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After Multiple Failures in 2009, Terps Start 2010 With a ‘Finish’

Posted on 06 September 2010 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE — After finishing the 2009 campaign with a dismal 2-10 record, Maryland Terrapins football coach Ralph Friedgen had just two areas of focus for his team in the offseason.

“Hold on to the football” said Friedgen, “and finish.”

When the Terps opened their 2010 campaign against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium Monday, Friedgen certainly got one of his wishes.

The Midshipmen outgained the Terrapins offensively by a count of 485 yards to 272. The Mids ran 82 offensive plays to the Terps’ 39. Navy picked up 26 first downs while Maryland finished with just 11.

Yet in the end, the final score read Maryland 17, Navy 14.

When the game was over, Friedgen made a statement that would be hard for any Maryland fan to disagree with. He said, “Last year, we probably wouldn’t have won this game.”

There’s little doubt about that. Five of Maryland’s 10 losses last season were by one possession (Middle Tennessee State, @Duke, @NC State, @Florida State, Boston College). Games against Rutgers and Virginia in College Park also involved one-possession differences into the 4th quarter.

Had Maryland been able to “finish” those games, the entire season would have been different.

After going ahead 17-14 on a Travis Baltz field goal with 7:50 to play in the game, Maryland needed to come up with one more defensive stop to “finish” the Midshipmen. Just three plays into the Navy drive, Maryland had Navy backed up into a 3rd and 8 situation. The Terps looked like they had come up with the necessary stop when linebackers Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak bottled up Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs (a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate) for a two-yard gain. Unfortunately, the stop came after an inadvertent facemask committed by Moten, moving Navy to their own 49 yard line.

Clearly, the penalty swung momentum in Navy’s favor. The Midshipmen proceeded to march downfield, where they faced 4th and goal from the 1-yard line with 37 seconds to play. Coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to go for the winning touchdown instead of attempting a field goal to send the game to overtime. Maryland S Kenny Tate kept Dobbs out of the end zone, finishing off a victory for the Terps.

Coach Niumatalolo’s thoughts after the game? “You have to find a way to finish.”

Maryland didn’t prove much about what type of football team they’d be in 2010 with their win over Navy. The gave up a ton of yards defensively and finished the game with more questions than answers offensively, including a potential QB controversy after Friedgen benched starter Jamarr Robinson for redshirt freshman Danny O’Brien briefly in the second half. They didn’t get the ball to their most dangerous playmaker (Torrey Smith) until after halftime, and Friedgen’s clock management late in the fourth quarter left something to be desired.

Yet, despite all of the struggles and despite facing adversity in the most important moments of the game, Maryland figured out a way to “finish.”

It is unlikely that this Maryland football team will play too many games before or during ACC play in 2010 where they will build a comfortable lead and just have to hang on. It is much more likely, given the level of competition, that to win football games, they will have to fight and scratch throughout. In fact, it is entirely likely that they will play more games where they are outgained, out-coached or outperformed, yet somehow manage to find themselves hanging close in the fourth quarter.

It happened nine times in 2009. The Terps managed to win just two of those games.

To start 2010, they now know they are capable of winning more.

RB Davin Meggett (who lead the team with 105 rushing yards and added a touchdown) told reporters after the game that coming up with that type of finish was “vastly important.” “We now know we can do it,” added Meggett, “I’m pretty sure (Coach Friedgen) is going to expect this from us. We’re going to do our absolute best to finish games now.”

When Maryland used a miraculous 4th down conversion from RB Lance Ball to beat Navy 23-20 in 2005, they could have well said the same things about learning how to finish games. But the Terps were just 1-3 after that point in games decided by one possession, including a loss the following week to Clemson. For the lesson they got in finishing on Monday to mean anything, they’ll have to prove that they truly are capable of winning those types of games.

If they do, things could be much more interesting at Byrd Stadium this season than some analysts have expected.

If they don’t, things could be much more similar to 2005, when the Terps finished the season 5-6 and failed to gain bowl eligibility.

It will depend on how they “finish.” Thanks to their finish Monday, they’re 1-0 when many fans and analysts alike thought they’d be 0-1.

That’s not a bad start.

-G

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 28 June 2010 by Glenn Clark

Happy Monday!

It’s a Happy Monday for me because after a weekend in Ocean City, I spent the evening literally BATHING in aloe vera. I’m not kidding, I think I looked like Justin Bartha in “The Hangover”…

justinbartha

The thing is, it doesn’t hurt until you’re sober.

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

1. The AP’s David Ginsburg says Miguel Tejada singled home winning run to lift O’s to sweep of Nationals

I didn’t think it was possible.

I especially didn’t think it was possible after Julio Lugo doubled with one out in the 8th and then proceded to get picked off 2nd base by Wil Nieves.

Shows what I know.

I’m well aware that it was the Nats, but it’s still a sweep. Around here, that’s almost as good as winning the World Series.

It’s been particularly nice to see the Birds put together some rallies and come back from early deficits in these games-but it would be nicer to see starting pitchers be a bit more effective. We’ll get back to that.

2. The AP/WNST.net provide numerical evidence of sweep

Jeremy Guthrie wasn’t bad yesterday. 6 innings, 3 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He certainly wasn’t GREAT, but he wasn’t bad. Compared to some of the other starting efforts we’ve seen at Camden Yards recently, it was really good.

Only Tejada had two hits amongst Orioles players yesterday, but that’s all that was needed. Maybe these guys are hitting better because Nick Markakis called them out publicly. Maybe they’re hitting better because they know the July 31 trade deadline is coming up and this is their chance to get out of Charm City.

I don’t really care why they’re hitting better. I just want them to keep doing it.

3. WNST.net’s Luke Jones says Buck Showalter told ESPN Orioles have ‘some great pieces’

Yeah…like Markakis…and….ummm….Adam Jones for a week?

Clearly having watched the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks win World Series titles AFTER he left has made Showalter badly want another MLB gig. Of course, if he thinks he’s going to reach that level under Peter Angelos, he’ll probably be disappointed.

You know who DOES have some great pieces? Zaira Nara. (Thanks Guyism/Remix Magazine!)

zaira

4. MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says Andy MacPhail finally cut ties, DFA’ed Garrett Atkins

I’m trying to figure out the right way to say this. Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts were here before MacPhail got here. Adam Jones has been marginally successful. Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta all look like they’re talented but haven’t necessarily shown it yet.

As far as a “face” of the MacPhail era is concerned, umm….Atkins is about as good a choice as any.

This was a failure from Day 1. It represented the fact that the team decided to sign a lesser player instead of going out and actually signing a real impact player. That’s the real impact of the MacPhail era.

Maybe the marketing folks at the Warehouse should put together a “Mt. Rushmore”-type photo of Atkins, Rich Hill, Adam Eaton and Koji Uehara (who returned with the Atkins DFA). Could be a hot seller this Christmas. If I was better at Photoshop, I’d do it for them.

5. The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Felix Pie 2-4 with RBI, two runs for Frederick Keys on farm

Me, I’d put Felix Pie on the “Mt. Rushmore”, but someone would try to convince me that his 8 hits earlier this season mean he’s a good player. If Jake Fox was an offseason acquisition, he’d make it for sure. In the meantime, a few more things before we move on from the Orioles…

-Congratulations to our “Apologist of the Morning”, as selected by “The Great Arbitrator” Drew Forrester. “Heath” from Dempsey’s Army is no stranger to the AOTM-but this morning he received the award for citing Fangraphs in opining that Juan Samuel was wrong for trying to have Matt Wieters bunt last week. I don’t often credit Drew for being funny, but labeling a group of people as “Fangraph-sexuals” was pretty damn humorous.

-The Orioles are off today, but return to action tomorrow night opening a 3 game series against the Oakland Athletics at OPACY. Matusz, Kevin Millwood and Arrieta take the hill for the Orioles; Dallas Braden, Ben Sheets and Trevor Cahill go for the A’s.

-Thanks to Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus for joining us this morning on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570 WNST to talk some baseball. If you missed it, head over to the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault today to check it out. Other guests this morning were SI’s Jon Wertheim (live from Wimbledon) and UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi (who went around the World Cup). It’s all up in the Audio Vault.

6. National Football Post’s Matt Bowen says Ravens without Ed Reed would be like Pittsburgh Steelers without Polamalu

As a commenter eloquently scribed after Bowen’s piece (why do all of the good commenters post at NFP?), the Ed Reed situation really IS the “elephant in the room.”

If the Ravens are going to be Super Bowl contenders (and I believe they will be), it is hard to imagine them doing it with Dawan Landry and Ken Hamlin at safety. They need Reed to be some sort of difference maker in the secondary.

My assumption remains that Ed does intend to come back, and will sit out the majority of Training Camp-part for health reasons and part because he probably doesn’t have that much interest in spending his August sweating it out in Westminster.

We know Ed WANTS to return. It SEEMS like he’ll be healthy enough to return. Now we just need to keep our fingers crossed that he IS.

7. BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink says new LB coaches Dean Pees, Ted Monachino making impact in offseason

Maybe so, but even the Arizona State connection couldn’t help Monachino get Terrell Suggs to Owings Mills this offseason.

You know who’s REALLY made an impact this offseason? Wendy Braga. (Thanks Don Chavez/Busted Coverage!)

wendy

8. D1scourse’s Patrick Stevens has Maryland 68th in offseason college football rankings

Boy.

I have had a bad feeling about this Terrapins club since the end of last season.

I know that luck played a role in 2-10 last season. I know that they lost close games throughout the season, and certainly had a chance to beat the likes of Middle Tennessee State, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, etc. That being said, they still have a real lack of talent at crucial spots (namely O-Line and D-Line), and Jamarr Robinson is unproven at best under center.

There is talent on this team. A team with as many decent running backs (Da’Rel Scott, Davin Meggett, Caleb Porzel, D.J. Adams, Gary Douglas) and WR’s (Torrey Smith, Emani Lee-Odai, Tony Logan, Quintin McCree, LaQuan Williams, Ronnie Tyler, Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Kerry Boykins) as Maryland does, they should really be better offensively.

If this IS Ralph Friedgen’s last season in College Park-it COULD be a long one.

9. Testudo Times’ Ben Broman says Eric Hayes will join Washington Wizards’ Summer League roster, Landon Milbourne joins Atlanta Hawks’ Summer League roster

And as I passed along yesterday via Twitter (follow us @WNST), Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes will join Greivis Vasquez with the Memphis Grizzlies’ Summer League team in Las Vegas. I should also know about Jermaine Dixon (who graduated at Pitt but is from Baltimore and is the younger brother of Juan Dixon) and his NBA future later today.

I will obviously be rooting for all of these guys this summer, but understand it will be a longshot for any of them to end up on a roster (other than Vasquez of course). The one thing that could help Hayes or Holmes is if their respective squads just simply want a player who can come off the bench and provide deadly accuracy from beyond the arc. I don’t know how those guys would do defending NBA guards, but I certainly know they can shoot against anyone.

And geez-the ‘Zards have Quinton Ross and James Singleton on their roster. You mean to tell me Eric Hayes isn’t better than THEM?

10. The AP’s Samuel Petrequin says Michael Phelps received ‘wakeup call’ at Paris Open meet

I’d personally prefer my own wake-up call in France to come from Emanuelle Chriqui from “Entourage” (Thanks Barstool Sports!)…

chriqui

And finally, I leave you with this.

I know that Team USA’s loss to Ghana in South Africa really limits the excitement fans have about soccer; but I’ll pass along these YouTube clips anyway for the 4 or 5 of you who haven’t already seen them.

Here’s the epic “world reaction” to Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria. ABC used it in the setup for the Ghana match…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbn3rOPmR9w[/youtube]

Now here’s Andres Cantor calling the Donovan goal…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__vpoPMOKfg[/youtube]

Is the awesome Andres Cantor GEICO commercial available on YouTube yet? I could really use it.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Auto Racing: NASCAR Aaron’s 499 (Sunday 1pm from Talladega live on FOX), IndyCar Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 (Saturday 1:30pm from Kansas City, KS live on ABC); Golf: PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (Friday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel, Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on CBS. All golf from Savannah, GA)

10. Jakob Dylan (Thursday 7pm Rams Head Live, Friday 7pm 9:30 Club), Citizen Cope (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live), Ben Harper (Tuesday 6pm Pier Six Pavilion), Towson University Tigerfest: N.E.R.D. (Saturday 4pm Burdick Field), UMBC Quadmania: Wale (Wednesday 8pm UMBC Ballroom), Johns Hopkins Spring Fair: State Radio (Friday 6pm JHU Lacrosse Practice Field), Loyolapalooza: Eric Hutchinson (Sunday 6pm Loyola University), Ozomatli (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club), Widespread Panic (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Warner Theatre), Elvis Costello (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre), Phoenix (Monday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall), Earth Day Climate Rally feat. Sting, Robert Randolph, John Legend & The Roots (Sunday 11am National Mall), Avatar available on DVD & Blu-Ray (Thursday), AC/DC “Iron Man 2 Soundtrack” available in stores & online (Tuesday), Brewfest (Saturday 1pm Broadway Square Fells Point)

OH MY GOD I LOVE EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST.

We could be here for awhile. Jakob Dylan was once an ass to me when I made my infamous “If I was Bob Dylan’s son I wouldn’t do ANYTHING. When people asked me what I did for a living I’d say I was Bob Dylan’s son” joke not knowing he was standing behind me at the 9:30 Club. No matter, because he was the guy that did THIS….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCRmjTM3CXE[/youtube]

Unless you’re listening to Citizen Cope, Citizen Cope is better than what you’re listening to.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAuQmJzt_q0[/youtube]

Ben Harper helped me learn how to be cool. It’s a shame I didn’t harness those lessons…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2dpfLRggcA[/youtube]

N.E.R.D. and Wale are amazing, but I’ve posted plenty of videos of them recently. State Radio is a band that you may have once known as Dispatch…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMD5Pptc-JQ[/youtube]

I’ll skip a few more so I can remind everyone that Phoenix has one of the best songs of the year…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RulP4OXxFbM[/youtube]

The combination of AC/DC and Tony Start is enough to make my pants shrink…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCIedbluZjA[/youtube]

And while you’re at Brewfest, enjoy Flying Dog’s Woody Creek White. I’d do the same if I was available…

woodycreekwhite

9. NBA Playoffs: Lakers/Thunder (Tuesday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on TNT, Thursday 9:30pm from Oklahoma City live on TNT, Saturday 9:30pm from Oklahoma City live on ESPN); Mavericks/Spurs (Wednesday 9:30pm from Dallas live on TNT, Friday 9:30pm from San Antonio live on ESPN, Sunday 7pm from San Antonio live on TNT); Suns/Trailblazers (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on NBA TV, Thursday 10pm from Portland live on NBA TV, Saturday 4:30pm from Portland live on TNT); Nuggets/Jazz (Friday 10:30pm from Salt Lake City live on ESPN2, Sunday 9:30pm from Salt Lake City live on TNT); Cavaliers/Bulls (Thursday 7pm from Chicago live on TNT, Sunday 3:30pm from Chicago live on ABC); Magic/Bobcats (Wednesday 7pm from Orlando live on TNT, Saturday 2pm from Charlotte live on TNT); Hawks/Bucks (Tuesday 7pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV, Saturday 7pm from Milwaukee live on ESPN); Celtics/Heat (Tuesday 8pm from Boston live on TNT, Friday 7pm from Miami live on ESPN, Sunday 1pm from Miami live on ABC)

Because the NBA is only worth watching for the dunks, here are the Top 10 Dunks of the NBA season. You may be thinking “Glenn, are you really even trying here?” And I’d respond “Stop being so mean to me mom….”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzgCfNYFaFM[/youtube]

8. Mixed Martial Arts-WEC: Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber (Saturday 10pm from Sacramento live on Pay-Per-View); Boxing-Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler (Saturday 9pm from Herning, Denmark live on Showtime)

It’s good there’s a major MMA event in Sacramento Saturday night. I’ve never been to Sacramento myself; but if I am to believe what The Rock says (and I always have), I would imagine this might be the highlight of the year…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G8u1ErQTO0[/youtube]

7. Maryland Hunt Cup (Saturday 4pm Worthington Valley)

If you’re still lamenting the loss of bringing your own alcohol to the Pimlico infield on Preakness Saturday, this might be a more than adequate replacement. “The Luckiest Dang Gal on the Face of the Planet” and her friends attend this event annually, and when I see them later in the evening the average greeting is something like…

“Hey! You’re…………hey! I don’t have any socks. Is this a house? It might be snowing. Hey!”

This seems like a simple equation to me.

Girls in sundresses
sundress

+a little liquid courage
bourbon

+jockeys being thrown off horses as they jump over fences

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLEP5dI8DE4[/youtube]

=awesome frickin’ time!

6. NHL Playoffs: Capitals @ Canadiens Game 4 (Wednesday 7pm from Montreal live on Comcast SportsNet), Canadiens @ Capitals Game 5 (Friday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & VERSUS), Capitals @ Canadiens Game 6 if necessary (Monday 7pm from Montreal live on Comcast SportsNet & VERSUS)

I don’t really like the Caps, and I don’t really like Canada. But you know what I do like?

