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Boston College uses big plays to score 29 points in first half of Quick Lane Bowl. Yes, THAT Boston College

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Things may have gotten off to a rusty start in the Quick Lane Bowl, but Maryland and Boston College started heating things up a bit in the second quarter to set the stage for what could be an entertaining second half in Detroit. Boston College’s defense has set the tone and allowed the Eagles from the ACC to get a good lead on the Terrapins from the Big Ten, but big plays on the ground have allowed Maryland to chip away. At halftime in the Quick Lane Bowl, Boston College leads Maryland, 29-13. Boston College has not scored 29 points in a game against a Power Five opponent since 2014, and they just did it in the first half of this afternoon’s Quick Lane Bowl.

Boston College running back Jon Hilliman punched in a touchdown from the goal line in the first quarter, but Boston College missed the extra point attempt. The Eagles extended their lead to 16-0 in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Patrick Towles to a wide open Tommy Sweeney and a field goal. Until that point, Maryland could do almost nothing on offense against Boston College’s stingy defense. Maryland running back Ty Johnson finally found a path to break a long touchdown run to get the Terrapins on the board, running 62 yards to the house to cut the Boston College lead to 16-7. Boston College responded with some big plays of its own, including a reverse that saw Jeff Smith toss a touchdown pass to quarterback Patrick Towles to regain the 16-point advantage.

On Maryland’s ensuing possession, Johnson struck gold once more with a 30-yard run up the middle of the defense, trimming the Boston College lead to 10. Then, rather than kick the extra point, Boston College chose to chase the points and run a two-point conversion play that was pretty horrible in execution, not to mention the timing.

We’ll see if that one point comes back to haunt Maryland in the second half. They’ll have a lot of work to do in order to make that relevant.

Towles went deep to Michael Walker for a 49-yard touchdown in the final minute, taking advantage of a late offensive possession. The Eagles got the ball off a Maryland punt at their 30-yard line and two plays later were boosting their lead to 29-13 (missing the extra point for a second time).

Trey Edmunds leaving Hokies to finish career with Terps

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Thanks in large part to injuries, Trey Edmunds‘ career at Virginia Tech stalled after a promising start.  Moving forward, Edmunds is hoping that a new environment can help jumpstart it again.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Edmunds will be transferring from Tech to Maryland to continue his collegiate playing career.  As the running back has already graduated, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2016 for the Terps.

The Sun adds that the transfer should be made official Monday, even as his father made it official Wednesday night.

“He graduated last semester and he said he wanted to move on and try something different,” Ferrell Edmunds, who played his college football at Maryland, told insidevtsports.com. “I’m always supportive of him.”

In 2013 as a redshirt freshman, Edmunds led the Hokies in rushing yards (675) and rushing touchdowns (10).  Over the next two years, including a 2014 season that was essentially cut in half by a shoulder injury, he combined to rush for 282 yards and score three touchdowns.

The Terps could certainly use Edmunds in the backfield as they lost their leading rusher, Brandon Ross (958 yards), to graduation.  Their leading returning rusher at the running back position is rising freshman Ty Johnson, who was fourth on the team in 2015 with 250 yards on the ground.