Boston College at Maryland

Boston College beats Maryland 29-26 on final play

AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards to become the 16th player in NCAA history to top 2,000 in a single season, and Nate Freese kicked a second-chance, 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Boston College a 29-26 comeback victory over Maryland on Saturday.

Williams scored two touchdowns and now has 2,073 yards on the ground this year. His 36-yard run in the closing seconds set up Freese's game winner.

Freese was wide left on his first try, but Maryland coach Randy Edsall called a timeout just before the kick. Given a second opportunity, Freese put the ball through the uprights with the wind at his back.

That gave Boston College (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) its fourth straight win.

It was the final ACC home game for the Terrapins, who will move to the Big Ten next season. Maryland (6-5, 2-5) wraps up its ACC schedule next week at North Carolina State.

The Eagles trailed 24-13 before Williams ran 72 yards for a touchdown, a jaunt that moved him over the 2,000-mark. Maryland appeared poised for the clinching score when running back Jacquille Veii lost a fumble at the Boston College 7. Chase Rettig then threw to a wide open Alex Amidon for a 74-yard score to make it 26-24.

But the conversion was blocked, and Maryland's Anthony Nixon took it the distance the other way to tie it with 5:02 left.

Maryland opened the second half with a 70-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass from C. J. Brown to Amba Etta-Tawo for a 17-10 lead. The score came two plays after the Terrapins successfully gambled on a fourth-and-1 at the BC 34.

The Eagles closed to 17-13 late in the third quarter when Freese kicked a 19-yard field goal to end a march that lasted nearly seven minutes. The kick came after Boston College failed to get into the end zone on three runs - two by Williams, one by Rettig - from inside the Maryland 3.

The Terrapins went up by 11 on a 3-yard run by Brown with 10:52 to go. The score came after Bryce Jones mishandled a punt at the BC 33.

Rettig was 1 for 7 for 1 yard and an interception before halftime, but Williams rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown to help Boston College forge a tie.

After Williams had runs of 31 and 30 yards on the opening drive to set up a field goal, Maryland pulled even on its second possession.

Late in the first quarter, Rettig was in shotgun formation when a low snap skipped past him. The quarterback chased down the ball and fumbled upon being tackled by Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who recovered at the BC 1. That set up a touchdown run by Albert Reid for a 10-3 lead.

The Eagles tied it when Williams scored on a 6-yard run after Manuel Aspirilla blocked a punt inside the Maryland 10.

On the ensuing possession, Maryland had a touchdown wiped out by offensive pass interference. Seconds later, Brown was ruled over the line of scrimmage on a completion to the Boston College 1.

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Scoring Summary
BCNate Freese 22 yd FG
MDBrad Craddock 43 yd FG
MDAlbert Reid 1 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)
BCAndre Williams 6 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
MDAmba Etta 33 yd pass from C.J. Brown (Brad Craddock kick)
BCNate Freese 19 yd FG
MDC.J. Brown 3 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)
BCAndre Williams 72 yd run (Nate Freese kick)
BCAlex Amidon 74 yd pass from Chase Rettig (blocked XP)
MDAnthony Nixon returned XP
BCNate Freese 52 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1115
Third Down Efficiency5-142-13
Fourth Down Efficiency0-02-2
Plays-Net Yards55-37465-278
Passing Yds120178
Kick Return Yds70104
Punt Return Yds156
Time of Poss.26:1633:44
Individual Stats
BC: Andre Williams 32-263, Myles Willis 4-9, Chase Rettig 4--18
MD: Brandon Ross 11-44, C.J. Brown 12-22, Jacquille Veii 6-16, Kenneth Goins 1-10, Albert Reid 4-8
BC: Chase Rettig 6-14-120-1, Team 0-1-0-0
MD: C.J. Brown 19-31-178-0
BC: Alex Amidon 2-83, Dan Crimmins 2-15, Mike Naples 1-21, Jake Sinkovec 1-1
MD: Levern Jacobs 7-44, Nigel King 5-42, Amba Etta 4-57, Dave Stinebaugh 1-20, Albert Reid 1-13, Brandon Ross 1-2
Boston College6th Atlantic Coast Atlantic2-67-6
Maryland5th Big Ten East3-66-7

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