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Ravens 23 Browns 21—Ravens Get Lucky on the Road–Pitta Inured

Let us not forget the Ravens were 2-6 on the road last year. Brian Hoyer carved us up with pinpoint passing all day but failed to deliver on a 3rd down pass that would have ended the game. Joe calmly completed a pass to Steve Smith that set up the winning FG. Without 2 missed FGs by Billy Cundiff ( yes that’s the same guy) the Ravens would not have been in position to win. What might be the big story of the game is the injury to Dennis Pitta. Sadly, it seemed like a reinjury of his damaged hip. 

Harbaugh was faced with many game changing decisions that brought second guessing to a peak.

1—Down 21-17 with 10 minutes , he chose to go for a 1st down down 4th and inches in FG territory. Once again this 4th and inches remains a stumbling block.

2—Did not challenge a shuttle passed that could have been ruled a fumble deep in the Ravens territory as the Browns were poised to take the lead.

3—Decide to punt with 2;30 left facing a 4th and 16 from midfield. Koch pinned the Browns deep, the Browns failed to get a first down, the Ravens wind up scoring.

Harbaugh’s decision making wins the game no matter how you look at it.

CONCERNS post game: Owen Daniels is now the key to the Ravens immediate future. He must remain healthy. Jacoby is invisible in effectiveness. Once again he dropped a key pass. The secondary not only could not cover, it could not tackle. Ladarius seems a long way from a return to his pre injury ability. It seems like every 1st and goal winds up in a FG .  Kubiak has to get Torrey more involved.

POSITIVES The Ravens are 2-1 in the division. The running game has been a very pleasant surprise. Steve Smith finally puts the Anquan Boldin release to an end.

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Terps Roll To Must Win Victory over ACC’s Syracuse 34-20 Behind ...

#4 on defense and punt returns, Will Likely is becoming a force on the Terrapin squad.Last week he had a 69 yard punt return for a TD and this week a 90 yard interception for a TD.

Cj certainly looked much sharper today. I did see some frustation from Deon Long but this can happen when you have 5 very capable receivers.

Defense bent giving up 694 Total yards of offense but it never broke especially in the red zone.

Nate Renfro punted three times inside Cuse’s 10 yard line to keep the Orange pinned back in the 2nd half.

NOTES from umterps.com

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 3-1 on the year, while Syracuse fell to 2-1 after the Terps defeated the Orange, 34-13, Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Maryland is now 15-19-2 all-time against Syracuse. Dating back to last season, Maryland has won four straight road games.

Brown On The Move: With touchdown passes of 90 yards to Brandon Ross and 25 yards to Marcus Leak, quarterback C.J. Brown moved into a tie for seventh on Maryland’s all-time list with Neil O’Donnell (1987-89) with 26 career touchdown passes. Additionally, Brown has been responsible for 47 touchdowns in his career, which is tied for second all-time with Scott McBrien (2002-03).

Offensive Force: Quarterback C.J. Brown accounted for 305 yards (208 pass, 25 rush) of total offense raising his career total to 5,323 yards. Brown now ranks fifth in program history.

Take it 90: Running back Brandon Ross took a first down screen pass from quarterback C.J. Brown and raced 90 yards for Maryland’s second touchdown of the game. The touchdown pass marked Maryland’s longest scoring reception since Darrius Heyward-Bey scored on a 96-yard touchdown pass against Miami on Nov. 11, 2006. In addition, it is the fifth-longest reception in the nation this season and Ross’ first career touchdown catch.

“Special” Special Teams: Maryland totaled its third blocked kick in as many games Saturday. Anthony Nixon recorded his first career blocked punt midway through the second quarter. Nixon’s block was Maryland’s second blocked punt of the season, which is the most for a Terrapin team since the 2011 season (4). Rutgers entered the weekend leading the nation in blocked punts with two.

To The House: Defensive back William Likely picked up his second career interception and returned the pick 88 yards for his first career interception touchdown return. It is Maryland’s longest INT return for a touchdown since Eddie Tomlin returned one 97 yards at Michigan on Sept. 30, 1989.

Monroe on The Sack: Defensive lineman Andre Monroe recorded one sack Saturday raising her career total to 17.5, which places him in a tie for 10th all-time with Randy Starks (2001-03). Monroe entered the weekend averaging 0.66 sacks per game, the second-highest active total in the FBS.

