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Terps and Wake Forest: Tale of Two Defenses

Fans will get a glimpse of two very different defenses Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Wake Forest’s defense, as Matt Rennie mentioned, is a strength. The Demon Deacons rank first nationally in pass efficiency defense and sixth nationally in pass defense. Maryland’s defense has been inconsistent or poor all season. The Terps rank 95th nationally in pass defense.

This means it is essential for Maryland to find its running game against Wake Forest. And that means that the offensive line, which has been the biggest disappointment during the first half of the season, needs to play like everyone expected it to before the season. Maryland will need a big game from running back Da’Rel Scott, as well.

As for Maryland’s pass defense, cornerback Nolan Carroll should make his return against Wake Forest. But who is really expecting a dramatic improvement in the defense? It has been torched by schools big and small.

Other national statistics that stood out: Wake Forest is seventh nationally in turnover margin and 110th nationally in rushing offense.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 13, 2008; 10:03 AM ET
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If the Terrpains do not control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball Saturday from the start, the game with the Deacons will END in the first seven minutes and thirty seconds. Maryland has to play beyond perfect to beat Wake. We are not good enough on either side of the ball or coaching wise to come from behind. And it pains me to say this after rooting for the Terps for 35 years.

Posted by: Elwood | October 13, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The key will be the O-Line. They need to hit Wake in the mouth and get the run game going early and often (Scott also needs to run with some authority). Not sure that reverses are going to work against the Wake D. I think the run will open it up for Turner to pick them apart. Short/Quick passes will help with Turner's confidence and keep Wake on their toes. And then hit them up top with Hey-Bey. You have to be on your game (Off, Def, and ST) for 60 minutes against Wake so we can't have these good half/bad half deals.

Posted by: Darrell | October 13, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Line up Heyward-Bey in the Wildcat offense and direct snap to him (instead of all those Portis runs) and let him run wild. He needs 5-10 touches, minimum. Oh, and the crowd has got to show up early and be loud.

Posted by: Fredneck | October 13, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

You have some good ideas I will have to give you that

Posted by: Jaime | October 13, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse


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 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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