Maryland Falls to No. 20 Boston College, 28-21
Nov. 29, 2008
BOSTON (AP) - Billy Flutie, the Boston College backup quarterback and nephew of Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, threw for a 9-yard touchdown on a fake field goal Saturday to lead the 20th-ranked Eagles to a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game with a 28-21 victory over Maryland.
BC (9-3, 5-3 ACC) will play Virginia Tech on Saturday--the second straight year the former Big East foes will play for the ACC's spot in the Orange Bowl.
Maryland (7-5, 4-4) fell to 4-1 against ranked teams this season and into a logjam of ACC teams seeking a secondary bowl berth--the conference has 10 teams competing for nine guaranteed spots, though other bowls may have at-large berths available.
Chris Turner led the Terrapins on an 11-play, 70-yard drive, converting a third-and-2 with a 23-yard pass to Emani Lee-Odai and a fourth-and-3 with a 5-yard pass to Danny Oquendo. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Turner and Oquendo connected again from 13 yards out for a touchdown that made it 21-14.
BC turned conservative and went three and out, but Maryland's Obi Egekeze missed a 36-yard field goal attempt and Robert Francois intercepted Turner and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to give BC a 28-14 lead with 1:42 left. It's the seventh straight game in which the Eagles have gotten a touchdown from their defense or special teams.
Turner connected with Smith for an 8-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left, but the onside kick attempt went out of bounds and Boston College ran out the clock.
Turner completed 33 of 57 passes for a career-high 360 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Maryland, which had been in contention for the conference championship until losing to Florida State last weekend.
BC took a 7-0 lead in the first when Davis hit Justin Jarvis for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Maryland tied it on its next possession, when Turner scored on a 1-yard keeper one play after hitting Torrey Smith for a 43-yard pass. Davis found Gunnell wide open in the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown that made it 14-7 with 1:05 left in the half.