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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 gets commitment from 2017 North Carolina kicker

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Video: Terps' football coach DJ Durkin throws out first pitch for the O's

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BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

One football coach threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Orioles on Wednesday, and it wasn't John Harbaugh ... nor was it Jay Gruden.

In fact, it was the new head coach of the Terps, DJ Durkin, that impressed the not-so-packed crowd in Baltimore with a ball thrown right down the middle, albeit maybe a little high.

Just to be extra certain not to embarrass himself in front of the home crowd, Durkin was caught taking practice reps behind the scenes.

It's safe to say practice makes perfect.

Rumor has it, if either the Colorado Rockies or Orioles run out of arms late in the game, Durkin could be lurking in the bullpen ready to go.

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Maryland and Rutgers have engaged in "preliminary discussions" to start an annual rivalry football game -- with a trophy on the line -- according to a report Tuesday from NJ.com. The report cites Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs and football coach Chris Ash. 

Rutgers and Maryland both joined the Big Ten East in July 2014 and have played two games against each other since becoming members of the conference. The Scarlet Knights beat the Terrapins in 2014, 41-38. The Terrapins won in 2015, 46-41, in the lone victory under interim head coach Mike Locksley.

The Big Ten is full of trophy games, including Illinois-Northwestern, Iowa-Wisconsin, and Minnesota-Wisconsin.

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