Maryland-Boston College recap: Two timeouts give Eagles dramatic comeback win

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland loses their final ACC home game.

Two late timeouts proved costly for the Terps, giving Boston College a chance to march down the field and win the game. Maryland lost their final ACC home game, 29-26.

Randy Edsall called a pair of timeouts with less than a minute left that will surely be questioned by the fanbase. One, on third-and-four, resulted in Andre Williams's dramatic run into Maryland territory, and one negated a missed Nate Freese field goal, allowing him to hit it on his second try and win the game.

The two teams traded field goals early, but Maryland got in the end zone first. Boston College botched a snap deep in their own territory, and Marcus Whitfield threw Chase Rettig to the side and pounced on the ball on the one-yard line. On the next play, Albert Reid ran it in, giving the Terps a 10-3 lead.

Boston College capitalized on some advantageous field position on their next score, blocking Nate Renfro's punt and recovering at Maryland's seven-yard line. On the ensuing play, Andre Williams ran to the left side for a seven-yard score, tying the game at 10-10.

Maryland took the lead back on the first drive of the third quarter, as C.J. Brown found a streaking Amba Etta-Tawo on a beautifully thrown ball from 33 yards out for the touchdown, making it 17-10.

The Terrapin defense delivered one of their best first half performances of the season, containing superstar running back Andre Williams and forcing Boston College to throw the ball with Chase Rettig. Rettig had a horrid time of it, completing just one of his first nine passes for one yard -- at that point, he also had -25 rushing yards.

The Eagles were finally able to get their offense together late in the third quarter, as Rettig completed three passes on one drive and Williams provided strong running support to bring them to the goalline. The Terps stuffed Williams twice in a row and destroyed Rettig on a rollout, forcing a field goal to make it 17-13.

Maryland was able to capitalize on another Eagle mistake on their next drive, as Bryce Jones muffed a Nate Renfro punt, giving the Terps good field position and a second chance with the ball. C.J. Brown punched the ball in from a few yards out to finish off the drive, making it 24-13.

On the next drive, Williams took over. He took another huge carry down the right side for a 72-yard score, and the extra point made it 24-20.

On Maryland's next drive, Brown found Dave Stinebaugh over the middle for a huge gain on fourth-and-four, keeping the drive alive and the clock running. The next play, however, Jacquille Veii fumbled the ball away, giving the Eagles the ball with seven-and-a-half minutes left on their own eight-yard line.

On the ensuing drive, a Maryland defender fell and allowed a wide-open Alex Amidon tos core a 74-yard touchdown. On the extra point attempt, Whitfield blocked the kick, Anthony Nixon caught it, and returned it 100 yards for the score to tie it 26-26.

Maryland was unable to get anything going on their next drive, punting the ball with less than two minutes to play. The Eagles had the ball deep in their own territory, and Maryland called a timeout before third-and-four, hoping for a stop with enough time to score. Williams broke a big run, bringing Boston College into Maryland territory and setting up a long field goal attempt. Nate Freese missed the 52-yarder, but Maryland had called timeout before the kick, giving him another shot. He hit that one, giving the Eagles the victory.

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