Some comments while trying to figure out how such a low scoring game took 3 1/2 Hours to Play:
After giving up a 73 yard TD on a missed assignment, the Terps allowed only 168 yds on 66 offensive plays. There was a trendous goal line stand highlighted by a soaring hit from the program cover young man, Eric Franklin. Again if you have any doubts about the quality of this Brian Stewart defense, remember it has stuffed the run against every team it has played, it has held WVU to 31 points –(the same WVU offense that rang up 70 on Baylor and yesterday 48 on Texas. Anthony Nixon stepped infor Matt Robinson and did an admirable job at safety. Vellano and AJ Francis again had great games.
Now to the offense—the offensive line’s performance was a pretty sight today. Wakre Forest had been susceptible to the run yet teh Terps could only muster a net 53 yards on the ground on 43 attempts. Peery Hills took a clobbering, sacked 3 times and numerous hits –some of them late. Perry was 14-25 for 191 yards passing–105 of them to Stefon . He just either had no time to pass or sometimes took too long to initiate the throw. Being a freshman trown into the situation, I still give him a pass. Coach Edsall insinuated we might Devon Burns in a few packages at QB in the very near future. From Coach Edsall—
“Perry has to get more consistent. I love Perry to death, but he is missing some things out there. He could make it a lot easier on himself and be a lot more efficient offensively if he goes where he is supposed to with the ball and make some better reads. We just need to work with him and make sure he works to get better. As we continue to go forward, we need to eliminate some of those things.”
”We had talked about maybe getting Devin [Burns] in there before the game, but the situation never presented itself. I would have hoped that we would be a little further along offensively, but that is just something that we will continue to work on.”——————————————————————————————————————————–
And now on to Stefon. The video above was the play that saved the day for Maryland—and yes it was very much like the 4th quarter TD Stefon had at Morgantown. It seems like on punt returns he is just trying to do too much thus resulting in a muffed punt that led to a Wake TD. Coach Edsall on Stefon:—————————————————————————————————————————————-
“I think one of the things Stefon has to understand now that he is here is that he cannot make a big play all of the time. He has the ability to make the big plays, but sometimes he hurts himself more than he helps himself. He gets so excited to play, we have to calm him down and tell him what he needs to do. With his punt returns, the thing he needs to understand is that the most important thing is getting the ball back and securing the football so we can get a chance to go and possess it on offense and do something with it.”———————————————————————————————————————–
What I find amazing is that for some reason the offense has not ignited at home. It was a vociferous home crowd today of over 40,000 yet the offense seems to play better on the road.—————————————————————————————————-
I arrived at the game early today and watched the Wake Forest placekicker miss about 15 straight practice attempts. That’s why I was surprised to see Wake go for a 45 yard FG near the end of the half on 4th and 3. Brad Craddock nailed a 49 yard and a 52 yard FG for Maryland, yet missed an point after– late in the game.——————————————————————————————————-
I wonder if Locksley has thought about putting Wes Brown and/or Stefon in the wildcat. Stefon only had 6 touches for the game.———————————————————
All in all it was not a picture perfect game, but it was an ACC win and the Terps are 3-2 with a trip next week to Charlottesville.