Late touchdown ends Terps comeback bid at BC


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.

Former Maryland OL transfers to FCS school, can play immediately


Former Maryland OL transfers to FCS school, can play immediately

Former Maryland offensive lineman Mason Zimmerman will transfer to Stony Brook, the FCS program announced on Thursday. 

Under NCAA rules, players who transfer from the FBS (Maryland) to the FCS (Stony Brook) are not obligated to sit out a season.

"The addition of Mason solidifies our offensive line for the 2016 season," Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said. "He will add a physical presence to our group and allow us to get back to the dominant running game that is needed to compete for championships."

The 6-5, 285 pounds Zimmerman redshirted last season as a freshman at Maryland after coming to the Terrapins as a two-star recruit by in the class of 2015.

Looking at Maryland's roster after Trimble decision, 4-star commitment


Looking at Maryland's roster after Trimble decision, 4-star commitment

The last 24 hours have been pivotal for head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins. 

With the decision by star point guard Melo Trimble to return for his junior season and the commitment of four-star forward Justin Jackson, Maryland has gone from a team likely headed toward a rebuilding season to a team that should have legitimate NCAA tournament aspirations.

How will the depth chart shake out? 

Below is a look, though keep in mind that there is probably a good deal of flexbility at the forward positions. Without the big-time size that Maryland had last season, the Terrapins will likely play small ball in longer stretches, which could mean three-guard sets or traditional small forwards playing at the four.

PG: Melo Trimble, Anthony Cowan, Jaylen Brantley

SG: Dion Wiley, Kevin Huerter

SF: Jared Nickens, Micah Thomas

PF: L.G. Gill, Justin Jackson, Ivan Bender

C: Damonte Dodd, Michal Cekovsky

Total scholarships: 12

Open scholarships: 1


Jackson's commitment is big for Maryland in terms of adding frontcourt scoring and rebounding. He has shown the ability in the past to stretch the defense out toward the perimeter, but will need to develop consistency with it. 

That highlights the importance of Gill, the graduate transfer from Duquesne. After shooting 34.4 percent from three with the Dukes last season, he could be an important pick-and-pop option for Trimble next season. 

Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky will anchor the paint defensively. An offensive step forward from either would greatly benefit the overall scoring distribution, even if that means dunking off of dishes from guards or getting putbacks off of offensive rebounds.

But when it comes down to it, this will be a guard-dominant team and that begins with Trimble. 

He can be used in conjunction with Cowan or Cowan can function as the reliable ball handler Turgeon has been searching for behind Trimble for the past two seasons. Or a little bit of both.

Dion Wiley will have to reacclimate himself after coming back from knee surgery, but figures to be a contributor, then more will be asked of Jared Nickens in his junior season.

Overall, there will be a great deal of flexibility and the remaining open scholarship means Maryland still has options in the spring signing period.

But one thing is clear. The last 24 hours changed Maryland's fortunes for the better.

In wake of Trimble decision, Maryland adds 4-star forward to class


In wake of Trimble decision, Maryland adds 4-star forward to class

Four-star Canadian forward Justin Jackson has committed to Maryland, a source has confirmed to CSN. 

Jon Rothstein of was the first to report the news.

Formerly committed to UNLV, Jackson re-opened his recruitment after a series of coaching changes in Las Vegas. He reportedly took visits to Maryland, Connecticut, and Oregon, but decisions by Oregon standouts Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks brought a run of predictions that Maryland would be the favorite to land his services.


At 6-7, 210 pounds, Jackson fills a major need in the frontcourt for the Terrapins, who are losing Jake Layman, Robert Carter, Jr., and Diamond Stone to the 2016 NBA Draft.

It is the second bit of major news in 24 hours for Maryland after the Terrapins learned that star point guard Melo Trimble would return to Maryland for his junior season. Jackson's presence now gives the Terrapins more to work with in a frontcourt that was thinned significantly by those pro departures.

Watch his highlights below.