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Maryland football falls to West Virginia, 31-17

The Terrapins could not dig out of a mostly self-inflicted 21-0 first-half hole 28-0 hole and fell to the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.

Check out the box score here. Game story is here.

Leave your thoughts on the game in the comments.

By Matt Bonesteel  | September 18, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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The Terp lost! And, they looked woeful.

The Defense came together in the 2nd half ... But, it was a little too late. Unfortunately, we just don't have the fire power to overcome a 4 TD deficit.

Frankly, I am disappointed in our offensive play calling. It's not creative, and is very very very predictable. The other thing that infuriates me is that we do not ever use all 3 elements of the offense -- WRs, TEs, and RBs effectively in the game. We tend to focus on the running game ... and, when that doesn't deliver, we just don't go elsewhere consistently.

Torrey Smith had a great team, but the rest of the offense did not show up. The O-Line did a poor job protecting bot Jamaar as well as Danny, who took a vicious hit.

James Franklin is a lousy play caller. And, despite a few good plays Jamaar is not a GOOD QB. He has a slow release, and often makes poor reads and even poorer throws.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Argh typos ...

Torrey Smith had a great GAME, but the rest of the offense did not show up. The O-Line did a poor job protecting BOTH Jamaar as well as Danny, who took a vicious hit.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

We looked woeful in the 1st half... 2nd half, I thought we were clearly the better team (just not as proficiently dominant as WVU was in the 1st half). Torrey Smith murdered us by dropping that TD right through his hands, though. That changes the ballgame right there.

O-Line sucked all afternoon.
Defense didn't tackle at all in the first half. How many 3rd and longs did WVU convert on us? It was embarrassing. They were converting 3rd and 10+ like it was nothing.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | September 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Down 28-0???? One or all of these things: just lack of talent(poor recruiting), poor preparation of defense, or bad Off. play calling. We've seen it all before. Anyway one cuts it, Fridge and Franklin must go.

Posted by: JLFTerps73 | September 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, we lost. Now all the little whiny girls crying Fridge must go will have their field day until they take their Prozac...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | September 18, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

JLFTerp73 I agree with you. And, I honestly hope that University of Maryland doesn't bring in another coach or an athletic director just to fulfill an affirmative action quota.

I really want University of Maryland a TOP flight coach ...capable of recruiting multiple TOP 10 recognized talent.


The DEFENSE stunk the place up in the first half. Personally, I think Kenny Tate is being wasted as a talent at Safety. He is a good WR, and can compliment Torrey.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

"I really want University of Maryland a TOP flight coach ...capable of recruiting multiple TOP 10 recognized talent. "

Sure, to come play at Maryland, vs some actual "Top10" school which already has a Top10 coach.

Right after you start dating supermodels.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 18, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

On a Saturday late in the spring of 2008 - at the end of his junior year - the O'Brien contingent drove back to Kernersville after a visit to College Park. At this point, Virginia had begun to ramp up its courtship of O'Brien and he was due on Wake Forest's campus early the next morning. With stepfather Steve driving and his mom in the passenger seat, O'Brien sat three feet from Willert in the back seat.

Not wanting his family to hear, O'Brien sent Willert a text that read, "Coach, I'm done."

"What are you talking about?" Willert answered.

"This is where I want to be," O'Brien answered. "Let's call the Wake coaches and tell them I'm not coming. I'm a Terp."

O'Brien gave Maryland an oral commitment soon after and signed his letter-of-intent in the spring of 2009. Willert said a major reason why O'Brien chose Maryland was because Franklin had been named Friedgen's eventual successor a few weeks before he signed.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 18, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge product continues to set records..-10YDS Rushing for the ENTIRE GAME?? R U Freakin kidding!? The Fridge? Like him or hate him, there is no denying that he has been a disaster for UMD football...Recruiting/Talent recognition has been poor...his teams are unprepared for games..they are boring on offense..porous and inneffective on defense. UMD is outhustled by inferior talent, and outplayed by better talent....10 years ago, he told Maryland he would build a regular top 20 team...WVU is a top 20 team and we are not even close....9 First Downs! 10 Penalties! -10YDS rushing....Bring on the excuses Fridge...youth, inexperience, turnovers, execution, crowd noise, injuries....we have heard them all....