Craddock Connects: Kicker Brad Craddock connected on field goals of 31 yards and 44 yards against the Orange. Craddock now has 38 career field goals, placing him fifth on Maryland’s all-time list.

Offensive Notes: Wide receiver Jacquille Veii led the Terps in rushing with 42 yards on eight carries and scored his first career rushing touchdown … wide receiver Stefon Diggs led all receivers with six catches. He has now caught at least one pass in all 22 career games … tight end P.J. Gallo tallied his first career reception.


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Ravens Refute Much of ESPN Outside The Lines Reort

“TheESPN.com “Outside the Lines” article contains numerous errors, inaccuracies, false assumptions and, perhaps, misunderstandings,” the statement read. “The Ravens will address all of these next week in Baltimore after our trip to Cleveland for Sunday’s game against the Browns.”

Jameis Winston Out for Saturday Night’s Game Against Clemson

Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the entire game Saturday night against No. 22 Clemson, the school announced late Friday.

Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for the No. 1 Seminoles, originally had been suspended for just the first half after his profane and sexually charged outburst in the student union on campus earlier this week.

“Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement.

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Buck —-Hands Down Best Oriole Managerial Performance Ever?

8 Reasons Why

1) No manager has ever manipulated the 40 man September 1 roster like Buck has
2) no Wieters, Manny missed a good part of the season, the Chris Davis saga–has not deterred Buck
3) Buck exudes confidence amongst his players
4) manipulation of the bullpen has been incredible Tommy Hunter was demoted as the stopper but has pitched brilliantly since. Very very rare for that to happen. See Jim Johnson.
5) never quit attitude of the team.
6) Always defends his players. Think that has something to do with the chemistry of the team.
7) Utilizes almost every player on the team. Look at what he has gotten out of Ryan Flaherty.
8) never stops praising the fans. Buck really gets how much this team means to the community.

Maryland Basketball Times Announced

2014-15 Maryland Men’s Basketball Schedule
Sat. Nov. 1 2 p.m. San Francisco State (Exhib.) BTN Plus
Sat. Nov. 8 Noon Bowie State (Exhib.) BTN Plus
Fri. Nov. 14 7:30 p.m. Wagner ESPN3
Mon. Nov. 17 7:30 p.m. Central Connecticut State ESPN3
Thu. Nov. 20 7:30 p.m. Fordham BTN Plus
Mon. Nov. 24 7 p.m. vs. Arizona State
(CBE Hall of Fame Classic) ESPNU
Tue. Nov. 25 TBD vs. Iowa State/Alabama
(CBE Hall of Fame Classic) ESPNU/2
Fri. Nov. 28 7 p.m. Monmouth BTN
Sun. Nov. 30 6 p.m. VMI ESPN3
Wed. Dec. 3 9:15 p.m. Virginia
(ACC/Big Ten Challenge) ESPN2
Sat. Dec. 6 2 p.m. Winthrop ESPN3
Wed. Dec. 10 7 p.m. NC Central BTN
Sat. Dec. 13 11 a.m. USC Upstate BTN
Sun. Dec. 21 2 p.m. at Oklahoma State ESPN2
Sat. Dec. 27 5 p.m. Oakland BTN
Tue. Dec. 30 5 p.m. at Michigan State ESPN2
Sat. Jan. 3 Noon Minnesota BTN
Wed. Jan. 7 9 p.m. at Illinois BTN
Sat. Jan. 10 2:30 p.m. at Purdue BTN
Wed. Jan. 14 7 p.m. Rutgers BTN
Sat. Jan. 17 4 p.m. Michigan State CBS
Thu. Jan. 22 9 p.m. at Indiana ESPNU
Sun. Jan. 25 7:30 p.m. Northwestern BTN
Thu. Jan. 29 7 p.m. at Ohio State ESPN
Wed. Feb. 4 8:30 p.m. Penn State BTN
Sun. Feb. 8 3:15 p.m. at Iowa BTN
Wed. Feb. 11 9 p.m. Indiana BTN
Sat. Feb. 14 8:30 p.m. at Penn State BTN
Thu. Feb. 19 7 p.m. Nebraska BTN

Flacco Misses Practice with Undisclosed Illness
O’s Sweep Toronto 6-1 as Pearce goes Deep Twice–Closing Gap on Angels

The Orioles are now 92-60 trailing the Angels by 3 games in the lost column with the Angels playing late Wednesday night.