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Ten Things We Learned

Here are 10 things we learned from tonight's 31-0 Virginia victory:

1) Maryland can win or lose any game left on the schedule.

2) Injuries in the secondary are having a significant impact on the defense.

3) Leadership is a serious issue with a team that fails to show up to play a rival, especially a year after getting beat by that rival.

4) No one can inject life into a struggling football team like Maryland can.

5) Ralph Friedgen’s talk about “not reaching players” is starting to get old.

6) Good idea to throw to your most explosive player one or two or three times in the final 57 minutes of the game.

7) An onside kick should travel 10 yards, not 10 feet.

8) Making plans for a trip to the ACC title game is premature.

9) Maryland’s defense can make Marc Verica look like Joe Craddock.

10) Virginia fans should celebrate long into the night because the Cavs may not win another game this season.

Anyone have any others?

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 4, 2008; 11:58 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Fear the turtle!! You guys got your hat handed to you. The Hoos are certainly not great, but deserve more respect than you and your team gave us.

Posted by: sour grapes | October 5, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

The answer is pretty simple. Our coaching staff coaches scared. Ever since the middle of the 2005 season when Statham kept making boneheaded plays, Ralph, or whoever else has called the offensive plays, has gone the low-risk, low-reward route. So, we go three-and-out 50% of the time, but hey at least we didn't give up an interception for a touchdown.

Likewise, I think Cosh knows he's a terrible coach and thus goes with a simple, predictable scheme that is aimed at not giving up the big play. So we let a team drive down the field on us at 5-10 yards per play, but at least we didn't give up a 75-yard score.

The reason I think we beat the California's and Clemson's, while losing to the Middle Tennessee's and the Virginia's is because the bad teams gameplan to our tendencies and weaknesses and exploit them and our coaches don't make any adjustments. The good teams think they can beat us just by running their stuff, so they don't worry much about what we do.

As for the effort of the players, I think it's hard to put up maximum effort all the time when the coaches clearly don't believe in you and your clueless AD schedules games like an away game before 400 people at MTSU.

Posted by: Maryland's Problem | October 5, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

"May not win another game this season."

That speaks volumes about the turtle program under big Ralphie. The Hoos will win several more games this year.

Posted by: Captain Hoo | October 5, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the arrogance surrounding the mediocre Maryland football program? Someone please explain it to me. The lack of respect paid to the UVA football program I find appalling especially for a professional publication like the Washington Post. I'm quite sure that Virginia will win a few more games this year! After all, it is the ACC. As for Maryland, keep underestimating the Hoo's because we so enjoy beating you!

Posted by: Fear The Turtle (Whatever!) | October 5, 2008 3:55 AM | Report abuse

"The lack of respect paid to the UVA football program I find appalling especially for a professional publication like the Washington Post."
In the wake of buy-outs, who describes what's left of the POST as "professional"?
(Unless "professional" is a comparitive term, as in "more proficient than the Baltimore SUN"). At the POST, reporters have become advocates - so, for instance, they treat the TERPS gently, while denegrating the WAHOOS.
I've watched the TERPS whip California, saw MARYLAND play a great 2nd half against CLEMSON.
The MARYLAND football team is somewhat better than they looked on Saturday night - and VIRGINIA proved that it is far better than its previous four game record, better than the POST writes.

Posted by: lmiller328 | October 5, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Virginia lost to Duke, so I'm not sure why anyone thinks they should be getting "respect" from anyone.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 5, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Lindeman, we lost to Middle Tennessee! That's just as bad as losing to Duke.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 5, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

"10) Virginia fans should celebrate long into the night because the Cavs may not win another game this season.

Anyone have any others?"

By Eric Prisbell

Dear Eric;

I've got one. You are such a wonderful straight man. How about:

11) Maryland fans should give up on their team now. The coaching, leadership, and execution are atrocious.

FYI, I got a kick out of that well-executed onsides kick at the beginning of the second half. Loved the way the kicker looked over at the sideline with a completely hangdog look after his pitiful kick went 5 yards. And after you had a big blog article on him last week! He's really rounding into shape.

