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Maryland-Wake Forest: Turtle Power live chat at 8:00

Posted on 12 January 2011 by Luke Jones

***Join us in the Turtle Power live chat at 8:00***

Urgency is on the Terps’ minds as they travel to Lawrence Joel Coliseum to take on Wake Forest (7-9, 0-1 ACC) at 8:00. Following a valiant effort in a 71-64 loss at No. 1 Duke on Sunday, Maryland finds itself in danger of starting 0-3 in the ACC.

The Demon Deacons, however, appear to be the perfect remedy as they’ve lost five of their last six under new head coach Jeff Bzdelik. Wake opened its conference schedule with a 90-69 loss at N.C. State on Saturday and has dropped games to nondescript schools Stetson, Winthrop, and Presbyterian this season — not exactly an imposing gauntlet.

The Terps have started 0-2 in conference play for just the eighth time in Gary Williams’ 22 seasons in College Park. The good news is four of those teams have rebounded to secure an NCAA tournament bid. Needless to say, there is plenty of season left when you consider how unimpressive the conference has looked beyond the top-ranked Blue Devils.

That said, Maryland finds itself in as close to a “must-win” situation as you’ll find this early in conference play. With the Demon Deacons considered by most to be the worst team in the ACC, a loss tonight would raise serious doubts about the current state of the Terps moving forward into the meat of the ACC schedule.

Tonight’s game will be televised on WNUV-TV in Baltimore at 8:00 p.m. with Mike Hogewood and Mike Gminski calling the action from Winston-Salem. As always, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for in-game analysis and watch the game with us in the Turtle Power live chat right here at WNST.net!

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Terps quarterback O’Brien playing well beyond years

Posted on 30 October 2010 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If you glanced up at the scoreboard Saturday evening, you might have wondered how Ralph Friedgen and the Terps managed to schedule Morgan State for a second time this season.

Maryland (6-2, 3-1 ACC) dominated all facets of the game in a 62-14 victory over a Wake Forest team (2-6, 1-4 ACC) that looked more like an FCS school than an ACC rival. The win makes the Terps bowl-eligible for the first time since 2008 — and after the first 10-loss season in the history of the program.

A soft schedule makes it difficult to figure out how improved the Terps really are — though a 48-point victory over a conference opponent will raise a few eyebrows at least — but the next four weeks will provide a clearer picture with the Terps taking on two teams currently ranked in the Top 25. We have to acknowledge the Terps, at the very least, are winning all the games they’re supposed to, a concept Maryland has struggled with in recent seasons.

Special teams play and and a emphasis on taking better care of the football have been major factors in the turnaround, but there’s no questioning one area in which the Terps have improved dramatically.

The quarterback position, with Danny O’Brien under center.

“He’s very intelligent,” Friedgen said. “He’s like a sponge, wanting to soak up experiences. He doesn’t get rattled if he makes a mistake, which is really quite a quality in a redshirt freshman. I think he’s going to continue to get better. I really do.”

Despite junior Jamarr Robinson beginning the season as the starter, the redshirt freshman O’Brien has seized control of the job more emphatically than any quarterback in College Park since early in the Friedgen era with Shaun Hill and Scott McBrien. He plays the opposite of what you expect from a freshman quarterback, taking care of the football (only three interceptions) and completing the throws the defense gives him (13 touchdowns).

Those three interceptions came in the fourth quarter at Clemson after the Terps had fallen hopelessly behind, eventually falling 31-7 in Death Valley. It was a rare time in which O’Brien looked the part of a freshman quarterback trying to force throws and making mistakes.

Entering Saturday’s game, O’Brien already held the freshman record for touchdown passes (nine) and added to that mark Saturday with four touchdown strikes despite being replaced by Robinson halfway through the third quarter with the game getting out of hand quickly in the second half. It was the most in one game by a Maryland quarterback since Joel Statham — one of several quarterbacks to frustrate the fan base over the last seven years — threw four at Duke on Sept. 25, 2004.