YOUPPI!!!!

youppi

I had to consult Google just to even be reminded that the team in Washington even HAD a mascot. Sorry gang, Les Habs > Les Caps.

5. College Football: Maryland Red/White Spring Game (Saturday 3:30pm Byrd Stadium); Navy Blue/Gold Spring Game (Friday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)

My pick for the “Josh Portis Honorary Spring Game MVP”? Davin Meggett.

My pick for better way to spend a Saturday that with co-eds in sundresses watching college football in College Park? Heh. Good luck.

4. WWE Extreme Rules (Sunday 8pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on Pay-Per-View)

WWE.com recently named the “Hollywood Backlot Brawl” between Goldust and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the most bizarre match in wrestling history. I have no problem with this personally, but some wrestling fans think they’re forgetting the infamous “Gravy Bowl Match” between Stacy Keibler and Trish Stratus…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Uk5VyZ2ZU[/youtube]

Apparently some people don’t know the difference between “bizarre” and “sexy”.

3. College Lacrosse-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. North Carolina (Friday 7:30pm Byrd Stadium), Duke vs. Virginia (Friday 5pm Byrd Stadium), Championship Game (Sunday 3:30pm from Byrd Stadium live on Raycom Sports-WNUV54 in Baltimore); Loyola @ Hobart (Saturday 1pm from Geneva, NY live on AM1570 WNST); Johns Hopkins @ Navy (Saturday 1pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS College Sports); Penn State @ Towson (Saturday 12pm from Unitas Stadium live on WMAR2 & ESPNU); CAC Tournament: Stevenson vs. St. Mary’s (Wednesday 4pm Caves Athletic Complex) Championship Game Saturday Teams/Location/Time TBA

I can’t remember a Navy-Hopkins game where both teams came in more desperate for a win. I don’t like admitting this, but I’m pulling for the Blue Jays to win-as I can’t fathom the NCAA Tournament without them.

There are plenty of things I don’t like admitting.

For example, I sure as hell don’t like admitting that I sorta like the version of “Gives You Hell” they did on Glee last week.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJybKHm5mxY[/youtube]

2. 2010 NFL Schedule Release (Tuesday 7pm live coverage on AM1570 WNST, WNST.net & NFL Network)

I love everything about this. On Wednesday morning, we’ll be projecting how the Ravens will do despite the fact that we’re nearly 5 months away from playing game that matter. Once again, NFL > anything ever (you know, OTHER than the NCAA Basketball Tournament).

Also, I’m pretty sure they’re going to announce the cover for Madden 2011 this week. It’s going to be Drew Brees in a runaway, which only means they never got my suggestion…

kyle

(Edit from GMC: Oh Kyle, we’ll never get over you.)

1. NFL Draft (Thursday 7:30pm, Friday 6pm, Saturday 10am. Coverage on AM1570 WNST & WNST.net, ESPN & NFL Network. Draft from New York.)

Yeah, but when was the last time a 1st Round pick REALLY made that much of a difference???

Oh right.

I don’t know who the Ravens are going to take in the 1st Round, but I know this much. It will be a better pick than this one EVER would have been…

lawrence

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Terps lose a heartbreaker in Tallahassee, 29-26

Posted on 21 November 2009 by Luke Jones

Today’s meeting with Florida State was set up to be a complete disaster for Maryland.

It was Senior Day and Mickey Andrews’ last game in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were fired up to wear their horrendous new alternate uniforms. An inexperienced quarterback was making his first start on the road (second overall) for a 2-8 team with nothing to play for nearing the end of a miserable season. You would be hard-pressed finding a single Terps fan who believed Maryland had much of a chance in this one.

It looked like it’d be a blowout.

Instead, the Terps gave one of their more impressive efforts of the year.

And still lost a heartbreaker.

The 29-26 loss is unquestionably disappointing after having the lead inside the final minute, but it was a gutsy effort from which the Terps can take some positives.

Jamarr Robinson played as well as you could possibly expect, completing 20 of 27 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown pass to Adrian Cannon. The young quarterback looked more confident throwing the ball, displaying a very strong arm, and did not wilt under the pressure of the Tallahassee crowd.

With Chris Turner’s college career wrapping up next week, Robinson’s performance provides hope for spring practice when he’ll compete with highly-touted freshman Danny O’Brien for the starting job in 2010.

The running game was revitalized with the return of Da’Rel Scott. After missing five games with a broken wrist, the junior returned to rush for 83 yards on 19 carries. Davin Meggett added two touchdown runs and 59 yards, as the Terps rushed for a season-high 196 yards. An offensive line filled with underwhelming talent played as well as it had all season long.

The defense was opportunistic, and at times downright aggressive, picking off three passes from Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel. Alex Wujciak’s interception and 82-yard return late in the first half led to a Terrapins touchdown and completely changed the complexion of the game, narrowing the score to 14-13 at halftime.

But when it really counted, the Terps couldn’t get it done.

Following a Cameron Chism interception with 3:26 remaining, the Maryland offense needed one or two first downs to seal an improbable road victory against the Seminoles. Instead the Terps went three-and-out.

Needing good punt coverage—or to at least punt the ball out-of-bounds—the Terps surrendered a 48-yard return by Nick Reid, setting up Florida State at the Maryland 44 with 2:31 remaining.

And needing to make one more big play, the defense allowed Florida State to score with little resistance. A Lonnie Pryor 3-yard push into the end zone with 32 seconds remaining gave the Seminoles the 29-26 victory.

These Maryland players—kids—have had a very difficult season and were hungry for a victory. And, today, they played like it.

Ultimately, this 2-9 football team played as well as it had all season long and still lost on the road to a .500 opponent.  It’s an effort to be proud of considering the current season and state of the program, but it simply wasn’t good enough.

Just like it hasn’t been all year.

Check out the box score here and the live blog below.

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3:13 p.m. — Is this loss disappointing? Absolutely.

Should you be proud of the effort? No question.

There are no moral victories, but if you told me the Terps would be leading late in the fourth quarter and come up painfully short against Florida State, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Back a little later with my post-game thoughts.

3:11 p.m. — Robinson cannot find anyone rolling out to the right and has to throw it away.

Fourth-and-10 for the Terps.

Robinson completes to Cannon and after a series of laterals, this one painfully comes to an end.

Maryland loses a heartbreaker, 29-26.

3:09 p.m. — Robinson throws high to Cannon who was open on the play. 0:15 to go now.

3:08 p.m. — Patrick Robinson with another great defensive play.

It’s not looking good for the Turtles.

3:06 p.m. — Bobby Bowden wouldn’t be dumb enough to kick to Torrey Smith here would he?

He was, but Smith with too much east-west running there.

Only 0:25 remaining and the Terps are at their own 25.

3:05 p.m. — The call is confirmed and Maryland trails, 29-26, with 0:32 remaining.

Heartbreaking.

3:03 p.m. — Pryor scores with 0:32 remaining in the game.

After the defense made big plays all day long, it cannot get it done after the big return.

3:01 p.m. — Manuel takes it all the way to the 10. On the next play, he completes to Easterling down to the 4.

Can the D make one more big play?

3:00 p.m. — You simply cannot allow that to happen. Reid with the huge return to the Maryland 45.

2:58 p.m. — Facing a big 3rd-and-8 from the 50, Robinson attempts to run right and is stopped far short of the first.

Really needed more out of that drive has Florida State will still have two minutes to work with when they get the ball back.

2:55 p.m. — On 3rd-and-3, Cam Chism with the HUGE interception for the Terps! Maryland will take over with 2:57 remaining!

2:50 p.m. — Robinson is 19-for-23 for 181 yards through the air. Very efficient.

Very nice balance in the offense today with the running game really setting the tone here in the second half.

2:49 p.m. — Facing 3rd-and-1, Meggett runs straight ahead and he’s in for the 9-yard touchdown. Maryland is back on top!

We will, however, have a review to determine if Meggett got in the end zone. This one will hold up.

Maryland leads Florida State, 26-22. What a tremendous effort today.

2:46 p.m. — Meggett is close to another first down for the Terps, finding a seam in the Florida State defense. This has been a VERY impressive, physical drive for the Terps.

Maryland has rushed for 185 yards today.

2:44 p.m. — Working from the shotgun, Robinson hands to Meggett and he runs off right tackle for a big gain, moving the chains again for the Terps who are now in Seminoles’ territory. Meggett’s having a really nice game after struggling for most of the season.

On the next play, Scott finds the right corner for a huge gain. The Terps are now inside the red zone.

2:42 p.m. — On a huge 3rd-and-8 play, Florida State brings the blitz and Robinson takes off and appears to have the first down.

Not sure about that spot, as they’ll measure. Regardless of whether it was a bad mark, the Terps still have the first down.

2:39 p.m. — On 3rd-and-3, Robinson runs the draw and picks up the first down. I’m really impressed with his play today. It’s not easy playing in a hostile environment in your second career start, but the sophomore has held his own.

2:37 p.m. — The offense needs to pick up the Maryland defense after the last score. The D has made plays all day to set up the offense, so it’s time for Franklin’s unit to return the favor.

Robinson carries for six yards on first down. Still 10 minutes to play in this one.

2:35 p.m. — You’ve got to be kidding me.

Bert Reed gets the ball and makes Terrell Skinner look like he was on roller skates on his way to a touchdown.

The two-point conversion is good, and Florida State is up, 22-19.

2:31 p.m. — Credit the Maryland offense for taking advantage of the Florida State mistakes. The Terps have scored 13 points off the Seminoles’ two interceptions.

2:27 p.m. — Adrian Cannon is an athlete. He takes the short pass from Robinson, breaks a tackle, and takes it 20 yards for the touchdown!

Maryland goes for two points. The pass goes off Scott’s hands and big Bruce Campbell makes the catch, but the conversion is no good.

Maryland leads, 19-14.

This has been a fun one to watch, no doubt.

2:24 p.m. — On 3rd-and-13, Robinson throws an absolute STRIKE to LaQuan Williams, though the receiver was wide open over the middle.

On the next play, the Terps run play-action and Robinson keeps it for a first-own run.

This is getting exciting, isn’t it?

2:22 p.m. — What more could you ask for in this one than the Terps trailing by 1 entering the fourth quarter?

It’s been a long season, but Maryland fans should be proud of today’s effort.

2:20 p.m. — The defense comes up with another big play. Skinner picks off Manuel, breaking in front of Bert Reed on the pass play.

On first down, Meggett runs right like a battering ram for a first down. That was some attitude there.

2:15 p.m. — I’m very impressed with the Maryland defense today. Despite the hiccup on the option play to Lonnie Pryor for seven points in the first half, Don Brown’s unit has played well on the road.

2:12 p.m. — Meggett gets the first down. That was a MAJOR risk going for it there, but with a 2-8 record, why not?

Robinson then throws into double coverage trying to find Smith in the end zone. Not a good decision to throw that with the other Robinson covering.

On 3rd-and-11, Robinson finds Ronnie Tyler but the receiver slips and is far short of the first down. Disappointing end to the drive after a big fourth-down conversion.

2:07 p.m. — LaQuan Williams with a tremendous catch to set up a 3rd-and-1 situation.

Scott is stopped short on the running play. You have to wonder if his conditioning is a factor at this point with him missing the last five games. Scott has 14 carries for 54 yards in the game.

Maryland will go for it. Robinson with a great hard count but Phil Costa DID NOT snap the ball when the FSU defender jumped into the neutral zone. Crucial mistake, and it costs the Terps a chance for the first down.

2:05 p.m. — A big completion to Smith moves the chains for the Terps on third down.

The speedy receiver then gets the ball on the next play and goes nowhere. Patrick Robinson played that one extremely well.

2:03 p.m. — Make no mistake, the main problem to plague the Terps’ running game this season is the lack of talent on the offensive line, but Scott has the unique ability to make the group look much better, something Meggett and freshman Caleb Porzel have not been able to do this season.

1:59 p.m. — Great play by Moten on the third-down pass. That’s exactly how the defense needed to answer after the unfortunate turnover.

Maryland takes over at its own 20 following the turnover.

1:57 p.m. — Florida State takes over after the turnover. A promising drive to start the second half falls apart due to a turnover.

We’ve heard this story before this year, haven’t we?

1:56 p.m. — I’m back after doing my report on Section 410.

1:33 p.m. — QUICK PLUG: I’ll be joining Eric Aaronson on Section 410 momentarily to break down the first half and also discuss the early success of the Maryland basketball team.

Listen on AM 1570 WNST or online at WNST.net!

1:24 p.m. — Thomas picks up some nice yardage on the last play of the half.

Florida State leads Maryland, 14-3.

1:21 p.m. — Touchdown, Maryland! Meggett bulls straight ahead for the 1-yard touchdown.

What a huge momentum shift heading into halftime.

Florida State leads Maryland, 14-13.

1:18 p.m. — Two straight runs produce next to nothing.

On third down, Robinson runs to the 1 but cannot make it in the end zone.

Go for it here. Timeout, Maryland.

1:17 p.m. — ALEX WUJCIAK with the HUGE interception, setting up the Terps inside the 10-yard line. That was a big-time play.

Too bad he couldn’t score, however.

1:15 p.m. — The Maryland defense suddenly looks back on its heels after looking much more aggressive prior to the last touchdown drive.

Jamari McCollough with very soft coverage on Forston, but Manuel doesn’t find him soon enough.

1:13 p.m. — Who was supposed to be covering Taiwan Easterling there?

1:10 p.m. — Robinson throws the throwback screen to Devonte Campbell, and that CLEARLY didn’t work. His blocking was far too slow getting out in front.

Ferrara hits another field goal, and it’s 14-6. Settling for field goals will not get it done.

1:08 p.m. — Nice throw by Smith rolling out to his right. If he can throw on the run, he becomes a much more dangerous quarterback.

Nice to see the aggressive play-calling after falling behind by two scores.

1:05 p.m. — Torrey Smith with another HUGE play this year, but he’s tripped up by…himself, preventing the touchdown.

Terps need seven points on this drive. I know I wasn’t a math major in college, but trading field goals for touchdowns won’t get it done.

1:04 p.m. — This is danger time for the Terrapins. A Jamarr Robinson-led offense is not suited to playing from behind, and the Terps now find themselves down by 11 points.

Maryland has been committed to the run in the first half.

1:02 p.m. — Manuel with the play-action fake and finds Fortson for a big gain. Chism was right there in coverage but couldn’t pick up the football and then misses the tackle on top of that.

And on the next play, Manuel runs the option to PERFECTION. Pitching at the last moment to Lonnie Pryor who takes it 54 yards for the touchdown. Tommie Frazier would have been proud of that one.

I was just going to say that Maryland had played the option well so far today, but nevermind.

Seminoles lead, 14-3.

12:57 p.m. — With a 3rd-and-4, Robinson tries to pick up the first running to the right side, but he’s a couple yard short.

Ferrara comes on to attempt a 44-yarder. It’s good, and Maryland is on the scoreboard.

Nice drive for the Terps.

12:55 p.m. — On 3rd-and-1, Meggett rushes straight ahead for the first down.

The Terps are driving now after a quick completion to Smith pushes the Terps inside the FSU 30.

12:49 p.m. — Wow. Tremendous tackle by Darin Drakeford who drove Reed right into the ground on the reverse when it looked like the receiver would find the corner to move the sticks.

That’s how you get off the field on third down!

12:45 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the first quarter in Tallahassee. Florida State leads the Terps, 7-0.

12:43 p.m. — That was a BEAUTIFUL throw by Robinson. Smith has to make that catch. He didn’t track the ball well at all on that long throw.

On the next play, the pressure forces an errant throw to Scott coming out of the backfield.

Definitely a missed opportunity there. You have to take advantage of every one you get on the road.

12:41 p.m. — I do like the idea of establishing the run, but the offensive line actually has to block in order for it to work.

A nice screen to Scott gives the Terps their first first down of the afternoon.

12:39 p.m. — Torrey Smith with his best Jermaine Thomas impersonation on the return, but no harm done for the Terps.

I still wonder why teams even bother to kick the ball to Smith. Frank Beamer certainly wanted no part of the speedy return man last week.

12:36 p.m. — Despite fumbling the ball, Thomas has it bounce right back to him as he scores around the left corner.

That’s a perfect example of how this season has gone for the Terps. Not only have they been bad, but they’ve also been unlucky.

12:31 p.m. — The defense isn’t playing poorly, but it hasn’t been able to get off the field on third down this drive. Skinner had nice coverage, but Manuel stuck the ball right where he needed to.

Florida State will have 1st-and-goal from the Maryland 1.

12:30 p.m. — Adrian Moten and Antwine Perez played the screen extremely well.

Manuel connects with Rod Owens for the first-down completion. Florida State within striking distance after the long punt return.

12:26 p.m. — Nike’s new technology: Make our schools look absolutely ridiculous.

Manuel with a very nice throw to Bert Reed despite a VICIOUS hit by Skinner.

12:25 p.m. — Despite the intimidation factor of playing in Tallahassee, you’re not going to find Peter Boulware or Derrick Brooks back there. The Seminoles have struggled immensely, so the Terps should be able to do some things offensively.

