FSU Knew When The Terps Were Running Or Passing

For me, one of the more unfortunate aspects of the Saturday's Tallahassee Beatdown was that it forced sports writers to dredge up the equally awful 70-7 drubbing Penn State meted out to the Terps in 1993. I was at that nightmare of a game. If it is any solace, that game was WORSE.  It was at home and if I remember correctly, the majority of the scoring occurred before halftime.  Put another way, Maryland was outclassed from the outset and never even mounted a fight.

Saturday was different (slightly).  The Terps actually held FSU in check for most of the first half before succumbing to the [insert a multitude of things]. 

That said, Maryland was clearly outclassed and I'm not trying to insinuate otherwise.  I fear that the results were not likely to be different if CJ Brown had not been injured.  It was as if FSU knew exactly what play we were going to run before the snap.  Oh wait.  They did. 

FSU starting defensive end Mario Edwards said the following after the game:  "(We) saw on film that if Maryland's OL squared their feet, it'd be a run. Legs spread, it was a pass."

Well that explains a lot.

Talk about a tell.  Sheesh. 

I hope the coaching staff is hard at work correcting this little miscue because every other team on our schedule is going to be looking at the OL's feet the rest of the season.

Defensively, I'm actually not as worried as I probably should be.  There are two reasons for this:

1.  Jameis Winston is an unbelievable talent and a likely Heisman candidate.  He has speed, strength, superior athleticism, and passing accuracy.  The Terps won't see the likes of him for a decade or more of college football.
2.  While I'm disappointed at how they laid down in the second half and quit; it's clear that they did give up.  It was a hot day, the offense was going nowhere, and they were on the field forever.  I think, if anything, their pride is a bit stung and they will likely dominate in the next game.

Lastly, the majority of the season lay in front us and the Terps can still accomplish the majority of their goals this year.  It conceivable (even likely) that they will be 6-1 heading into the home game with Clemson in three weeks.  As long as the OL doesn't tip the play and we get CJ Brown back healthy, I believe 9 or 10 wins to be realistic possibilities.


Author: Jeremy | 10/7/2013 11:50:32 AM | Tags: football, fsu |

Gameday: #25 Maryland vs. #8 Florida State

The older I get, the harder it is to remember little things like "when was the last time the football team or the basketball team was ranked?".  I'm too lazy to look it up but I know that it has been too long.  In order to keep the current "ranked" status from being a fleeting one, the Terps are going to need a Her [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/4/2013 9:25:35 PM | Tags: football, gameday |

Maryland Routs West Virginia

Today is a great day to be a Terp fan.  Not only did Maryland convincingly announce itself on the national stage; they did so against a border rival who has recently dominated the Terps. I honestly can't remember the last time Maryland pitched a shutout. I'm sure it has happened in the last 10 years but I can't remember.  Clearly, the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/21/2013 8:12:10 PM | Tags: analysis, football |

Gameday: Terps vs West Virginia

This game can be summed up in one sentence:  Are the Terps for real? Tomorrow's game in Baltimore is the quest for respect.  Maryland has easily disposed of its first three opponents yet there is been no recognition nationally.  That's probably deserved but it creates the opportunity for the West Virginia game to be the coming out [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/20/2013 9:10:56 PM |

Gameday: Maryland vs UConn

Today's matchup would be a salivating one if it were a basketball game.  Unfortunately, it appears that UConn football has fallen on hardtimes. The Huskies opened the season with a lowly loss to Towson University. UConn hasn't played a game since but the Husky faithful are not expecting much this year. For the Terps, the boys have a chance [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/14/2013 8:21:41 AM | Tags: gameday, football, uconn |

Maryland vs Old Dominion

Maryland played one of their best games in years last week as they routed and undermanned FIU squad.  The tune ups continue today as Old Dominion comes to Byrd.  As far as I'm concerned, games like this only offer negative consequences.  No one gives you credit for a win and a loss can ruin the season. ODU is much better than FIU [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/7/2013 8:44:42 AM | Tags: game thread, football |

Terps Open Football Season vs FIU

The prognosticators don't know exactly what to make of the Terps final season in the ACC. Surely, Maryland will have better luck and less injuries.  CJ Brown is the undisputed starter.  Far be from me to question the coaching staff about that decision since I haven't been at practice or seen any of our QBs throw a pass all summer.  T [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/31/2013 8:45:54 AM | Tags: football, game thread |

Trayvon Reed Officially Commits To Terps

2014 Top 100 recruit and 7 foot tall center, Trayvon Reed has committed to the University of Maryland today.  Reports are coming in from all over that he has verball committed to the Terps. Reed would be Turgeon's third top 100 recruit in the class of 2014.  Gone are the days when Gary Williams was picking through 3 star guys with no n [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/22/2013 9:54:56 AM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, trayvon reed |

Is Alex Len Really Going To Be Picked #1?

I feel compelled to address the groundswell of news reports that Alex Len is about to be drafted #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.  While on one hand, getting picked #1 is great for Alex personally and a great advertisement for the program; I'm troubled.  Here how I see it playing out: 1.  He's not ready to contribute and C [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2013 2:04:03 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Dion Wiley Commits To Terps

Mark Turgeon nabbed another top 50 recruit today (no. 36 to be exact) as 2014 shooting guard, Dion Wiley committed to the Terps.  Add Wiley to fellow 2014 guard, PG Melo Trimble, and the Terps have their back court of the future in place. It's further evidence that Coach Turgeon has created a new level of expectations for the caliber of ta [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/7/2013 1:20:38 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, 2014, shooting guard, dion wiley |
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