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David Goricki of The Detroit News breaks down Monday’s Quick Lane Bowl (2:30 p.m., ESPN) between Boston College (6-6) and Maryland (6-6).
Eagles to watch
Harold Landry, DE, Jr.
Landry has been a dominant force for BC, leading the nation with seven forced fumbles while getting in on 15 sacks to earn a share of the top spot in the country.
Landry had a huge performance in a one-sided loss to Florida State, getting in on four tackles for lost yardage, including a pair of sacks while forcing a fumble. He had 4 1/2 tackles for loss and three sacks in the regular-season finale, a 17-14 win over Wake Forest to help make the Eagles bowl eligible.
Patrick Towles, QB, Sr.
Towles came to BC after graduating from Kentucky, where he was a two-year starter, throwing for 5,099 yards and 24 TDs (24 INTs) in his three-year career with the Wildcats.
In his season with the Eagles Towles has thrown for 1,579 yards and 10 TDs with six interceptions, including a season-high 234 yards and two TDs in a win over Buffalo.
Jon Hilliman, RB, Jr.
Hilliman needs to get the running game going for the Eagles. He rushed for 102 yards and a TD in the season opener, but failed to get another 100-yard game. He has to step up and get some yards on the ground so that Towles can get things done in the passing game.
Terrapins to watch
Ty Johnson, RB, So.
Johnson has rushed for 845 yards and four TDs, averaging 8.9 yards per carry, the best per-carry average at Maryland in the last 63 years.
Johnson stepped up and made a difference in the 31-13 victory over Rutgers in the regular season finale to help make the Terrapins bowl eligible. He ran for 168 yards on 11 carries, breaking loose for long gains of 55 and 47 yards.
D.J. Moore, WR, So.
Moore had a productive season, coming up with 38 receptions for 597 yards and six TDs to be the big-play threat.
Moore had 147 receiving yards and two TDs in a 41-14 rout of Florida International in Week 2, and had a TD reception in a 28-17 win over defending Big Ten champ Michigan State.
Perry Hills, QB, Sr.
Hills has completed a Big Ten-leading 66 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,235 yards and 10 TDs against just three interceptions.
Hills was at his best in a two-game stretch against Michigan State (21-of-27, 200 yards, two TDs in 28-17 win) and Indiana (22-of-33, 248 yards, two TDs, 1 INT, 42-36 loss at Indiana).
Facts and figures
Loeffler back at Ford Field
Scot Loeffler has been a man on the move after a stint from 2002-07 at Michigan as quarterbacks coach.
Loeffler spent a year as Lions quarterbacks coach in 2008, then moved on to be quarterbacks coach at Florida in 2009 and ’10, the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Temple (2011), Auburn (2012) and Virginia Tech (2013-15).
Loeffler is now offensive coordinator and QB coach at Boston College, working under head coach Steve Addazio. He also worked under Addazio at Temple.
Eagles’ second trip to Ford Field for bowl game
BC played in the Motor City Bowl at Ford Field in 2002, defeating Toledo, 20-16.
The Eagles’ Motor City bowl win came in the midst of an eight-game bowl winning streak. They haven’t won a bowl game since the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, losing five straight.
Maryland cuts down on turnovers
There’s a good reason the Terrapins are in the Motor City playing in a bowl game. They have cut down on their turnovers.
Last season Maryland QBs led the nation throwing for 29 interceptions. Quarterback Perry Hills has thrown just three interceptions in 162 passes compared to 13 picks in 180 attempts last season.
Something has to give
No doubt, Boston College’s defense is impressive, ranking eighth nationally in total defense (310.6) and seventh in stopping the run (106.9).
Maryland is good at pounding the ball, averaging 205.5 yards on the ground to rank third in the Big Ten and 40th nationally.