Jekyll Shows Up; Terps Rout Wake

Ah, how nice was it to see the good Terps again. We sure did miss you guys. Here’s hoping you stick around for a while this time!

I have to say, what a performance by the entire team on Saturday as Maryland dominated Wake 26-0. This was a total team effort and the first time all season the team has played a complete game. I think we need to call out the team every week if that’s what gets them to play this way.

Let’s start with the defense. Wow. Hey Chris Cosh, that is how you coordinate! The Terps put pressure on Riley Skinner all day long and the defensive line had perhaps the best game I can remember. They swarmed to the ball all day. Sure, the receivers dropped some passes early on, but there are always going to be those kinds of mistakes. The offense put the D in some tough situations early on, but they were able to force FG attempts and that was huge. At one point, Wake went 6 possessions without getting into Maryland territory. The Terps tackled extremely well and here’s hoping they can play that physical in the coming weeks. Wake hadn’t been shutout in 10 years! Cosh, you are off the hook once again, but PLEASE LET’S SEE SOME CONSISTENCY.

Next up, the offense. Da’Rel Scott had a brutal first half with 3 fumbles (2 lost), but threw a great ball to Darrius Heyward-Bey on a halfback option and ran the ball okay the rest of the way. Interesting offensive gameplan letting Chris Turner throw over 40 times, but it worked. Turner was really good and in control the whole game. Oh, and they decided to get Heyward-Bey involved. What a concept! The guy caught 11 passes and we won. Hmmm.

Kudos really have to go out to the offensive line. The offense would not have been able to throw the ball so much if the O-line did not protect. They played physical as well and opened up some nice running lanes too. The O-line had its best game by far. Davin Meggett had some nice runs and he should be on the field more as well. I would love to see a backfield with Portis, Scott and Meggett for a couple of option plays. Who do you run to! Are you reading this Franklin!

More praise to our reborn kicker Obi. The guy is money right now. Even when they don’t look great, they go through. Great job Obi getting your confidence back and those kicks in the first half and early in the second half were bigtime.

So here we are. 5-2, 2-1 in the ACC. Will we be ranked? Maybe. Do we deserve to be ranked? I say not quite yet. I say they must prove they can play well in back to back weeks and if they come out next week against NC State at home for homecoming and whoop em, then we’ll be deserving. So let’s enjoy this for about a day and start thinking about NC State. In fact, we should put a number by NC State so the Terps think they are a ranked team.

Go Terps! We are proud of you today. The ACC is wide open and this could be a special season if they really really want it!

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18 Comments

  1. CONGRATS to the kids and coaching staff. Minus some fumbles this was terrific. The kinda performance I think we all expected vs HOOVa and MTSU. Now no let down against NCST. We’re in 1st place…need to stay there!

  2. Let’s not forget Danny Oquendo. 90 yards on 3 receptions. While he didn’t get the ball much, he certainly appears to have made the most of it when he did. As has been said before, establishing this guy as a legit receiver can take some of the defensive focus away from DHB, and that can only lead to great things.

  3. You are right Badu. Oquendo has really come into his own. He made some great moves after the catch to pick up some big yards. That’s two great games in the past 3 for Oquendo and he is becoming that legit guy that’ll give DHB more room.

  4. Just posted some recruting news a couple threads below (Buie, Epps, Kazemi)

  5. I just realized that this was the 3rd ranked team UMD has beaten this season. Cal, Clemson and WF were all ranked in the top 25 when UMD beat them. I doubt more than 5 teams have defeated two ranked teams this season let alone 3 (unless it’s some SEC team).