Question for all the Fridge lovers out there: Exactly how many DIV 1 programs would line up to hire this guy as a head coach next year??? ZERO sounds like a reasonable guess


Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we vote for Coaching AND Quarterbacking?

Jamarr Robinson needs to read a defense before the ball is snapped or he is going to get himself killed.

Posted by: kieran2001 | September 18, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If you heard Friedgen on the post game show he sounded very depressed and almost like he wanted to get out of this position. That leaves us with Franklin. His play calling is horrible. It would be better to pay him his million and get a real coaching staff in here.

Posted by: MKadyman | September 18, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Dude ... it's not about losing, but rather how we lost.

If you were to take a look at the 1st half of the game, it would almost appear like dejavu. Let me explain ... Remember how we creamed Morgan State. Guess who was "Morgan State" in today's game.

When you know your run game isn't working ... why persist with it? We could open up the passing game, which may in turn open up the run game.

This team has NO TE worth mentioning, and that position is pivotal in Fridge's offense. There is no Haynos, or Vernon Davis to help out on offense.

The dunk and juke passes will never scare any defense.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

tokenwhitemale I am already dating a model ... unlike you sitting in your parent's house being bossed by your significant other.

There are plenty of universities that are not "top 10" academically, that have "top 10" coaches. Do a little research and you'll see what I mean.

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Another fine performance by Franklin amd the offense...Except for 2 'I'll call them' fluke td's to Torrey, this offense did nothing...The 'O'has taken such a step backward under Franklin.. What has this guy ever done to get the cred' that he has...I agree with the previous posts, it's time to pull the plug on Ralph after this year.. He seems to have fallen into whatever Franklin wants... Where's Taffe's offense??? They are sooooo predictable.. Next weeks game vs FIU will make the season..Tailgate starts at 6AM, Lot 9B..

Posted by: frostanna | September 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"JLFTerp73 I agree with you. And, I honestly hope that University of Maryland doesn't bring in another coach or an athletic director just to fulfill an affirmative action quota. "

Um, who hires someone just to fill an AA quota?

You have an issue or something that you'd like to get off your chest? Think that you can not dance around it, for once?

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | September 18, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

TerpfanMA, I echo your sentiments.

The youth, inexperience, etc. is plain b/s. All Universities go thru these adversities. It's not unique only to Maryland.

I have never been impressed with James Franklin's offensive play calling. His poor play calling has costs us several close games. He may be a decent recruiter ... But, the jury is out on that as well.

And, oh! By the way, we were not Danny's top pick. He didn't have us as his 1st choice. It was Notre Dame. When he visited the campus, he realized he would be 6th or 7th on the QB depth chart. And, that made his decision to come to Maryland a lot easier. Why? Because he knew that Jamarr is not a great QB, and that he would have a real shot at being the STARTING QB sooner rather than NEVER!!

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge...there is no denying that he has been a disaster for UMD football

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I just want to congratulate TerpfanMA for posting what has to be considered the single dumbest comment in the history of the Terp Insider. Congratulations, that's not an easy achievement...that one surpasses all of the crazy comments over the years from the likes of Petecard, Carolina1, and Poopy_McPoop. Wow, just wow.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 18, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Ralph Friedgen's teams have gone 64-36 while the three previous Terps coaches went a combined 45-98. Friedgen has a .640 winning percentage in his 100 games as coach while the previous 3 coaches went .360 over 13 years. Since Fridge took over we have gone to 6 bowls including several major bowls, and gone 4-2 in those games including Fridge's teams winning 4 out of the last 5 w/ a combined score of 151-73 favoring MARYLAND. Before Fridge got here, Maryland had been to just 1 bowl in the previous 15 years, and had won just 4 of their last 14 bowl appearances.

