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Assessing Maryland's chances at Boston College

By Ryan Broadwater

The Eagles have won four of the five meetings since Boston College joined the ACC. Maryland fell 31-16 in College Park in 2005 and 38-16 at Boston College in 2006. The Eagles also upended the Terps, 28-21, in 2007 in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and 19-17 in 2009 at Maryland.

The Terps snapped a BC three-game winning streak in the series with a 42-35 victory over the eighth-ranked Eagles in 2008. Chris Turner threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, including two to TE Jason Goode. The Terps rushed for 135 yards against the top-ranked run defense in the nation (58 ypg) and the Maryland defense picked off Matt Ryan three times. Prior to 2008, Maryland's only win in the series came in 1985 when the Terps beat the Eagles 31-13 in Foxboro, Mass.

How can things hopefully change?

  • Well, again this year the Eagles rank first in the ACC and 10th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 90.3 yards per game. Maybe the Terps can gain back a little swagger in the run game and give their defense a little time to rest. The D will sure will need it, but it will be tough after losing starting RT Pete DeSouza last night when he was struck by a car and broke both his legs. Everyone will probably get a lengthy introduction to Nick Klemm tomorrow.
  • Maryland’s Defensive Coordinator, Don Brown, is a Massachusetts native and former UMass Head Coach. Brown is going to have a lot of family at this game. Also his defense is finally starting to mesh together and play as a unit. Hopefully they will build on their performance at Clemson and force BC’s freshman QB into some mistakes.
  • Maryland has never won at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. Maryland hasn’t won a road game in over two years. This is their chance to turn it all around. West Virginia and Clemson’s stadiums were extremely hostile environments for a young football team. Alumni Stadium is a polar opposite, seating around 45K and having a pretty subdued fan base compared to the others. Those previous experiences hopefully will bode well for the Terps in addition to the fact that the Eagles having lost four straight.

This game will surely be a low scoring affair and it's pretty much a toss up. The thing to remember is if the Terps win tomorrow, they will come back for Maryland’s Homecoming one win away from being bowl eligible, having silenced many doubters of the program.

By Box Seats blogger  | October 22, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Broadwater, Terps  | Tags:  Ryan Broadwater, Terps  
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Terps need to establish some kind of running game.
Maybe Jamarr helps here by getting a few series.
BC can be beat by passing, but Danny needs time to throw the ball.

Defense and special teams may win this one.

Terps in a close one, 17-14.

Posted by: johnbecka | October 23, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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