Oct. 27, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - 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.