O’Brien finished the day completing 13 of 20 passes for 168 yards with the four passing scores to Torrey Smith, Quintin McCree, Haroon Brown, and LaQuan Williams. The young quarterback completed passes to eight different receivers in what’s becoming a trademark in his performances, diversifying the passing game and using a talented receiving unit that has been underutilized in recent years.

“Just getting into the flow of a game quicker and quicker every week,” O’Brien said. “I’m starting to [play with] more of a rhythm. I’m really confident just because I have playmakers all around me and a line that’s protecting me, so it makes my job pretty easy.”

To say O’Brien has played beyond his years is an understatement, but his performance is not as surprising to those who have watched him closely, especially Friedgen, who considered burning his redshirt eligibility late last season but decided against it. Offensive coordinator James Franklin immediately saw the potential in O’Brien by watching him practice a year ago, often looking like the best quarterback on the field.

Interestingly enough, I first watched O’Brien play in a scrimmage at Byrd Stadium in August 2009. For my money, he was the best quarterback on the field. Better than Chris Turner and Robinson despite having only walked on campus a few weeks earlier.

“He really hasn’t exceeded my expectations,” said offensive coordinator James Franklin. “I had very, very high expectations for him and our entire offense and our team. He’s accurate, he’s got good athleticism. He’s got a lot of the ingredients that we looked for when we recruited him, and all those things have held true.”

The freshman oozes confidence and efficiency for a Maryland offense that was plagued by the turnovers of Chris Turner and Robinson a year ago. The Terps offense now stands at plus-10 in turnover margin after Maryland committed an appalling 24 turnovers in 12 games last season.

That growing conviction has even radiated during his conversations with Friedgen, who shared how certain O’Brien was about beating Wake Forest, the college team he cheered for  growing up in Kernersville, N.C.

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Scrappy Terps come up short in OT, fall to Wake Forest, 85-83

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Luke Jones

Over the final 25 minutes of regulation, the Terps played the “rope-a-dope” against the bigger Demon Deacons.

After the Terps jumped out to a 23-15 lead in the first half, a 15-4 Wake Forest run erased the advantage and seemingly put Maryland on the verge of a blowout loss. However, every time it appeared Wake Forest was ready to seize complete control and put Maryland away, the Terps grabbed the loose ball, capitalized with a put-back, or forced a turnover, keeping themselves within striking distance despite shooting only 40 percent from the field and struggling with their half-court offense.

The scrappy effort—and huge 3-point baskets by Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes in the final minutes—landed the Terps temporary leads and eventually into overtime before Maryland lost its punching power, falling to Wake Forest, 85-83.

As has been the case for much of his four-year career in College Park, Greivis Vasquez kept the Terps (10-5, 1-1) in the game seemingly by himself, scoring 30 points and handing out seven assists. Unfortunately, even Vasquez ran out of gas in overtime, shooting only 1-for-6 and missing a key free throw. The senior missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining before Sean Mosley missed another, ending Maryland’s hopes of stealing a huge ACC road win.

Expectations were relatively high for this year’s team with experts pointing to the Terps’ experience—led by seniors Vasquez, Hayes, and Milbourne—as the main reason, but none of the three had what it took to get Maryland over the hump in overtime, as they combined for only three points in the extra period.

Aside from their late second-half heroics, Milbourne and Hayes were quiet throughout the night, as the undersized Milbourne (11 points on 5-for-15 shooting) wore down against the Deacons’ frontcourt and Hayes (8 points) never got into the flow of the game after first-half foul trouble.

And while Mosley (8 points, 13 rebounds) looked to be emerging earlier in the season as a consistent scoring option to complement Vasquez, the sophomore hasn’t looked the same since spraining his ankle in practice on Christmas night. Mosley has averaged just 8 points per game since coming back from the injury, though his defensive prowess cannot be overlooked.

So, once again, it was Vasquez needing to do it. It’s no secret the Terps live and die with the senior from Caracas, Venezuela, but it’s clear no one other than Vasquez could step up to help secure the win Tuesday night. To his credit, freshman Jordan Williams (12 points) stood his ground against the imposing Wake big men, but it was hardly enough to compensate for the Terps’ other deficiencies in the paint.