Will it be enough though?

Maryland seems committed to running the ball early with Scott getting a couple touches, but the Terps are completely stuffed on their first drive.

12:19 p.m. — Great coverage by Cam Chism on 3rd-and-long. Despite the struggles and injuries to the secondary this season, the sophomore has played very well filling in for senior Nolan Carroll.

We’ll get our first look at Robinson and the offense momentarily.

12:17 p.m. — Florida State decides to decline the offside penalty and go for it on 4th-and-1. Not sure I’d do the same thing, but the Seminoles are playing at home.

After Jermaine Thomas is initially stopped, he bounces outside and picks up the first. Great interior push, but the speed on the edge was too much.

12:15 p.m. — Alex Wujciak played the option very well, as the Noles have run two option plays for a total of 1 yard. That’s the effort they’ll need on the road.

On the next play, Wujciak with great coverage on Jarmon Fortson, forcing the incompletion.

Despite the struggles of the defense this season, Wujciak has been outstanding with a team-high 113 tackles entering today’s game.

12:13 p.m. — Maryland kicks off to begin the game. It’s imperative that the defense gets off to a good start in this one. The Terps have had a bad habit of falling behind early on the road this season and never recovering.

Terrell Skinner comes up from his safety position very nicely to bring down E.J. Manuel on the option run for no gain.

12:08 p.m. — Though Florida State has struggled this season, creating much speculation on the future of Bobby Bowden, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Noles fired up for Senior Day and the pending retirement of long-time defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.

Maryland’s Jamarr Robinson will get his second career start at quarterback after rushing for 129 yards against Virginia Tech in last week’s loss. It’s hard to envision the Terps remaining competitive in this game unless Robinson can produce more in the passing game.

12:00 p.m. — It will be interesting to see how Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin handle the return of Da’Rel Scott today. Despite missing five games, the junior tailback is still the Terps leading rusher.

Unfortunately, that’s more of an indictment on the state of the offensive line than it is a compliment to Scott.

Florida State is wearing all-garnet (maroon) uniforms and black helmets. Very unusual to see the Noles in these alternates. Maryland will wear their white jerseys with red pants.

11:51 a.m. — We’re a few minutes away from this afternoon’s battle between the Maryland Terrapins (2-8) and Florida State Seminoles (5-5) at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

I’m relaxing in the WNST Studio on Hart Road in Towson for the game, and I’ll be posting my thoughts throughout the afternoon. The Terps WILL be televised for only the fourth time this season. The game will be broadcast by Raycom on WJZ-13 in Baltimore. Tim Brant and Doc Walker will have the call from Tallahassee.

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Virginia Tech, Taylor too much for Terps

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Luke Jones

Ralph Friedgen had to fight back the tears.

It’s been a miserable 2-8 season for the Maryland Terrapins, and their leader choked up when asked what long-time friend Frank Beamer said to him after Virginia Tech blew out Maryland, 36-9, at Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“He knows what I’m going through,” Friedgen said in reference to the Terrapins’ difficult season.

Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and three touchdown passes and also ran for 91 yards, as the Maryland defense had no answer for the Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies were 5 for 7 on third-down conversions in the first half as they jumped out to a 27-3 halftime lead.

Star running back Ryan Williams rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown as the Terps allowed 216 yards on the ground and 484 total yards for the game.

“We missed so many tackles and they went for a lot of big plays,” Friedgen said. “We haven’t been doing that.”

The poor tackling was never more apparent than during Taylor’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykins to make it a 27-3 deficit. Safety Jamari McCollough had a clear chance to bring the receiver down but could not as Boykins sprinted away.

It was an afternoon of ineptitude in all phases of the game.

The Maryland offense gained 236 yards, with much of it coming on the legs of quarterback Jamarr Robinson, who was filling in for the injured starter Chris Turner. Robinson rushed for a game-high 129 yards on 24 carries but passed for only 104 yards and was 12 for 32.

“His throwing game has to get better,” Friedgen said. “He made some throws people couldn’t make plays on that would have helped. I don’t think he sees things as well as he needs to and that has to improve. Overall, [his play] was okay.”

Maryland had two drives inside the Virginia Tech 25-yard line that produced zero points after a missed field goal late in the first half and a failed fourth-down conversion in the third quarter.

“It was very frustrating,” Robinson said. “I felt like we were moving the ball fairly well, but we just couldn’t get it into the end zone.”

The sophomore quarterback was pressured repeatedly throughout the afternoon, forcing him to leave the pocket and try to make plays with his feet. The Tech defense sacked Robinson four times in the first half and six times overall.

“I thought we protected a lot better in the second half,” center Phil Costa said. “We did throw the ball a lot today, and in the first half, we had a few miscues and missed assignments.”

Friedgen reiterated after the game how much affection he has for his players despite experiencing such a terrible season, citing how much time he spends with many players outside of football-related activities.

The head coach and several players also reiterated the importance of finishing this season strong as they look ahead to improving in the offseason and for next year.

“There is a gap right now,” Friedgen said. “One of the things I’m hoping will change it is when some of our younger guys mature and grow up. That’s the biggest area we have to work on and we still have to go out and recruit. We have to find players that want to be successful here at Maryland.”

- Safety Kenny Tate suffered a high ankle sprain and is likely to miss the final two games of the season, according to Friedgen.

“Losing Kenny is a big loss for us.”

Punter Travis Baltz broke a finger in Saturday’s game and will need surgery on it, according to the head coach. He is also expected to miss the rest of the season.

Kicker Nick Ferrara handled the punting duties after Baltz left the game and would presumably punt in the Terps’ final two games.

- Robinson’s 129 rushing yards marked the first time a Maryland quarterback ran for 100 yards since Shaun Hill had 105 on 11 carries against Duke in 2001.

Robinson had 233 individual total yards of offense with Maryland finishing with 236 team yards of offense.

- Torrey Smith entered the game needing just 35 all-purpose yards to break Lamont Jordan’s single-season all-purpose mark of 1,840 set in 1999. The receiver and kick returner eclipsed the mark with his second reception of the afternoon.

Smith also passed the 1,000-yard mark in career receiving yards after catching four passes for 55 yards in Saturday’s loss.

- Safety Terrell Skinner set a new career-high in tackles with 13. His previous high was 11 tackles against the Hokies in 2008.

- Maryland scored its second defensive touchdown in two weeks when Jared Harrell recovered a fumble in the end zone after McCollough sacked Taylor and knocked the ball free.

It was the first fumble return for a touchdown since Josh Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown against Wake Forest in 2005.

- Maryland did not turn the ball over despite the lopsided defeat to the Hokies. The Terps’ turnover differential stands at minus-9 for the season.

Check out the game’s box score here and the live blog below. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for updates on the Terps, Ravens, Orioles, and other local sports everyday.

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4:06 p.m. — Virginia Tech takes a couple of kneel-downs, and this one is in the books.

Final score: Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9.

Back with your post-game recap in a little while.

Hang in there, Terps fans. Basketball season is here.

4:04 p.m. — After the punt, Maryland takes over at its own 16 with less than two minutes to go.

Robinson just completed a pass to Gary Douglas—for a loss of three on the play.

He then throws incomplete to Douglas in the other direction.

On 3rd-and-13, Robinson feels the pressure AGAIN (and again and again today) and throws incomplete.

Maryland will punt with 1:11 to go.

Thankfully, this one is almost over.

3:59 p.m. — We’re under four minutes to go, and Ju-Ju Clayton is in at quarterback for the Hokies.

Just winding this one down.

3:56 p.m. — Robinson has looked good showing off his legs, but he’s struggled in the passing game. He’s only 11 for 29 for 107 yards.

Robinson is the first Maryland quarterback to rush for 100 yards since Shaun Hill did it against Duke on Oct. 20, 2001.

3:51 p.m. — On 3rd-and-9, David Wilson carries for a short gain, making if fourth down.

Beamer instructs Taylor to allow the play clock to wind down before calling timeout.

Waldron’s 33-yard attempt is good.

The Hokies lead, 36-9, with 5:52 remaining in the game.

3:48 p.m. — Taylor just found a wide-open Sam Wheeler on 3rd-and-6 to move the chains and advance the Hokies to the Maryland 19-yard line.

Moten just leveled the ball carrier Oglesby on the next play for no gain.

3:45 p.m. — Wujciak forces a fumble, but the ball squirted right back to Taylor who carries it all the way down to the 39-yard line.

That’s just the way it’s been for the Terps today.

3:43 p.m. — It’s the first time the Terps have returned a fumble for a touchdown (even though Harrell only fell on the ball in the end zone) since Josh Wilson did it against Wake Forest on Sept. 24, 2005.

3:41 p.m. — Taylor fumbles at the goal line, and it’s recovered by Jared Harrell in the end zone for a touchdown! And it’s that easy to score!

McCollough is credited with a sack on the play for the Terps.

The Terps elect to go for two points, but Robinson’s pass to Cannon is incomplete.

Virginia Tech leads Maryland, 33-9 with 11:25 to go.

3:40 p.m. — Today’s attendance is 51,514, many of them Virginia Tech fans.

3:39 p.m. — The videoboard is currently showing the Game Rewind. I’d rather see the Game Erased.

Absolutely brutal showing today.

3:37 p.m. — Despite being up by 30 points, you have to think Beamer is unhappy with his defense’s inability to stop Robinson. It’s the only thing the Terps have been able to do all day, so they know it’s coming, but the Hokies have been unable to stop him.

Robinson is sacked on a 3rd-and-13 play, pushing the Terps back into their own territory and ending the drive. Ferrara will punt.

3:34 p.m. — Robinson throws a long incompletion intended for Dorsey. He easily threw that ball 65-70 yards in the air. The problem is Dorsey was only 55 yards away from him.

Robinson has 20 carries for 120 yards after running for another first down on the next play.

3:32 p.m. — Both Terps and Hokies fans are making their way to the exits, and you cannot blame them. This one was over a long time ago.

Even when the Terps have been able to move the ball on a couple drives, they still weren’t able to come away with points.

Not much else to say other than Virginia Tech is obviously a much better football team.

3:30 p.m. — On 3rd-and-6, Williams is stopped by Jamari McCollough for a loss of one.

Waldron comes on to attempt the 28-yard field goal, and the kick is good.

Tech leads 33-3.

3:27 p.m. — Taylor with a big gain running to the right all the way to the 14. Perez finally brings him down.

After Williams slips for a one-yard loss on first down, he carries again inside for a gain of five, making it 3rd-and-6.

We’ve reached the end of the third quarter.

Virginia Tech 30, Maryland 3

3:25 p.m. — Skinner just made a touchdown-saving tackle on Ryan Williams. However, it’s still a huge gain all the way down to the Terps’ 34-yard line.

Williams now has 120 yards on the day.

3:23 p.m. — Cam Chism almost picked off a pass from Tyrod Taylor, but the ball appeared to have hit the ground. However, the play will be reviewed upstairs.

The play stands as called on the field.

3:20 p.m. — Smith takes the kickoff, but Alonzo Tweedy brings him down right at the 20.

Robinson tries to throw a deep out to Cannon and is NEARLY intercepted. That ball needs to come out quicker for that pattern.

The quarterback runs left on second down with Cannon providing a major block. However, it’s only a gain of three yards.

On 3rd-and-7, the Terps apparently were trying to set up the screen, but it looks like 30 defenders were after Robinson on that one. Incomplete pass, and the Terps will punt.

3:16 p.m. — Williams carries the ball on 2nd-and-goal and picks up three yards before Wujciak makes the stop for the Terps.

On 3rd-and-goal, Taylor overthrows Danny Coale and Tech will settle for a field goal attempt.

Waldron’s 21-yard attempt is good.

Virginia Tech leads Maryland, 30-3.

The drive covers 9 plays, 83 yards, and 3:31.

3:14 p.m. — On 3rd-and-1 from the Terps’ 37, Williams runs right for 14 yards, moving the chains for the Hokies.

Williams runs into a wall of defenders on first down but breaks free for a gain of 13 before Chism finally chases him down. You have to wrap up a talented back like Williams. Poor effort there.

3:12 p.m. — Roberts makes the catch on the deep ball on first down with Trenton Hughes failing to adjust to the ball.

Injury Updates: Kenny Tate sustained an injury to his ankle and will not return. Travis Baltz is out with an injured hand. His return is questionable.

3:10 p.m. — After two straight completions to Smith, Robinson eludes a couple defenders and runs left to the 18-yard line. Another first down for Maryland.

The quarterback has 18 carries for 101 yards. What a day for the sophomore!

Robinson’s first-down pass is batted down, but he completes his next throw to Williams for a gain of five yards.

On a big 3rd-and-5, Robinson throws a fade to Cannon, but it’s incomplete.

The Terps will go for it, and why shouldn’t they being down by 24 points in the third quarter?

The Hokies fans come alive on fourth down.

The Terps run the same fade route to Torrey Smith this time, but the speedster cannot hold onto the ball. Incomplete, and Tech will take over.

The Terps have moved the ball well on two of their last three drives (including the last drive of the first half) but have no points to show for their work.

3:05 p.m. — After the punt, Maryland begins its next drive on its own 17. Robinson takes the shotgun snap and runs left for a gain of 18 yards.

The more I watch Robinson play—and run—the more convinced I am that the Terps need to SERIOUSLY consider running the option in 2010. Not only because of Robinson’s athleticism but also due to the lack of talent on the offensive line.

3:02 p.m. — Roberts gets the ball for Tech on the end-around, but Cam Chism trips him up for a 5-yard loss. Nice play by the young defensive back.

After an incompletion on second down, Taylor works from the shotgun and is tripped up by Adrian Moten (or one of the Tech linemen). Moten gets credit for the sack, and the Hokies will punt.

Nice defensive series by the Terps to start the second half.

3:00 p.m. — Williams carries for four yards on first down, as the Byrd crowd gives some of the veterans in attendance a huge ovation as they walk off the field.

On second down, Williams carries for no gain. The star running back rushed 11 times for 51 yards in the first half.

On third down, Taylor finds a wide-open Greg Boone over the middle for an 11-yard gain and a first down.

2:57 p.m. — We’re ready for the start of the second half, and Smith finally gets a kick but stumbles as he crosses the 20-yard line. He’s down at the 22, and the Terps will begin their first drive of the second half.

The Terps run a reverse to Devonte Campbell who is absolutely crushed by Kam Chancellor. Wow.

On 2nd-and-7, Meggett gets the carry and picks up two yards.

Needing five yards to move the chains, Robinson comes out in the shotgun with five-wide. He keeps it, but the Tech defense is waiting for him. Cody Grimm makes the tackle after a two-yard loss.

Ferrara is still punting as Baltz remains out.

Hosley returns the punt to the Hokies’ 41-yard line.

2:33 p.m. — On 3rd-and-3, Robinson runs again and is down to the 14-yard line. It’s another first down with 33 seconds remaining in the half.

You have to credit the kid’s courage after being pressured all day.

On first down, Robinson throws to the end zone to Smith who looked to be interfered with by Stephan Virgil but no call.

And of course, Robinson is sacked by Nekos Brown on the next play.

The Terps have to clock it with 7 seconds remaining, setting up a 39-yard field goal for Ferrara.

The kick is no good.

A very promising drive with nothing to show for it. VERY disappointing.

A kneel-down by Taylor will send us into halftime.

Virginia Tech in complete control, as the Hokies lead the Terps, 27-3.

2:28 p.m. — Robinson throws complete to tight end Lansford Watson for seven yards on first down.

The Terps take their final timeout of the half with 47 seconds remaining. If Maryland can somehow manage to score a touchdown here, 27-10 would not look too disastrous considering how bad this half has gone.

After the timeout, Robinson is hit as he throws and the pass is nearly picked off by Jason Worilds.

2:27 p.m. — Meggett carries inside and barely makes it out of the end zone. This offensive line just cannot do anything in either the running game or pass protection.

Just horrible.

Robinson finds Torrey Smith who shakes a couple of tackles and sprints all the way up to the 22, giving the Terps some badly-needed breathing room.

2:30 to go in this one.

Robinson runs right for a small gain of two yards.

He then tries to find Smith on the next play, but the pass is incomplete.

On 3rd-and-8, Robinson is pressured again, but he breaks free and runs all the way to the Tech 48. Very nice moves from the sophomore quarterback on that one.

Maryland is now in the hurry-up, as Robinson completes a 6-yard pass to Cory Jackson. He then nearly throws an interception trying to force one into double coverage.

On 3rd-and-4, Robinson runs left as the blitz came from the right and he’ll have the first down after a gain of nine.

2:22 p.m. — On a 3rd-and-10 from the Maryland 37, Taylor slings one intended for Davis, but it’s nearly intercepted by Antwine Perez.

It will be fourth down, and Bowden will punt. The punt is downed at the 1.

Oh, boy.

2:20 p.m. — Tech is averaging just over 9 yards per play. Astonishing.

Josh Oglesby gets the carry for the Hokies and runs right for no gain after being tackled by Hartsfield and Skinner.

He carries again inside for a short gain. Derek Drummond makes the play for the Terps.

