maryland football goes from bad to ugly

U-G-L-Y you ain’t got no alibi, YOU UGLY (what what) YOU UGLY! I loved me some Wildcats back in the day.  I even used to think Goldie Hawn was hot.  80’s hot.

On a wet day at Byrd Stadium yesterday, the Terrapins fell to a UVA team that managed only 201 yards of total offense.  While the defense held its own, Maryland’s offense kept coughing up the ball and handed the Wahoos a win.  Four turnovers did the Terps in, including a third quarter Chris Turner Pick-6 that gave the Cavaliers the lead for good.  Maryland’s -1.8 per game turnover margin puts them at 117 out of 120 DI-A teams.

This game was not indicative of the Terps season long struggles with breakdowns in protection.  While Chris Turner seemed to have more time to throw the ball this Saturday, he never got into a rhythm and coughed it up with the game on the line.  The running game was plagued by fumbles.  Offensively, the Terps moved the ball reasonably well, but they failed to get the ball in the end zone.

The defense seemed to turn things around yesterday.  The Terps totaled 5 sacks against UVA and the D was getting constant penetration.  Alex Wucjiak was everywhere, adding 14 tackles to his season total of 77.  Wucjiak is now ranked 4th in DI-A in total tackles.  Demetrius Hartsfield gutted it out with a broken hand to get seven tackles, and Adrian Moten ended up with two sacks.  That was about it for Terps highlights.

Turnovers turnovers turnovers.  Why all the turnovers?  UVA has a good defense ranking 19th overall in total yards, but that’s no excuse for fumbles and interceptions.  I think Maryland’s offense has been too predictable all year.  Check that, they’ve been too predictable since 2006.  They’ve fallen in love with the quick outs and the runs off tackle.  The offensive rhythm is rarely staggered, allowing the defense to time their blitz better and zero in on the football.  I’ve said it before, but I’d still like to see Maryland use more no huddle, especially in the second half.  Chris Turner seems more in control when he’s thinking less, and mixing in the no huddle would keep the defense on its toes.

Otherwise, we all know it’s going to be a long season so let’s just hope for some incremental improvements.  U-G-L-Y the Terps ain’t got no alibi, they ugly.

6 Responses to “maryland football goes from bad to ugly”

  1. October 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    From the credit-where-it’s due department, the UVA secondary was nasty. Dowling, Hall, and Cook could all be NFL players. They should be called the Shoulder Length Dread posse. The SLD.

    Friedgen reportedly worked specifically on TOs and penalties all week. They cut down on the penalties (2 for 15), but the TOs were obviously still there. Meggett deserved to get benched for the first quarter after his fumble. Da’rel Scott should lend him the football suitcase this week.

  2. October 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Oh, and one more thing. Kudos to me for only being one point off in my final points prediction. That brings me to 5-2 on the season. See, it’s all about me. You’re welcome.

  3. October 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Does that mean you’ve picked against Maryland all year?

    UVA does have a solid D, and that made it all the more critical that we limit mistakes. At this point I’ll be happy if we just beat Duke.

  4. October 18, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I actually went to this game. Obviously, I bought the tickets in a happier, sunnier, more optimistic time back in August. I sat in the rain in the 300 level, huddled for warmth under my gradually disintegrating poncho. There was hardly anybody up there, so at halftime, we moved down to the front of the section. The highlight was the guys sitting near us trying (and hilariously failing) to taunt the UVa fans in the next section.

  5. 5 Lindsey
    October 19, 2009 at 9:20 am

    When does basketball start?

  6. October 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Those darn UVA fans are so well mannerd. Next time you want to get into their knickers try insulting their taste in wine.

    Basketball season starts on 11/3. In the meantime I suggest you follow the other Fall sports. Maybe take the kid to a field hockey game or a soccer match. That’ll lift their spirits.

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