Maryland clearly lacks the talent of a young big man such as Al-Farouq Aminu (24 points and 13 rebounds) who can seemingly take over a game in the low post, so it must rely on its transition game and experience to come up big on the road. And while Vasquez did it for most of the night, his effort alone wasn’t enough.

It may not have been a game the Terps were expected—or even needed—to win, but it hurts knowing they came so painfully close to the knockout and a road win, something the Terps will need to do at least a few times this season if they want to be “dancing” in March.

Tuesday night could have been an impressive win to jump-start another NCAA tournament push, but instead, it will simply go down as a blown opportunity for the Terrapins.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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10:28 p.m. — SO close, but the Terps come up just short.

Mosley got a great look on the 3-pointer off the dribble after grabbing the rebound off the Vasquez miss.

Maryland falls in overtime, 85-83.

I agree with Gary Williams’ decision to go for the victory there. Just wish it had been a different result.

Back shortly with some final post-game thoughts.

10:24 p.m. — Smith hits the off-balanced runner to give Wake the lead at 85-83.

I don’t know how he made that.

Timeout, Maryland, with 14.8 seconds remaining. You would have to think Vasquez gets the ball here.

10:22 p.m. — A Vasquez foul sends Aminu to the line for two. He makes 1-of-2.

On the other end, Jordan Williams gets the tip-in off the Vasquez miss to tie it at 83!

10:20 p.m. — Two poor shots by Vasquez on that possession. No other way to describe it.

Maryland trails 82-81 with 1:01 remaining.

10:19 p.m. — Maryland gets out in transition, and Mosley takes it to the hole and draws the foul.

Can we PLEASE make our free throws?

Mosley drains both of them to make it a one-point game.

10:17 p.m. — Aminu picks up his fourth foul, sending Vasquez to the line. The senior misses the first but gets the second. Free throw shooting letting the Terps down here in overtime.

10:16 p.m. — Vasquez tries to draw the foul and puts up an air ball. Mosley grabs the offensive board but steps on the line. Gary Williams does not like the call.

Stewart hits another jumper, and Wake leads by 4.

10:14 p.m. — Ari Stewart gets the jumper to fall to give Wake a lead of 80-78 with 3:09 remaining. Timeout, Maryland.

10:13 p.m. — Williams misses two free throws. That hurts.

10:12 p.m. — Aminu hits a pair of freebies, and we’re tied at 78 with 3:45 to play.

10:10 p.m. — Vasquez hits the first basket of overtime to give Maryland the lead.

Wake cannot generate any offense on the other end, but the Deacons grab the offensive board. Following another miss, Milbourne pulls the board but travels with it.

Jordan Williams returns, giving Maryland a big lineup, but a few seconds later, Gregory fouls out. So much for the big lineup.

10:08 p.m. — As Glenn Clark pointed out on our Twitter feed (@WNST), it was hard not to think about another contest down in Winston-Salem when Laron Profit hit a game-winnter against Wake. Too bad we didn’t see a similar ending, but we’ll take overtime.

10:05 p.m. — OVERTIME. You’d like to get a better look than a Sean Mosley fadeaway jumper, but it was the right play by Vasquez to dish it to him.

10:04 p.m. — Aminu hits the free throw to tie the game. Timeout is called by Dino Gaudio.

10:03 p.m. — Vasquez with a huge jumper to regain the lead for the Terps.

A few moments later, Aminu pump fakes and draws a foul from Milbourne on a 3-point shot. A terrible play from a senior in that spot.

Aminu misses the first, makes the second, and Gary Williams will use a timeout to ice the sophomore on the third one.

10:00 p.m. — McFarland gets the tip-in off the Smith miss. Tie game.

9:59 p.m. — Hayes with a big three to give Maryland a 74-72 lead.

Maryland’s other seniors have finally emerged after quiet nights.

9:58 p.m. — Harris is fouled by Vasquez, and the frosh hits both free throws to give Wake a two-point lead.

Hayes cannot hit a deep three, but Milbourne chases it down. A moment later, Milbourne hits a THREE to give Maryland a one-point lead!

