Time to Reflect, Bullet-Point Style
- Maryland's loss dropped the Terrapins into a three-way tie for first place atop the ACC Atlantic Division. The two teams Maryland now shares the top spot with are Florida State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles host Clemson this weekend, while the Demon Deacons host Virginia.
- The defense was not pretty tonight, folks. The Terps allowed at least 400 total yards for the fifth time in nine games this season. Oh, and Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans rushed for a school-record 253 yards on 32 carries. He broke the mark set by Mike Imoh against North Carolina in 2004. Imoh rushed for 243 yards against the Tar Heels.
- The offense was not much better. Da'Rel Scott finished with 10 carries for 11 yards. Ouch. As a team, Maryland rushed for -12 yards on the night. Double ouch. But as Coach Ralph Friedgen pointed out after the game, that number is not completely indicative of the running game's effectiveness because sacks count against a team's rushing total. You're right, Coach. In fairness, we should also mention that quarterback Chris Turner was sacked three times, which accounted for some of that negative rushing yardage. The offensive line did not look any shade of good tonight. Turner said he could not evaluate the offensive line's performance because he had yet to see the game film.
- Maryland's one offensive highlight was Darrius Heyward Bey's 63-yard touchdown on a slit screen pass from Turner midway through the third quarter. To state the obvious, that guy is fast. He put on the after-burners at about the 15 yard-line because at that point the Virginia Tech defenders already had given up hope of catching him.
Ok, digest all that for a few seconds. And then let us know: What does Maryland need to do to recover from this loss? Maybe more importantly, can the Terps recover from this loss? Who is most to blame? Who should be let off the hook?
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