Boston College blew a fourth-quarter lead in a loss to Georgia Tech in its season opener in Ireland. In the Eagles’ finale, they showed they had learned how to hold on for a victory.
Patrick Towles threw two touchdown passes and caught a pass for a score in the first half, helping Boston College beat Maryland, 36-30, in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday.
The Eagles (7-6) led by 16 at halftime, 23 points early in the third quarter and then had to force Maryland to turn the ball over on downs late in the game to seal their first bowl victory since beating Michigan State at the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl.
“We started to really develop a resolve that you see in the players’ eyes,” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “The most critical thing in building your program is having that. And, I really believe we have finally set that platform forward and that’s the most exciting thing to me of all.”
Maryland (6-7) had the ball at its 35 with 1:48 left with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD.
“That’s all you can ask for,” Maryland Coach DJ Durkin said. “You’ll take that in any game.”
But the Terrapins didn’t gain a yard before Harold Landry helped finish them off with a possession-ending sack.
Maryland made some big plays on offense, but four turnovers, eight sacks allowed, 11 penalties and poor field position proved to be costly. In the first half, Perry Hills threw an interception, lost a fumble and was sacked four times. On the Terrapins’ first snap of the second half, Hills handed off to Ty Johnson and the running back’s fumble was recovered in the end zone by Boston College.
With 4:02 left, the Terrapins got to the Boston College one-yard line with a chance to cut into their nine-point deficit and Hills lost a fumble after bobbling a snap. They got the ball back less than a minute later when Boston College’s Jon Hilliman fumbled at his 6, and were forced to settle for a field goal.
“The program is headed in the right direction, but we have to learn to not beat ourselves,” Durkin said.