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.

Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

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Report: 4 Terps invited to 2016 NBA Draft Combine

Four Maryland Terrapins are among the players who have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and multiple other outlets. Those four are Robert Carter, Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman, and Melo Trimble.

Carter and Stone both chose to forfeit their remaining college eligibility and sign with agents during the draft process, while Layman expended his four years of eligibility at Maryland and signed an agent. That leaves just Trimble with a decision to make after he chose to declare for the draft but chose not yet to hire an agent. 

The Combine takes place May 11-15 in Chicago. Trimble will have 10 days after that, until May 25, to decide whether he will remain in the draft or rescind his name and return to Maryland for his junior season. 

DraftExpress.com currently projects Trimble as the No. 36 overall pick in the draftt, meaning he is slated as a second-round pick.

Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

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Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

Thanks to a commitment from five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.), DJ Durkin has made one of the biggest recruiting splashes in recent program history and he has only been on the job for four months. 

In the immediate wake of the commitment, Maryland commits and coaches (in the fashion still permissable by the NCAA) made their feelings known on Twitter.

Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

Defensive line coach Mike London

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell

Strength coach Rick Court

Four-star DL commit Cam Spence

Four-star QB commit Kasim Hill

Five-star DE, nation's No. 4 player commits to Maryland

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Five-star DE, nation's No. 4 player commits to Maryland

Five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.) has committed to Maryland, he announced via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

Kaindoh, who is ranked as the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country in the class of 2017, is listed at 6-5, 241 pounds.

He is a native of Essex, Md. who played high school football in the state before transferring to IMG.

For a time, 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball had pegged Maryland as the favorite to land Kaindoh. Only days later, he released a list of four schools that were to be his finalists and Maryland was not among them.

Now, he has committed to the Terrapins.

In the first full recruiting cycle under head coach DJ Durkin, Maryland continues to build a class worthy of already being one of the nation’s 25 best.

Kaindoh becomes the first five-star player, according to Rivals.com rankings, and is paired with four-star quarterback Kasim Hill and four-star fellow IMG defensive lineman Cam Spence. The class also includes highly regarded local three-stars Jordan McNair and Ayinde Eley.

Since moving to the Big Ten, beefing up both the offensive and defensive lines has been a priority. With former Virginia head coach Mike London as the team’s defensive line coach, that continues.

Watch highlights of Kaindoh below.