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Maryland outgains Clemson, but falls on the road

Final score: Clemson 31, Maryland 7. So what do you make of the game? For the first time this season, Maryland outgained a division I-A opponent in total yards. But the Terrapins struggled once again on third down. QB Danny O'Brien looked pretty good until the three interceptions in the second half. The defense played well for the most part, but linebacker Adrian Moten should have intercepted a ball and returned it for a touchdown. Special teams? Not so good for Maryland, which gave up a kick return for a score, missed a 33-yard field goal and gave up a 41-yard punt return that set up a third quarter touchdown. And, oh, yeah, Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers is quite a force.

This was a game Clemson absolutely had to win. The Tigers had lost three in a row this season. And they had lost their last two games against Maryland. Next week, at Boston College, is the real winnable road game for the Terrapins, in my view.

Your thoughts?

By Eric Prisbell  | October 16, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

Result doesnt really surprise me...we are just not a very good football team and havent been for years...I appreciate everything Fridge did for the program back in 2001-2003 but he has become stale and overpaid and it is time for a new coaching staff in CP...based upon the number of Terps that have played or had an opportunity to play for the NFL over the last 8 years, I believe that UMD has underachieved in a big way....I hope Anderson is drawing up his short list

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 16, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Terps - STUNK!

It's unfortunate that the Coach Friedgen is sticking and/or has surrounded himself with subpar coaches, and talent to take the University of Maryland Football program to the land of consistency and success.

James Franklin is a JOKE! He is a pathetic offensive coordinator. The 2 QB experiment failed miserably.

We just don't have a decent O-Line to pass block, and open up running lanes.

The defense too isn't anything to brag about. Don Brown has been a bust -- thus yet. Hope he can get things turn around in a hurry.

Posted by: mi6-007 | October 16, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, what did anyone expect? Our 4-1 record was quite misleading to some of you. But let's face it... we don't have much of a team and we are unlikely to win more than a couple of games the rest of the way. We need a new coach and a commitment to winning. I remain pessimistic about the winning part...

Posted by: petecard | October 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Is it really going to be like this the rest of the way? After every win, these idiots bashing Friedgen and then after every loss, they still bash him some more.

Seriously, if you don't support Ralph Friedgen while this team is 4-1 (now 4-2) then why are you even calling yourselves Terp fans? You're not.

And if you haven't been to a Maryland game in 5 years or more, you have no right to demand a new coach for this program. This means you Petecard and TerpfanMA. You don't support the team with your wallet or your voice, so stop calling yourselves Maryland fans. You're not.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Fridge probably demonstrated the first couple of years that he could coach but he's left serious doubts that he can recruit. We used to bring in a lot of Oline and Dline talent but we may have lacked to speed. Now we can get some speed guys but we lose to many battles in the trenches. Is it talent or coaching? What we do know is that it hasn't been working lately. Something has to change. Doing what we've been doing is not good enough. I know one thing... Franklin should not be the next head guy.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | October 16, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

We were outplayed today, pure and simple. You can say all you want about Clemson needing the game more than the Terps, it's an away game, Death Valley and all that b.s. etc. Unlike West Virginia, this was a winnable game, and we let it get away. Clemson is not that good.

The defense played well enough to win, but the offense could not sustain drives. We had absolutely no answer for Bowers, # 93, who had 3 sacks and many hurries. The O-line is the backbone of any football team on any level. Ralph has simply not been able to recruit offensive lineman that can compete with the better defensive fronts in the ACC. Being a former guard for the Terps himself back in the day, I find this incredible. The skill players on offense are excellent, but that talent is wasted if you don't have the big ugly studs up front who can kick ass and take names on every play. Our O-line needs that mentality, and they just do not have it.

The cover special teams allowed 14 points and other big plays. That's about as badly as a special teams unit can play. They allowed an average of 17 yards on punt returns and an astounding 60 YARD average on kick-off returns - you can look it up.

The defense only allowed 2 rushing touchdowns, but turnovers on offense and poor special teams play led to the lopsided score.

We moved the ball well in the second quarter, but lost chances to score points. At halftime, we were down 17-7 and had a chance to win the game, but it seemed we came out flat. The Clemson coaching staff made adjustments. The Maryland adjustments backfired. The game got away about mid-way through the 3rd quarter.

This season is all on the O-line. The players up front just have to get nasty. This is football, not church.

