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Terps Win In OT On Ferrara Kick

Maryland freshman kicker Nick Ferrara kicks a 26-yard field goal to give the Terps a 38-35 overtime win over James Madison.

By Steve Yanda  |  September 12, 2009; 9:30 PM ET
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The only thing that would've been worse than needing OT to beat JMU would have been losing to JMU in OT. 1-1, much improvement needed

Posted by: PeteinAZ | September 12, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The defense shows no signs of improvement. The offensive line continues to struggle. Turner looked solid (Except for the interception), but would like to go down the field a little more (Probably can't do it though with the o-line struggling like it is). Running game struggles (Again, o-line problems). Wouldn't be surprised to see a loss to MTSU next week, but I am hopeful some things will get fixed by then (I'm not too hopeful though). I thought they were really going to bounce back from the Cal game and come out strong against JMU, but the defense really scares me. We are probably in for a long year, but I am still holding out some hope.

Posted by: djwilbur1 | September 12, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

The INT that Turner did throw, he had Canon open behind the safety. I'm not sure if Turner saw it, or if he really thought he could thread the needle into a TE that had already dropped two passes earlier in the game.

I was very impressed with Turner's poise in the pocket. The playcalling on his part (he audibled a few times into runs and screens) was what you would expect from a senior QB. It's a realy shame the OL can't give him more time to pick apart defenses, because he could probably throw for over 3,000 yards this season if he had more than 3 seconds to survey the field. It would also help if the line could give Scott and Megget some holes to run through. This team may very well have to go to a run-and-shoot style offense to keep the more talented defenses out of Turner's grill (VT, Clemson, Wake, FSU).

I don't know what that defense was doing, and I don't know what Fridge and Brown are saying when they say that everyone was in the correct position to stop the 70-yard QB run. The LBs were terribly out of position all night, and this supposedly more aggressive ball-hawking defense rarely knows where the ball is on any given down. They have yet to generate a turnover in 2 full games, and were barely getting pressure on a D1-AA team bringing a safety blitz every fourth play. The DL is not containing the pocket, which poses a significant problem against just about every QB in the ACC, and the LBs are not reading the play as it develops, often over-running the ball or getting sucked in too deep on pass plays. This defense is very vanilla with very few stunts being run, and a zone blitz that looks like the Chargers from Techmo Bowl 1994.

This team could be in real trouble if the defense cannot sort its issues out, because despite a very talented and capable QB and other skill positions, they will not be able to keep up with team that can score at will against this pathetic defense. I'm not ready to ask Chris Cosh to come back, but I'd be looking that number up if these problems continue to manifest themselves against MTSU.

Posted by: Russtinator | September 14, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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