Takeaways from Maryland's win at Boston College
By Rick Nelligan
After two years of waiting, the Terps finally showed up on the road as the defense led the team to a hard fought 24-21 victory in Chestnut Hill. Here are some of my observations from the game:
- The Terps defense has really come on these last few weeks, especially against the run. They held a team with the ACC’s leading rusher to 2.8 yards per carry. Montel Harris did run for 116 yards, but he had to earn every single one of them with the Terps defense swarming to the ball beautifully. The only reason that this game was even close was an incredible fluke play that was tipped to Boston College receiver Bobby Swiggert’s hands for a 66-yard completion in the fourth quarter.
- Safety Antwine Perez showed up in a big way on Saturday with two interceptions and a recovered fumble, finally coming through with the potential the Terps faithful knew he had when he transferred from USC. Also, his running mate Kenny Tate just continues to play at an MVP level.
- The Terps running game refuses to get going. The Terps running backs were only able to manage 2.4 yards per carry. It was against the best run defense in the ACC, but the offensive line must be able to get a better push and create holes for the running backs. Without the offensive line stepping up, I can’t see us having a chance against the likes of Miami and Florida State. Give credit to offensive coordinator James Franklin sticking with the running game though, not putting the entire game on his redshirt freshman quarterback's shoulders.
- I’ve seen different people calling for Coach Friedgen to take Torrey Smith off of kick returns, and I’m finally starting to agree. Smith does not look the same. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with his banged up ankle, but he’s way too important to our offense to be taking unnecessary hits on special teams -- especially when he’s not getting the same explosive plays as he was last year on kick returns. Let’s give Da’Rel Scott or Tony Logan a chance.
- Danny O’Brien looks pretty good for a redshirt freshman quarterback, especially for a guy that came in as an unheralded three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. I’m not putting all of my hopes and dreams into O’Brien just yet as star freshman quarterback Tyler Smith is waiting in the wings, but it’s still nice to see.
- Finally, the most important point. Maryland earned its first road win in two years and has moved to within one win of becoming bowl eligible. The Terps are a long way removed from last year’s two-win debacle. With Wake Forest coming to College Park next week, it looks pretty good for the Terps to make it back to a bowl game. Not to mention how it looks for both Friedgen and Franklin. I believe they still need seven wins to feel completely safe, but we just have to take it one step at a time.
- Special reminder: star Baltimore shooting guard Nick Faust is announcing his decision on where to attend college on October 28th on ESPNU. This would be such a huge signing for the Terps, building upon the signing of Sean Mosley a couple years ago and establishing Baltimore as a pipeline of talent once again. Faust is a special talent and would do big things at Maryland. Let’s cross our fingers…
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| October 25, 2010; 8:13 AM ET
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