Maryland is still without a bowl victory since 2010.
DJ Durkin’s first season ended in bowl eligibility, but it didn’t end in a postseason win, the Terps falling to Boston College, 36-30, in Monday’s Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.
Maryland turned the ball over four times but hit enough home-run plays to make this one very competitive.
The Terps got a pair of long touchdown runs from Ty Johnson in the first half — scoring scampers of 62 and 30 yards — but trailed the Eagles 29-13 at the break and 36-13 after the Eagles picked up a Perry Hills fumble for a touchdown on the fifth play of the third quarter.
But two more huge scoring plays got Maryland right back in it. After Boston College’s fumble-recovery touchdown, Hills hit Teldrick Morgan for a 63-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the drive. And after a Boston College three and out, Hills found Levern Jacobs for a 52-yard touchdown pass on the second play of that drive to make it 36-27.
Not five minutes into the second half, the two teams combined for just 13 plays but three touchdowns.
The squads swapped unsuccessful possessions from there, punting often before the Eagles missed a field goal at the start of the fourth quarter. Then football madness took over. The Terps turned the ball over on downs, only to get the ball back three plays later on an interception, taking over at Boston College’s 17-yard line. Maryland got to first and goal at the two-yard line, only to push itself back with penalties. Many plays later, the Terps were back on the doorstep, but Hills fumbled the ball away. Three plays later, though, in the shadow of their own goalposts, the Eagles fumbled the ball right back to the Terps.
But gifted a second chance at a goal-line score, Hills threw three straight incompletions, and Maryland settled for a field goal to make it a six-point game. The Terps had one more possession in the final minutes, but Hills threw three straight incompletions and was sacked on fourth down to end the game.
Despite the bevy of turnovers, Maryland’s offense found relative success against one of the country’s top-10 defenses. The Terps scored 30 points and racked up 357 total yards, though only 128 of them came on the ground. Hills completed just 15 of his 35 passing attempts for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Johnson rushed 15 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hills, though, accounted for minus 41 rushing yards.
Maryland finished Durkin’s first season as head coach with a 6-7 record. The Terps haven’t won a bowl game since Ralph Friedgen’s final season at the helm of program, a victory in the 2010 Military Bowl.