Maryland Comeback Falls Short; Lose 21-16 To GT

10/8/2011 6:26:14 PM The Terps played valiantly in the second half despite losing Andrew Gonnella for the season with a compound leg fracture. 

Edsall benched Danny O'Brien at the start of the second half and backup CJ Brown led the comeback.  Brown is a dynamic runner who demonstrated the ability to gain the edge and get downfield. 

Unfortunately, Brown is not that accurate of a passer.  Despite this obvious fact; Edsall felt that on the most crucial play of the game (4th and 8 down 5 in the 4th quarter); CJ Brown should throw a deep fade route that had a .001% chance of being completed.

Maryland could (should?) be 4-1.  Instead, the Terps are 2-3.  Perhaps, we can take solace in how the defense shut down the Yellow Jackets in the second half.  I don't like moral victories. They are for losers.

Now, the Terps have a QB controversy on their hands.  I still think Danny O'Brien should be the starting QB; but it is hard to argue that he is an effective player right now.  He's either forgotten how to read a defense or Edsall has him so confused that he doesn't know what he is doing.  Whatever it is; O'Brien needs to figure something out.

5 games into the season, and the Terps are on their heels.  They have not lived up to expectations and the fault for that lies at the feet of Randy Edsall.  I'm confident that Maryland would be a bowl team if Ralph Friedgen were still the coach.  Under Edsall, not so much.  I suppose I'm still bitter at the way Fridge was ushered out, and AD Kevin Anderson failed to bring in an exciting coach; but the first 5 games have only hardened my opinion.

I'm not ready to give up the season; but the Terps must beat Clemson or FSU over the next two weeks to have a chance at turning the season around.  FSU looks awful.  Clemson does not.  We get Clemson first.  Let's see if Edsall can right the ship by next weekend.
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