Terps Hold On Against Temple

9/8/2012 9:29:31 PM The Terps looked amazingly good for 30 minutes against Temple and then proceeded to look amazingly bad.  In the end, they came up with enough big plays on both sides of the ball to hold on for a huge win.

It's huge because the Terps need every bit of momentum they can hang their hats on and winning despite four turnovers does wonders.  Of course, the schedule only gets tougher and the young Terps must learn to take care of the ball if they hope to beat a school like Connecticut next Saturday.

I think the Terps can beat the Huskies.  3-0 would be a dream for this team.  They'd surpass last year's win total in September.  No one could have imagined that with so many true freshman playing skill positions.

Perry Hills showed me something today.  He's got good touch (that TD to Furstenburg was a thing of beauty) and some moxie (he hung in the pocket nicely on those jailbreak screens).  He still makes freshman-esque decisions but that is to be expected.  He improved from the William and Mary game and that's all we can for at this point.

Stephon Diggs will be a special player at Maryland.  He's a difference maker and the most talented guy in the locker room.  He'll see the ball more and more a the weeks go on.

The defense gave up huge passing yardage to a weak passing team. It's not a good sign but it mostly looked like blown assignments that can hopefully get corrected. Still, the defense has been stout thus far and will need to continue that trend against UConn. 

So far, all eight turnovers over the two games have been committed by freshman.  It's not at all surprising but belies the 2-0 record.  There are just too many inexperienced guys playing skill positions.  It's bound to catch up the Terps.  It didn't today and it may not next Saturday but it will eventually. 

For now, Edsall has to be feeling quite lucky given the circumstances.  He's virtually assured an improved record from last year (ridiculously low bar, I know) and the freshman will get better every game. Unfortunately, so do the opponents.

It's one game at a time.  Let's focus on a beatable Huskies squad.



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