9:55 p.m. — Milbourne with a HUGE jumper from the corner to tie it at 65.

Harris hits another three to immediately grab the lead back, but Vasquez hits a three of his own. WOW!

9:53 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the second half with Maryland trailing Wake, 65-63, with 3:54 to play.

What more could the Terps ask for despite shooting only 38 percent from the field in this one?

9:51 p.m. — Vasquez almost hits the runner in the lane after being fouled by L.D. Williams, his fifth foul. That’s a big loss for the Deacons.

The senior hits both free throws, cutting the lead to two. Maryland continues to hang right there despite their offensive woes.

9:49 p.m. — Another offensive rebound for the Deacons will send L.D. Williams to the charity stripe. He makes 1-of-2 to push the lead to four points.

9:47 p.m. — Vasquez has now gone ice cold. It’s just hard to envision the Terps pulling this one out with no one shooting well at this point.

9:45 p.m. — Does anyone else get the feeling the deficit is bigger than only five? This game has the feel of Wake being in complete control, but the Terps are one big run away from retaking the lead.

9:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 timeout with Wake Forest leading by five points. Maryland is just doing nothing on the offensive end.

9:41 p.m. – Smith drains a jumper, and the senior now has 12.

With Vasquez out of the game, it’s clear no one wants to take the shot. Following the block on Bowie, Wake finishes in transition with an Aminu dunk. Ugh.

9:39 p.m. — With Vasquez now cooling off, it’s imperative that SOMEONE steps up for the Terps.

A beautiful look from Vasquez on the in-bounds play leads to a layup for Jordan Williams. Maryland trails by three points at 60-57.

9:36 p.m. — Great anticipation from Bowie, grabbing the steal and going the distance for the layup, giving him 10 points for the game.

Perhaps that play can get the Terps going with 10 minutes to play.

9:35 p.m. — We’ve reached an official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 58-53.

Though Mosley is the Terps’ leading rebounding with eight in the game, I’m beginning to wonder what toll the sprained ankle sustained on Christmas night has taken on the sophomore. The improved shooting stroke and offensive production we saw early in the year has disappeared.

Mosley has averaged only 8.0 ppg since the injury going into tonight, and he only has four in this one. He appeared to be the best candidate to become that second scoring option behind Vasquez, but it simply hasn’t happened since the injury.

9:30 p.m. — Padgett simply NEEDS to play stronger in the paint. Efforts like that are not going to draw any calls from officials—or any more playing time from Gary Williams.

Someone has to step up for the Terps other than Vasquez. Just nothing going offensively.

9:27 p.m. — Woods just ERASED that shot from Vasquez. Maryland then has trouble getting the ball in and has to throw it to the backcourt.

Vasquez turns it over, leading to a layup for Smith.

Timeout, Maryland. Wake leads by six as the Terps are having trouble generating much of anything on the offensive end.

9:23 p.m. — Smith hits a jumper from behind the free throw line. He’s been quite tonight.

Following a Mosley miss, Woods gets the jam and Wake leads by six. Danger time for the Terps here.

9:21 p.m. — A very smart play by Vasquez to draw the foul on the long jumper (foot on the line), leading to L.D. Williams picking up his third foul.

9:19 p.m. — Maryland is REALLY struggling on the glass now as the bigger Demon Deacons are beginning to show why they’re the top rebounding team in the conference.

We’ve reached our first official timeout of the second half with Wake Forest leading the Terps, 50-47.

9:17 p.m. — The one-handed runner by Vasquez cuts the lead to three. The Terps will need their leader to have a similar effort to what he showed against Florida State on Sunday.

9:15 p.m. — Mosley with a nice offensive board and finds Williams for a close-range shot. However, McFarland drains a long one for Wake.

Mosley with a beautiful pass to Milbourne, but the senior forward blows the layup. You cannot miss that shot.

9:14 p.m. — Hayes loses the ball out of bounds, Maryland’s ninth turnover. The Terps did a better job protecting the ball as the first half progressed, but it’s been a sloppy effort overall.