Attendance has skyrocketed since Friedgen's arrival, with 20 of the top 25 crowds in Byrd Stadium history occurring on his watch. The Terps stadium has been totally revamped with a $50,000,000 expansion thanks to Fridge's success, the field naming rights sold for $20,000,000, and 8,000 additional seats.

Oh what a disaster he has been for the program. Some Terps fans have zero perspective. It's the same idiots who call for Gary Williams head every other year.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Barno1: Get your facts straight dude! I appreciate your comments but you are too focused on what happened 10 years ago
1) The winning percentage you quote is heavily dependent on Vanderlindens players and also does NOT include the 2009 Season which was the WORST in the history of the school

2) Attendance has skyrocketed??? Maybe 8 years ago but abysmal ticket sales (6 consecutive declining years) and unsold luxury suites were the key reason that Yow could not get rid of the Fridge last year (and she doesnt even really care about Football)

3) Largest point loss, Worst season record ever, 1st loss to a MEAC opponent, -10 YDS rushing are all also records that the Fridge claims

4) The Bowl stats are also misleading because of the proliferation of Bowl games and the 6 game eligibility...most previous coaches did not have that luxury...if u want to get a stiffy because we go to the Mcdonalds French Fry bowl because we beat JMU, Towson and Montgomery CC to get 6 wins, then go right ahead

5) If you are happy with progress in the program over the last 7 years, that is your prerogative

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

2 Questions for you Barno:

If Fridge is as successful as you say:

1) Why was Yow (who knows him better than you), trying to fire him last year?

2) Why did Fridge only get 1 head coaching job offer in almost 40 years? (I'd be willing to bet it will be another 40 years before another Div 1 job comes his way)

I await your reply.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Self-inflicted? I mean, that's just dumb. WVU's offense manhandled the Terps in the first half -- the yardage difference at halftime was comical.

Posted by: jammmick | September 18, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Biggest Game of the 2010 Season: 3 delay of game penalties in first series = Coaching Failure

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Put a harpoon in Fridge.....that was a blow out and should shut up the deluded TWERP FANZ

Posted by: GRIMReaper55 | September 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

About the only thing I am confident about related to UMD Football is that the team will be on time for the maybe thats one area of success that the Fridge can claim.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Where did they fall short? THEY SHOWED UP.......

Posted by: GRIMReaper55 | September 18, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I think most fans would like to measure success by:

1. The number of times we have beaten ranked teams

2. How may times in the past decade have we been ranked in the top 25 for say 8 weeks in a row/year.

For crying out loud, the Duke football program which used to be joke is picking up better momentum than us.

In the past decade, how many of our QBs were drafted to play in the NFL, and how many are playing as starting QBs.

Under coach Bobby Ross we consistently produced NFL caliber QBs.

Mismangement of talent is also a reason why the Terps are where they are. For example, take Kenny Tate. He was a great WR in high school. Why shift him to safety?

Jamarr has done nothing to deserve the starting QB position, but it was handed to him. Fridge tend to reward seniors irrespective of whether they are deserving or not playing time!

Posted by: mi6-007 | September 18, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. Another case where many believe the coaches are responsible for a loss due to articles that are being released in the week.

1) Maryland fields a very young team, on defense, and offense. Our offensive line is not very experienced, and with the exception of Moten and Wucjiak, the D is young as well.

2) WVA is actually talented! Give them credit! They were fast, our defense is not nearly as fast as their O, and our D-line was not penetrating. It was louder than all hell in that stadium, and we got off to a rough start due to the fact we didn't establish the running game.

3) Look to the future! UMD never gave up. Robinsons a junior, the D made crucial plays, the game was still exciting!

Ridiculous you could blame the coaching for such a loss. Absolutely ridiculous, if the two above this comment knew anything about football they would know it wasn't UMD's year, perhaps next year and the year after.