On 3rd-and-7, Taylor connects with Marcus Davis for a first-down completion and 15 yards.

Richard Taylor is shaken up on the play. If the Terps keeps losing defensive backs, I might be getting the call to go into the game. My 40 time isn’t quite what it used to be, however.

2:16 p.m. — Not much to say about this one. Not enough offense or defense so far.

Maryland starts the drive at its own 20, and Robinson FINALLY gets the ball to Smith for 18 yards and a first down. It’s about time.

Robinson throws incomplete to LaQuan Williams on the next play.

He’s then sacked by Jake Johnson on second down.

On 3rd-and-14, Robinson cannot find anyone and carries for no gain. The Terps will punt.

The Terps are completely over-matched in this one.

2:11 p.m. — After the Ferrara punt, Tech takes over at its own 36. Taylor throws over the middle to Jarret Boykin. Jamari McCollough blows the tackle, and he’s gone for a 64-yard touchdown.

This is getting out of hand.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 3

2:08 p.m. — Meggett carries on first down for no gain on the play. The running game has been nonexistent today with the exception of a 14-yard pickup by Robinson.

As I type that, Robinson carries to the right for 11 yards and a first down for the Terrapins. The reverse jinx works again!

On first down, R.J. Dill is flagged for the false start. The right tackle had a really tough game last week.

Now, 1st-and-15, Tech brings Davon Morgan on the blitz from the rover position, but Robinson avoids the pressure and is able to gain a yard on the play. Could have been much worse.

On 2nd-and-14, Robinson throws a hitch to Cannon who shakes off a defender and picks up 12 yards, setting up a third and short situation for the Terps.

Need to convert this one.

On 3rd-and-2, Robinson runs left and is short of the first down. No gain on the play.

Ferrara is in to punt, not Travis Baltz. Not sure if there’s been an injury to the Terps’ regular punter, but we’ll try to find out.

2:03 p.m. — We’ve seen two strange special teams plays in the last two minutes. Justin Myer was set to kick off and the ball fell off the tee right before he kicked it.

It came out looking like an onside kick, but the play was blown dead.

On the second attempt, Bonato catches it in the end zone for a touchback. It’s clear that Beamer Ball wants NO part of Torrey Smith in the return game.

2:00 p.m. — Williams carries up the middle and hits a wall of Terrapins. No gain on the play.

Tech runs a wide receiver screen to Dyrell Roberts for a 10-yard touchdown.

I didn’t catch the number of the receiver that threw the great block (Danny Coale?), but it was the key to that play as Roberts was able to walk into the end zone after that.

However, the holder Brent Bowden drops the snap, and the extra point is no good.

Tech now leads Maryland, 20-3.

The drive covers 8 plays, 56 yards, and 3:11.

The offense HAS to get it going on this drive. 21 yards of offense in the first quarter is unacceptable.

1:58 p.m. — Tom DeJoseph confirms the ruling of a catch, and Virginia Tech will have a first down at the 10-yard line.

Though we didn’t get too many looks at the replay here in the press box, it looked to be the correct call to me. You can’t blame Ralph for trying to overturn that one. Maryland is in danger of falling behind by three possessions if the defense cannot make a stop here.

1:56 p.m. — Tate is unable to put any weight on his right leg as he’s helped off the field. It would be a major blow to the secondary’s depth to lose the sophomore safety.

On first down, Tech runs an unbalanced line to the right with Williams running left for a short gain. However, there’s a flag on the play and Tech is guilty of holding.

On 1st-and-20, Taylor throws to Marcus Davis who forgets to actually catch the ball before he runs with it. Incomplete.

Williams catches the screen pass on second down who immediately runs in the opposite direction of his blockers for a gain of only three.

Taylor drops to pass on third down and then rolls right before finding Jarrett Boykin on the near sideline for a first down. It’s a gain of 24 yards, but Friedgen is challenging the catch, saying the receiver did not get his feet down before going out of bounds.

1:51 p.m. — Ferrara’s kick is a short one to David Wilson who nearly breaks free at the 40-yard line before the kicker brings him down at the Tech 44.

Williams carries on first down but is stretched outside and brought down by Wujciak after only a gain of one.

On 2nd-and-9, Taylor is nearly sacked by A.J. Francis, but he fakes out the defensive tackle and runs free for 10 yards, giving the Hokies a first down.

Taylor runs the option to perfection on the next play and picks up 17 yards. Kenny Tate is down on the play.

1:47 p.m. — As we start the second quarter, Ferrara will attempt a 36-yard field goal to try to get the Terps on the board.

The kick is good, and Maryland comes away with 3 points.

The drive covers 9 plays, 40 yards, and 4:53.

Tech leads Maryland, 14-3.

1:44 p.m. — On 3rd-and-5, Robinson hits Kevin Dorsey on the slant for 13 yards a first down. That one will definitely help the young quarterback’s confidence.

Maryland is down to the Tech 27. Robinson throws to the end zone to Torrey Smith, but it’s overthrown. HOWEVER, there’s a flag on the play. Kam Chancellor is flagged for pass interference. It will be a 15-yard penalty, moving the ball to the Tech 12.

On first down, Robinson is brought down by a blitzing Rashad Carmichael for a loss of seven yards. It looked like the quarterback was running a naked bootleg to the right—in the direction of the blitzing defensive back.

After a two-yard gain on second down, Robinson cannot find anyone downfield on third down and is sacked by Chris Drager for a loss of one, making it 4th-and-16 from the 18.

1:39 p.m. — On 2nd-and-11, Robinson drops to pass but sees a wide-open running lane in the middle of the field for 14 yards and a first down.

It’s Maryland’s first first down of the day with 3:00 remaining in the first.

Robinson fumbles the snap but then recovers for a gain of two. That worked out nicely.

On 2nd-and-8, Robinson completes to Galt on the quick out pattern for a gain of three yards. It’s Robinson’s first completion of the day.

Needing five yards for a first down, Robinson calls for a timeout.

1:36 p.m. — Beamer clearly received the memo about Torrey Smith as the Hokies squib it. The kick is fielded by Tommy Galt, and he takes it to the Maryland 42.

On first down, Porzel is gobbled up in the backfield by Barquell Rivers. The linebacker was almost there for the handoff. It’s a loss of 6 yards.

Porzel carries left on the next play for a few yards, but there’s a flag on the play. Virginia Tech is flagged for offsides, giving the Terps five yards and a 2nd-and-11 play.

1:34 p.m. — Robinson is 0 for 4 passing so far in this one. He’s clearly nervous, but the sophomore needs to settle down quickly. Getting the running game going would also be a major help.

Taylor scrambles left on first down and throws behind Boykins, and it’s incomplete.

On second down, Taylor fakes the hand-off and finds a huge hole off left tackle for a 12-yard pickup and a first down.

Williams gets the carry on first down, putting a RIDICULOUS move on Antwine Perez and nearly breaking it for a touchdown. He’s down to the Maryland 33 before finally being tackled.

Two plays later, Taylor throws complete to Dyrell Roberts with Anthony Wiseman ALL OVER him (pass interference?). It will be 1st-and-goal for the Hokies at the Terps’ 4.

After a one-yard gain, Taylor has a WIDE-OPEN Jefferson in the end zone, but the quarterback throws too low.

On 3rd-and-goal, Taylor finds tight end Andre Smith for the touchdown. Good initial coverage in the defensive backfield, but not enough pressure on Taylor.

Matt Waldron’s extra point is good.

The drive covers 8 plays, 72 yards, and 2:39.

Tech leads the Terps, 14-0, with 4:55 remaining in the first.

Maryland needs something positive out of this drive, or this one could turn ugly very quickly.

1:26 p.m. — Davin Meggett carries for only a yard on first down. The Terps MUST get the ground game going if they want to have a chance in this one.

On second down, Robinson throws incomplete to Kerry Boykins. It wasn’t a perfect pass but was certainly catchable.

The Terps run three-wide on third down, and Robinson throws low and incomplete to Adrian Cannon on the near sideline.

Another punt for Baltz, and Hosley returns all the way down to the Maryland 31, BUT there is a flag on the play.

This one’s coming back. Illegal block in the back on Tech’s Xavier Boyce.

The Hokies will start the drive all the way back at their own 28.

1:23 p.m. — Williams carries for no gain on first down, as he’s wrestled to the ground by Demetrius Hartsfield.

On second down, Taylor’s pass is batted down at the line of scrimmage.

Facing a 3rd-and-10, Taylor works from the gun and overthrowns Xavier Boyce coming underneath.

Three-and-out is just what Ralph Friedgen needed there.

Tony Logan calls for the fair catch at his own 21. Let’s see what Robinson can do on his second drive today.

1:19 p.m. — Dan Bonato takes the kick and returns all the way to the Maryland 38-yard line. Nice return by the up-man.

Robinson works from the shotgun on first down and runs right for a gain of one. Tech has to be expecting the young quarterback to keep it quite a bit today.

On second down, Robinson tries to throw out in the flat to Caleb Porzel but the pass is a bit foo far out in front and the back is BLOWN UP by the Hokie defender.

On 3rd-and-9, Robinson tries to throw deep to Smith, but it’s incomplete. Not a bad throw, but Smith only gets one hand on the ball. Looks like it could have been a completion.

Travis Baltz punts, and Jayron Hosley returns it to his own 38-yard line. Baltz saved the touchdown by holding him up and allowing the rest of the Maryland coverage unit to catch up to him.

Not a good start for the Terps today.

1:13 p.m. — The stadium has pretty much filled up with the exception of a large gap in the student section.

Obviously, it’s been a tough 2-7 season, but you’d like to see more support from the students.

1:12 p.m. — After the review, referee Tom DeJoseph informs us Boykin was actually down at the 1. It’s a 30-yard completion.

On 1st-and-goal, Williams runs in for the touchdown.

The drive covers 10 plays, 71 yards, and 4:07.

Tech 7, Maryland 0

1:09 p.m. — Jarrett Boykin beats Cam Chism for the 31-yard touchdown catch, but they will review it. Chism looked back for the ball but lost track of his man on the play.

He was right there, but you have to make a play on the ball.

1:08 p.m. — Williams carries for four yards on first down but finds a seam for five yards on the next play, setting up a 3rd-and-1.

Williams runs right as the Maryland defense forces him outside, but he’s able to pick up the first.

Tech in Maryland territory now.

Coale catches another pass down the middle of the field with Cam Chism covering. It’s a 16-yard gain and a first.

Tech making it look fairly easy so far on this drive.

1:04 p.m. — Taylor rolls out to the right, hesitates and is tackled by Alex Wujciak for a two-yard loss. Good start for the Terps.

However, on the next play, Ryan Williams carries right for a gain of eight. Wujciak and Terrell Skinner make the stop.

On 3rd-and-4, Taylor hits a wide-open Danny Coale for seven yards and a first down.

1:03 p.m. — Nick Ferrara kicks off to David Wilson who returns to the Tech 29-yard line.

We’ll get our first look at Tyrod Taylor and the Hokies offense.

1:00 p.m. — Maryland wins the toss but elects to defer to the second half.

Virginia Tech will receive to begin the game.

12:59 p.m. — The Tech fans are definitely here and definitely loud. I wouldn’t call it a takeover of Red Sox or Yankee proportions at Camden Yards, but it’s still disappointing.

12:54 p.m. — Definitely strange to see the Hokies wearing all white. Can’t say I’m a big fan of the look.

Maryland’s camo uniforms (desert camo sleeves and numbers with black jerseys and pants) are really sharp.

12:48 p.m. — Just a few other notes to pass along as we wait for kickoff.

* Maryland will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak to the Hokies.

* Virginia Tech enters the game with one of the top running offenses in the nation. Tech averages 195.8 yards per game, rankings 21st in the nation and second in the conference.

The Maryland defense, however, is the best run defense in the ACC, allowing just 92.4 yards a contest and 2.6 yards per carry in five league games.

12:40 p.m. — We have a VERY late-arriving crowd considering this one is a sellout and we’re only 20 minutes away from kickoff.

Walking around campus, it’s painfully obvious there is a large contingency from Blacksburg that made the trip for this one.

12:38 p.m. — Fullback Cory Jackson will carry the American flag on the field today, and linebacker Drew Gloster (Germantown) will bring the Maryland flag.

12:35 p.m. — Perhaps the biggest bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Terps has been the play of receiver/kick returner Torrey Smith.

Smith needs only 34 receiving yards to reach 1,000 in his career, 35 all-purpose yards to break the school’s single-season record set by Lamont Jordan in 1999. The sophomore receiver currently has 1,806 all-purpose yards.

Even more impressively, Smith needs only 249 all-purpose yards to break the single-season league record set by former Virginia running back Thomas Jones (2,054).

12:31 p.m. — If you’re one of the lucky ones to be watching today’s game on ESPN360, you’ll notice the Maryland players’ last names will look a little different.

Each player’s last name has been replaced with aa core value embellishment — Duty, Honor, Courage, Commitment, Integrity, Country, and Service. Again, Maryland Athletics and Under Armour have partnered with the Wounded Warriors Project, a not-for-profit organization that provides services for injured service members and their families.

The jerseys are black and desert camouflaged that feature the organization’s logo.

12:28 p.m. — We just received official word in the press box that Chris Turner is officially out for today’s game. Jamarr Robinson will make his first career start in his place.

Turner had started 29 of the last 30 games and 21 in a row.

12:26 p.m. — Today marks the 30th meeting between Maryland and Tech in a series that dates back to 1919. The Terps hold a 15-14 advantage.

Maryland will have retribution on its mind this afternoon after visiting Blacksburg in a Thursday night game last season and being shredded by Darren Evans for 253 yards and losing 23-13.

The good news for the Terps is Evans is out for the season with a torn ACL. The bad news? The man who replaced Evans—Ryan Williams—leads the ACC in rushing and is ninth nationally with 1,109 yards in nine games.

12:17 p.m. — The biggest storyline entering today’s game for the Terps will be the man lining up behind center. Senior starter Chris Turner is doubtful for today’s game after injuring his knee last week in the loss to NC State.

Assuming Turner cannot go in this one, sophomore Jamarr Robinson would make his first career start. Robinson led the Terps in rushing with 38 yards last week after entering the game late in the first half but was only 5 of 11 for 27 yards in the passing game.

With the Terps’ inexperienced—and ineffective—starting line, Robinson will need to use his athleticism to avoid the pass rush and get rid of the ball quickly. I expect Maryland to come out running the ball today with Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel leading the way.

12:13 p.m. — Good afternoon from Byrd Stadium in College Park as we get set to watch the Maryland Terrapins take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

It’s been a difficult season for the Terps as they play out the string with a 2-7 record and no hope for a bowl game. For the Hokies, it’s been a disappointing season on a different scope as they entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country but sit tied for third in the Coastal Division of the ACC and are currently No. 20 in the AP Poll.

Maryland will don special camouflage uniforms this afternoon to support the Wounded Warrior Project. On the flip side, Tech is dressed in all white (including white helmets) as a part of Nike’s Pro Combat line.

Today’s game will only be streamed on ESPN360 with Dave Weekley Rose and Danny Kanell providing the call. A replay of the game will be shown on Comcast SportsNet at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

As always, I’ll be blogging my thoughts throughout the afternoon and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST).

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After Maryland’s Pathetic Loss to Duke, Time For Ralph to Move on From Chris Turner Era

Posted on 24 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland was pathetic in their 17-13 loss to Duke on Saturday.

The play-calling was pathetic. The play-execution was pathetic. They rotated being pathetic offensively, defensively, and on special teams.

It was an embarrassing loss for a team that has made a season out of embarrassment.

They’re just not good enough.

And with the loss, it is time for Ralph Friedgen to let go of his trust in and respect for Senior QB Chris Turner and begin to look at the future.

Being 2-6 this season (1-3 ACC) is NOT Chris Turner’s fault alone. Moreover, if we were putting together a Drew Forrester “percentage pie” to assign blame for why this team has been so bad this season, Turner would probably get less than half of the pie. Not because he’s been good this season (he hasn’t), but because there are MANY more areas of blame. The defense was bad early in the season. The offensive line has been bad THROUGHOUT the season. Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett have been much too “fumble-y” for talented Running Backs.

However, those are areas where the current players NEED to play. The defense is young and has improved vastly. The offensive line is young, and the veterans are actual NFL prospects (Phil Costa and Bruce Campbell). Da’Rel Scott (junior) and Davin Meggett (sophomore) will each be back next season. Quarterback is the only position where this team isn’t building for the future of building a player for his own football future.

Chris Turner is not going to be a professional football player. The next 4 games will not help get him ready for the NFL Draft. They will not make him a better option for the CFL. Chris just isn’t good enough to play professionally. While Ralph Friedgen may feel as though he “owes it” to Chris to continue to play him, it will do nothing for either party other than help the QB’s pride. Chris has carved his place in Maryland’s record books, and he will always be remembered as the quarterback who helped the Terps to some VERY big wins (@Rutgers, Boston College, Cal, North Carolina, etc.). But the Terps don’t need a big game winner anymore. Hopes of an EagleBank Bowl trip have about as much life in them as Y.A. Tittle did on The Comcast Morning Show Friday.

