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Don Brown: 'We were up in their faces the entire night'

The defense played very well Saturday against an overmatched opponent. It held Morgan State to 85 total yards, the fewest in a game during the Friedgen era. The biggest issue coordinator Don Brown faced all night was deciding when to take starters out to not risk injury.

“Obviously this week we were back in the mode of throwing the personnel groups in and out,” he said. “We had to tweak our lineups after the half because we didn’t want players getting hurt. We were able to stay aggressive after we changed the lineups even though they did a number of things formation-wise that kept us on our toes. Even after the changes, we were able to maintain our level of intensity.”

At times it seemed like Maryland knew what Morgan State would run before Morgan State did. All three first downs by Morgan State early in the game came only because of penalties. This game was domination from start to finish.

“We knew what they were going to run route-wise,” Brown said. “They had two or three different combinations from each of their sets, and our guys did a great job preventing deep passes and stopping their momentum. We were up in their faces the entire night, and I think that is because of the defensive line. I thought we did a great job taking care of what we needed to take care of. We need to continue this type of play to remain dominant throughout the season.”

Morgan State quarterback Donovan Dickerson said, "We thought we could expose the secondary, but once again we really did not have enough time to get the ball off. Maryland did a good job preparing for this game."

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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While I appreciate any Terps win, Morgan State was HOPELESSLY overmatched from the opening kickoff. Other than getting playing time for the reserves, I cannot see how playing Morgan is going to improve our team (nor will lining up Florida International as another sacrificial lamb; I imagine both received hefty paydays to play the patsy role). I know every other D-1 school does the same thing, but for Maryland to improve we need to raise the bar on our competition so we can see how well our team plays against other D-1 schools before conference play begins.

I'm glad W.Va. is back on the schedule; we should play them every year as they are our closest football rivalry. Adding Rutgers or Syracuse, or S. Carolina or Kentucky, or Wisconsin or Michigan State, or Texas A&M or Missouri, would give us a better measuring stick of how far we've come (or still have to go).

Posted by: JBTerp | September 13, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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