Notes on Boston College 28, Terps 17

Can it really only have been eight weeks since Maryland opened the season with its new coach and new uniforms on a 77-degree night, beating Miami, 32-24?

Saturday felt so much ... colder.

You could see it in Danny O'Brien's face after Saturday's 28-17 loss to Boston College -- Maryland's fourth straight defeat. You could tell that he really believed after that Miami game, in which he passed for 348 yards, that the Terps could contend this season for an ACC crown.

You know what's happened since early September -- injuries, quarterback shuffling and a schedule that has exposed Maryland's inexperience and lack of depth.

You could look it up: Maryland has started a different defensive unit in every game this season. In five of the past six games, the Terps have played two quarterbacks.

Nobody wants to say it, but I think part of the quarterback issue isn't the quarterbacks at all. It's the receivers. Maryland has been plagued by multiple drops and blown routes. The top receiver, Kevin Dorsey, is injured. The REALLY top receiver, Torrey Smith, plays for the Ravens now.

Other notes:

* D.J. Adams had 11 touchdowns last season but had been little-used this season as a running back. He re-emerged with a fourth-and-1 carry of 3 yards. But he fumbled on the play (Maryland recovered).

* O'Brien has had to adjust the option-read offense in which he is expected to run occasionally. He rushed six times for 50 yards. "I made a few more plays with my legs out there," O'Brien said.

* A woman who said she was from Edsall's hometown of Glen Rock, Pa., asked the coach at his post-game news conference whether he had heard fans booing as the Terps entered the locker room at halftime. No one seemed to know precisely who the mystery questioner was. But Edsall answered the question.

"I don’t ever hear any of that [boos]. To me as a coach, you put the blinders on," Edsall said.