The first question to be asked will be “What do Jamarr Robinson and Danny O’Brien have to gain by facing NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Boston College? The only possible answer is that the quarterbacks will at least have game experience before taking the field in September. One of these guys is going to HAVE to play. This isn’t the same as sticking a QB in to be a sacrificial lamb. One of them HAS to play, and the offensive line will not suddenly be WORLDS better next season. Robinson would presumably be the better choice given the fact that this is his 3rd year in the system, he can’t get a redshirt year, and he is a bit more mobile.

The Terps will play Fork Union in a JV game this week. These games are known as chances for head coaches to learn about what they have for the future. My suggestion is that this coaching staff-which has had no problem going with younger players (like Caleb Porzel) at other positions now add quarterback to the list of positions they take time to evaluate.

-G

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4:36-Scratch that. What a disaster. Duke can run out the rest of the clock after a Tony Logan muff. 17-13 Devils. I’ll put the finishing thoughts on this one in a minute.

4:35-Hey now! A big defensive play! Duke has to punt! Maryland gets one more chance! Good luck Chris!

4:34-Duke faces 3rd and 18 after a holding call. I’m sorry I’m not updating much, I guess I just have a feeling about how this story will end…..

4:28-I just poked over to InsideMDSports.com to see if John Turner had any thoughts on the 4th quarter. Nothing that I’ve seen so far.

I thought we were going to see Jamarr Robinson in this game?

4:24-A first down on a penalty is still a first down.

An interception is NOT a first down. Vincent Ray intercepts Chris Turner, and Duke takes over with 4:09 to play in the game.

Chris Turner is not exactly re-writing his legacy…..

4:19-Great play by Jared Harrell, and Duke forced to punt. Maryland will take over at their own 21. 5:03 to play, I say this is 4 down territory. But few care about what I say.

4:12-Maryland forced to punt, and Duke will take over from their own 40 with under 7 minutes to play in the game. Not sure why Maryland has insisted on trying to run when it has done basically nothing for them.

4:10-Big pass interference call drawn by LaQuan Williams. Maryland gets a first down at the 14. I would probably be throwing more on this drive.

Drew-maybe just react accordingly?

4:06-I can’t tell if it was a fumble or not. I guess they can’t overturn it.

4:03-With under 10 minutes to play, Thad Lewis took off for the goal line-and HUGE DEFENSIVE PLAY! MARYLAND BALL! Wow, I didn’t even see the fumble. What a big play.

3:58-And a great screen play to Jay Hollingsworth. Argh.

3:57-Conner Vernon goes over 100 yards receiving, and Thad Lewis had plenty of time to throw the ball. Frustrating.

3:54-Nice play by Vince Oghobaase to knock down that pass, and Maryland will be forced to punt. Of course…….

3:50-BIG throw by Chris Turner and BIG catch by Adrian Cannon for a first down. Maryland is actually moving the ball….

3:49-And instead of a 10 yard gain for Porzel, the Terps go backwards due to a holding call. 2 plays later, it’s 3rd and long again. Think they have another Davin Meggett screen in them?

3:47-Hey now! A 3 and out from the Maryland defense, and they’ll take over at their own 34. Tony Foster with a nice spceial teams play for Duke.

3:43-Chris Turner now has 6.284 career passing yards. He surpasses Boomer Esiason on the all-time career passing yards list in Maryland history, now 2nd all-time just behind Scott Milanovich. (Thanks ESPN360!) Also, Maryland scored their first TD since the 4th quarter against the Demon Deacons.

3:41-And I spoke too soon. Davin Meggett breaks off a 67 yard TD score on 3rd and long; and they cut the lead to 17-13. Thank God.

3:40-This is not an offense. This is nothing.

3:36-Great catch by Danny Parker on the 2 yard TD pass by Thad Lewis. I have to keep watching because????? 17-6 Duke.

3:29-The 360 guys are pretty certain Conner Vernon pushed off there. Don’t know that it matters.

3:28-At least they’ve been able to get some sacks in recent weeks. There’s a nice one from Ben Pooler.

3:26-Deege Galt is down; but was able to get back up and leave the field under his own power. Maybe just had the wind knocked out of him.

3:23-Big downfield pass from Thad Lewis to Johnny Williams. Would like to see the team wearing white make some nice downfield passes.

3:20-Caleb Porzel is best used in a Ray Rice type of role. James Franklin needs to continue to do a better job of getting Porzel the ball in space. He cannot expect Porzel to be successful with the same plays Da’Rel Scott is successful with.

3:12-Hey, the 2nd half started. That’s neat. Chris Turner was 0/1 in the 2nd quarter. That isn’t good. Porzel 11 rushes for 21 yards? He actually has had some good runs, too. Genyk thinks Tom Brattan was probably pretty angry at halftime. I bet he’s right.

2:47-Snyderwine field goal made it 10-6 Duke. Maryland has to find their way into the end zone at some point.

2:38-It has been a long time since this team has scored a TD. 4th quarter against Wake.

Duke faces 3rd and 5. PLEASE GET THEM OFF THE FIELD!

2:34-Duke with a screen for 35 on 3rd and 5. Do I have to keep doing this?

2:29-Terps again get nothing going and are forced to settle for a 40 yard FG from Ferrara. 7-6 Duke.

2:26-Pass intended for Conner Vernon intercepted by Cam Chism, who I think has shown serious signs of being a future star for this team. If the Devils are going to continue to force the ball through the air, the Terps MUST force turnovers.

2:22-Probably the right decision to have Chris Turner run there, and a GREAT special teams play by Trenton Hughes.

2:21-I’m happy to see Ralph play Porzel, but that doesn’t mean he should ONLY play Porzel, right? Davin Meggett and Morgan Green DID make the trip. Terps face 3rd and 14….

2:20-Bruce Campbell described as “answering the bell.” At least someone is….

2:18-FINALLY a big defensive play, as the Terps recover a fumble and take over at their own 28.

Some solid running from Caleb Porzel thus far. I’ve said before that they need to call him Caleb “Touches” Porzel.

RJ Dill started at Right Tackle today? Maybe Fridge should wander around campus one day looking for a big guy…..

2:16-Can I take this time to remind everyone that they care so much about football in Durham that they actually use Wallace Wade Stadium as a parking lot for Cameron Indoor Stadium?

2:14-Bubble screen to Austin Kelly gets Devils inside the 40 as the 1st quarter comes to a close. It might as well.

2:10-Antwine Perez is going to have to be taken off the field via stretcher. More bad news for Terps’ defense.

2:06-Thaddeus Lewis is a HELL of an athlete. Terps must be careful to not let him get things going on the ground, either.

It’s raining in Durham. I don’t feel bad for anyone there after the nightmare we had at Byrd Stadium last week.

There’s a big throw to Donovan Varner. Of course there is. And Antwine Perez is down. Good news all around.

2:03-Chris Turner can’t find Adrian Cannon in the endzone, and the Terps are forced to settle for a Nick Ferrara field goal to make things 7-3 Duke. Good to see Ferrara make his first kick after missing his last 2 against the Cavaliers in the rain. Ferrara should benefit from having Travis Baltz able to punt again this week, as that should allow him to approve on kickoffs.

2:00-Very successful passing drive here. Completions to Adrian Cannon, Kevin Dorsey, Porzel, and Torrey Smith have the Terps inside the 10. The “Wild Turtle” play by Torrey Smith got nothing.

1:52-Solid defensive play by Adrian Moten, but not a play later Lewis finds Brandon King on a slant, and he takes it in to give Duke an early 7-0 lead. Christ.

1:50-Duke wasn’t afraid to go right back to Donovan Varner, and they have the ball to Maryland’s 30. David Cutcliffe’s Devils aren’t going to be afraid to throw the ball today; so they Maryland defense is going to need to force some turnovers.

1:49-Great play by Cam Chism to force Duke into a 3rd and 7. Donovan Varner must be HURTING.

1:47-The Terps would be more than willing to let Thad Lewis throw the ball into triple coverage all day.

1:45-Some commercials today on ESPN360. Weird.

1:43-Terps have REALLY struggled on 4th down conversions. Porzel (who is SMALL) stopped well short on 4th and 1 by Vincent Ray, and Duke takes over.

1:41-Terps went to Porzel for their first 4 offensive plays of the game, including a 15 yard reception from Chris Turner on 3rd down. Terps worked their way to the Devils’ 40, where Turner’s pass to Ronnie Tyler left them a yard short.

I’d go for it here.

1:39-Don Brown’s defense with a big 3 and out against a fairly powerful Duke offense. Thaddeus Lewis had plenty of time to throw, though.

Nice punt return by Tony Logan, and Caleb Porzel is your first back into the game. The team is playing without both Da’Rel Scott and Gary Douglas. Think Davin Meggett’s fumbles are the reason Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin started the freshman?

1:22-Luke Jones is in College Park today for the Maryland basketball scrimmage, so I am here on my couch to keep you company as the Terrapins battle Duke in Durham. The Terps come into the game 2-5 (1-2 ACC) after back to back losses to Wake Forest and Virginia. The Devils come into the game 3-3 (1-1) ACC off a bye week following a 49-28 win over NC State.

The game can be seen live on ESPN360 with Bob Weekley and Jeff Genyk on the call.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 23 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks….

Maryland 23, Duke 13

I don’t care what Eron Riley (and everyone else) says. Maryland is NOT losing a football game to Duke. They’re NOT. I refuse to believe so.

Wake Forest 28, Navy 17

I think losing Ricky Dobbs REALLY hurts the Mids.

Towson 16, Northeastern 6

The Huskies are TERRIBLE. Rob Ambrose’s bunch can’t lose games that are should-win, since there are only a couple on the schedule.

Morgan State 20, Delaware State 12

The Bears are playing REALLY good football right now.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Bob Haynie wonders who Ravens’ MVP is 6 weeks in

Drew Forrester calls out nameless commentators

Ed Frankovic says Caps 5-4 winners over Thrashers

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata believes defense needs to play ‘technically-sound football’

The Official Site says Ray Lewis, Todd Heap, Domonique Foxworth nominated for Community Service Award

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dwan Edwards making difference after undergoing spinal fusion

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle believes secondary needs to ‘make plays’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dwan Edwards made most of chance to start for Trevor Pryce

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says Ravens do NOT have dominant defense

ESPN.com’s James Walker interested in seeing how much secondary improves during bye week

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terrell Skinner, Danny Edwards will carry flags on field for tomorrow’s trip to Duke

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary Douglas OUT, Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel will have to shoulder load at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner explained squabble with Friedgen as ‘misunderstanding’

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says Bruce Campbell’s injury has really hurt Chris Turner

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Kerry Boykins, Bennett Fulper will also miss tomorrow’s game against Devils

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Fridge may have to choose between giving Morgan Green another shot or burning D.J. Adams’ redshirt

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Turner thinks Terps will be ‘loaded’ at QB in Spring

Washington Post’s Matt Bonesteel says Linganore OL prospect Havenstein picked Wisconsin over Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps facing Devils for first time in 5 years

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Duke 28-21

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says RB Re’quan Boyette, LB Abraham Kromah, WR Tyree Watkins will all miss tomorrow’s game for Duke

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says class of ’08 already panning out

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Douglas will miss game with shoulder injury

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Stephen St. John not moving up to varsity yet, will play in JV game

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Lansford Watson will also miss game

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Maryland, Duke battling to avoid being worst team in ACC

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Duke 28-20

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Carl Russell has improved this season (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says TE Schlothhauer called up to varsity, will travel to Durham (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings offers quick facts for Terps, Blue Devils

Turtle Sports Report’s Pete Volk says Tyler Smith still fully committed to Terps (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Dino Gregory likely to be 5th starter

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory worked out with trainer Jay Hernandez in offseason

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary Williams doesn’t want to stick around too long, ‘cheat’ college basketball

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terrence Ross hung with future teammates James Padgett, Jordan Williams earlier this month (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says guard prospect Kenny Chery playing for former Terps assistant Michael Adams at Archbishop Carroll (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports’ Report’s Pete Volk checks in with ’10 prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter expects Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett, Lynetta Kizer, Essence Townsend, Diandra Tchatchouang to be starting 5 for Terps (must subscribe)

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says kicker Joe Buckley hot right now

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Dobbs OUT for tomorrow’s game against Wake

Washington Post’s Camille Powell stacks up Proctor against Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kriss Proctor will start for Dobbs

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Dobbs hurt himself on 2nd play of win over SMU

Winston-Salem Journal says Niumatalolo has ‘confidence’ in Proctor

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says Dobbs could return next week against Temple

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids will need ‘resiliency’ to beat Demon Deacons (must subscribe)

Go Mids offers quick facts for Terps, Deacs

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site checks in with Midshipmen during first week of practice

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site’s Dan O’Connell remembers Tigers’ ’92 thriller over Northeastern

UMBC BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says 4 Retrievers games will air on MASN

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds must make decisions on free agents Danys Baez, Mark Hendrickson

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Perrault threw scoreless inning of relief in Arizona Fall League

HORSE RACING:

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Laurel-based Ravalo happy to be running at home in De Francis Dash

SWIMMING:

UK Press says Phelps headed to Great Britain for first time in December for ‘Duel in the Pool’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-John Turner asked that we not discuss anything further, but here is what I can share with you from him….

“It’s gotten WAY too much attention. It’s a message board. Never meant for it to go to the media.

There have been other threads on the same topic and it was never publicized. I should have kept quiet. It’s embarrassing me and my family.”

I’m not gonna bother to go any farther than this. John needs to know that his public comments on a message board are available for ANYONE to see; but he was right to say he “should have kept quiet.”

-I was talking to a NFC Scout yesterday-who played for 10 years as a defensive player in the NFL. He said this to me about the blame everyone through towards Frank Walker in the 2nd half of the loss to the Vikings….

“Blaming Frank Walker for what happened in that game would be akin to blaming a wide receiver for not catching a football that is thrown 2 feet over his head. In those situations, there is nothing else a cornerback can do. The ball is WAY over his head because a play has broken down due to missed assignments and too much time for a CB to throw the ball.”

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Maryland-Virginia Post-Game Notebook

Posted on 17 October 2009 by Luke Jones

- The Terrapins’ turnover differential stands at (-13) after turning it over four times against Virginia and only forcing one takeaway.

Chris Turner’s third-quarter interception off a deflection was returned for a touchdown by defensive end Nate Collins for the go-ahead score for the Cavaliers who went on to beat the Terps, 20-9.

“I tried to get it over, but the defensive lineman was standing right there and it was tipped and went right into [Collins'] arms,” Turner said. “Nine times out of ten that wouldn’t have happened, but it did today.”

It marks the sixth time in seven games that Maryland has lost the turnover battle. The only opponent to turn it over more than the Terps in a game this season was Clemson.

- Maligned for most of the season, the Maryland defense allowed just 63 rushing yards, including only two in the first half. It marks the lowest rushing total by an opponent since Cal had 38 in 2008.

The Terps held Virginia to just 201 yards of total offense and nine first downs. It was the lowest total for an opponent since the Maryland defense surrendered only 163 yards to Florida International in the 2007 season.

“I feel like we were playing together well,” linebacker Adrian Moten said. “I think we concentrated on the run. We wanted to come out and eliminate the big plays on defense.”

- Torrey Smith entered the game needing only 155 all-purpose yards to reach 3,000 for his career. The sophomore receiver also led the nation with a 236.7 all-purpose yards average, but the Virginia defense had other plans for Maryland’s biggest threat.

The Cavaliers kicked away from the returner throughout the game, not allowing Smith to record an official return.

The receiver was also limited to just three catches for 34 yards and one rush for no gain.

- When linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield broke his hand against Wake Forest last week, many assumed his season was in jeopardy.

Instead, playing with a heavily-wrapped hand looking more like a club, the freshman made seven tackles.

(Update: Hartsfield underwent surgery on Sunday and will miss the next four weeks of action.)

- Linebacker Alex Wujciak turned in another fine performance, making 14 tackles. The junior has earned double-digit tackles in five of the Terps’ seven games this season.

- Freshman kicker Nick Ferrara hit a career-high three field goals on Saturday, including a 48-yarder.

However, his two misses (37 and 44 yards) in the fourth quarter were a major factor in the Terps’ loss.

Ferrara has handled both placekicking and punting duties while punter Travis Baltz is shelved with an ankle injury.

“I have a lot of confidence in Nick,” head coach Ralph Friedgen said. “They were tough field goals.”

- Seven different Terps receivers caught passes against Virginia, but no receiver gained more than 34 yards.

Smith, Adrian Cannon, and LaQuan Williams each recorded three catches.

- Virginia has won consecutive games in College Park for the first time since taking four straight in the 1990s (’93, ’95, ’97, and ’99).

- Despite two lost fumbles, Davin Meggett and Gary Douglas ran well against the Virginia defense.

Meggett gained 52 yards on 11 carries while Douglas ran for 49 yards on just six carries.

True freshman Caleb Porzel saw carries for the second-straight week, rushing six times for 22 yards.

