Rutgers vs. Maryland Thread

4:28 ET – Well, the Terps have another lead on the road, 7-3. A win against #10 Rutgers could turn around the Terps season. Can they put it together for a full 60 minutes? Let’s see.

4:44 ET – 14-3! Heyward-Bey gets it done. One running TD and one passing TD. The office appears balanced and we have Rutgers on their heels. Let’s finish the half strong. The upset is brewing. Now is not the time to let up. They need to keep pushing.

4:50 ET – Fumble! Henderson brings the ball into Rutgers territory. If we can capitalize here and keep from turning the ball over ourselves, I think we will win. Maybe when we look back at the season in December, the collapse at Wake will have been the best thing that happened to them. Fridge has them playing inspired ball today.

5:02 ET – Fuck! A missed field goal by the Terps and the Scarlet Knights march all the way down the field for a touchdown. The lead is now only four points, 14-10. That is a bad way to end the half.

5:15 ET – Unbelievable! With 52 seconds left in the first half, the Terps managed a three and out, and then subsequently allowed Rutgers to drive 70 yards in four plays for a go-ahead touchdown. That is a disgrace. This game is over. I don’t know why I bother.

6:00 ET – Intestinal fortitude. They could have folded, but they chose not to. Two field goals later, we have the lead again 20-17. Steffy is gone. That hit was brutal and should have been a penalty, but I am glad he is out of there. With only eight pass attempts in the first half, it is clear the coaches have no faith is his passing abilities. I feel bad about the injury, but he has been relegated to “bum” status in my mind. Without a real QB, Heyward-Bey’s talent is being wasted.

6:30 ET – Egekeze missed another FG attempt. That’s two under40 yards. We could and should be up by nine points. Let’s hope the defense has something left in the 4th quarter.

6:45 ET – Yes! Turner leads us down the field for a huge touchdown. 27-17, Maryland. In the process, he converted a huge third and 12 to get us to the goal line. It is now up to the defense. Can we hold off the Scarlet Knights?

6:53 ET – Our defense has been great the entire second half and they just turned into swiss cheese. They let Rutgers drive the entire length of the field in just three minutes. It’s 27-24 and there is four minutes and change left to play. Two first downs should get it done, but I just don’t know if we can convert when the chips are down. Now is the time to prove that we are a good team.

7:01 ET – It’s third and two from the 50-yard line with 3:19 to play. If we convert, I think we win. Huge play coming up. Give it to Lattimore!

7:03 ET – A little pass to Heyward-Bey and we convert the third down. Under three minutes to play. Rutgers is going to have to start burning timeouts. One more first down and it is over.

7:08 ET- Oh God no. We went for it on 4th and 1 and turned it over on downs. Rutgers committed a stupid penalty and now needs about 45 yards for a field goal try. They have plenty of time. Our defense needs to stop them.

7:14 ET- Woohoo! We stopped them and scored on the next play. 34-24, Maryland. It’s all but over now.

Big win. Last week’s travesty hurts, but this will lessen the blow. Let’s build on this one boys.

Weak Finish against Wake Forest

Awful.  These are the moments when I am glad to be out of local TV coverage.  I checked the score midway through the third quarter to see we were dominating 24-3.  70 horrendous minutes later, the Terps had lost in overtime and Steffy was lying on the ground, a crumpled mess.

How long exactly until midnight madness?  20 days?  Can it come sooner please?

I’m back from my wedding, the honeymoon and my summer hiatus, yet somehow I can’t say that I am excited for the rest of the football season.   In fact, I’ll be posting my preseason outlook for the basketball team soon.