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | September 18, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse


You are a moron.

Plain and simple. I feel right now like arguing out this but also that I have better things to do than argue with a MORON.

So we don't have high quality qbs? And we are not ranked successively over a long period of time? WELCOME TO THE ACC.

But how many NFL calibre players has UMD produced?

hm...well let me think.

2) Madieu Williams
3) Kevin Barnes
4) Josh Wilson

I mean come on now, and the list is even bigger than that adding in undrafted free agents who got roster spots!

ohh and btw look whose starting for the Lions this week, SHAUN HILL.

whats that about qbs? who would have been nothing without those years that Fridge took them to the Orange Bowl?

Sounds like UMD produces a large number of NFL caliber players...

Especially for our continuous low-ranking.

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | September 18, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The facet of the game most responsible for Maryland's loss to WVU or any other D1 program is lack of D1 talent. Year in and year out Maryland has a few decent D1 players but not enough to compete in the God-aweful ACC. I always think my TV is bad when I watch an ACC football seems like the games are in slow motion...but in reality it is just the total lack of speed and skill...not the TV...fear the snail...!!!

Posted by: IrvFleckman | September 18, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

for all you Merlan fans crying in your beer at the Green Turtle...especially Schmitty, Tommy and Joel...there's always BB and Lax season.....Fear the Snail...!!!

Posted by: IrvFleckman | September 18, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Two major indictments of Franklin were first: At the half our two top running backs had a total of three carries. Scott, a returning ALL ACC running back had ONE carry. He's not a receiver who can get double or triple teamed. He's a running back, you can simply hand him the ball.

The second was a key fourth and one in the second half where Franklin puts Robinson in the SHOTGUN and attempts to pass and he gets sacked. Why give the ball to an inconsistent quarterback when you have two good running backs?? I know the run wasn't working that great, but keep pounding, its the STRENGTH of your whole unit!!!!

Make this guy the first million dollar recruiting coordinator if you have to but keep the playbook out of his hands!!!

Posted by: jpish | September 19, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

there's no one facet of the game responsible for the result. Plain and simple, this game is what you get when one program is stronger and faster than the other. WVU is legit top 20 and we're nowhere near that.

Posted by: cjterps98 | September 19, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse


1) The winning percentage you quote is heavily dependent on Vanderlindens players

Posted by: TerpfanMA | September 18, 2010 5:57 PM

Enough with this absolutely idiotic myth. Can you think for yourself or do you just go around using other people's (poorly thought out) arguments?

Tell me if you remember any of these names:

Scott McBrien
Josh Allen
Dominique Foxworth
Shawn Merriman
D'Qwell Jackson
Randy Starks
Adam Podlesh
Vernon Davis
Stephen Heyer
Andrew Crummey
Rich Parson
Josh Wilson
Madieu Williams
Derrick Miller
Wesley Jefferson
Dre Moore

A bunch of All ACC studs that helped Fridge win in his first several years...none of which were recruited by Ron Vanderlinden. Even Shawn Hill wasn't really "recruited" by Vanderlinden, he was an afterthought transfer who was pushed way down the depth chart by Vandy. Enter Fridge, who tells Calvin McCall to stay with Gary and the bball team permanently, and inserts Hill as his starter from Day 1.

If Vanderlinden were still here in 2001, Calvin McCall would have been our starting QB and we wouldn't have won more than a handful of games, let alone won the ACC and gone to the Orange Bowl.

Stop trying to re-write history buddy.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves me correctly, Shaun Hill started the season as Vanderlinden's #1 quarterback, but got hurt early and didn't return until the NC state game where he engineered the upset in the last game of the season. Popular opinion at the time was that had Hill remained healthy, the Terp's might well have won enough games to qualify for a bowl and save Vanderlinden's job.

The Terps recruiting went terminally downhill after Locksley, and then Franklin, left the Fridge's staff. I beleive they were both also on Vanderlinden's staff as well.

Posted by: ebaumgart | September 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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