The Military Bowl, to be held in Annapolis on Dec. 27, has made no secret of its interest in the Terps, who could draw from their fan base in the Baltimore-Washington region. The bowl is also scouting other Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
"It's probably five, maybe six [ACC] teams" in contention, said Pesky Hill, a member of the selection committee for the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, which will be held Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.
The bowl has tie-ins with the ACC and Southeastern Conference. But Hill said there isn't likely to be an SEC team available, so the bowl is looking elsewhere. The bowl sent a representative to scout Notre Dame in its game Saturday against BYU.
Hill said Maryland could be an appealing choice because "You have 37,000 students and a lot of alums. Our bowl was at two games today: We're we're here [in College Park] and we're at BYU-Notre Dame, so that tells you something."
Hill said he spoke recently with Maryland coach Randy Edsall, who played in the bowl game in 1979 as a backup quarterback for Syracuse. Until this year, the game had been known as the Independence Bowl.
Dexter McDougle's last home game didn't play out as he once hoped.
McDougle, a Terps senior, began the year as a starting cornerback. His season ended with a shoulder injury during the team's third game at Connecticut. He had two interceptions and scored a touchdown in the game.
On Saturday, wearing black warmup pants and his Maryland jersey, McDougle walked out onto the Byrd Stadium field along with 15 other seniors.
Like the other seniors, he posed for pictures with coach Randy Edsall and athletic director Kevin Anderson and received a framed jersey from the school.
McDougle wasn't healthy enough to play, but he took part one last time in a team tradition. As the Terps ran onto the field, McDougle continued running past the bench and leaped into the stands in the student section.
Andre the giant
Boston College running back Andre Williams entered Saturday's game with gaudy statistics.
In his previous three contests, the senior had 166, 295 and 339 rushing yards. His average of 181 yards per game was tops in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
"They’ve been rushing the ball on everyone this year," Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield said. "We just tried to stop the rush as much as we could and tackle them for a loss and mess up their scheme."
The Terps didn't fare any better. Williams had 64 yards on Boston College's opening series, which resulted in a field goal, and finished the half with 107 yards on 18 carries.
Williams had 156 yards in the second half to finish the game with 263 yards on 32 carries. He leads the nation with 2,073 rushing yards.
“Defense played very hard,” Edsall said. “Like I said, a few plays, maybe four or five plays, I think, that they got some big plays on, but I thought our guys really played hard, really got after it on defense. It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t have made just a couple more plays.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun