Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College 36, Maryland 30, 5 Things That Matter, What’s Next For 2017?
Boston College cranked up the offense in a shockingly wild 36-30 Quick Lane Bowl win over Maryland. What are the five things that matter, and what’s next in 2017 for both teams?
All those who thought the over/under would come in at 66, raise your hands.
There was absolutely nothing there to suggest that either offense would be able to crank it up, but that’s what they did in a shockingly fun and exciting Quick Lane Bowl.
Could a Boston College team that averaged a second-worst-in-college-football 288 yards per game and just 19 points really crank up 348 yards and come up with several interesting offensive plays? And could that same BC team with a killer defense almost blow a huge lead?
Both teams opened it up a bit, and now we know that It really is possible for BC to be less than miserable offensively under head coach Steve Addazio, and we know that Maryland had it in its arsenal to push the passing game deep if it had to – but it didn’t throughout the season.
But, before declaring the Boston College offense the new Washington State …
It’s not like the Boston College offense was that amazing
There were a few quirks here and there – like the touchdown pass to QB Patrick Towles – but the BC O was surprising mainly because it wasn’t its normal, miserable self. The ground game only averaged 3.4 yards per pop, and Towles completed just 10-of-22 passes for 151 yards. What the Eagles did do was take advantage of every opportunity they got gift-wrapped, and …
It’s going to KILL D.J. Durkin that his Terps screwed up so badly
What was Maryland’s biggest problem in 2015? Turnovers. That was the biggest thing Durkin said had to change after taking over the job, and it worked early on, but turnovers became a problem as the season wore on. The Terps lost three fumbles and gave up a key interception, and committed 11 penalties for 86. Yards. Even so, with all the problems, they were able to fight back late to make it interesting. But expect this to be the theme of the offseason – again. Durkin is going to want this team to be air-tight.
What’s next for Boston College in 2017?
Patrick Towles might be done after coming in from Kentucky and leading BC to a bowl-winning season, and now it’s up to Darius Wade – at least going into spring – to take over as the main man for an attack that showed against Maryland that it can open it up a bit. Jon Hillman leads a terrific-looking group of backs, and all of the top receivers return. The line should be the strength of the O with four starters returning, only losing Jimmy Lowery on the right side.
As always, the defense should be stout, but there’s a little to do with end Kevin Kavalec and tackle Truman Gutapfel done up front, and Matt Milano gone from the linebacking corps. Fortunately, Harold Landry returns at one end, and three starters are back in the secondary, making up for the loss of free safety John Johnson. Leading tackler Connor Strachan is back in the linebacking corps, along with Ty Schwab.
What’s next for Maryland in 2017?
This is supposed to be a rebuilding process, and 2016 was a nice first step. The Terps still have to find a steady quarterback – it’ll be a battle between Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager – and a steady back has to replace Wes Brown – but the line should be good enough to be a major positive with four starters returning. D.J. Moore is back, but most of the other top receivers aren’t.
There’s no one irreplaceable missing – the defense should be better after a rocky year. Leading tacklers Shane Cockerille and Jermaine Carter are back in the linebacking corps, and Darnell Savage is a rising star at free safety. Seven starters return, and all the key backups are back, but Azubuike Ukandu is gone off the nose and Roman Braglio is done on one side.