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Late touchdown ends Terps comeback bid at BC

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Late touchdown ends Terps comeback bid at BC

BOSTON (AP) -- 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.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Eagles (2-6, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) and helped them avoid their worst start since 1989.

Former fourth-stringer Caleb Rowe completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs midway through the fourth quarter to give Maryland (4-4, 2-2) its first lead of the game. But on the first play after BC's go-ahead touchdown, Rowe was intercepted by Spenser Rositano.

A freshman making the start because of injuries to Maryland's top three quarterbacks, Rowe completed 23 of 42 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. But he was also picked off three times.

Wearing stars-and-stripes uniforms for Military Appreciation Day, Boston College opened a 13-0 lead early in the third quarter thanks to a pair of interceptions and then came back after giving up the lead.

Rettig was 21 for 39 for 287 yards and two touchdowns, completing his last six passes on the game-winning drive. Alex Amidon caught nine passes for 137 yards.

Diggs had 11 catches for 152 yards for Maryland, and Wes Brown ran 23 times for 73 yards.

The Eagles scored on a two-play, 39-yard touchdown drive on their first possession and took over on the Maryland 19 on their second thanks to Spiffy Evans' 72-yard punt return. But Andre Williams fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it was recovered by Darius Kilgo for a touchback.

BC made it 10-0 on Nate Freese's 36-yard field goal early in the second quarter and made it 13-0 on a 28-yarder early in the third.

They had a chance to ice it when Rowe sailed a third-and-7 pass over the middle into double-coverage that linebacker Nick Clancy had in his hands but dropped. On fourth down, Rowe hit Kevin Dorsey for 26 yards; on fourth-and-goal from the 1 yard-line, Rowe connected with Nigel King for the touchdown that made it 13-7.

After BC went three-and-out, losing 13 yards on two of Maryland's five sacks, Rowe led the Terps into position for Brendan Magistro's 28-yard field goal that made it 13-10.

BC twice went three-and-out before Maryland took over at its own 27 yard-line and needed just three plays to score. Rowe hit Diggs on a slant pattern, and the receiver headed to the left sideline before outsprinting the coverage to the end zone.

BC took over with 4:45 left, and Rettig missed on four of his first six attempts before clicking. He completed two straight passes, each for a first down, before a sack that set up a second-and-17 that became a third-and-9 and forced BC to call a timeout.

But Rettig hit Amidon for 17 yards to the Maryland 19, Bobby Swigert for five more yards and then found Coleman in the right flat, with no one between him and the goal line.

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Maryland's Justin Jackson reportedly coming back to College Park

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Maryland's Justin Jackson reportedly coming back to College Park

It's the time of year when NBA prospects have major, life-changing decisions to make.

For some, entering the NBA draft is an easy one. They don't need anymore outside opinions.

But for others, like Maryland's Justin Jackson, testing the waters is the most important part. 

Jon Rothstein of FanRagSports is reporting that Jackson is “expected” to return to Maryland for his sophomore season.

Jackson worked out for the Raptors Tuesday,  and told the media he still wanted to sit down with his family before making a final decision.

“Truthfully, I’m hearing a whole bunch of different things, it’s kind of mixed right now,” he said at the workout. “I really got to sit down, discuss with my family, my circle and really try to figure things out.”

When you have a 7-3 wingspan on a 6-7 frame, you're always intriguing to NBA scouts, especially when you can stretch the floor from 3-point range as well.

Despite some saying Jackson could sneak into the first round, not hiring an agent gives him the opportunity to come back to College Park.

An option he apparently is taking.

That would be great news for the Terps too, after losing Melo Trimble for good already to the NBA.

Jackson's 10.5 points per game and 6 boards as a freshman will make him the team's top returner in both categories.

Numbers that will certainly grow with his role next season.

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Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

The Maryland Terrapins snagged former Duke player Sean Obi as a graduate transfer, the school announced on Thursday. He didn't play last season due to knee surgury that he underwent last summer. 

Obi began his college career at Rice during the 2013-14 season, and posted 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. After his freshman season at Rice, he transferred to Duke where he had to sit out 2014-15 season, per NCAA rules. In his lone season as a Blue Devil, Obi played in just 10 games and averaged 0.5 points per game. As a graduate transfer, Obi will be eligible to play for Maryland immediately. 

We are excited to welcome Sean to Maryland," said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. "As a graduate transfer, he brings high character, experience and maturity to our team. Sean is a good rebounder and gives us another physical presence inside. Sean is healthy and ready to contribute."

Obi, who is 6-9, could provide Maryland help on the offensive and defensive boards in 2017 after they ranked 300th in the country in defensive rebound percentage. 

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