It’s one of those times when I hate being right, but in Maryland’s 38-31 loss to NC State this afternoon the game covered the over and State covered the spread. I had a feeling this was coming given that both teams employ the Wet Paper Dag defense. It’s an innovative variation on the 3-4 where the linemen use only their thumbs to tackle and the secondary covers the cheerleaders.
Even as turnovers mounted for the Wolf Pack, the Terps yielded 482 total yards to NC State. Adding injury to insult, Chris Turner left the game in the first half with an injury to his MCL. Backup Jamarr Robinson was ineffective in relief, going 5-11 passing with 27 yards in the second half.
Chris Turner could be lost for the rest of the year. The Terps finish the season with three tough opponents, starting with Virginia Tech this weekend and continuing with games against Florida State and Boston College. If you think the team looks ugly now, look for it to get uglier in the next three weeks. There may be some competition for the starting QB job between Robinson and Danny O’Brien to keep you tuned in. Either way, the Terps have a long November ahead of them.