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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?

By Steve Yanda  |  November 7, 2008; 12:27 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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(1)LET OFF THE HOOK - Turner, Heyward-Bey and the other receivers, Meggett and MAYBE
Scott, who was playing hurt
(2)BLAME - (a) Offensive Line; (b) Defense;
(c) Coaches - pick a coach, any coach.
(3)PROGNOSIS - either
(and a minor bowl - maybe against NAVY)
or - sorry, right now I don't think the TERPS are good enough to beat the TAR HEELS, SEMINOLES & B.C.
(I hope to be proved incorrect)

Posted by: lmiller328 | November 7, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Well the good thing the next 2 out of 3 are at home. The bad thing is Chris Cosh is still the Defensive coordinator.

Posted by: terps447 | November 7, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

No adjustments by the defense in the second half was obvious and certainly unacceptable. Prevent, prevented us from stopping a nobody halfback and a one-legged qb.

It ammazes me the amount of money thrown into the football program and we see this consisitently inconsistent performance.

The Fridge is partly to blame for this weak offensive effort. The OLine was pretty pathetic in their run blocking and certainly in some of their protection schemes. no rushing attack. How can that be coach? you had a week off, and Va Tech is full of inuries and Freshman. Turner was pretty consistent at not paying attention to his blind side. No serious throws to our te. Oh well.

Being once again humbled on national tv is so hard to understand. Heyward Bey IS the only thing worth watching with this team. All of these great football facilities, and we can't keep great instate players, we can't coach our team to play UP to the competition(we do very well playing down to it), and we look totally lost in the process.

Posted by: bertoxterp | November 7, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Once again, the coaching staff did not have the team ready to play after eleven days to prepare. Tech did not do anything they have not done for years but Maryland had no game plan or any idea what to do. I really question what they do with their time. Friedgen makes too much money for what is happening. He has had little success since Gary Blackney and Charlie Taffe left. They should not be favored to win any of the last three games on their schedule. Dr. Yow has some decisions to make at the end of the year.

Posted by: miketerp1 | November 7, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Back to pathetic....Duke does suck, but sorry....hey Cosh, you suck too.
This is just too tough to watch anymore...will go to the remaining home games, have a great tailgate and give up my season tics for next year unless there's a change in management.
Sorry but there's no way the team that played last night will win another ACC game...first-to-last.

Posted by: BD-EC | November 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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