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Another Strong Game by Turner

I have been thinking about the game quarterback Chris Turner played, and one play popped in my mind --- Maryland’s first offensive snap. Turner nearly threw an interception that might have been returned for a touchdown. It looked like perhaps the inconsistent Turner had shown up in Death Valley. During the first half, center Edwin Williams had some trouble hearing the snap count, much like he did two years ago, so that undoubtedly affected the offense as well. At halftime, Turner was 8 for 16 for 65 yards, but 25 of those had come on one play.

Turner completed 8 of 14 passes in the second half. But when those completions were made was the biggest thing. Turner completed three passes to Danny Oquendo, all for at least 11 yards, during the fourth quarter drive that resulted in Da’Rel Scott’s go-ahead score. And when Maryland got the ball with 5:36 left and looked to milk it, Turner completed third-down passes to Ronnie Tyler and to Da’Rel Scott to help run out the clock.

“We kept converting on third downs and you could hear the crowd start to get out of it, and the defense started to get down on themselves also,” Turner said. “Every week going into the game, that’s our goal, have long sustained drives that take time off the clock.”

Defensive lineman Jeremy Navarre said it was tough for Turner to put together two good games in a row last season. Now he has strung together three straight strong performances.

“I am feeling better, but I still have a lot to improve on,” Turner said. “That said, three in a row is not bad.”

Name the ACC quarterbacks you would take over Chris Turner at this point.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 28, 2008; 11:32 AM ET
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I would prob take that Riley Skinner kid from Wake but Turner is the man. 4-0 against ranked teams. Cool as ice in the 4th quarter. Took some late hits too and got up. Turner is a gamer.

Posted by: Justin | September 28, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I would take Turner over anybody in the league. Apparently the coaches, before the season, preferred Steffy.

Posted by: ewg | September 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Playing Steffy over Turner easily has to be one of the dumbest decisions in Maryland coaching history.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | September 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Gimme Steffy over Turner any day. He gives it his all in practice every time.

Posted by: Ralph Friedgen | September 28, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The late hits were pretty rough. I've been a big backer of Portis and Turner still under threw Heyward Bey on what should be an easy touchdown pass for a QB with a legitimate D1 arm, but I have to give it up for him. Kid did what he ahd to do and took care of the ball. He moved the chains. I honestly can't see MD losing if Turner doesn't turn the ball over. Thats the key to the season. Be Trent Dilfer for the Ravens and NEVER turn the ball over...

Posted by: Lee | September 29, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Of all the ACC QBs who have played in more than 3 games only Riley Skinner of Wake Forrest has a higher passing efficiency and that by only a very small amount.Close choice between these two.

Posted by: Win | September 29, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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