Terps Scoring too Fast?
Here is how quickly things have changed for Maryland’s offense: The Terps scored 14 points in each of their first two games. After scoring 51 points in their fourth game, Coach Ralph Friedgen said he would have preferred that his team have some longer, time-consuming drives before scoring. He was only half-kidding.
The good thing about scoring fast is that it will usually keep your team in the game on the scoreboard. The only bad thing, if it is a bad thing, is it means your defense will be on the field more and have little time to rest.
Eastern Michigan had the ball for 35:45 on Saturday. What’s more, EMU ran 79 offensive plays, 20 more than Maryland did.
“You want to keep our defense off the field,” receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. “But my mind-set is, Let’s score on every drive and let’s score on the first play. Might as well defeat their emotions early. That’s my take on it.”
Maryland had 13 offensive drives, and the Terps scored on nine of them. Pretty darn good. In the words of Wesley Snipes in “White Men Can’t Jump”: “It’s too easy!” (FYI, this link is worth it.)
Only two of Maryland’s drives lasted more than three minutes (both concluded with touchdowns). The longest drive was a 4:57 march in the first quarter that was capped with Morgan Green’s one-yard run.
“They couldn’t stop our offense, so it was our job to get the ball in their hands as much as possible,” defensive tackle Jeremy Navarre said. “The defense was on the field a lot; imagine if we had stepped it up a little bit more then the offense could have gotten the ball more. It could have been much worse than it was.”
The fact that the defense has been fatigued because the offense is scoring so fast, that has to play into the struggles of the pass defense, right? Or is the pass defense just weak?
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