Posts Tagged ‘Chris Turner

11
Oct
09

Terps continue road woes, lose to wake forest

Maryland Wake Forest Football

By Ben Linton

The Maryland Terrapins Football Team has continued to struggle on the road and at night with a 42-32 loss to Wake Forest Saturday. After evening up the score at seven, Wake Forest scored 21 unanswered points and took a 35-10 lead at halftime. Although Maryland rallied in the second half to make the score seem more respectable, it was never close and Wake dominated for the most part. Here are some key stats from yesterday’s game:

  • With this loss, Maryland has now lost their last five road games, and their last seven night games
  • Wake Forest scored on their first five possessions and finished with over 500 yards of total offense
  • Riley Skinner threw four touchdown passes, and threw for 360 yards
  • Chris Turner also played well, passing for 407 yards with three touchdowns and an interception

This team is becoming a nightmare to watch. You can almost tell from the beginning of the game whether or not they are going to win. They either get off to a fast start and keep it going, or start slow and never recover. This team has been lacking consistency for the past two years and its really starting to bother me. It’s almost as if I would rather see this team just lose consistency so I know what to expect, rather than just win a big game here and there. Next week, Maryland goes back home to Byrd Stadium for their Homecoming game vs. Virginia, who has won two straight games. Kickoff is at 4:00 PM.

04
Oct
09

Terps win ACC Opener

Maryland players celebrate after a hard earned win over Clemson.

Maryland players celebrate after a hard earned win over Clemson.

By Ben Linton

The Maryland Terrapins football team got a huge boost of confidence today with a win over the Clemson Tigers to open up ACC play. The team’s morale is way up from a week ago, and they are building momentum heading into the ACC season. The final score was 24-21, and that improves Maryland to 2-3 overall (1-0 in ACC).

After a terrible first quarter that saw the Terps take an early 10-0 defecit, it seemed as if it would be the same old same old. But they rallied behind Senior Quarterback Chris Turner’s two touchdown passes and 215 yards to come back and win. Turner hooked up with Torrey Smith (3 rec, 64 yards) and Ronnie Tyler (5 rec, 39) for scores of 29 and 6 respectively to give Maryland a 17-13 lead at halftime.

In the second half, momentum swung back and forth like a seesaw as Maryland went up 24-13 on a 1 yard run by Davin Meggett to give the Terps a commanding 24-13 lead. It was set up by a 43 yard punt return by Tony Logan. Moments later, Clemson’s C.J. Spiller returned the ensuing kickoff for a 96 yard touchdown. Clemson got the two point conversion to make the score 24-21.

The fourth quarter was all about turnovers and missed opportunities. With 2 minutes and 38 seconds left, ball on their own 29, Maryland went for it on 4th and 1 and was stopped. The play call was highly questionable and not very creative (QB dive). Clemson failed to convert, however, as kicker Richard Jackson missed a 47-yard field goal. One play later, Maryland Running Back Davin Meggett fumbled to give Clemson to ball back. This time, Richard Jackson missed from 48-yards, as Maryland still dangled to a 24-21 lead.

After forcing a Maryland three-and-out, Clemson got the ball with 1:13 remaining and no timeouts. On third and five from the Maryland 28, Clemson Quarterback Kyle Parker was rocked by Maryland’s Demetrius Hartsfield and fumbled. The Terps recovered to seal the game. The defense was the hero in today’s game, stopping Clemson on three consecutive drives at around the Maryland 30 yard line. A much improved effort from recent contests.

This Maryland team has got to be the biggest roller coaster ride of emotions as far back as I can remember. If you have heart problems, please seek doctor’s perscription before you watch any Maryland Football Game. This team is just unpredictable, so when i say that the next 3 games (Wake, UVA, Duke) should be winable, don’t believe me. Anything can happen.

And how about these uniforms? Can you say fresh?

And how about these uniforms? Can you say fresh?

27
Sep
09

Second Half Meltdown

Rutgers Maryland Football

By Ben Linton

After losing to Middle Tennessee State the previous week, the Maryland Terrapins football team was in need of a bounce back win over Rutgers. The Terps took the lead at half time going into the locker room, but a 24-0 second half helped Rutgers to end up crushing the Terps 34-13. Part of this was due to Maryland’s five turnovers. Chris Turner threw three interceptions, two of which were errant throws, the other was tipped, and also fumbled in the endzone on a sack, then Rutgers George Johnson fell on it to give Rutgers the lead 17-13. Da’Rel Scott could not get anything going on the ground, rushing for 22 yards and fumbling once.

The biggest problem for Maryland thus far this season has been turnovers. The Terps have committed 13 turnovers in four games, and are 1-3 for the first time since 1997. Maryland had positives in some areas and negatives in others. They passed for 271 yards, but only ran for 28. They held Rutgers to only 42 passing yards, but gave up 207 on the ground. Maryland Football is in a state of distress right now and next week’s game against Clemson is very important. The Terps season can either turn around game by game as the Terps try to make a bowl, or it can go south very quickly.

10
Aug
09

Three Questions

By Ben Linton

As camp opens Monday for the Maryland Football Team, there are three burning questions the team must address in order to take the ACC title this year. The Terps are an outside shot at winning the conference, as they were predicted to finish fifth in the ACC-Atlantic Divison on Media Day. But in the past couple seasons the Terps have been just one win away, and anything is possible in the wild world of the ACC.

Here are the questions heading into camp:

1. Will the Terps finally establish some consistency? Last year, the Terps knocked off four top 25 teams, which was the high point of the season. But losses against Middle Tennessee State, Virginia, and a no-show against Florida State showed that the Terps could not win at a consistent level. It all starts with Quarterback Chris Turner, a hot-and-cold player who is a senior this year, one of only 14 that will be looked upon the lead the way.

2. Will Don Brown’s new defensive scheme be effective? If there’s one thing that will be drastically different this year at Maryland, it will be the defense. No more “read-and-react” Chris Cosh-style defense, its time for Don Brown’s aggressive blitzing style. However, he will not have as much to work with as he would like, the Terps return no starters on a defensive line that was already inept. But they do have a strong secondary and Preseason All-ACC Linebacker Alex Wujciak to anchor the Defense.

3. How will the Offensive Line hold up this year? They will have to be quick learners, that’s for sure. Maryland lost valuable blockers Edwin Williams, Scott Burley, and Dane Randolph from last year’s squad. Phil Costa will move from Guard to Center, and Bruce Campbell will maintain his position at left tackle. But Guards Andrew Gonnella, Justin Lewis, and Tackle Paul Pinegar will have to step up and fill the holes. If they can’t block long enough for Turner to find open recievers and running backs Da’Rel Scott and Davin Meggett to find holes, the Terps will be in a world of trouble.

Only time will tell.

 




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