COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Andre Williams had already done his part, rushing for 263 yards to become the 16th player in NCAA history to top 2,000 in a single season.
Now it was up to Boston College senior kicker Nate Freese to deliver a victory over Maryland. With the score tied and two seconds left in the fourth quarter, Freese was called upon to kick a 52-yard field goal.
He missed — for the first time all year. But Maryland coach Randy Edsall requested a timeout an instant before the kick.
‘‘I knew either the ref blew a whistle or they called timeout or something happened,’’ Freese said. ‘‘Going into that re-kick, I was a lot more confident.’’
The second try went right through the uprights as time expired to provide the Eagles with a 29-26 win. As soon as the officials raised their arms, the Boston College players stormed the field to celebrate their fourth straight win.
Turns out, the timeout designed to freeze Freese actually warmed him up to the task.
‘‘I was just calm, trying to get a little better judgment of the wind,’’ the kicker said. ‘‘It was kind of going from my right to left. Being out there a little longer, I got a little better feel for it.’’
Boston College coach Steve Addazio said, ‘‘I didn’t know what to think on the first one. But when I saw that they called a timeout and he missed, I said to myself, ‘He’s going to get this one now.’ He’s a real confident guy.’’
Williams now has 2,073 yards on the ground this year. His second touchdown got the Eagles (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to 24-20 with 10:33 left, and his 36-yard run in the closing seconds set up Freese’s game winner.
‘‘Let’s let our best players go win it in the end, that’s our strength,’’ Addazio said. ‘‘Nate Freese is one of our strengths, and one of our strengths stood up as a senior and won it in the end.’’
Edsall, meanwhile, could only shrug his shoulders over the ill-timed timeout.
‘‘Obviously, I shouldn’t have taken the timeout. He missed it,’’ Edsall said. ‘‘But it’s just one of those things that you feel you’re doing something to put a little more doubt in the guy’s head. I made a decision, it just didn’t work out.’’
It was the final ACC home game for the Terrapins (6-5, 2-5), who shift to the Big Ten in 2014. Maryland wraps up its ACC schedule next week at North Carolina State.
The Eagles trailed 24-13 before Williams ran 72 yards for a touchdown, a jaunt that moved him over the 2,000-mark. Maryland appeared poised for the clinching score when running back Jacquille Veii lost a fumble at the Boston College 7. Chase Rettig then threw to a wide open Alex Amidon for a 74-yard score to make it 26-24.
But the conversion was blocked, and Maryland’s Anthony Nixon took it the distance the other way to tie it with 5:02 left.
That set the stage for the wild ending.
Williams limped off the field several times, the last time after his 36-yarder in the closing seconds. He finished with 32 carries and some very sore muscles.
‘‘I know he’s pretty banged up,’’ Addazio said. ‘‘He took a lot of shots in there like he does each week, and they’re cumulative. I got a feeling that we’re going to have a pretty beat-up guy here come (Sunday).’’
Maryland opened the second half with a 70-yard drive capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass from C. J. Brown to Amba Etta-Tawo for a 17-10 lead. The score came two plays after the Terrapins successfully gambled on a fourth-and-1 at the BC 34.
The Eagles closed to 17-13 late in the third quarter when Freese kicked a 19-yard field goal to end a march that lasted nearly seven minutes. The kick came after Boston College failed to get into the end zone on three runs — two by Williams, one by Rettig — from inside the Maryland 3.
The Terrapins went up by 11 on a 3-yard run by Brown with 10:52 to go, a score set up by Bryce Jones fumbling a punt at the BC 33.
Rettig was 1 for 7 for 1 yard and an interception before halftime, but Williams rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown to help Boston College forge a tie.
After Williams had runs of 31 and 30 yards on the opening drive to set up a field goal, Maryland pulled even on its second possession.
Late in the first quarter, Rettig was in shotgun formation when a low snap skipped past him. The quarterback chased down the ball and fumbled upon being tackled by Maryland linebacker Marcus Whitfield, who recovered at the BC 1. That set up a touchdown run by Albert Reid for a 10-3 lead.
The Eagles tied it when Williams scored on a 6-yard run after Manuel Aspirilla blocked a punt inside the Maryland 10.