COLLEGE PARK, Md. Da'Rel Scott ran for 197 yards in his first college start, and Maryland used three quarterbacks in an attempt to generate some offense in a lackluster 14-7 win over Delaware on Saturday.
The Terrapins missed three field goals and had trouble pulling away from Delaware, which has 14 starters back from the team that last year advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
Jordan Steffy started at quarterback for the Terrapins, but after going 10-for-18 with two interceptions, the fifth-year senior was replaced in the fourth quarter by Chris Turner (1-for-3, 11 yards). Josh Portis also played the position, running four times for 10 yards.
The Maryland touchdowns came on a 12-yard reverse by Darrius Heyward-Bey in the second quarter and on a 14-yard run by Davin Meggett in the third quarter.
Boston College 21,
Kent State 0
Quarterback Chris Crane, who waited four years for his chance to run the offense, ran for two touchdowns to lead Boston College to a 21-0 season-opening win over Kent State on Saturday night.
Making just his second career start, Crane, a fifth-year senior who spent last season sitting behind former BC star and Atlanta Falcons starter Matt Ryan, completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards. He scored on a 10-yard run in the first quarter, a 6-yarder early in the fourth to make it 21-0 and kept his mistakes to a minimum while directing BC's ground-heavy attack.
Boston College took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and then turned things over to its veteran defense, which didn't allow the Golden Flashes inside its 45 until the fourth quarter and posted its first shutout since 2006.
The Eagles' chances of repeating as champions of the ACC's Atlantic division this season will rest on the shoulders – and perhaps legs – of Crane. Crane completed just two passes as Ryan's backup last season.
But other than missing a wide-open Rich Gunnell down the sideline on what would have been an easy touchdown in the third quarter, Crane made all the plays.
Jeff Smith scored on a 42-yard run in the first half for the Eagles, who will open conference play next week against Georgia Tech.
Kent State's Eugene Jarvis, the nation's leading returning rusher from last season, finished with 51 yards.