game is questionable. Albright has 4.5 sacks on the year for the Eagles, leading the team.
Maryland struck first in Alumni with a 48-yard drive that finished with a 2-yard touchdown pass from O’Brien to wide Torrey Smith. The Terrapins converted two fourth downs on the drive against a BC defense that has refused to give up long plays.
Boston College responded with their longest touchdown drive of the season, capped off by Rettig’s 3-yard pass to Bobby Swigert. The drive covered 75-yards over 8 minutes, nine seconds and tied the game at 7-7. The drive meant much more for BC than just seven points; it was the type of drive that BC had failed to finish off all season.
The Eagles entered Saturday’s matchup against ACC Atlantic opponent Maryland with a chip on their shoulder after last week’s close 24-19 loss to Florida State—the fourth straight loss for the Eagles. The Eagles played some of their best football this year against Florida State, giving the ranked Seminoles a fight for an entire four quarters.
The reemergence of Harris began with a 72-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Eagles against the Seminoles. Also, sophomore defensive back Jim Noel made his second start for BC after recording two interceptions—one which he returned 43-yards for a touchdown against Florida State.
One highlight for the BC faithful was Harris’ 84-yard first half which pushed the junior over 3,000 rushing yards for his career. Harris is fourth on the all-time rushing list and now trails all-time leading rusher Derrick Knight who had 3,725 yards in his heralded career.
However, BC would soon be hindered by miscues that have cost them countless games so far in the season. Montel Harris fumbled at the BC 38-yard line to set up an O’Brien touchdown to wide out Ronnie Tyler for a 9-yard completion, putting the Terrapins up 14-7. Only a few minutes later, Rettig threw an interception to Antwine Perez at the BC 33-yard line, leading to another O’Brien touchdown to Kerry Boykins for a 6-yard completion.
Down 21-7, the Eagles attempted to mount one final drive before the end of the half, but Rettig’s pass to Swigert was intercepted by Perez—his second pick of the game—with 21 seconds left in the half.
O’Brien finished the first half 14-for-23 attempts with 98 yards and three touchdowns. Rettig have an uninspiring half going 5-for-11 with 24 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. BC will need to enter the second half with a team dedicated to preventing turnovers, creating scoring opportunities, and limiting the effectiveness of Maryland’s passing game.