DETROIT — Maryland closed out its 2016 football season with a 36-30 loss to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. The Terrapins finished 6-7 in their first season under head coach DJ Durkin.
Maryland rallied from a 36-13 deficit to make it a one-possession game late in the fourth quarter. Four turnovers plus two more turnover on downs and eight sacks allowed ultimately thwarted Maryland’s rally.
There is lot of promise when it comes to the future of Maryland football, especially with the likes of sophomore running back Ty Johnson coming back. Johnson went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season by gaining 159 yards and scoring twice on just 15 carries against Boston College. He finished the season averaging 9.15 yards per carry. Maryland started seven true freshmen throughout the season yet still was able to double its win total from last season.
Here are some highlights of what Durkin had to say after the game:
On the senior class and the future for this team:
Our seniors bought in with blind trust and did a great job. It wasn’t all pretty, obviously, but we’ve got to continue to get better and grow. I think you can definitely see the program headed in the right direction. We’ve got to learn how to not beat ourselves before we go beat someone else.
On fourth-quarter fumble in red zone:
It’s critical. We need to get the ball in the end zone. The ball’s on the half-yard line. You’ve got to get the ball in the end zone, let alone turn it over. A couple of plays before that we’re on the 2-yard line and in a 22-man mosh pit and had a holding penalty called on us. That put us back. Just one thing after another. But for us, two center exchanges. On that fourth-and-1 out on the field, if we don’t fumble that snap, it’s probably a touchdown, that flip play to Kenny (Goins). There was absolutely no one there. He still almost got it after the fumble and all that. But it is what it is. That’s us executing. That’s us executing the center-quarterback exchange, which has been going on since this game began.
On offensive line having tough day but being a young group overall and learning from this game:
They need to. We need to. Got to get better up front. Absolutely, we knew going into the game that BC has a very good front, and they do. They played well and they’ve done that. You watch their games throughout the year and they’ve done that to a lot of teams, but it is what it is. We’ve got to man up and play up there. At times we did that and at times we didn’t. That certainly hurt us.
On Ty Johnson’s big-play ability
He’s done it all year. He’s consistently been a big-play guy for us all year. He does have that ability. He’s a young guy and still learning and getting better. We’re certainly excited about him and a lot of guys at that position moving forward. But you saw it with Ty, he had several in this game. I don’t know what he’ll finish the year at in yards per carry but if it’s not a record it’s got to be up there.
On playing without junior linebacker Shane Cockerille, ruled ineligible before the game:
The great part is that Isaiah Davis went in there and played a great game for us. Isaiah is a young guy who has a bright future. Flies around, plays fast, hits people. He went in there and played an awesome game. That’s what I love. That’s what I want to focus on, Isaiah. Isaiah Davis has a great future with us and this program.
On if he sees this season as a positive on the whole:
There’s plenty of positives to point at but, I don’t know. We go into every game trying to win every game. So, I don’t know. We’re 6-and-7 now, so that’s certainly not what we’re shooting for. There’s a lot of positives. There’s a lot of guys who got better, who played a lot of football for us that were maybe not ready yet to play but we had to play them. The good part moving forward is they have that experience under their belt. There’s certainly a lot to grow from and move forward with our guys, understand our system and how we do things.
Yeah, there are plenty of positives but the end result is not what we want.