Terps Fight Through Mistakes To Beat Canes 32-24

They gutted out a huge opening season victory in the face of a driving rainstorm in front of a sellout crowd on national television.  Take that sentence in.  Savor it.

Sure, the Terps performance against Miami left much to be desired; but a win is a win.  Much will be made of the following:
1.  Miami was missing 8 of its best players due to suspension
2.  Maryland's uniforms look like the State flag threw up on them (they are beyond awful).
3.  The Terps had seven trips to the red zone and came away with one offensive touchdown. 

Only one of those three things matter:  the red zone offense. The good news is that Terps moved the ball with ease against a stout defense.  They ran well and Danny O'Brien was sublime minus two bad throws (both in the red zone).  What's more the Terps don't play again until September 17th against WVU, so they will have time to work on execution inside the 20.

Look, it's the first week of the season.  They will get better.

Perhaps more troubling was the defense and special teams.  Ferrera was shaky on his FG attempts and he wasn't able to put one of his kickoffs inside the five let alone the end zone.  Ferrera's punt was a wounded duck too.  Kickoff coverage was also suspect.  Miami enjoyed great field position all night.

On Kickoffs, the returners (don't know their names yet) looked extremely tentative.  They stutter-stepped all the way to first tackler and barely got outside the 20 on most kickoffs. 

Defensively, the Terps were opportunistic and forced key turnovers that they turned into 14 points (they almost outscored the offense!).  However, Miami's offensive line largely dominated the line of scrimmage and the Terps were on their heels for much of the game including a brutal 8 minute fourth quarter drive that briefly gave Miami the lead.

The stars came up big when it mattered. Cameron Chism had two INTs (included the game sealer) and forced a key fumble.

Overall, the defense is clearly a work in progress; but I think they will improve as the season continues.  The talent is there. 

In the final analysis, I'd be remiss if I didn't highlight Danny O'Brien's work.  His deep pass that led to the final score was brilliant.  He demonstrated complete command of the offense and moved the ball with ease.  He's going to be a great quarterback.  The Terps can win an ACC Title with him leading the charge.

Now, it's off to prepare for a massive home contest against West Virginia.  A win there and the Terps are looking at 4-0 heading into the ACC opener @Georgia Tech. Sure, it's a long season; but tonight was one helluva start.
Author: Jeremy | 9/5/2011 8:15:36 PM | Tags: football, miami |

Maryland vs Miami Gameday Thread

After the firing of the coach who saved the program, a less than exciting new coach, and a massive scandal ravaging an opponent; we're here.  It's game day. Rain is expected; but so is a sellout.  Getting 54,000 people into Byrd Stadium on Labor Day is no easy task and the University is to be commended for its efforts. Despite havi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/5/2011 7:27:45 AM |

Football Opener; Jerami Grant Watch

The football season is upon us and the Terps have themselves a showcase game at Byrd Stadium on Labor Day night.  The Miami Hurricanes come to town to play in front of nationally televised audience (ESPN).  The University has done a good job of selling tickets and there is a good chance the game will be a sellout.  That's no smal [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/2/2011 8:36:00 AM |

The Olexiy Len Era Begins

As has been widely reported, the Terps have signed Ukranian phenom, Olexiy Len.  Len is somewhere between 6'11" and 7'2".  I'm not sure why there is a range; but I'm not complaining.  He recently average 16 points and 11 boards per game at the U18 FIBA Europe Championships.  That's the same Tournament where Hawk Pa [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/29/2011 1:03:59 PM |

Cleare Analysis

Pardon the pun; but I could not resist.  Last week was just insane for me and I haven't had a minute to put my thoughts together on Shaq Cleare's commitment until now.  In full disclosure, I just took a new job about a month ago and I've taken on more responsibility and unfortunately, Turtle Soup has been a casualty.  At least it [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/28/2011 6:17:23 PM |

Shaq is a Terp!

I'm sure many of you have heard about it by now, but many sources have confirmed that Shaquille Cleare, the 4-star center verbally committed to the Terps today. While many of us expected it, it's so nice to see the new regime close on a big time guy and hopefully this starts the snowball rolling to one heck of a 2012 class. Nice job Bino for [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/24/2011 8:30:08 AM |

Terps, Oops... Maryland Unveils New Jerseys

Say goodbye to the 'Terps', and say hello to 'Maryland'. Our new football jerseys were unveiled tonight in a fashion show on campus.  There are no more references to 'Terps' on the helmet or uniforms as we had heard in previous weeks and, in my opinion, most of the stuff is pretty cool. The black, white, and red jerseys are sharp and the [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/22/2011 5:31:07 PM |

Terps Open Thread as Requested

Sorry folks for the delay in opening up a new thread. There has been a lot to talk about in the past week or so.  From the Miami situation, which makes Ohio State look like they got busted for jaywalking; to the fact that the Terps are likely in a no-win situation on Sept. 5.  If they win, they should have considering the Canes may be [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/18/2011 1:50:01 PM |

Hawk Going Pro? Thin Gets Thinner

As if the Terps hoop team couldn't get much thinner, it looks like they will be losing another front court player as the Washington Times reported today that Hawk Palsson will be leaving school to pursue a pro career in Europe. As we know, Palsson played in the Under 20 European tournament in Sarajevo recently and after averaging over 20 pts. an [...] Read More »

Author: Gregg | 8/1/2011 3:04:11 PM |

Conversation With Prince Ibeh's High School Coach

Trusted reader and Turtle Soup recruiting guru, DBR had an opportunity to speak with Naaman Forest High School Men's Basketball Coach, Jeff Clarkson, about his star player, Prince Ibeh.  Below, in DBR's own words, is a summary of the conversation: TERPS PUSHING FOR A PRINCE Bigs have been on the minds of Terp Nation as new head coach Mark [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/18/2011 7:47:05 PM |
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