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Maryland Athletic Director Speaks on Bowl Situation

By Ben Linton

Here is the video from the new Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson’s speech about the football team’s bowl situation. Anderson first congradulated the Terps for its 8-4 season, in which Ralph Friedgen and Danny O’Brien were awarded by the ACC as Coach and Rookie of the Year. He also stated that Maryland will not know it’s bowl destination until Sunday.

Maryland also had other players be awarded by the ACC for their achievements this season. Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, Punt Returner Tony Logan, Linebacker Alex Wujciak, and Safety Kenny Tate all received first team all-ACC Honors this season. Smith led the Terps in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,065, while posting school records this year in touchdown receptions (12) and all-purpose yardage (5,183). Logan led the ACC in punt returns with and 18.8 yard average, which is also good for third in the FBS. He returned two punts for touchdowns this season as a Junior. Tate and Wujciak led the defense in averaging 22.3 points against per game, ranking 6th in the ACC, and improvement from last year’s 11th place finish.

Defensive Lineman Joe Vellano was named to second-team all ACC, while offensive Lineman Paul Pinegar was granted an Honorable-Mention Selection. Check back on Sunday when Maryland finds out their bowl destination.


Terps Use Big Plays to Defeat FIU

By Ben Linton

The Maryland Terrapins used a variety of big plays in order to avoid an upset bid from the Florida International Golden Panthers last Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Maryland was down once and tied three times with FIU, but broke away in the fourth quarter. It was the first start and possible beginning of the Danny O’Brien era at Maryland, the first redshirt freshman to start since 1999. O’Brien finished with 250 yards passing on 18/27 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Maryland scored four touchdowns of over 50 yards in the game, the best being an electric 85-yard punt return by Toney Logan in the second quarter. Da’Rel Scott broke free for a 56 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Terps up 21-14 before halftime, and Torey Smith scored on a 68-yard pass from O’Brien in the third. The clincher came with four minutes left in the 4th quarter when FIU broke within seven points, but Davin Meggett would go 76 yards on the next offensive play to seal the game at 42-28.

Maryland did exactly what they were supposed to, and avoided an early season upset that has plagued them in recent years. It wasn’t pretty at times but the Terps are 3-1 heading into the ACC season with confidence. Maryland will begin conference play with a home game against 1-3 Duke next week, who is reeling from a 14 point home loss to Army.


Wujciak and Smith Earn All-ACC Honors

By Ben Linton

Maryland Linebacker Alex Wujciak and Wide Reciever Torrey Smith were named as All-ACC First and Second Team selections.

Wujciak was selected to first team and lead the Terps with 131 tackles (10.9 per game), which was good for second in the ACC and eighth in the nation. He also had two interceptions for 152 yards.

Smith was selected to the second team as a receiver and a returner. He collected 61 passes for 824 yards and 5 touchdowns. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and racked up 1,309 yards. He broke the Maryland single-season all-purpose yard record with 2,192 yards.

This shows promise for the future, as both these stars will be back next season to build on their success.


NC State Survives Shootout With Maryland, 38-31



Sadly, I could not find any pictures from today's contest


By Ben Linton

Same result, different game. Maryland (2-7), losers of four straight, gave North Carolina State their first ACC win in Raleigh today by a score of 38-31.

On paper this was an NC State beat down, but a special teams TD and Defensive TD by Maryland kept it close. Maryland also suffered a loss when Chris Turner went down just before half time, as backup QB Jamarr Robinson played the whole second half.

  • The Maryland Defense allowed NC State to amass 482 total yards of  offense (343 passing) and 31 first downs.
  • However, they did force four turnovers, three interceptions by Kenny Tate, Richard Taylor, and Alex Wujciak. Wujciak took his to the house for 70 yards. Toney Logan recovered an NC State muffed punt.
  • Maryland could only score 7 points off these turnovers. Nick Ferrara had one kick blocked, and missed a 47 yarder.
  • Maryland’s WR Torrey Smith had 268 yards of total offense, highlighted by a 82 yard kick return touchdown.

Although this has nothing to do with the actual game played on the field, I am dissapointed at the lack of publicity Maryland is getting this year. Almost every Maryland game except for Clemson and California has been broadcasted on ESPN360.

Now I have ESPN360 so I can watch all these games, but how many Maryland fans do? I’m not saying every Maryland game should be on ESPN, but there should at least be a Maryland Sports Network or something so these fans can watch their team.

Next week Maryland plays their “blackout” game against Virginia Tech. But how can it be a black out if the game is at 1 pm? And to no surprise, it will be broadcasted on ESPN360. This just doesn’t make any sense.


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?

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August 2020