I've got a hundred such observations from the game.
Anyone have any others?

Ho Ho Ho

Posted by: Ho Ho Ho | October 5, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Yet again the post continues with its absurd negativity of uva football. I fail to understand how purported professional sports journalists can continuously, year-over-year denigrate uva football and always see uva wins - esp those over umd - as the other team's failure to perform. Accordingly and to acknowledge that uva - under marc verica (who has now started a whopping 3 games) -
10) Uva may be a much better team than anyone thought given its relative youth and inexperience. It may not win another game this year but tonight's win is proof positive that there is still hope for this season.

Posted by: hoobuc | October 5, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The good news is this hopefully means Groh stays and Cosh goes!

Posted by: GoodNews | October 5, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I think UMd is way too overconfident when it comes to UVa. You can point to any number of ridiculous Fridge quotes over the last 7 years. When it comes to UVa, he underestimates with disastrous results, and while UVa may not be true competitors for every match (USC), the team, the coaches, and the administration certainly work hard to prepare each week and absolutely show the other team/school respect. If arrogance and overconfidence were traits that could be harnessed mid game, The Fridge would have brought home 7 BCS titles. And calling the man what he is isn’t disrespectful to the UMd program, it is calling a sloppy, boastful, glutoness, wastefull, outspoken, overcompensated, insert-foot-in-mouth artard what he is. How can the man be so supercilious on winning 4 of the last 17 meetings?

Posted by: Wahoowah | October 5, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Lindeman, we lost to Middle Tennessee! That's just as bad as losing to Duke.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 5, 2008 8:49 AM

Hey, I've been the one arguing that we didn't deserve to be ranked, shouldn't start thinking this is actually a good team, etc. I wouldn't expect anyone to "respect" Maryland's accomplishments this reason, whatever that would mean. But the same definitely goes for Virginia.

Posted by: Lindemann | October 5, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"10) Virginia fans should celebrate long into the night because the Cavs may not win another game this season.

Anyone have any others?"

By Eric Prisbell

Sure Eric, I do.

11. Once again I am amazed (I shouldn't be by now) that a supposedly world calls newspaper such as the Post continues to print the drivel you likely write in crayon. UVA may not be your team or as close as to DC as College Park, but it is most certainly a hometown team. Virginia Post readers like me care about Virginia teams, not Maryland. Your snarky comments and the continual lack of respect that the Post shows UVA is pathetic. This year's UVA team is not a good one, yet they still handed Maryland their glutes last night. Another epic beatdown, in the vein of 2002's thorough whipping.

12. Maryland fans have a comical view of their program as some sort of power. Maryland continues to be a mediocre program yet for some reason its fans think they are contenders. Odd...

13. Maryland fans prepare for the next riot/fire because they will surely face another mindboggling (to them) loss soon - they expected to go to the Orange Bowl? Newsflash: Maryland isn't that good.

14. Smear the turtle!

Posted by: Virginia Reader | October 5, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.


Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

I am happy that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 6, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Both of your teams stink.


Intelligent College Football Fans

Posted by: brd119 | October 7, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Can't the author give credit for a game with the following characteristics:

1) a team showed up and did what they were supposed to do:
a) The third starting QB of the year for the team played better than in the past. Maybe its getting used to being the starter, practicing with the starters, and becoming a better leader.
b) The defense shut out the offense. 60 Minutes of not allowing a score is impressive, regardless of the quality of the offense.
c) A questionable Offensive Coordinator called a great game.
2) another team didn't show up.

Is it the fault of UVa that both happened on the same field at the same time?

Congrats Wahoo's you played great and won. You have been the better team of the two for the last two years, no one can take that from you.

Terp fans: Maybe the Terps will win more games than UVa, and go to a bowl, UVa certainly may not. But for a second consecutive year you are the loser in this game. If you don't show up, you can't have the bragging rights.

Posted by: awoohaw | October 7, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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