Aminu’s one-handed jam gives Wake a five-point advantage.

9:12 p.m. — Mike Gminski REALLY doesn’t have HD television? Wow, I thought I was the last one before finally seeing the light a couple months ago.

9:00 p.m. — Check out the first half stats right here.

8:55 p.m. — Gregory picks up his third foul with five seconds to go in the half. Not good, but I suppose it’s better than Jordan Williams picking it up.

Following a timeout, Vasquez misses a long three at the buzzer to close out the first half.

Wake Forest leads Maryland, 42-39. Definitely a disappointing finish to the half as the Terps had control of this one up until the seven-minute mark.

8:53 p.m. — Vasquez grabs the offensive rebound and is fouled. In the double bonus, Vasquez drains a pair of free throws for the Terps.

Smith misses a layup, and the Terps get out in transition, leading to Bowie being fouled on the layup attempt. The junior hits both freebies, giving him eight points. Bowie has played some quality minutes in Hayes’ absence due to foul trouble.

8:51 p.m. — Foul trouble is clearly plaguing the Terps as Williams, Gregory, and Hayes are all stuck on the bench with two fouls. It’s not coincidence the Deacons–and Aminu–began to wake up after that.

Harris hits a long triple to give Wake a five-point advantage. However, Bowie hits a RARE 3-pointer on the other end.

C.J. Harris just drilled ANOTHER triple from Raleigh to give him 13 points for the game. He’s only averaging 11.6 a game.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:47 p.m. — Remember when I said Aminu was hung over from Saturday’s loss? So much for that as the sophomore now has 11 points.

8:42 p.m. — A 6-0 run followed by a 7-0 run a couple minutes later has turned an eight-point lead into a 3-point lead for Wake.

The Deacons are on a 15-4 run since the Terps lead 23-15 with just over seven minutes to go in the half.

8:41 p.m. — Chas McFarland with a nice play, keeping the loose ball alive, which leads to the Harris layup. That looked more like a volleyball game than anything.

Harris hits a 3-pointer and Maryland’s lead is gone. Wake leads 28-27 with 4:15 to go.

8:37 p.m. — Maryland is beaten in transition again, leading to a Gary Clark layup and Hayes’ second foul. Clark completes the three-point play to shave the lead to five points.

Milbourne’s shot is blocked by Aminu, and the big sophomore scores on the other end plus the foul. Aminu hits the free throw, and the momentum has clearly shifted in favor of the Deacons.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:34 p.m. — The Terps continue to impress, holding a 23-15 lead and rebounding advantage against the Demon Deacons as we reach the under-8 timeout.

8:31 p.m. — Tony Woods with the big two-handed dunk, drawing a second foul on Williams as the freshman was beaten on the baseline. I guess my previous compliment jinxed the big man.

Gregory is fouled on the other end and makes a pair of free throws after a lane violation gives him a second chance.

8:30 p.m. — Aminu is definitely showing a bit of a hangover from his poor effort against Miami. The star sophomore only has two free throws and has not made a field goal in the game’s first 10 minutes.

8:28 p.m. — Jordan Williams with the block, forcing the jump ball. He’s continuing to be more assertive in the paint as a frosh.

8:26 p.m. — Vasquez throws it away as he was clearly anticipating that Gregory would cut to the basket. I know Gary Williams loves the junior forward’s energy, but he has to show a bit more of an offensive game near the basket.

8:24 p.m. — Smith is off to a quick start of his own against the Terps as the senior has six points.

Milbourne scores on the other end to push the lead back up to four points.

Following a Smith miss on the other end, a huge scrum with multiple players diving for the loose ball results in it going out of bounds to Wake. The Terps weren’t able to secure the loose ball off the long rebound, but it’s nice to see the effort after some uninspiring rebounding efforts earlier in the year.

8:21 p.m. — Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory have checked in as Vasquez drains another three. The Venezuelan is en fuego with eight points already!

Maryland leads Wake, 15-11, with 11:47 remaining at the second media timeout.

8:19 p.m. — Vasquez drives the lane and finds a wide-open Jordan Williams on the dunk, an absolutely beautiful look!

