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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.

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 7, 2008; 10:29 AM ET
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Franklin is a great recruiter but seems to think the end zone is on one sideline or the other w/ all his east west play calls (against a speed D no less). He rarely calls good plays in sequence. How many times did we throw deep or intermediate? Any quick slants? Chris Cosh uses a pass defense (3-3) as base D w/ LB's five plus yards off the line. Huge holes to run through. Should run a tight 3-4, gap protect and swarm. Fridge should fire Cosh or demand he uses better schemes that are more aggressive. These two get outcoached almost every week. Shameful and disappointing that the Terps are rarely put in position to succeed. Va Tech's O is always run, run,throw to the TE; spanning two millenia and we let them continue that. Just weak. UMD must do the opposite to win the Orange Bowl.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 7, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that the terps couldn't figure out the only thing Va Tech could do and that was run the ball. We made a bad offense look like Bill Walsh's 49er's.

Posted by: terps447 | November 7, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I think that if we played Galluadet, they'd all be able to hear by gametime. Whatever an opponent's supposed weakness is, it tends to turn into a strength against the Terps. I have no idea what to think anymore. And the crazy thing is that I don't think liklihood of our winning the division has changed at all.

Posted by: ICBomber | November 7, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Check out the hate mail on Schimmel's article (It wasn't as close as it looks" in the Diamondback comments.

Posted by: jack51 | November 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

the defense is horrible - they play like back in the days when we ran Mark Dubner's run and shoot on offense....and just run away on defense....last night was the difference between a good bowl game around the holidays, and just going someplace....depressing....this group continues to underachieve.

Posted by: outrbnksm | November 7, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It is really a shame what the program has become at the University of Maryland. Ralph Friedgen has zero ability to lead and inspire these players. After every poor loss, you hear the same sentiments of him not understanding how to reach his players. Cosh is ridiculous in that he's been statistically horrid at MD and has no business being the defensive coordinator. This team continues to lose game without a real fight nor do they show emotion. I think the bell has sounded for Ralph at MD. Also - can Debbie Yow actually understand what it will take to build a top 25 football program? Womens soccer and women's basketball are a whole different animal than major college football

Posted by: leed1911 | November 9, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

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