Douglas suffered an AC joint injury during the game.

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Turnovers, missed field goals doom Terps against UVA, 20-9

Posted on 17 October 2009 by Luke Jones

The Maryland Terrapins’ season can be defined with one telling number:

Minus 13.

It’s the Terps’ turnover differential, and it’s the main reason why their record stands at 2-5 after losing to Virginia, 20-9, on Saturday night before a sparse Homecoming crowd at rainy Byrd Stadium.

Four turnovers and two missed field goal attempts spelled defeat for the Terps, falling to the Cavaliers for the third time in a row.

“It’s the same story over and over again,” head coach Ralph Friedgen said. “Until that gets fixed, it’s going to be hard to win football games. The [wet] ball was tough tonight, but Virginia did a better job of managing it.”

Maryland led, 9-6, late in the third quarter before a Chris Turner pass was batted into the air at the line and picked off by defensive end Nate Collins who returned it 32 yards for a Virginia touchdown.

Freshman kicker Nick Ferrara then missed on two fourth-quarter attempts from 37 and 44 yards before Cavaliers fullback Rashawn Jackson scored a two-yard touchdown late in the game to seal the victory.

After surrendering 516 yards of offense to Wake Forest in last week’s 42-32 loss, the Maryland defense turned in a strong performance against Virginia, holding Al Groh’s offense to 201 yards and accumulating five sacks, a season-high.

Middle linebacker Alex Wujciak led the defense with 14 tackles and Adrian Moten had two sacks to spark Don Brown’s unit. Despite the strong defensive effort, the defense forced only one turnover against Virginia’s four takeaways.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Wujciak said about playing well defensively but still coming up short. “We gave up the touchdown at the end, but that was it.”

Maryland’s running backs struggled to hold onto the ball with the rainy conditions in College Park. Davin Meggett fumbled on the opening drive of the game after the Terps had driven all the way to the Virginia 25, and backup tailback Gary Douglas also fumbled in Virginia territory in the second quarter.

Despite the weather and the Terps’ overall success running the ball (33 rushes for 126 yards), offensive coordinator James Franklin called for Turner to throw 38 passes. The senior quarterback completed less than 50 percent, often throwing high to his receivers. Several dropped passes were also momentum killers for the Maryland offense.

In all, Turner averaged just 4.2 yards per attempt and accumulated just 158 yards while throwing two interceptions.

“I think the weather was a big factor,” Turner said. “The balls were pretty slick.”

Another big factor was the Terps’ inability to get the ball to top playmaker Torrey Smith.

The sophomore—who entered the game leading the nation with 236.7 all-purpose yards per game—was held to just three catches for 34 yards and ran once for no gain. The Cavaliers also kicked away from Smith throughout the game, not allowing the dangerous returner to touch the ball until after the game had been decided in the closing minutes.

Maryland (1-2 in conference play) must now go on the road to play the Duke Blue Devils (3-3, 1-1) who will be coming off their bye week. The Terps need to win four of their final five games to become bowl eligible, a daunting task considering they still must play Virginia Tech, Boston College, and a road game at Florida State.

At this point, the biggest challenge will be to simply stay together as a team.

“I have been on other teams where the season has gone a lot better, and we had to push them to get the effort up,” Friedgen said. “This team hasn’t been that way. It’s still fun to be out on the field with them, and I don’t question their effort one bit. I’m going to keep working, and I hope they will keep working.”

**Check out the box score here and the live blog below.

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7:23 p.m. — A couple of kneel-downs and this one is over.

Maryland falls, 20-9, on Homecoming.

I’ll be back in a bit with post-game reaction.

7:22 p.m. — Turner completes to Cannon for a first down.

However, two plays later, Turner is intercepted by Dom Joseph.

1:15 remaining.

No one left here except the Terps band and the UVA cheering section.

Very disappointing finish to this one.

7:20 p.m. — I don’t even want to describe that. Smith tries to lateral, and the Terps almost turn it over.

Doesn’t really matter at this point though.

7:19 p.m. — Jackson runs into the end zone for a touchdown.

The extra point is good, and Virginia leads, 20-9, with 1:43 remaining.

Another winnable game but too many mistakes.

You have to feel for the defense today. Don Brown’s unit played very well, but the offense simply killed the Terps today.

7:16 p.m. — Maryland WILL go for it from the 2.

His pass is incomplete, and that’s your ballgame.

Virginia takes over at the 2, 1st-and-goal.

7:14 p.m. — Turner misses a wide-open Cannon on first down, as the Virginia defender was giving plenty of cushion.

On second down, working out of the gun, Turner tries to throw deep to Smith on the far sideline. It’s incomplete.

Facing a 3rd-and-10, the Virginia fans are being vocal, and Turner is sacked by Nate Collins, the same man who picked him off for the touchdown. It’s a loss of seven yards, and Maryland will punt.

Virginia will call a timeout as there was confusion on the field as to what the Terps would do with 1:54 remaining.

It’s 4th-and-17.

7:12 p.m. — Howell’s punt is nearly blocked and is fielded by Logan. He goes out of bounds at the 9-yard line.

Maryland will have to go 91 yards in 2:52 to win this one.

No problem, right?

7:10 p.m. — On 3rd-and-4, Jackson runs left and breaks free, going all the way for a 47-yard touchdown, BUT there’s a flag on the play.

Holding on Virginia will bring the Terps back from the dead (for now, at least).

The penalty makes it 3rd-and-6.

Jackson runs right and is well short of the first down. Maryland takes a timeout with 2:59 remaining.

It will be 4th-and-4 for the Cavaliers at the Maryland 47.

7:07 p.m. — On first down, Jackson runs again for a gain of four. The Virginia fullback continues to creep toward the century mark.

On 2nd-and-6, he gets it again and gains two before Wujciak brings him down.

Maryland will take a timeout with 3:18 remaining in the game.

Wujciak has 14 tackles today.

7:05 p.m. — Virginia takes over at its 33, as Jackson carries for six yards.

As great as the defense has been today, forcing a turnover would be huge here.

Jackson carries again for 15 yards, giving the Cavs a first down.

Timeout on the field as Terps defensive back Richard Taylor is down on the field.

7:01 p.m. — On 2nd-and-19, Turner cannot connect with Matt Furstenburg on the far sideline.

Turner then throws a pass to Kerry Boykins that is DROPPED. It would’ve been a first down.

Well, this drive fell apart after the botched snap on first down.

Ferrara’s 44-yard attempt is well short.

This is painful to watch.

6:59 p.m. — Turner runs right on first down but only gains a yard.

He then finds an open Smith for 17 yards, and the Terps find themselves in the red zone.

Virginia’s defense looks tired, and the Maryland offensive line is doing a nice job giving Turner time.

On first down, it’s a bad snap, and Turner must fall on it. A loss of nine.

6:57 p.m. — After a one-yard Porzel run, Turner finds Torrey Smith for a 17-yard pickup and a first down.

On first down from the Maryland 48, Turner throws incomplete, trying to find Porzel.

He then keeps on second down, picking up eight yards.

On third down, Turner works from the gun and finds Jackson out of the backfield for a first down. It’s a gain of eight, and Maryland is down to the Cavaliers’ 36 with eight minutes to play.

6:51 p.m. — Virginia takes over at its own 20, and Jackson takes the carry straight-ahead for seven yards.

Jackson carries again, but he’s bottled up by Pooler and Derek Drummond for a loss of one.

Again, the defense has come to play today, but it needs a big stop here.

On 3rd-and-4, Verica completes to Jackson, but the fullback is stopped by Pooler short of the marker. It’s a gain of one and Virginia must punt.

The punt is a low liner and is downed at the Maryland 29-yard line.

6:47 p.m. — Virginia goes offsides, and the play is blown dead, giving the Terps five yards and making it 1st-and-5 at the Cavaliers’ 21.

Porzel’s back in the game, but the freshman back only picks up a yard.

Turner completes to Smith, but the speedster cannot break free. No gain on the play.

On 3rd-and-4, Turner tries to throw the fade to Williams on the far side of the field, but it’s incomplete. Fans wanted a flag, but no call from the official.

Ferrara’s 37-yard attempt is no good.

Wide right.

6:43 p.m. — Turner carries again on first down, picking up three yards.

He then throws incomplete to LaQuan Williams, setting up a 3rd-and-7 for the Terps at the Virginia 35-yard line. Huge play here with 13:57 remaining in the fourth.

Maryland comes out in a five-wide, and Turner finds Williams on the slant for nine yards and a first down!

6:41 p.m. — On 2nd-and-8, Turner fakes the hand-off and tries to throw deep to Smith, but the safety help comes at the perfect time and the pass falls incomplete.

Now 3rd-and-8, Turner works from the gun and runs left for a first down. That play was set up very nicely despite me not being a fan of the senior quarterback running the ball.

6:37 p.m. — Porzel with a first-down run and then carries for a gain of two yards.

We’ve reached the end of the third quarter with Virginia leading, 13-9.

6:36 p.m. — Maryland takes over at its own 35 after the kickoff. Let’s see how the offense responds.

Porzel gets the carry and runs right for five yards. Let’s see if the true frosh can spark the offense.

6:30 p.m. — Virginia continues to kick it away from Smith, and it’s a brilliant move.

After the short kick taken to the 38, Turner throws incomplete to Boykins on the far sideline.

On second down, Turner works from the gun, the pass is deflected at the line and intercepted by defensive end Nate Collins. He returns it 32 yards for the Virginia touchdown.

How about running the ball when it’s been raining all day?

I can’t believe what I just witnessed.

Virginia now leads, 13-9.

6:29 p.m. — Sewell cannot put any weight on his right leg as he’s helped off the field. Big spot for Verica, the Cavaliers’ backup.

On 1st-and-10, he gives to Jackson off left tackle for four yards before Moten makes the tackle.

Verica works from the shotgun on second down and throws incomplete to Torchia inside the 5, making it 3rd-and-6 at the Maryland 15.

Verica takes the shotgun snap and throws incomplete, as it appeared he was trying to throw to Vic Hall. They weren’t on the same page on that one.

Randolph’s 32-yard field goal attempt is good, and it’s a 9-6 ballgame.

The drive covers 12 plays, 57 yards, and 4:00 of play.

6:25 p.m. — Jackson carries right up the middle for eight yards before Wujciak makes the stop. Virginia offense finally showing some life late in the third quarter.

On 2nd-and-2, Sewell carries for two yards and another first down, and he’s down on the field. We’ll have a timeout on the field.

Marc Verica is the backup quarterback for Virginia.

6:24 p.m. — After the fluke catch, Jackson carries for a gain of seven before being brought down by Hartsfield.

On 2nd-and-3 from the Maryland 34, the pass is dropped by tight end Colter Phillips, setting up a big third down for Virginia.

Sewell finds an open Jared Green over the middle for a first down at the Terps’ 29-yard line.

6:21 p.m. — Virginia takes the kickoff and will start at its own 29.

Sewell is almost sacked by Isaiah Ross, but the quarterback breaks free for a gain of two yards. Maryland is getting after the quarterback big-time today.

Sewell’s pass intended for Jared Green is incomplete on second down.

On third down, Sewell throws deep, the ball is deflected, and SOMEHOW caught by Burd. It’s a gain of 28 yards to the . He appeared to catch the ball with his legs while lying on the ground after it was deflected by Antwine Perez.

The play will be reviewed as it was difficult to see if Burd’s body was completely in-bounds. The call stands as called on the field. Huge break on a lucky catch for Virginia.

6:14 p.m. — On second down, Turner connects with Galt over the middle for 13 yards and another Maryland first down. The Terps are now inside the red zone.

Turner fakes to Meggett and keeps it. He picks up one yard. Not sure why the Terps insist on running Turner so much.

On 2nd-and-9, Turner is nearly sacked and throws incomplete, setting up a key third-down situation.

Turner throws a pass (actually a lateral) to Williams, but Tyler misses the key block and it’s only a one-yard gain.

Ferrara’s 29-yard attempt is good, and Maryland leads Virginia, 9-3.

The drive covers 8 plays, 53 yards, and lasts 3:18. It’s Ferrara’s third field goal of the day. He is 11 of 14 for the year.

6:10 p.m. — Maryland begins its next drive at 35 with Turner throwing the hitch to Williams on the far side. The junior picks up 10 yards and a first down.

Turner throws down the field to a wide-open Tyler in the middle of the field. It’s a gain of 19 yards and another Terps’ first down.

Douglas then gets the carry and FUMBLES.

Seriously?

The Terps fall on the loose ball. Paul Pinegar recovers the football.

6:07 p.m. — On first down, Sewell throws the hitch to Hall, but Skinner and Pooler are there immediately. It’s a loss of three yards on the play.

Sewell fakes the handoff and is SMASHED by Moten coming from the blind side. It’s a loss of eight, and the Cavs are moving in the wrong direction.

On 3rd-and-22, Virginia tries to run the screen, but the pass is incomplete.

The Maryland defense is playing extremely well. Five sacks on the day is a season high.

6:03 p.m. — Maryland starts its first drive of the second half, and Turner tries to run a play quickly with Virginia’s defense still coming on the field.

Instead, the Terps are flagged for a false start.

On 1st-and-15 from the 25, Turner hands to Meggett who picks up seven yards. I’d like to know what Friedgen and Franklin told the running backs at halftime.

Turner completes a five-yard pass to Tyler who is flattened on the play.

On 3rd-and-3, Meggett finds a little bit of room but is short of the first down.

Ferrara’s punt is fielded by Minnifield inside the 30 who changes direction and takes off toward the near side of the field. After all of the east-west running, he gains six yards on the return.

5:58 p.m. — No word on today’s attendance, but it’s very apparent the rain kept many fans away this afternoon.

If talking in terms of people actually in the stands, it cannot be more than 23-24,000 fans here.

5:57 p.m. — Virginia gets the ball to start the second half and returns the kick to its own 26.

Jackson carries for a gain of five yards on first down before Hartsfield makes the tackle.

On second down, Sewell gives again to Jackson who picks up four yards before Wujciak brings him down. It sets up a third down with only a yard to go to move the chains.

Working from the gun again, Sewell keeps it but is CRUNCHED by Wujciak for a loss of one on the play.

The Mike backer has been everywhere this afternoon.

Logan calls for a fair catch at his own 30-yard line.

5:53 p.m. — We’re a few minutes away from the start of the second half. Just a few stats to pass along to you.

Virginia’s pass defense has been as good as advertised. Turner is only 6 of 14 for 49 yards. Torrey Smith does not have a catch and has only one carry for no gain.

James Franklin has to find a way to get the ball in Smith’s hands.

The Terps defense has played well, holding the Cavaliers to 105 yards on 35 plays. Virginia accumulated 12 yards in the second quarter. The Maryland defense has sacked Jameel Sewell four times.

Very impressive.

Of course, the biggest difference in the game has been three Maryland fumbles, two of them lost. The Terps’ opening drive—and most impressive of the game—was ruined by a Davin Meggett fumble at the Virginia 25.

5:34 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the first half.

Maryland leads the Cavaliers, 6-3.

5:32 p.m. — With 45 seconds to go, Friedgen is satisfied to go into the half with a 6-3 lead as Turner kneels down with the ball.

However, defensive end Matt Conrath is down on the field for the Cavaliers. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone injured on a kneel-down play, though Turner took a few extra seconds before going to a knee.

Tough break for the Cavaliers’ starting defensive end as he’s being helped off the field with an apparent leg injury.

5:30 p.m. — Minnifield returns the kickoff 49 yards all the way to the Maryland 40-yard line. That’s exactly what you cannot do there.

Sewell hands off to Jackson for a gain of five yards. Just over a minute remaining in the half.

Hall then nearly brings in a diving catch inside the 10, but it’s incomplete.

On third down, Sewell cannot find an open receiver and throws high to Hall after scrambling to the left.

The Cavs punt the ball (Convervative, anyone?), and it rolls dead at the 15-yard line.

Virginia only has one first down since kicking its only field goal.

5:24 p.m. — 2:06 remaining in the first half, and Maryland is threatening inside the red zone.

On 3rd-and-5 from the 16, Turner rolls out and throws quickly to Cannon, but it’s short of the first down. It’s 4th-and-2.

Poor execution there, as Cannon needs to get to the first-down marker.

Ferrara hits the 30-yard field goal, and Maryland takes the lead, 6-3, with 1:39 remaining in the half.

The drive covers 8 plays, 27 yards, and 3:09.

5:22 p.m. — The referee Brad Allen confirms it as a catch, giving the Terps a first down at the Virginia 28.

Meggett carries for a gain of two. He appeared to miss the hole there, as he could have cut left for more yardage.

Turner throws incomplete, intended for Cannon, but there is a flag on the play. Virginia is called for pass interference, giving the Terps another first down.

The Terps have 1st-and-10 at the Virginia 21, and Turner finds Boykins on the far sideline for a gain of five. Maryland really needs to cash in here.

On second down, Meggett gets the carry and finds no running room. No gain, setting up 3rd-and-5.

Virginia will take a timeout.

5:18 p.m. — Caleb Porzel has checked into the game and carries for two yards on second down.

