By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Kevin Dorsey stretched in front of and facing his teammates on a mid-November afternoon, just as the senior wide receiver and Maryland's captains did all season.
They lined up less than a half-hour before kickoff, 17 veteran Maryland football players who would soon play their final game at Byrd Stadium.
Shawn Petty, a scout team linebacker a fortnight ago, took the field Saturday as perhaps the most unexpected starting quarterback in Maryland football history. Petty's performance, while commendable, couldn't keep Maryland from avoiding a 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech at Byrd Stadium.
Caleb Rowe's first start as Maryland's starting quarterback was mixed with both promise and frustration, though the freshman was insistent he was eager to learn and grow from the experience.
Caleb Rowe's first career start was alternately bumpy and slick, with one successful comeback and another rally cut short by an unwise decision.
Chase Rettig completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with 52 seconds left to give Boston College a 20-17 victory over Maryland on Saturday.
Maryland has gone through more quarterbacks than any team could expect this season. It's had its share of close losses as well. The latest unfolded Saturday at Alumni Stadium as first-time starting quarterback Caleb Rowe was intercepted in the final minute as Boston College escaped with a comeback 20-17 victory.
Maryland's quarterback options were whittled further Thursday when the school announced sophomore Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, leaving true freshman Caleb Rowe as the only remaining scholarship option.
C.J. Brown, Maryland's presumptive starting quarterback and one of its team captains, already had his chance to play in 2012 extinguished in the preseason.
Maryland is on to its third (and, arguably, fourth) quarterback since the start of preseason practice after Perry Hills' year-ending left knee injury.
Maryland is back in a familiar position: finding a new starting quarterback because of an incumbent's injury.
Maryland couldn't make it through the past five seasons without a midseason injury prompting a quarterback change.
Maryland lost its starting quarterback late in the first half Saturday. It lost its first conference game a bit later – but not before the Terrapins' most bizarre day of the season.
Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey wanted to put the Terrapins' first loss of the season to rest as soon as he could Sunday morning.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall named freshman Perry Hills as the Terrapins' starting quarterback on Tuesday.
Rowe said he was fine and was examined by athletic trainer Wes Robinson.