November 13, 2007

Cronan: One of biggest games ever

R.R. Marshall: Peter, everyone was hoping the BC offense could get untracked against a banged up Maryland defense which they did with a 35-point effort. Unfortunately the once stellar Eagle defense was lit up for 42 points and BC fell for the second straight week. What happened?

Peter Cronan: Maryland just hit BC with the big play all night long. The Eagles were victimized by six big plays, five passes over 30 yards and a run over 35 yards. Those big chunks of yardage they allowed were extremely demoralizing, and proved to be their ultimate undoing. Coming into this game BC ranked No. 1 against the rush, giving up only 58 yards a game. They gave up 135 yards to the Terrapins, including a big 37-yard reverse that really sealed the deal. Toss in three sacks, two interceptions including one that resulted in a Maryland possession inside the BC 20-yardline, and five dropped balls and you have a recipe for disaster. It wasn't just one aspect of the game, but rather a collection of inadequacies that piled up over the course of the game that translated into a second consecutive loss for the Eagles.

Talking to our counterparts on the Maryland radio crew they felt it was going to be a long night for the Terps. Their team was a Mash unit, the quarterback position was in turmoil, the offensive line was a patchwork outfit, their best defensive player was hurting, and their top running back was out, so they were expecting a pretty one-sided affair. But no one told Maryland they couldn't win, and say what you want about Ralph Friedgen but his hard-nosed approach rubs off on his players and they played extremely hard. You also don't have to look too hard at the games they lost to notice that they didn't lose by much in several of them, so perhaps their record is a little misleading. I'm sure Boston College has a different opinion about them right now.

RRM: What was the reaction of the players to the loss on the trip home?

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