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First Half Thoughts

Quite a first half for Maryland.

Running back Da’Rel Scott fumbles three times in the first 20 minutes, losing two of them and putting Wake Forest is scoring position. But Maryland walks into the locker room with a 13-0 lead.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has eight receptions for 94 yards, no reception more impressive than the juggling 41-yarder he made in the second quarter. Quarterback Chris Turner 20 of 28 passes for 186 yards against Wake Forest, which ranked first nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Scott completed a nine-yard pass to a leaping Heyward-Bey to open the scoring. Kicker Obi Egekeze had two field goals, one from 40 yards, the other from 39. The Terps set up the final field goal with an efficient 10-play, 52-yard drive in 1:03 at the end of the first half.

Wake Forest had no success offensively against a Maryland defense that has looked a lot different than the one that showed up in Charlottesville two weeks ago. The Terps have flustered quarterback Riley Skinner (8 of 16 passing) with pressure; on one series Trey Covington and Dean Muhtadi both had sacks.

The Demon Deacons also dropped several passes. And kicker Shane Popham, a redshirt freshman filling in for heralded Sam Swank, missed two field goals (42 and 47 yards). Wake has struggled in the red zone all season, and now we know why. Not sure how Wake is going to score more than a few touchdowns to pull this out in the second half.

Lots of empty seats in the upper deck. With the score 13-0, maybe more fans should come in the second half.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 18, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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Comments

As an expert that warmed the bench in high school our coach had a cure for fumblers like Scott. Either bench him and give Green and Megget a shot or make him carry a football around 24 hours a day seven days a week! That usually works!

Posted by: donmac | October 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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