Postgame Notes: No. 23/23 Boston College 31, Maryland 16
Nov. 19, 2005
Maryland drops to 5-5 on the season (3-4 ACC) with today's 31-16 loss to No. 23 Boston College (8-3, 5-3). The Eagles have won two straight against the Terps and now lead 2-1 in the series. The Terrapins need a win in their final game next Saturday at NC State to become bowl eligibile.
Maryland was unable to take advantage of good field position in the first half. The Terps' average starting spot in the half was their own 41-yard line and twice they started their drives in Boston College territory. The two most costly turnovers were a Hollenbach fumble at the Boston College 6-yard line (which was returned for a touchdown) and a Hollenbach interception that was picked off in the BC end zone.
Josh Wilson blocked a punt in the first quarter which was recovered on the BC 23-yard line. The block was Wilson's second of the year (first was at Temple, 10-8-05) and of his career.
The Terps forced their second turnover of the first half early in the second quarter when LB D'Qwell Jackson picked off Matt Ryan. The interception was the second of the season for the All-America candidate and sixth of his career.
Sophomore TB Lance Ball rushed 28 times today for 135 yards and a touchdown. It marked the third straight and fourth time in the last six games that Ball had cleared the century mark in rushing. His 65-yard dash in the fourth quarter helped the Terrapins cut the score to 21-16 and was the longest run of his career.
With 16 tackles today, senior LB D'Qwell Jackson moved into fourth on the Maryland career charts with 434 tackles. Jackson surpassed the mark of Ratcliff Thomas (424, 1993-96) and will likely end his career in that spot in the rankings.
Today's attendance was 51,585, the 18th-largest crowd in school history and the fifth game this season with attendance exceeding 50,000. For the five-game home slate, the Terrapins averaged 52,426 fans per game, a new school per-game record.
Next week's Terrapin opponent, NC State, beat Middle Tennessee State, 24-3.