Posted by: stevestegman | October 16, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

if you woulda asked me last week i would have said clemson crush. but after watching the first quarter I thought maryland had a really good shot. Clemsons offense did nothing in the first half to warrant anything, except for that last drive before halftime. UMDs defense was playing tough, they couldn't run and they couldn't pass. Until that kick return for a td when we took the lead. Big game changer right there. I think we can pretty much squarely put this game on the special teams. 17 points by clemson, all on big returns. The pick six in the fourth was just garbage points....

and. if the terps wanna be succesful, they need to call some plays. we need to establish the run. and the coaches cant be scared to call passes down the field. tired of screens, and slants.. if the coaches are willing to stick with danny o brien, then let him open it up. if ur scared he cant. Might as well put back jamarr in, hes got the better arm anyways...

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | October 16, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

if you woulda asked me last week i would have said clemson crush. but after watching the first quarter I thought maryland had a really good shot. Clemsons offense did nothing in the first half to warrant anything, except for that last drive before halftime. UMDs defense was playing tough, they couldn't run and they couldn't pass. Until that kick return for a td when we took the lead. Big game changer right there. I think we can pretty much squarely put this game on the special teams. 17 points by clemson, all on big returns. The pick six in the fourth was just garbage points....

and. if the terps wanna be succesful, they need to call some plays. we need to establish the run. and the coaches cant be scared to call passes down the field. tired of screens, and slants.. if the coaches are willing to stick with danny o brien, then let him open it up. if ur scared he cant. Might as well put back jamarr in, hes got the better arm anyways...

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | October 16, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Barno....Do you have anything intelligent to offer?

How bittersweet it must be to know that the beer money you spend at each game is going into the fund to send Fridge into the hinterlands.....

In case you cant read, my name says "TERP" Fan...Not FridgeFan.....get it?

Fridge has no clue what to do...his new plan is No Thursday Practice, No Sat Game..WOW! What a GENIUS! I guess $2,000,000 per year doesnt go very far

Cheers!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 16, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Ralph Friedgen is the biggest, excuse-making, overpaid, whining loser. He has failed this program with 4 losing season in his past 6. He should do the school a favor and resign at the end of the year and give back 2M he's been stealing the past 8 years. He won with other coaches and players that did the work and he took the money and credit. He is a sham and has no leadership skills. Loser attitude has sucked the life out of the kids...

Posted by: leed1911 | October 16, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

How bittersweet it must be to know that the beer money you spend at each game is going into the fund to send Fridge into the hinterlands.....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 16, 2010 9:10 PM

Beer money at each game? You just outed yourself as someone who hasn't been to Byrd stadium in decades (if ever). Other than the new luxury boxes, they don't serve beer at Byrd stadium and haven't since the 1980s.

You just proved my point that the people that are loudest about firing Friedgen are those that don't even go to the games, that don't support the program with their wallet to begin with.

You haven't been to a Maryland game in decades, you have no right to demand a new head coach. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Barno has his "thought police" hat on again. He is drunk on the koolaid of mediocrity.

Barno you need your own blog where you can say stupid blind things to yourself. Many of us are sick of your jingoistic garbage.

Posted by: petecard | October 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey Petecard, when was the last time you attended a Maryland football game? How about Maryland basketball...ever seen the inside of Comcast Center? I didn't think so. S T F U already.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 17, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Well said petecard...this barno thing has nothing to offer related to UMD football...he just comes on and rants about other fans ...what a joke he is...clearly not smart enough to recognize a quality football program.....I bet he irons his UMD sweatshirt before each game...Oh and barno...there is plenty of beer in the boxes, chump.....I guess down in the student section you are limited to french fries and koolaid

Cheers

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Same old same old: coach bashing. The inapt metaphors about drinking 'koolaid'. Clearly some observers have nothing remarkable to write except to express childish frustratation. The refusal to consider that two teams play such that critiques must be evenly applied to both to have any value. Some of us have followed the terps since 1950 and have learned it's up one year and down the next. And so it is with coaches.

Posted by: AncientTerp | October 17, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said that to be a passionate fan, you can only comment on the good, and not bash on the bad..There is nothing wrong when a true fan voices his frustration, knocks down the team, that is being a FAN.. They want you to cheer them on when things are good, but be quiet when things are bad..I don't think so..When you boo, it let's them know they're not getting it done, and to play better.. To be A FAN, you CAN go both ways-so to speak.. GO TERPS !!

Posted by: frostanna | October 18, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

It seems the Fridge has people who dislike his coaching and ones that like it. The bottom line is the team has been weak for 7 years. Sure a win here, a 2 game run there but in general they have not been competitive in their league (ACC) since the first three years of the Fridge. So it is either the school (i.e. Maryland is not a football school and can not build a winner or it is the team leader (head coach)). do not choose to believe the school can not support or build a winner so by process of elimination it is the football leader - The Fridge

Posted by: geoski | October 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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