A huge botched snap by Boston College has proved to be the difference so far, as the Terps have taken a 10-3 lead into the second quarter thanks to Albert Reid's one-yard touchdown run.
Boston College got the ball to start the game, and after getting stuffed for a three-yard gain, Andre Williams took the ball down the left side for 31 yards and the first down. On the next play, he ran 20 yards down the right side, throwing Will Likely to the ground in the process. Williams was stuffed on third-and-three from the four. Nate Freese's 22-yard field goal was good, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Maryland went three-and-out on the next drive on three straight passing plays -- one resulted in a three-yard completion to Levern Jacobs, while the other two fell incomplete (one on a poor throw, one due to terrible pass blocking), and the Terps punted the ball away.
Boston College went three-and-out on their next drive, as the Terps stuffed Williams twice before pressuring Chase Rettig and forcing him to throw it out of bounds. On their first play of the ensuing drive, Maryland got their first first down of the game, as Brown found Amba Etta-Tawo on a screen pass for a 12-yard gain. After an incomplete pass, Brown found Nigel King on a short pass for a ten-yard gain and another first down.
After six straight passes to start the game, Maryland finally turned to the ground game, giving the ball to Brandon Ross twice and setting up third-and-one. The ball was handed off to Ross again, but the running back fell down, forcing fourth-and-five and a 43-yard field goal attempt for Brad Craddock. The Aussie nailed it, tying the game at 3-3.
The two teams traded three-and-outs, and on third-and long, Chase Rettig set up in the shotgun with five receivers wide. The snap missed him by a wide margin, and senior Marcus Whitfield recovered at the opposing one-yard line. Albert Reid punched it in on the next play, giving the Terps a 10-3 lead.