Turner on Losing, 'Dirty Play and Cheap Shots'
About 30 minutes after the 37-3 loss to Florida State, quarterback Chris Turner sat before a handful of reporters and said, “I am still kind of in shock.”
After showing consistency and poise for most of the season, Turner did not play particularly well against the Seminoles. He was pressured throughout and hit hard, and that falls on the offensive line. But he also overthrew some receivers and knew he could have played better. Turner, who had not thrown an interception since Oct. 4, threw two.
Because of the cold, he said the ball was harder and slicker, but he did not blame the ball for the interceptions.
“I was surprised,” he said. “It was something I had been pretty good about all year. It had a huge factor in the game. It was something that is squarely on my shoulders, and I have to get back after it” this week.
Turner felt the entire offense let the team down. He said the defensive linemen were probably the fastest he has seen this season. Turner was sacked six times, five times in the first half, and said:
“They play dirty, that’s for sure. They take a lot of cheap shots, but that’s kind of their MO though. What goes around comes around, and I can’t do anything about that. That’s football, you know.”
Florida State was called for a personal foul because of one late hit on Turner. When I asked Turner if there were any other hits that he considered “dirty,” he said:
“There were cheap shots all game,” he said. “I was getting hit on run plays all the time. That just happens. It’s part of the game.”
Turner said a defensive player talked trash to him and that he might have said something back, adding: “That’s Florida State. They talk and they get in your face. I’m not judging one way or another.”
He said Maryland still has a lot to play for and that players want to go to a warm-weather bowl.
“I think you will see a different team on Saturday,” Turner said.
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