Maryland Falls to No. 20 Boston College, 28-21
Nov. 29, 2008
Turtle Power Slowed: By losing to No. 20 Boston College on Saturday, Maryland snapped its school record six-game winning streak over ranked teams (AP poll). The Terps are now one of two teams in the nation (also Florida) to have four wins over ranked teams (Oklahoma could join them with a win over Oklahoma State this evening). The Terps still went 4-1 this season vs. ranked foes, defeating No. 23 California, No. 20 Clemson, No. 21 Wake Forest and No. 17 North Carolina.
Maryland's All-Purpose Player: One game after setting a team record for kickoff return yardage in a season, WR Torrey Smith showcased his speed and versatility on offense and special teams at Boston College. The redshirt freshman snared eight receptions for a career-high 115 yards, including an acrobatic 43-yard reception to set up Maryland's first touchdown during the opening quarter. Smith added five kickoff returns for 130 yards against the Eagles. His 245 all-purpose yards Saturday marks a career high for Smith, who entered the game ranked eighth in the ACC in that category.
Smith Among ACC's All-Time Best: With 990 kickoff return yards this season, Smith ranks eighth in Maryland history in career return yards. He also has positioned himself among the conference's all-time leaders in kickoff return yardage, moving from eighth to second on the single season list. Smith needs 76 yards in a bowl game to set the ACC's single-season mark (1,065 by Tijan Redmon of Duke in 1995).
First Time since '95: Smith and fellow WR Danny Oquendo contributed Maryland's top two individual receiving performances of the season with 115 and 111 receiving yards, respectively, against Boston College. It marked the first time two Maryland players accounted for more than 100 receiving yards since Geroy Simon (124) and Jermaine Lewis (102) did so in a game at Florida State on Oct. 18, 1995.
Turner on Target: QB Chris Turner continued to play well against Boston College. The Maryland signal-caller followed up last season's 337-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Eagles by completing career highs in completions (33), attempts (57) and passing yards (360), while also throwing a pair of touchdown passes. Turner recorded his first career touchdown run when he plowed into the end zone from 1-yard out during the first quarter to open the Terps' scoring. His 13-yard touchdown pass to Danny Oquendo in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter cut Maryland's deficit to 21-14, and his 8-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith accounted for the game's final score. Turner's interception during the second quarter on Saturday was his first in seven career games against ranked opponents, spanning 185 pass attempts.
Turner's Latest Milestone: With his performance at Boston College, Turner became the eighth quarterback in school history to surpass 4,000 career passing yards. He currently ranks seventh all-time at Maryland in career passing yards with 4,276 and fifth in completions with 354. With his two touchdown passes on Saturday, Turner now is tied with John Kaleo (1991-92) for 13th all-time with 18 career touchdown passes.
Chain-Mover: WR Danny Oquendo has developed a reputation throughout his career for his ability to make key third-down receptions, but against Boston College the senior wideout came up big on fourth down. With the Maryland offense facing fourth-and-4 from the Eagles' 33-yard line near the end of the third quarter, Oquendo caught a 5-yard pass to move the chains, and the Terps scored their second touchdown of the game four plays later. During the Terps' ensuing drive in the fourth quarter, Oquendo caught an 8-yard pass on fourth-and-1. Oquendo finished the game with career highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (111). He also had a 13-yard touchdown reception - his second this season and the fifth of his career.
Terps' Tackling Tandem: LBs Alex Wujciak and Dave Philistin have paced the Terps in tackles all season and continued to do so on Saturday. Wujciak tallied a game-high 11 tackles and Philistin added 10 stops. For Wujciak, it marked the seventh time in the last nine games he has accounted for a double-digit tackle total. Wujciak and Philistin entered Saturday's game ranked second and 11th, respectively, in the ACC in tackles.
Filling the Void: Playing without leading WR Darrius Heyward-Bey due to injury, Maryland relied upon a group of talented but less experienced players on Saturday to bolster its passing game. In addition to Torrey Smith, sophomore WR Emani Lee-Odai, who started in place of Heyward-Bey, contributed career best marks of seven receptions and 68 yards.
Fourth Down Success: Maryland entered Saturday's game having converted only 3 of 10 fourth-down opportunities, but the Terps managed to convert both its fourth-down attempts against the Eagles, thanks to a pair of clutch receptions by WR Danny Oquendo.
First Sack: DB Antwine Perez recorded the first sack of his career when he took down Boston College QB Dominique Davis for a loss of one during the second quarter. He is the 14th player to register at least one-half sack this season for Maryland, which entered Saturday's game ranked sixth in the ACC in sacks.
Streaks continue: Several Terps extended streaks on Saturday. DL Jeremy Navarre has now played in 48 consecutive games, and his 46 career starts are the most on the team. OL Edwin Williams has now started 37 consecutive games, tops on the offense.