Happy improvised holidays, Terps fans
By Rick Nelligan
What a fantastic improvised holiday weekend for Maryland. It all started off with a “Merry Faustmas,” (as coined by testudotimes.com,) when star Baltimore shooting guard Nick Faust committed to the Terps on Thursday. Which was followed by highly ranked Maryland men’s and women’s soccer teams, and top ranked field hockey team, earning themselves impressive victories Thursday through Saturday. And It was all capped off by the Terps football team putting a fear into the hearts of Wake Forest that no scary movie ever could on the eve of Halloween.
What an impressive, dominating performance by the entire Terrapin football team. It was the first time all year that all three units showed up against FBS competition for the Terps. It was all set up by the special teams unit early on. LaQuan Williams blocked a Wake Forest punt on the first possession on the game, setting up the Maryland offense with great field position on Wake’s 32-yard line. Then in the second quarter, Nick Peterson joined the party with a blocked punt of his own to set up the Maryland offense on the Wake 12-yard line. They really set the tone for the entire game.
On offense, the Terps were methodical, yet unstoppable. The only thing that could stop the Maryland offense was itself. They had 446 yards of total offense and held onto the ball for over 35 minutes. Quarterback Danny O’Brien continues to impress, showing poise and leadership on the field that is uncanny for a freshman. The Terps running attack was finally able to exit the witness protection program this week, racking up a dominating 261 yards on the ground, split largely between three different running backs. The offensive line was especially impressive today, giving O’Brien plenty of time to throw and opening cavernous holes for the running backs to burst through. They are finally hitting their stride after being hit hard with injuries, including a scary one to right tackle Pete DeSouza roughly two weeks ago.
Even more impressive was the Terrapins defense. They were so dominant that it is really hard to pinpoint any person or group, as literally everybody made good plays. A.J. Francis in particular was a disruptive force on Saturday, routinely blowing through the Demon Deacons offensive line and never allowing their entire offense to feel comfortable. The Terps defense had a field day in the third quarter in particular, when Kenny Tate and Ryan Donohue baited two different Wake Forest quarterbacks into pick-sixes. I could laud just about anyone on the Terps defense today, as everyone played extraordinarily well. I do believe it’s time to start the Kenny Tate for All-American honors bandwagon though.
When it was all said and done, eight different Terrapins scored touchdowns on the way to a 62-14 victory. Back after the win against Duke, I mentioned that the Terps had completed phase one, and were then moving onto phase two (becoming bowl eligible.) Well, phase two is now complete, as the Terps now have six wins and are firmly in line for a bowl appearance. We now enter the month of Thanksgiving, and onto phase three – winning the ACC Atlantic Division. At 6-2 overall, and 3-1 in the ACC, the Terps are squarely in the ACC Championship game mix. They still play both teams in their division that also have one loss in Florida State and North Carolina State, giving them complete control of their destiny, which is all you can really ask for at this point in the season. Let’s hope that at the end of the month, a shot at an ACC Championship game appearance is what we are all thankful for while sitting around our Thanksgiving tables.
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| November 1, 2010; 8:57 AM ET
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