On 3rd-and-8, Turner SOMEHOW finds Cannon in heavy coverage for a first down.

Chris Cook of Virginia had blanket coverage.

But hold on, we’ll have another review.

5:17 p.m. — It’s ruled an incomplete pass. A MAJOR BREAK for the Terps.

Regardless, the lack of ball control is just appalling.

5:16 p.m. — This game is just getting crazy. Turner completes one to Boykins who then FUMBLES. Virginia has it.

They’ll review it, and it looks as though Boykins may not have had possession of the ball.

It would be the Terps’ fourth fumble.

5:14 p.m. — Rashawn Jackson carries on first down for Virginia and loses a yard on the play.

On second down, Sewell tries to find Hall down the field, but it’s incomplete. The receiver was open on the play.

Facing third down, Sewell works from the gun and throws the screen to Jackson on the far side, a perfect call to counter the Maryland blitz on the play. It’s enough for a first down on 3rd-and-12.

But hold on, we have a flag.

Unnecessary roughness is called on Kris Burd, a crucial penalty for the Cavs. It makes it 3rd-and-12 instead of a fresh set of downs.

Sewell runs the same screen to Jackson, but the Terps are ready for it this time. It’s well short of a first down, and the Cavaliers have to punt.

The Maryland defense gets a big break with the Virginia penalty on third down.

WOW!

Virginia appears to try a fake punt, but Howell tries to punt when he rolls out and it’s completely shanked.

It’s Maryland’s ball at the Virginia 40.

5:09 p.m. — Facing 3rd-and-17, Turner finds Jackson for a gain of 15 yards, short of a first down.

Ronnie Tyler was also open on the play, and it would have been a first down if Turner finds him.

Maryland goes for it on fourth down, and the pass is batted down at the line. Virginia takes over at its own 40.

5:07 p.m. — On first down, Meggett carries for a gain of three, but at least he holds onto the ball.

Turner, working from the gun, hands to Meggett who then pitches to Smith running in the opposite direction. Virginia is not fooled by the razzle-dazzle.

Maryland is called for an illegal block in the back, moving the Terps back 10 yards.

On 2nd-and-17, Turner drops back and throws incomplete to Galt.

5:04 p.m. — Meggett is back in the lineup, and Turner finds Kerry Boykins wide open who then FUMBLES.

Thankfully, the ball is recovered Smith, and the Terps will have a first down.

5:03 p.m. — The Maryland defense has four sacks in the first half, matching its season-high against Middle Tennessee State.

For all of the criticism the unit has taken this year (and most of it deserved), Don Brown’s defense has come to play in the first half.

5:01 p.m. — Deege Galt earns the sack on first down, a loss of two yards.

The Terps then bat down Sewell’s pass at the line of scrimmage on the next play, setting up 3rd-and-12.

Ben Pooler comes free on the blitz and brings Sewell down with an “excuse me” hit. It’s a loss of nine yards, and the Cavs will punt.

Nice job by the Maryland defense responding after another fumble.

Virginia’s punt formation is spread out (very odd), and the punt is downed at the Maryland 36.

4:59 p.m. — The Terrapin offense must get it going, as 36 of its 54 total yards came on the opening drive that ended with a Davin Meggett fumble in Virginia territory.

On first down, Douglas gets the carry and finds some nice running room, picking up 12 yards and moving the chains.

From their own 45, the Terps give it to Douglas again for 12 yards, but he fumbles.

(Curse word!)

Virginia linebacker Darren Childs recovers.

4:54 p.m. — Virginia starts the drive at its own 23 as Mack carries for a one-yard loss. Wujciak with the stop AGAIN.

Sewell completes a second-down pass to Mack for a gain of 10 yards, setting up third and short for the Cavaliers.

Sewell keeps it on third down, and McCollough and Wujciak bring him down right away. It will be close, and we’ll have a measurement.

It’s short, and Al Groh calls for the punt team. Nice series for the Terps there.

Logan is back deep and calls for a fair catch at the Maryland 33.

4:50 p.m. — You have to give it to Nick Ferrara. The true freshman has done an admirable job as both the placekicker and punter in Travis Baltz’s absence.

Not too bad.

4:46 p.m. — On 2nd-and-7, Meggett tries to gain ground on the right side, but he’s wrapped up by Nate Collins for a one-yard loss.

On third down, Turner works from the gun with five-wide and throws deep to Smith, but it’s incomplete. The ball was slightly under-thrown or Smith may have been able to bring it in.

Ferrara will try a 48-yard field goal, and it is good!

Maryland and Virginia are tied, 3-3, with 13:14 remaining in the second quarter.

The drive covers 4 plays, 2 yards, and 1:35.

4:45 p.m. — McCollough nearly brings Sewell down for a sack on first down before the Cavs quarterback throws it away.

On second down, Sewell is flattened by Moten and fumbles! Ivey recovers the fumble, and it’s Maryland’s football at the 33-yard line!

4:43 p.m. — Anyone else find the irony in Robert Randolph, the same namesake of one of Glenn Clark’s favorite musicians, giving the Cavaliers the only score of the game so far.

4:41 p.m. — Torrey Mack gets the carry on first down and runs left for a gain of nine yards. McCollough finally brings him down.

Virginia going no-huddle as Sewell hands to Mack again for no gain.

On 3rd-and-1, Jackson runs to the right side and the Cavalier seal the corner for a gain of six yards and a first down.

We’ve reached the end of the first quarter with Virginia leading the Terps, 3-0.

4:39 p.m. — Virginia has clearly received the memo on Torrey Smith and kicks it short again. Cory Jackson fields the kick and Maryland begins on its own 40.

Douglas is still in the game and whiffed on his man, forcing Turner to throw it away on first down.

On second, Turner sprints out to the right and nearly throws an interception while trying to get the ball to Smith.

With a 3rd-and-10 situation, Turner lines up in the gun and throws incomplete to Adrian Cannon.

The Terps can do nothing with the good field position as Ferrara punts to the 15-yard line. Minnifield returns the punt to the Cavaliers’ 26. Virginia takes over.

4:33 p.m. — On 2nd-and-goal from the Maryland 6, Sewell runs into his own lineman and is sacked by Wujciak for a loss of eight yards on the play. Huge defensive play for the junior linebacker.

On third down, Sewell keeps it and is bottled up IMMEDIATELY by Zachariah Kerr and Travis Ivey for a loss of one.

Robert Randolph will attempt the 32-yard field goal and it’s good.

Virginia leads, 3-0, with 1:47 remaining in the first.

The drive covered 14 plays, 55 yards, and 6:24.

4:31 p.m. — The review confirms the call on the field, and it will be 1st-and-goal for Virginia.

With the ball at the 1, Sewell keeps it up the middle but is short of the goal line. Wujciak and Hartsfield bring down the Virginia quarterback.

Virginia is then flagged for a false start, moving them back to the 6.

4:29 p.m. — Sewell then finds Hall over the middle for a big gain of 29 yards. The pass almost appeared to be tipped by Wujciak over the middle but didn’t see a replay in the press box.

On first down from the Maryland 11, Mack carries for only a yard. The Terps need to hold the Cavs to three here.

Virginia using a lot of spread formations, something the Terps should be used to at this point.

Sewell finds Hall again for eight yards, as Adrian Moten and Kenny Tate bring him down at the 2-yard line.

On 3rd-and-1, Sewell runs out of the gun but is stood up by Hartsfield and Wujciak for no gain. Virginia will go for it.

Sewell keeps it up the middle and coughs up the ball, but the officials say he was down. It’s enough for the first down, but hold on, they will review it.

4:25 p.m. — On first down, Sewell throws incomplete, intended for Joe Torchia.

Working from the shotgun, Sewell delivers a beautiful throw to Hall on the near sideline for a Virginia first down and 16 yards. It’s the Cavs’ first first down.

Sewell then tries to connect to Kris Burd on the deep ball, but the receiver was out of bounds.

On second down, Sewell finds Joe Torchia who is stopped immediately by Alex Wujciak. It’s a gain of six yards.

On 3rd-and-4, Virginia is spread out as Sewell finds Burd for a seven yard gain and another first.

4:20 p.m. — Turner works out of the shotgun and hands to Douglas for only a one-yard gain.

On 2nd-and-9, Turner throws incomplete, intended for Tommy Galt. However, Virginia is flagged for offsides, a nice break for Maryland.

Turner throws the quick hitch to LaQuan Williams, but there’s no gain on the play.

On 3rd-and-4, the Terps use five-wide and Turner throws high to Smith. Maryland must punt.

Nick Ferrara, again filling in for the injured Travis Baltz punts to Chase Minnifield at the Cavaliers’ 30. Terrell Skinner wraps him up immediately at the 31.

4:18 p.m. — Gary Douglas has checked in at tailback for the Terps and immediately carries the ball for four yards.

It will be interesting to see if Friedgen gives Meggett the Da’Rel Scott treatment for putting the ball on the ground.

On second down, Douglas carries up the middle and finds some nice running room. It’s a gain of 11 yards and a Maryland first down.

4:14 p.m. — Let’s see if the Maryland offense can rebound from the costly turnover. Meggett was moving the ball very well on the ground before the fumble.

I suppose we’ll see Davin walking around campus holding the football this week like Omar Epps in The Program.

4:12 p.m. — On second down, Sewell completes to Vic Hall for a gain of three yards. However, the Cavalier are flagged for holding, moving them back 10 yards.

On 2nd-and-14, Sewell hands to fullback Rashawn Jackson (he’s a load!) for a three-yard gain.

Sewell works from the shotgun on third down and hits Jackson out of the backfield, but the fullback is a yard short of the first. Virginia must punt.

Jimmy Howell’s punt is fielded by Tony Logan who calls for a fair catch at the Maryland 15.

4:09 p.m. — Much of the same that we’ve seen all year. Meggett carries for a nice 11-yard gain before coughing up the football. Virginia recovers at its own 24.

A promising drive ruined.

4:08 p.m. — Meggett carries to the left for a gain of nine yards, and the Cavaliers are offside. The Terps will obviously decline the penalty.

On 2nd-and-1, Smith lines up at quarterback (Wildcat?) and keeps it for no gain. Virginia was ready for that one.

On third down, Meggett takes the carry off right-guard and picks up five yards and a first down. The ball is now on the Virginia 35-yard line.

4:06 p.m. — Virginia kicks it short to Gary Douglas (and away from Torrey Smith), and the ball is returned to the 40-yard line.

On first down, Maryland comes out with four wide and hands the ball to Meggett right up the middle for a gain of 10 and a first down. Nice start for the ground game.

4:04 p.m. — A really nice tribute to Jack Heise today. Not a moment of silence but a moment of cheering for one of the Terps’ all-time supporters.

Maryland will receive to begin the game.

3:59 p.m. — Wide receiver Kerry Boykins will carry the American flag on the field today, and defense back Jamari McCollough, a native Baltimorean, will carry the Maryland state flag.

3:57 p.m. — One of the few bright spots for the Terps this season as been explosive receiver/kick returner Torrey Smith.

The sophomore needs only 155 all-purpose yards to reach the 3,000 mark for his career. Only eight other Terps have reached the 3,000-yard mark, and only Lamont Jordan (4,960 yards) has reached the 4,000 mark.

3:52 p.m. — Maryland’s honorary captains for today’s game are Tim Cesa and Larry Webster.

Webster, of course, played on the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV defense and was a key member of the defensive line rotation.

3:47 p.m. — As I mentioned earlier, the Terps must get the running game going this afternoon. Though Maryland has to abandon the running game early last week after following behind by a huge margin, 30 rushes for 62 yards simply won’t get it done.

Davin Meggett has struggled to find running room, gaining only 155 yards on 50 carries for a 3.1 YPC average.

The Terps will also use RS frosh Gary Douglas and true freshman Caleb Porzel who saw his first collegiate action against the Demon Deacons last week.

I know at least one Terps fan (Rich from Westminster) will agree wholeheartedly on this, but Ralph Friedgen must use the talented Porzel after burning his redshirt. The freshman was very impressive in summer practice and just might be the spark that the running game needs.

Regardless of who receives the carries, the offensive line must do a better job opening running lanes for the Terrapin backs.

3:35 p.m. — University officials have to be disappointed with the weather for today’s Homecoming game. Tickets were still available for today’s game, and the weather will surely keep many spectators away.

We’re less than 30 minutes away from kickoff, and it is VERY empty in Byrd right now.

3:3o p.m. — This will be the 74th meeting between Maryland and Virginia. Maryland leads the all-time series by a 41-30-2 margin. The two schools first met in 1919, and the Terps have played Virginia more than any other school.

3:28 p.m. — Maryland is currently out on the field going through its pregame warmups, and Campbell is dressed and lining up at left tackle. A great sign for the Terps to have the big man back at left tackle.

The Terps are dressed in red jerseys and red pants for Homecoming.

3:25 p.m. — Maryland’s defense will try to rebound from surrendering 516 yards and 42 points against Riley Skinner and Wake Forest last week.

Freshman linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield broke his hand last week but will attempt to play with the broken hand heavily wrapped in a club. Hartsfield has played well recently, earning ACC Freshman of the Week honors against Clemson two weeks ago.

Since taking the reins of the Virginia offense, Jameel Sewell has led the Cavaliers to two consecutive wins. The senior quarterback is very dangerous on the ground, leading the team in rushing attempts (77) and is second in net yards (117).

3:18 p.m. — The Terps hope to avenge last season’s 31-0 blowout in Charlottesville. Al Groh’s Cavaliers have been revitalized after an 0-3 start that included a home loss to FCS school William & Mary and a road loss to Southern Mississippi.

The Cavaliers have won back-to-back games against North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Indiana.

The Terps will likely catch a break against Virginia today as it appears starting running back Mikell Simpson will not play after suffering a neck injury. Simpson has enjoyed success against the Terps in the past, rushing for 200 yards and gaining 165 receiving yards in his career against Maryland.

Torrey Mack would most likely start in Simpson’s place.

The Terps will need to establish the running game this afternoon, both because of the weather and Virginia’s pass defense. The Cavaliers have not allowed more than 190 passing yards in a game all season.

Maryland’s running game has struggled this season, losing starting tailback Da’Rel Scott against Clemson (broken wrist) and having such an inexperience offensive line. It is unclear how much (or if) starting left tackle Bruce Campbell (knee) will play, so if the junior cannot go, it once again leaves center Phil Costa as the only returning starter from last season.

The offensive line has clearly been a concern all season, but its play will be critical to Maryland’s chances this afternoon.

3:00 p.m. — Good afternoon from a very soggy, chilly Byrd Stadium, as the Terps (2-4, 1-1 in the ACC) are set to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (2-3, 1-0) at 4:00 p.m.

It is raining and will be throughout the afternoon with the temperature in the mid- to low-40s. It’s definitely not the ideal forecast for Maryland’s Homecoming, but a win would go a long way for Terps fans’ damp spirits.

Maryland desperately needs a victory after being thoroughly manhandled in Winston-Salem against Wake Forest last Saturday, 42-32. If you were able to view the game (only available on ESPN360), it was very apparent the final score did not reflect how much of a mismatch it truly was.

Today’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Todd Harris and JC Pearson providing the call. Be sure to stay right here as I’ll be blogging throughout the game and providing updates on WNST’s Twitter feed.

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Defense with no answers, Terps lose 42-32

Posted on 10 October 2009 by Luke Jones

If it couldn’t get any worse than the opener against Cal, the Terrapins’ first-half effort in Winston-Salem came close.

Maryland fell behind 35-10 at halftime and couldn’t recover as Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Demon Deacons to a 42-32 victory.

The Wake Forest offense simply marched up and down the field throughout the half with little resistance. Don Brown’s defense surrendered 516 total yards for the game and did not force a punt until late in the second quarter.

Terps quarterback Chris Turner passed for 307 yards, but much of it came after Maryland was forced to abandon the running game after falling behind early. The senior tossed two scores to Adrian Cannon and another to Torrey Smith.

The loss ends the Terps’ brief stay at the top of the ACC Atlantic Division and brings their record to 2-4.

Next week, the Terps return to College Park for Homecoming Weekend to take on Virginia.

If you’re interested in joining WNST and Terps fanatic Glenn Clark for our bus trip to the game, check out the trips section at the top of the page.

You can check out tonight’s box score here.
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9:46 p.m. — This one really wasn’t as close as the final score indicated, as Wake Forest really lost its intensity after leading by 25 at halftime.

The Terps fall to 2-4 and 1-1 in the ACC while Wake Forest (4-2) improves its conference record to 2-1.

9:39 p.m. — We’re having internet issues again at the Glenn Clark household, but we did get to see Turner’s touchdown pass to Torrey Smith, making it a 42-32 game.

The bad news is there’s only 1:31 remaining in the game.

9:33 p.m. — Turner has carried the ball a ton in this game. Sixteen carries to be exact.

The problem? Only 27 yards.

9:31 p.m. — We’re down to only 3:47 remaining, and the Demon Deacons have eclipsed the 500 yard mark for the first time since 2004.

Skinner throws incomplete to Williams, and Wake will have to punt with 3:20 remaining.

