Three days after the Maryland football team lost to Boston College, 29-26, on the final play of the game, Terrapins Coach Randy Edsall reflected on his decision to call timeout before the Eagles’ decisive field goal attempt and indicated he has not been second-guessing himself.
Boston College place kicker Nate Freese appeared to miss his first 52-yard try, but Edsall called timeout just before the kick. Freese made the second attempt to complete the Eagles’ comeback from 11 points down with 10 minutes 52 seconds left in regulation. The loss stung all the more given it came in the final home game for the seniors and the team’s final game at Byrd Stadium as a member of the ACC.
“In our profession, you make decisions based on what you think is best, and sometimes they’re going to work for you, and sometimes they’re not,” Edsall said during his weekly Tuesday afternoon news conference in College Park. “I had a lot of confidence in our defense that we would be able to get the stop there on third down and have the opportunity to go and try to block a punt. That’s just me believing in our defense and believing in our kids. There at the end of the game, that’s just one of those things you take the timeout to try to ice the guy.”
Maryland had Boston College facing third down and three at the Eagles 27 with 44 seconds to play, but running back Andre Williams broke loose for a 36-yard gain, and after Myles Willis ran for two more yards to the Terrapins 35, Edsall called timeout as Freese was about to kick. That attempt sailed wide left, but the second try split the uprights.
The loss left Maryland at six wins, which has them bowl eligible but not necessarily guaranteed a spot in a bowl game. Ensuring a bowl invitation, players said, starts with Saturday’s game against North Carolina State to close the regular season. It’s also the final time Maryland will be playing a regular season football game as a member of the ACC.
The Terrapins are moving to the Big Ten next season.
“It’s one of those deals where you’re proud of the effort but disappointed with the outcome,” said quarterback C.J. Brown, who threw for 178 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against Boston College. “It was an emotional day, being senior day and the last home game in Byrd in the ACC, just things of that nature. Anytime you lose in that fashion, it’s tough.”