Thoughts on Boston College 20, Terps 17

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland’s 20-17 loss to Boston College surprised me – and not only because it came to a team that had lost five games in a row and had given up an average of 43.5 points in its four Atlantic Coast Conference games and ranks last in the conference in total defense.

What surprised me was the way the Terps lost.

I noted in my updated game story that – for the second week in a row – the Terps lost because their defense sagged at the end.

This is the same defense that ranks 11th in the nation in the FBS.

But the defense surrendered six straight game-ending completions by quarterback Chase Rettig.

“It’s pretty tough seeing that slip away for the second week,” running back Wes Brown said. “It’s just like acupuncture – [we’re] hitting the wrong points. We’ve just got to make sure that we get on track.”

Here are other observations about the game:

* For those who watched the game online: Were you holding your breath when Caleb Rowe was slammed from the blind side and jolted by linebacker Tim Joy on a second-down play in the second quarter? Did you have visions of linebacker Shawn Petty trotting in for the next snap? Nothing against Petty, but everybody hopes Rowe can stay upright.

* After losses these days, Boston College coach Frank Spaziani is likely to get asked about job security. Asked last week, he replied: "Nobody sheds more blood, sweat, and tears ... than I do." Boston College’s win on Saturday surely made him feel better. “It’s good to get that one,” he said.

* Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown (torn ACL) remains a captain and traveled to Saturday’s game and came out for the opening coin toss. He was also used to signal in plays.

* Did you see Stefon Diggs’ block – if you did see it, you know the one I’m talking about. Diggs was assessed a penalty for a jarring, second-quarter block on linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who didn’t see the Maryland receiver coming.

* Rowe was intercepted three times – and he almost was picked twice more (by defensive back Spenser Rositano and linebacker Nick Clancy) in the third quarter.

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