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Notes from Maryland-Duke

Injuries: While Coach Ralph Friedgen was obviously pleased to head into the bye week 4-1, he said he was even more grateful for the opportunity to get his players healthy.

Saturday’s 21-16 victory over Duke added to the ranks of the ailing, with Friedgen citing the following: linebacker Adrian Moten (ankle), free safety Eric Franklin (hamstring pull) and tight end Dave Stinebaugh (knee). It was unclear how serious those injuries were.

Meantime, receiver Torrey Smith remains limited, used sparingly against Duke (2 catches for 50 yards, including the 44-yarder that keyed the first-half touchdown). But quarterback Danny O’Brien said he’s fully recovered from the high ankle sprain and wore a brace only as a precaution.

“What we need to do is get well,” Friedgen said. “I think our kids need to get away from football for a little bit. They were here all summer, had a week off before we came back. And we’ve been pounding it pretty good.”

Maryland returns to action Oct. 16 for the first of two consecutive road games, against Clemson and Boston College.

Signs of progress, room for improvement: With twice as many victories as they managed last season, the 2010 Terrapins are clearly a better squad than the 2009 bunch. The key difference, in Friedgen’s view, showed itself late in the fourth quarter against Duke, with the Blue Devils driving for what could easily have been the game-winning score. The Terps’ defense stood tall and squelched the drive with tremendous effort by linebacker Alex Wujciak and safety Antwine Perez in breaking up quarterback Sean Renfree’s final throw to the end zone.

“We’re learning how to finish games,” Friedgen said. “Last year they would have gone downfield and scored the winning touchdown.”

Another point of pride: It was the second consecutive game without a Terp turnover.

Still, penalties continue to be a concern (against Duke, seven for 53 yards). And the rushing game isn’t as consistent as it should be. Entering Saturday’s game, Duke has been surrendering 229 yards rushing per game. Maryland managed just 124 yards on the ground, with Davin Meggett accounting for a team-high 57.

Too much fun: Few of Tony Logan’s teammates were surprised when he celebrating his second sizzling run-back of a punt for a touchdown in as many games by hurling the ball into the stadium wall. Logan had told them in advance he intended to do just that if he scored on a return.

But the antics drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a gentle rebuke from Friedgen, who later confessed he wouldn’t have minded terribly if Logan had brought down the stadium wall with his celebratory throw.

The 84-yard return, just minutes into the third quarter with the Terps trailing, 9-7, sparked the Maryland comeback.

As Friedgen recounted the conversation: “I told him, ‘Great job, but it was kind of a selfish thing you did. Now we’re kicking off from the 15. I understand your enthusiasm, but you can’t do that.’ ”

Later, he said, Logan came up to him and apologized.

By Liz Clarke  | October 3, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
 
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Barno Presents....Real Men of Genius.

Today we salutes you, Mr. I-Don't-Enjoy-It-When-My-Team-Wins-Guy. (Mr. I-Don't-Enjoy-It-When-My-Team-Winssss-Guy!) Unlike most fans, you know that a win is not a win, unless it's by 65 points or more. While everyone around you is celebrating, you know that your team isn't winning the next 5 championships, so what's the point of even getting excited (Oh I hate my life!). So get on the blogs and demand new coaches and players after a win, and drink up an ice cold bud light as we salute you....Mr. I-Don't-Enjoy-It-When-My-Team-Wins-Guy.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think that might be Barno's all time greatest post ever.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Best post ever. Go Terps!
BTW - Can someone put some stickum on our DBs hands, please?

Posted by: terpin | October 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I went to hit like on Barno and then I realized I wasn't on Facebook

Posted by: JS26121820 | October 3, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Barno - you rushed the field yesterday, didn't you?

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 3, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't too upset with Logan throwing the ball. I liked seeing some fire from the team, we needed it at that point in the game. The crowd did a good job of being loud in the 4th quarter as well.

I was glad to see Duke's fans are still pale and plain looking.

Posted by: garrett4 | October 3, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you missed by 800+ in your attendence prediction, I'll give you a push.. Got on my Lot 9B at 11:45, got ya on that one..We'll be glad with the win, but you have to be concerned with the defense, and the HUGE holes that are in it..The middle of that thing is as wide as a ???? A good QB with a good offense will have a field day...

Posted by: frostanna | October 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Frostanna, I remember a few years back when I had a 9b RV permit, they wouldn't let us in the lot 6 hours early for the homecoming game even though others were in the lot without cars. It was real weird. Glad you are holding it down there in the comcast lots.

Go Terps, beat Clemson

Posted by: Barno1 | October 3, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

A win is a win and a bye week is worth it's weight in gold right now. If there are problems with this team we will see them very clearly in two weeks, but right now I'm very happy.

It's been a very good weekend for everyone in the DMV.

Posted by: M__N | October 4, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I was releived to see the Terps hold on to win, but there was absolutely no reason for Duke to have a chance to take the lead at the end of the game. Brown's defense needs some serious work, and hopefully the bye week will give hime the chance to get things in order. He needs to fifure out why he needs to sub out defensive linemen when the other team is in hurry up. There were multiple occasions during the 4th quarter that the defense was in total chaos because he was making substitutions. He also needs to work on his scout team, because they are obviously not doing a very good job simulating opposing offenses. Every game this season (aside from perhaps Morgan State), the defense has gotten noticeably better as the game has gone on, primarily because they're figuring out how the other team's offense is running. These guys should know their opponents' plays inside and out at the START of the game, not 45 minutes into it, and to me that indicates that the scout team is not performing in practice.

DOB is quite possibly the best QB the Terps have had in over a decade. He calmly goes through his progressions, and you could see him on numerous occasions against Duke read 3 and 4 receivers before throwing the ball. We haven't had a QB do that (not even McBrien was good at reading during a play), and if he can combine that savy with better pre-snap reads (missed Smith at least 3 times in single coverage), he is going to post some serious career numbers at Maryland.

Franklin's playcalling was somewhat improved, but his almost total abandonment of the 1st down run in the 3rd quarter almost cost the team. He needs to call more straight ahead power runs to give this line more confidence. Too many pulls and gashes are clearly confusing a still youthful line that needs more time to gel before they start doing all of these fancy pulls, sweeps, and the like. Duke was overmatched be the size of the Terps' O-line, yet Franklin's overdesigned plays led to a lot of TOLs and short gains in the running game.

The guys get a week to heal up, and they'll need it, because Death Valley is no picnic.

Posted by: Russtinator | October 4, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Nice creativity from Barno1.... solid win, thought franklin got a bit too conservative in the 4th quarter, liking the big-play capability of this team (definitely an improvement over last year), defense deserves some credit against duke team averaging 30 pts and coming into terps with 15th ranked pass attack....

Posted by: JoeMama11 | October 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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