8:18 p.m. — Smith drains the long jumper and the Deacons regain the lead. Vasquez answers with a 3-ball.

L.D. Williams hits a triple of his own as we’re seeing a bit of a shootout right now.

8:17 p.m. — Vasquez posts up and hits the jump hook, taking advantage of the mismatch.

After Hayes picks up a foul, Ari Stewart misses a shot and it goes out of bounds to Maryland. Vasquez’s shot is blocked, but the Terps will keep it and then immediately turn it over.

Very sloppy start for the Terps in the turnover department.

8:12 p.m. — Aminu settles for another long jumper and misses. On the other end, Hayes splashes a triple.

We’ve reached our first official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 6-5.

8:11 p.m. — Mosley with the foul on Aminu, sending the big sophomore to the line. He makes a pair of freebies, and the Deacons lead 4-0.

Hayes with a beautiful dish to a wide-open Jordan Williams for the dunk, but the Terps are beat on the other end for a L.D. Williams layup. The Terps CANNOT get beat in transition if they want a chance in this one.

8:09 p.m. — Maryland with two turnovers in about 10 seconds. Not taking care of the basketball early with three turnovers in a little over a minute.

Jordan Williams did a great job defending the Williams dunk, but Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end. Maryland scoreless in the first 2+ minutes of the game.

8:07 p.m. — Maryland grabs the opening tip (dressed in red). Mosley misses the first shot of the game, but Aminu takes a three on the other end and misses. He can stay out there all day long if it were up to me.

Williams is called for the offensive foul a possession later.

8:00 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Maryland
G Greivis Vasquez
G Eric Hayes
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

Wake Forest
G Ishmael Smith
G C.J. Harris
G L.D. Williams
F Al-Farouq Aminu
C David Weaver

Steve Martin (no, not THAT one) and Mike Gminski will provide the call for Raycom Sports.

7:47 p.m. — As Terps fanatic and WNST host Bob Haynie astutely pointed out, the Demon Deacons’ size figures to be a serious concern for Gary Williams’s squad, but the Deacons are coming off a poor rebounding effort against Miami in which Gaudio criticized his team’s effort in boxing out.

The Terps won the rebounding effort against the Seminoles, an effort they will need to duplicate against Wake. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gary Williams show some bigger looks at times tonight by using Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory or James Padgett at the same time, with Milbourne sliding down to the 3.

7:35 p.m. — Good evening, Terps fans, and Happy Festivus as we await the start of Maryland’s ACC road opener in Winston-Salem against Dino Gaudio’s Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-1). The Terps (10-4, 1-0) are fresh off a conference-opening 77-68 victory over Florida State at the Comcast Center on Sunday evening. My apologies for the lack of coverage as I was returning from Foxborough after the Ravens’ huge playoff victory over the Patriots.

Wake Forest will try to rebound from a disappointing 67-66 loss at Miami on Saturday. The Demon Deacons are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu who leads the team in both points (16.8 per game) and rebounds (11.6 per game). The 6-foot-9 big man—along with 7-footer Chas McFarland—will clearly provide a huge challenge to Jordan Williams, Landon Milbourne, and the Maryland frontcourt.

Greivis Vasquez, as he’s done so many times in his four years in College Park, saved the Terps in the second half with a 17-point effort and 22 for the game, his sixth-straight game with 20 or more points. The senior drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to push the Terps’ advantage to nine points after the Seminoles were trying to climb back into the game in the final minutes.

Maryland has an opportunity to post its most impressive win of the season if it can steal an ACC road victory after a quick turnaround from Sunday’s game. Interestingly enough, both the Terps and Demon Deacons have lost to William & Mary this season, so both schools would clearly like to earn a win against an opponent expected to be in the upper half of the conference this season.

Senior Eric Hayes needs only seven points to become the 48th Terp to reach the 1000-point mark in school history. The guard scored 17 points against the Seminoles in Sunday’s win.

Tonight’s game can be seen on WNUV-TV in Baltimore (the Raycom Sports network) at 8:00 p.m.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for thoughts and updates throughout the contest.

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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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