|Coming up just short… again: Maryland 24, BC 21||10.23.10 at 5:31 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — For the second straight week, it was a matter of inches. And for the second straight week, Boston College came up just short.
On Saturday, as BC was trying to avoid its first five-game losing streak since 1998, a fourth-down rushing attempt by Montel Harris fell just short of the first down, sealing a 24-21 Maryland victory. Harris who put up a great game with 27 rushes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, also committed a game-changing fumble at his own 38 in the first half. It resulted in a go-ahead touchdown.
True-freshman quarterback Chase Rettig threw a pair of interceptions. The first set up Maryland’s third touchdown and the second killed a momentum-generating drive late in the first half. Despite a fourth quarter rally from the Eagles (2-5, 0-4 ACC), the BC offense fell just short of the comeback, failing to move the ball with two chances after cutting the deficit to three.
Three BC starters were injured in the game, included safety Wes Davis who was rolled off the field on a stretcher with a neck injury. He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for precautionary tests after reporting movement in all extremities.
Maryland (5-2, 2-1 ACC) won in New England for the first time since beating BC at Foxboro Stadium, 31-13, on Sept. 14, 1985. A crowd of 36,078 turned out at Alumni Stadium, as the Eagles dropped their third straight game at Chestnut Hill.