  6. Great game Terps! Now the question is can we get back-to-back efforts like this one? A number of posts back I made the observation that UMd has a hard time stringing wins together. We seem to win a big one, lose a not so big one., win a big one, lose one we should have one, etc…Wheels and I had some back and forth on the subject. He made the observation, if I’m remembering him correctly, that UMd (hoops and football programs) are caught up in a “big game” mindset that opens the door to the let down in games that follow. Some have also made the observation that UMd teams, again hoops and football, play up or down to the competition. Now here’s my question for you guys; is NCState a “big game?” By that I mean can we go out and dominate them like we did Wake, or might we see something, God forbid, like the UVa meltdown. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m happy with today’s win and would like nothing better than to see us pound the crap out of NCState, but will it happen? Just the nagging thought that’s been created in my mind by an inconsistent football team to-date. I hope ithe rollercoaster ride is over and we run the table! Go Terps!

  7. Great performance. Maybe we’ve turned a corner. I guess we’ll find out next week.

    Funny how ESPN turned the Terps into the Rex Grossman of college football. “Will we get the good Terps or the bad Terps this week?”

  8. To be clear you mean the NFL version of Rex Grossman because when he was at Florida Rex Grossman was good week after week. I’ll never forget the “Slingin’ in the Rain” game against LSU, where he threw for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns, in a 44-15 victory. Or how he pretty much led Florida right thru UMD in the Orange Bowl.

    The guy missed winning the Heisman by like 60 votes. He was terrific in college.

  9. Unless the Fridge drills into the kids’ heads that NC State is ranked, I believe next will be a dogfight.

  10. Virginia beat UNC in overtime, I guess that makes our loss a bit more bearable (I realize I’m grasping at straws here, but…humor me)

  11. Good point DBR. I guess I was referring to how the media has coined Grossman with the “Good Rex, Bad Rex” mantra.

  12. Terps need to come out and punch NCST in the mouth on the opening kick off and just mud hole the Wolfpack to send a message to upcoming opponents. And that message is ‘we’re good, we’re focused and we’re not screwing around anymore”.

    There are no “gimmies” left on the schedule:

    NCST
    at Va Tech
    UNC
    FSU
    at BC

    UMD has a legitimate shot at the Atlantic Division crown but it’s gonna be a slobber knocker to get it.

  13. Looking at that schedule, realistically 2-3 or 3-2 seems likely. Barring something disastrous, we should be bowling again.

  14. We are not ranked in the AP Poll. In fact, we are REALLY not ranked. The Terps got just 10 votes, which puts us 32nd overall. Five teams entered the rankings at 20-25 and they are Georgia Tech, Tulsa, BC, FSU, and Minnesota.

    Like I said in my post, I don’t think they should be ranked until next week if they can prove they can win in back to back games, but it’s a bit disrespectful to only give them 10 votes since they are the ONLY team in the country that has beaten 3 ranked teams this year.

    Thoughts?

  15. Gregg, I’m not surprised they are not ranked, and quite honestly, I don’t think they deserve to be at this point. If I was a voter, the three victories vs. the UVa/MTSU dabacles would make it difficult for me to vote for them. If I take my Terrapin red-colored glasses off, I can see how a non-UMd/non-ACC voter would not include them in the Top 25. Now, if they’ll just go out and put a 35+ point beat down on State, I might just be sharpening that “voting pencil” come next weekend!

  16. Considering Clemson’s fall from grace, coupled with the MSTU loss (UVA is playing really good football right now), I’m not surprised we’re not ranked, nor am I suprised we’re getting so few votes. Inconsistency is not rewarded in the polls (unless you’re an SEC team), so until we string together 3 good wins in a row, I don’t really care how much respect we DON’T get because we haven’t earned it.

  17. Good artilce in the Post by Mike Wise which speaks to UMd fans frustration with the Jekyll-Hyde persona of this year’s team: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/18/AR2008101802034.html

  18. FWIW…

    Brenda Frese got another verbal commitment ths weekend as 6-7 center Essence Townsend from Paterson Catholic HS in NJ popped to UMD.

    Reportedly a long athlete, good defender and shot blocker, Townsend needs some work on her offense but 6-7 athletes in the women’s game are not exactly common.

    Maybe some of Brenda’s good luck will rub off on the men’s team…c’mon Jordan.


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