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Terps beat Wahoos, set stage for showdown with FSU

By Ben Linton

By winning their final road game 42-23 at Virginia, the Maryland Terrapins football team will head home for two final and very important games. Maryland improved to 7-3 (4-2 ACC) with the win, and faces Florida State in its blackout game next week and NC State in the following week in the senior game. In order to get to this position, Maryland used a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Hoos.

The Terps trailed 23-21 heading into the final 15 minutes to play, but exploded in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Running Back D.J. Adams scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter to put the Terps up 28-23. After forcing the Cavs to a three-and-out, Danny O’Brien hit Da’Rel Scott on a 2-yard pass on a 3rd and goal play with 8 minutes to go. It was a crucial play in the game, because Maryland would have had to kick a field goal, which would have only increased their lead to 8 instead of 12.

The Cavaliers were intercepted twice on their next two possessions, by Eric Franklin and Adrian Moten, respectively. Maryland was finally able to capitalize with a little over two minutes to go when O’Brien connected with Smith for a 12-yard score to put the Terps up 42-23, a score that would stand for the remainder of the game. O’Brien had a great game, throwing for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns while also running for one. Adams led the rushing attack with 37 yards and 3 tds and Smith was the top passing target with 7 receptions for 157 yards and a touchdowns.

Maryland will face Florida State next week, who is coming off a 16-13 win against Clemson. The Seminoles have a half game lead over the Terps and NC State, who goes to Chapel Hill Saturday to face the Tar Heels. If the Terps can win their final two games, they will play for the ACC Championship in Charlotte on December 4th.


Maryland Wins Share of ACC Regular Season Title

By Ben Linton

After defeating Duke Wednesday on an emotional, monumental game on Senior Night, the Maryland Terrapins headed down south to Charlottesville to face Virginia for their Senior Game. A win would mean at least a share of the ACC Title, but the Terps hadn’t won at the John Paul Jones Arena in three seasons.

In the first half, Maryland got out to a decent lead, but still wasn’t playing as crisp and sharp as they could. That being said, the Terps still held an 11 point lead, but the largest lead was 14. This allowed UVA to hang around, even without their best player Slyven Landesburg suspended for the season.

In the second half, the Cavaliers made their run, cutting the lead to 66-65 with with 1:39 remaining. But thanks to some key three point shots by Greivis Vasquez and a great team effort at the free throw line, the Terps were able to quiet the Cavs furious comeback. The key moment came with 38 seconds remaining. Maryland Guard Sean Mosely drove into the lane and was fouled, which triggered UVA Coach Tony Bennett to toss his jacket, resulting in a technical. Vasquez hit the two tech foul shots, and Mosely hit his to give the Terps a five point lead, which they would hold on to win, by a score of 74-68.

Greivis Vasquez once again led the Terps with 23 points and 5 assists. Eric Hayes scored 11 points and Landon Milbourne added 10 to give the Terps some balanced scoring. Yet it still was Vasquez who was the hero, he had an answer for the Cavs every time they came knocking on the door. His case for ACC MVP has become a louder and louder topic across the nation and it should be interesting to see if he ends up winning the honor.

Next up, the Terps head to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament. The last time the Terps took the floor in Greensboro, they won the ACC Title back in 2004. Maryland will be the number two seed, facing the winner of the Georgia Tech/North Carolina game. Lets hope this streak can keep going strong deeo into March.


Virginia Steals One From Maryland

Maryland fumbles the win away against the Cavaliers

Maryland fumbles the win away against the Cavaliers

By Ben Linton

Four turnovers and two missed field goals were the story as the Maryland Terrapins fell to the Virginia Cavaliers, 20-9. In a sloppy game with atrocious weather conditions, Maryland was unable to hold onto the ball (4 fumbles, 2 recovered by UVA) and it proved to be costly. The defense played tremendously, but to no avail as Maryland fell to 2-5 (1-2 ACC). Here are some key points and statistics from the game.

  • Maryland rushed for 126 yards, one of its highest totals of the year. Credit to the line for giving Turner and the backs ample throwing time and running lanes. but fumbles by Davin Meggett and Gary Douglas proved to be costly. Maryland has fumbled twelve times this season.
  • Although the conditions were not favorable for the Terps’ passing game, there were many dropped passes, especially one by Kerry Boykins on third down with the Terps trailing 13-9 with 3:39 left onthe Virginia 27.
  • He started off hot, making three field goals (48, 30, 29) but Nick Ferrara missed two field goals when they mattered the most. He is only a freshman and it was near impossible to kick in those conditions, but if he makes those kicks the Terps may have won.
  • The key play came late in the third quarter. Virginia tipped Maryland Quarterback Chris Turner’s pass at the line of scrimmage, and Defensive Lineman Nate Collins returned it 32 yards for a touchdown to put the Wahoos up 13-9. It proved to be the difference.

Maryland outplayed Virginia in all aspects of this game. But they did not come out on top in the stat that matters the most, which is the win column. Virginia has won the last three contests against Maryland and is becoming a thorn in Terps’ side as of late. If Maryland is to miraculously rebound and make a bowl, it will start next week with a must-win road game against Duke.


Is It really a Rivarly?

The Maryland-Virginia rivalry used to be big, but now sense both teams have fallen off recently, it is not as intense.

The Maryland-Virginia rivalry used to be big, but now sense both teams have fallen off recently, it is not as intense.

By Ben Linton

A rivalry is defined as an intense competition between athletic teams or athletes. This pressure of competition is felt by players, coaches, and management, but is perhaps felt strongest by the fans. There are some great rivalries in the history of college football- Michigan-Ohio State, Texas-Oklahoma, and Alabama-Auburn.It seems that every team in college football has a major rival they play each year.

So who is Maryland’s rival? Some say Virginia, who Maryland plays this weekend, while others say West Virginia. I say neither, Maryland doesn’t have a rival, and this is quite a problem.

The thing about a rivalry is that this is the game that both teams look forward to when they get a look at the schedule. The fact of the matter is, Virginia’s biggest rival is Virginia Tech, not Maryland. West Virginia has Pittsburgh, not Maryland. Maryland took a two year break from playing West Virginia, but will renew the contest next season. Although these games are very competative and full of emotion, I still cannot classify it as a rivalry.

So who can Maryland get as their big rival? Well, they played Navy a couple years back and are trying to make it an annual thing (they play each other next season at M&T Bank Stadium), but we all know about Army-Navy. If I were to pick a rival for Maryland, I would choose Rutgers. Since the Scarlet Knights have been back on the map, they are starting to get good recruits from New Jersey and Maryland. Rutgers and Maryland are beginning to compete for the same recruits every year, and are even playing each other on the football field. They had a two game home-and-home series in which each team won on the opponent’s field.

Will Maryland ever find a true rival that they can play year in and year out? Who knows. But check out the Terps take on “rival” Virginia tomorrow at 4 pm.

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