Terps Play Like a Team Un-Possessed
While many Maryland fans will spend this weekend lamenting the performance of the defense -- and perhaps deservedly so -- it's worth noting this: The Terps defenders spend more time on the field than those of any team in the ACC. Maryland entered last night ranked 114th in the country -- and last in the conference -- in time of possession, holding the ball an average of 27:03 per game.
And guess what? Things got worse against Virginia Tech. The Hokies won the time of possession battle by the amazing margin of 37:34-22:26. That's what happens when one team rushes for 273 yards and the other runs for minus-12.
After a loss so thorough, there's plenty of blame to go around, but with an offense that is at its best when it strikes quickly (see Heyward-Bey, Darrius), the Terps don't do much to keep their defense off the field even when they are scoring points.
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