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Maryland’s final home game in the Atlantic Coast Conference featured a variety of plays the Terrapins probably won’t ever forget — no matter how hard they try.
It wasn’t just that Maryland blew an 11-point lead to Boston College in the fourth quarter or yielded 263 yards rushing to Andre Williams, who became the 16th player in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-yard mark in a single season.
Given a second opportunity, Freese banged the game-winner through the uprights with the wind at his back, setting off a wild celebration on the Boston College sideline.
“Obviously, I shouldn’t have taken that timeout. He missed it,” Edsall said. “But it’s just one of those things that you feel you’re doing something to put a little more doubt in the guy’s head. I made a decision and it just didn’t work out.”
It was the fourth loss in five games for Maryland (6-5, 2-5). The Terrapins, who will shift to the Big Ten in 2014, close out their ACC schedule next week at North Carolina State.
On a day the school honored 15 departing seniors and celebrated its affiliation with the ACC since 1953, Maryland took advantage of a pair of fumbles by Boston College (7-4, 4-3) to go up 24-13 with 10:52 left.
The lead wouldn’t last.
Williams ran 72 yards for a touchdown, a jaunt that moved him over the 2,000-mark. Maryland appeared poised for the clinching score when running back Jacquille Veii lost a fumble at the Boston College 7, and Chase Rettig subsequently threw to a wide open Alex Amidon for a 74-yard score to make it 26-24.
But the conversion was blocked, and Maryland’s Anthony Nixon took it the distance the other way to tie it with 5:02 left.
“Going into that re-kick, I was a lot more confident,” Freese said. “I was just calm, trying to get a little better judgment of the wind. It was kind of going from my right to left. Being out there a little longer, I got a little better feel for it.”
Early in the Eagles’ final drive, Edsall took a timeout before Williams peeled off a 36-yard run on third down that put the ball on the Maryland 37. A spike and a 2-yard run preceded the missed — then successful — field goal tries.
“This one is sour,” said Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, who ran for a touchdown and threw for a score.
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