Logan fields the punt and is absolutely crushed by Joe Hall. Might want to call for a fair catch there, Tony.

9:24 p.m. — After the first couple weeks, Terps fans were circling next week’s battle with Virginia as an easy win, but it’s hard not to worry now as Al Groh’s Cavaliers blasted Indiania today, 47-7.

Yes, it was only Indiana, but considering how poorly Virginia was playing over the first couple weeks and how much better they’ve looked of late, nothing is a given.

9:19 p.m. — I apologize for the delay. The ESPN360/internet connection just went out.

And as we’re back, Turner throws an interception into the end zone, the ball picked off by Domonique Tate.

That’ll do it right there.

Under eight minutes to play now, and the Terps still trail by 17.

9:11 p.m. — The Terps will try it, after all. Ferrara then just pooches it inside the 10, and Pendergrass must retrieve and can only return the ball to the 12.

A three-and-out here would give the Terps a prayer at least.

Pendergrass then runs the ball right for a gain of five.

Working out of the shotgun, Skinner hands the ball off and Wujciak bottles up Pendergrass after only a gain of one. Nice defense there.

On 3rd-and-4, the Terps bring the pressure as Skinner finds Adams coming out of the backfield. However,

9:09 p.m. — Ferrara lined up for the onside kick, but the Demon Deacons take a timeout. You would think Friedgen will kick it away now, but we’ll see.

9:07 p.m. — Turner throws to the end zone incomplete, but cornerback Kenny Okoro is flagged for defensive holding, giving the Terps a first down at the Wake 16.

From the shotgun, Turner feels the pressure and keeps for a gain of one. He then finds Cannon who breaks a tackle and gets into the end zone for a Maryland touchdown.

Maryland will go for the two-point conversion to try to make it 42-25. Turner rolls right and then throws back to Meggett, and the back finds his way into the end zone.

11:00 remaining and the Terps trail 42-25.

9:05 p.m. — On 2nd-and-10, Turner throws to Cannon who fights for a first down. Maryland is down to the Wake 32-yard line.

Turner then keeps it to the right and gains six yards.

If you’re looking for another positive, the offense has not turned the ball over tonight.

Does that help?

9:03 p.m. — Just 13 minutes to go in this one. On 3rd-and-8, Turner cannot find anyone but keeps it and picks up the first down.

The senior quarterback then finds Smith on the far sideline for another first down.

The Terps have played better in the second half, but that’s not exactly saying anything, is it?

9:01 p.m. — Carl Russell just got to Skinner for a sack, setting up another 3rd-and-long situation for Wake. The problem is the Deacons have been outstanding on those situations tonight.

On 3rd-and-17, Skinner must throw it away, but here comes a flag. Maryland is called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, a 15-yard penalty.

Wake Forest will go for it on 4th-and-2.  Pendergrass is stuffed on the play, and the Terps will take over on downs.

Comeback?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

8:55 p.m. — The highlights of the game…well…the barbecue chicken pizza Glenn and I ordered wasn’t too shabby.  And the cold brews were a plus.

Other than that?

8:53 p.m. — On 3rd-and-17, Skinner rolls out to the right and finds Williams for a first down. This is just depressing.

Thankfully, we’ve reached the end of the third quarter.

Wake Forest 42, Maryland 17

8:51 p.m. — On 2nd-and-10, Smith makes a catch on the near sideline, picking up about five yards.

Turner then works from the shotgun on third down, stares down the receiver Kerry Boykins and throws incomplete.

The Terps will go for it on fourth down, and Russell absolutely destroys Turner after beating left guard Lamar Young.

Terrible.

8:49 p.m. — An excessive celebration call forces Wake to kick off from its own 15, but Smith is only able to return the kick to the 37.

Turner throws the hitch to Smith who picks up seven yards on the playf.

On second down, Douglas gets the ball and runs up the middle for a gain of only a couple, setting up 3rd-and-1. Douglas then picks up the first down with a run up the middle.

8:43 p.m. — Givens is wide open and Skinner finds him for the 27-yard touchdown. Chisholm appeared to be the man who was supposed to be covering him.

What little hope the Terps may have had ended right there.

Wake Forest 42, Maryland 17.

8:42 p.m. — On third down, Adams catches the pass and picks up the first down after Hartsfield blows the tackle. The ball is on the Maryland 28.

Adams runs right on first down for a gain of one. A turnover would be nice here.

8:41 p.m. — A holding call will move Wake Forest back to their own 44. Skinner works from the shotgun and finds Given wide open underneath as the receiver picks up the first down.

On first down, Skinner is nearly sacked by Hartsfield, forcing the quarterback to throw it away. The senior quarterback then throws incomplete, setting up a 3rd-and-10.

8:37 p.m. — Wake takes over at its own 31-yard line. Skinner finds Williams after rolling out to the right, and the receiver picks up the first down.

Givens then gets the ball and picks up eight. The Deacons are on the move, already into Maryland territory.

8:35 p.m. — Douglas then runs to the 4, setting up 2nd-and-3.

Turner will then keep it as he runs right, but he is stopped just short of the first down.

Big play here as Maryland shifts to the shotgun. Turner throws incomplete as the ball is tipped away and nearly picked off.

On fourth down, Turner throws the fade to Adrian Cannon, and it’s a touchdown for the Terps! Ferrara’s extra point will make the score 35-17.

It’s nice to see a little bit of life out of this team.

8:31 p.m. — Turner throws left to Smith to the 18-yard line, setting up 3rd-and-2 for the Terps.

Turner keeps the ball and runs down to the 10, giving Maryland another first down. Pinegar made a nice block after pulling on the play.

8:29 p.m. — It’s nice seeing the Terps get the ball to Gary Douglas, who just took a screen pass and scampered all the way down to the Wake 27-yard line. However, he was shaken up after being brought down.

On first down, Meggett picks up about four yards.

8:26 p.m. — On second down, Adams takes the pitch to the right side, but Wake is flagged for a block below the waist, making it 2nd-and-25.

Skinner throws the ball away on the next play, and now we have a holding call against the Demon Deacons. Wake looking sloppy to begin the second half.

On 3rd-and-33, Wake runs the draw and Wujciak brings down Adams after a minimal gain.That series was more a product of Wake Forest mistakes than Maryland defense.

8:20 p.m. — On 3rd-and-8, Turner’s pass is batted down, and Maryland will have to punt.

Ferrara’s punt goes to the Wake 37, and Riley Skinner and the Deacons will take over for their first possession of the second half.

8:19 p.m. — Maryland will receive to begin the second half. The kick goes into the end zone for a touchback.

The Terps will start the second half at the 20, and let’s see if the Terps can make this one respectable.

On first down, Turner keeps it for five yards. Maryland is going no-huddle, and Turner hits Smith for a first-down completion to the 31.

8:03 p.m. — Wake Forest has 381 total yards—at halftime. The Terps have 74.

The Florida-LSU game is looking VERY tempting right now.

7:57 p.m. — Turner keeps it on third down and picks up the first down.

He then finds Tyler, but a nice open-field tackle will force the Terps to use their last timeout.

On 2nd-and-5, Turner is sacked by John Russell up the middle, beating Phil Costa on the play. So much for that drive.

R.J. Dill is then flagged for a false start. With just a few seconds remaining, Turner throws incomplete as he tries to find Smith downfield.

We’ve reached the end of the first half. Wake Forest leads 35-10.

What does Ralph Friedgen tell his squad at halftime?

7:53 p.m. — Just over a minute remaining in the first half.

On 2nd-and-10, Turner finds Ronnie Tyler over the middle, setting up third down with only a yard to go. The Terps will use a timeout with 55 seconds remaining in the half.

7:51 p.m. — Turner just tried to throw the ball to Meggett, and the back drops it. That’s about right.

On third down, Turner finds Adrian Cannon for the first down.

7:49 p.m. — On 2nd-and-11, Skinner cannot find an open man and is sacked by Hartsfield.

On 3rd-and-12, the secondary covers well, forcing the senior quarterback to run. Skinner only gains one, and WAKE FOREST WILL PUNT.

A moral victory for the Terps, I suppose. Tony Logan finally gets to field a punt and calls for the fair catch.

7:45 p.m. — Pendergrass runs left for another massive gain before Perez saves the touchdown by tripping him up at the Wake 47.

Pendergrass then runs right for another nice gain.

On 2nd-and-1, Pendergrass runs inside, but there’s a flag on the play. Holding on Wake Forest.

7:43 p.m. — Turner is clearly shaken due to the poor protection. He just bounced one to Smith on a short pass.

On third down, Turner throws incomplete to Smith.

Maryland will punt. Anything else good on TV tonight?

7:42 p.m. — All you need to know about this one:

Riley Skinner is 14 of 17 for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

Embarrassing.

7:40 p.m. — Porzel gets the pitch and runs left for only a yard.

On second down, Turner calls a timeout with 4:17 remaining.

Can’t wait til the pizza gets there. This one is tough to watch.

7:38 p.m. — Skinner is 13 for 15 right now.

On 2nd-and-7, Skinner throws a beautiful ball into the end zone, but Williams cannot bring it in. Williams had a step on Anthony Wiseman there.

On a positive note, that’s better coverage than what we’ve seen for most of the night.

On 3rd-and-7, Skinner finds a wide-open Parker running a seam route. Touchdown.

This defense is worse tonight than it was against Cal. Something I didn’t think was possible.

35-10.

7:36 p.m. — Jackson takes the kick and returns it to the Wake 24-yard line.

Skinner works from the gun on first down and is sacked. Good pressure that time from the defense. Ben Pooler is credited for the sack.

On 2nd-and-14, Skinner finds Rinfrette for a nice gain, setting up a manageable 3rd-and-9. Skinner then finds a wide-open Brown for a huge gain. No pressure and Brown has no one within 10 yards of him.

Wake has a first down at the Maryland 23-yard line.

7:31 p.m. — On 2nd-and-11, Turner tries to throw downfield, but Dorty gets him again. The right side of the line is just getting killed.

On 3rd-and-17, Turner works out of the gun and throws underneath to Smith, but Wake wraps him up quickly.

Ferrara will attempt a 50-yard field goal from the right hash. It’s good.Very impressive.

28-10 with 7:27 to go in the first half.

7:28 p.m. — Turner finds Tommy Galt for a big gain and only Maryland’s second first down.

On the next play, Franklin calls a screen to Gary Douglas who picks up nice yardage all the way down to the Wake 30-yard line.

Nice to see the offense has a pulse at least.

7:25 p.m. — Adams runs for another first down all the way down to the Terps’ 31. A team of tackling dummies might be more effective at this point.

Receiver Chris Givens gets the ball but slips for a loss of one.

On the next play, Darin Drakeford comes on the blitz, but Skinner is able to throw the ball away.

On 3rd-and-11, Skinner, working from the gun, finds Givens for a 31-yard touchdown. All day to throw there, and the rout is officially on, Terps fans.

Wake Forest leads, 28-7, with 10:28 remaining in the half.

7:21 p.m. — Wake takes over and Skinner hits Jordan Williams for six yards. Skinner is red hot right now.

On second down, Adams runs right and picks up the first down as the Deacons are into Maryland territory.

Anyone bother to tell the Maryland defense the game started at 6:30?

7:18 p.m. — Cory Jackson gets the first-down carry and only picks up one yard. The offense badly needs a drive here, if only to keep the defense off the field.

On 2nd-and-9, the Terps give it to Smith who runs right for four yards.

Needing five yards on third down, Turner works from the gun and is sacked by defensive end Tristan Dorty. This one is getting very ugly very quickly.

Ferrara punts and Wake Forest calls for a fair catch at its own 43.

7:16 p.m. — Wake Forest already has 11 first downs—in one quarter of play.

This one has the potential to be a long night if things don’t turn around quickly.

Smith with a nice return that will be called back by an illegal block in the back by Emani Lee-Oddai. The penalty moves the Terps back to their own 15.

7:13 p.m. — On 2nd-and-5, Pendergrass is stuffed by Demetrius Hartsfield.

On third down, Skinner has ALL day and finds Williams in the end zone for the touchdown. No pressure whatsoever on that one, so you can’t expect the secondary to cover for that long.

End of the first quarter, Wake 21, Maryland 7.

7:11 p.m. — The 360 feed went out temporarily, and it picks up with Wake Forest at the Maryland 15. The defense just has no answer for the Wake offense in the early going.

A holding penalty will negate a Pendergrass run and move the Demon Deacons back to the Maryland 25.

Skinner hits Parker over the middle and down to the Maryland 10, setting up 2nd-and-6.

7:07 p.m. — On first down, the Terps pressure Skinner, but the senior is able to avoid the sack and throws it away.

On 2nd-and-10 from their own 34, Skinner finds Williams who is brought down by Antwine Perez. They will measure for the first down after Williams grabs his third ball of the game.

7:04 p.m. — Smith gets it again (Why would you kick to him?!) and is leveled at the 23-yard line.

Turner works from the shotgun and will keep it but picks up minimal yardage. Maybe three.

On second down, Caleb Porzel gets the carry and is stopped in his tracks.

On 3rd-and-long, Turner throws underneath to Smith, but the speedy receiver is unable to pick up the first. Three and out.

If the defense doesn’t have a good series here, it might be a long night.

6:59 p.m. — On first down, Pendergrass takes the carry again and gets to the Terps’ 4. Maryland needs to hold Wake to three.

Well, so much for that. Brown runs right and is into the end zone for another Deacons’ touchdown.

Jimmy Newman’s point after is good, and Wake leads 14-7 with 5:20 remaining in the first.

6:57 p.m. — Wujciak stuffs Adams on first down again.

On second down, Skinner throws underneath to Williams. Cam Chisholm was barely able to trip him up.

Brandon Pendergrass then picks up the first down, running the ball to the Maryland 7.

6:55 p.m. — Working from the gun again, Skinner hits Marshall Williams for another first down. Secondary is playing soft as Skinner is throwing quick passes.

Alex Wujciak then stuffs Adams on first down. The linebacker leads the team in tackles with 52 entering the game.

However, Adams breaks free running right and moves all the way down to the Terps’ 20. The Terps have no answer on defense so far.

6:54 p.m. — Skinner throws to tight end Andrew Parker on a quick hitch, and he picks up another first.

Defense needs to buckle down.

6:53 p.m. — Ferrara’s kickoff is short but Devon Brown is not able to take advantage as the Terps’ coverage unit stops him at the 20.

Skinner works from the shotgun and hits Rinfrette in the flat for a gain of 10 and a first down.

6:49 p.m. — Meggett is stopped at the 2 on first down trying to run off the left guard.

Matt Furstenburg then drops one in the end zone. Turner hung it up there a bit, but the tight end still needs to bring that one in.

On third goal, Meggett is stuffed at the one. Maryland will go for it.

Meggett runs left again on fourth down and plows his way into the endzone. Nick Ferrara’s extra point is good, and we’re tied at 7.

Huge answer by the Terps after Smith sets them up with a spectacular return.

6:46 p.m. — Torrey Smith with a HUGE return for the Terps all the way inside the 20-yard line. The Terps begin at the Wake 15 and hand it off to Meggett who runs left through a massive hole.

First-and-goal for the Terps at the 5-yard line.

6:45 p.m. — This is my first experience watching a game on ESPN360. Definitely some awkward silence during the breaks with no commercials.

You would think ESPN would want to maximize profits by including a commercial or two.

6:44 p.m. — The extra point is good, and Wake Forest leads, 7-0, early in the first quarter.

Let’s see how Chris Turner and the Maryland offense responds.

6:43 p.m. — Devon Brown runs to the outside for a nice gain. Maryland cannot stop the stretch plays.

And on second down, Josh Adams runs outside to the right and takes it all the way for a 48-yard score.

Not a good start for Don Brown’s defense.

The officials will review the play to see if Adams stepped out of bounds. The call is confirmed.

6:40 p.m. — Wake Forest returns to their own 33 to begin the game, and we’ll get our first look at Riley Skinner and the Wake offense.

On first down, Josh Adams ran for six yards and was then stuffed on second down by Adrien Moten.

On 3rd-and-2, fullback Mike Rinfrette runs straight ahead for the first down.

6:36 p.m. — Maryland will need a big performance out of Paul Pinegar as he starts in place of left tackle Bruce Campbell. The young offensive line will need to open up holes for Davin Meggett and Gary Douglas. Of course, the Terps are without all-conference back Da’Rel Scott who suffered a broken wrist last week.

6:33 p.m. — Rich in Westminster, I apologize for my delay in getting the live blog up. Enjoy the game, buddy.

6:30 p.m. — I’m live from Glenn Clark’s casa to catch the Maryland-Wake Forest game. I cannot get ESPN360 through my internet service provider at home, so Glenn has graciously opened his door—and offered a cold beverage or two—for tonight’s webcast. Comcast SportsNet will air tonight’s game at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Terps (2-3, 1-0 in the ACC) hope to build on the badly-needed 24-21 victory they earned last week against Clemson. A victory in Winston-Salem would set up the schedule very nicely for the Terps leading up to the bye in three weeks. Maryland’s next two games come against beatable opponents, Virginia and Duke.

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