Terps Comeback Falls Short in Quick Lane Bowl

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DETROIT -- Sophomore running back Ty Johnson ran for 159 yards on 15 carries, but Boston College edged past the Maryland football team, 36-30, in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday.

Johnson's big day propelled him past the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season, becoming just the ninth Terp and first since Da'Rel Scott (2008) to reach the milestone. He also became just the eighth player in school history to post five 100-yard rushing performances in a single-season.

The Terrapins (6-7) had the ball at their 35-yard line with 1:48 left and trailing by six points, but didn't gain a yard before Harold Landry helped to finish them off with a possession-ending sack.

Boston College was ahead 29-13 at halftime after Patrick Towles threw a 49-yard TD pass to Michael Walker. On a reverse and pass from receiver Jeff Smith, the quarterback scored on a 20-yard TD catch in the second quarter.

The Terrapins made some big plays on offense, but four turnovers, sacks and poor field position proved to be costly. In the first half, Perry Hills threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked four times. On the Terrapins' first snap of the second half, Hills handed off to Johnson and the running back's fumble was recovered in the end zone by Boston College.

Maryland turned it around on their next drive, however, as Perry Hills found Teldrick Morgan wide open down the right sideline for a 63-yard touchdown pass. After forcing a BC 3-and-out, Hill again connected on a long ball - this time to Levern Jacobs for a 52-yard score which brought the Terps within nine points, 36-27.

With 4:02 left, the Terrapins got to the Boston College 1 with a chance to cut into their nine-point deficit and Hills lost a fumble after bobbling a snap. They got the ball back less than a minute later when Boston College's Jon Hilliman fumbled at his 6, and were forced to settle for a field goal.