Halftime: Boston College 10, Maryland 0

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Maryland is essentially working with its No. 4 quarterback going forward.

It showed in the first half against Boston College,

The Terrapins were shut out over the first 30 minutes, struggling to muster a sustained possession en route to a 10-0 deficit at the break.

The good and (mostly) bad from the first two quarters …

UPSIDE

* Rush defense. Boston College has only 16 yards on 14 carries. Even factoring out a couple sacks, the Eagles are only managing three yards a rush (12 attempts, 36 yards).

* Nate Renfro. OK, he’s been very far from perfect. But he did manage a couple strong attempts, including a 42-yarder that pinned Boston College at its 2.

* Wes Brown. The freshman is checking in at four yards per carry – 13 rushes for 52 yards. Considering the offense’s struggles, that isn’t so bad.

DOWNSIDE

* Maryland’s offense. Rowe is averaging three yards per attempt, and the first of two interceptions led to Boston College’s field goal. As the last option on scholarship, expectations need to be tempered for the freshman – for the rest of the day and going forward this season.

* Brad Craddock. Maryland’s most promising drive ended with Craddock pushing a 35-yard field goal attempt to the left. He’s 4-for-8 on field goals inside the 40 on the season.

* Third down conversions. Between both the Terps (2-for-10) and Boston College (0-for-6), the sight of third down on the scoreboard is just an invitation for a punter or kicker to prepare to trot onto the field on the next play.

Patrick Stevens

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