A long day for Maryland's defense
After four games, Don Brown, Maryland’s defensive coordinator, is concerned about he “wear and tear” his defense has experienced in recent weeks.
The unit was on the field for 82 plays against Navy, 85 plays against West Virginia and a whopping 98 plays -- the most Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen could remember -- Saturday against Florida International. The Terrapins allowed FIU to rack up 472 total yards in the 42-28 victory over the Panthers.
“We knew they had a really good defense,” FIU Coach Mario Cristobal said. “But we were able to move the ball on them. They gave us a lot of stuff underneath the coverage, and we were able to go fast and get the ball into some of our playmaker’s hands. We missed a few plays and they made us pay in the fourth quarter.”
Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten and cornerback Trenton Hughes each intercepted passes by quarterback Wesley Carroll, who attempted 58 passes and was erratic much of the game. The Terrapins also managed to stop the Panthers on fourth down at the Maryland 4 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we did a good job when it counted of getting our [butts] off the field,” Brown said.
| September 25, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
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