Let me explain why I was so upset if you heard me on Gary stein’s Postgame show today. Today proved something to me that I felt all along. That Maryland was as good as almost everyone in the ACC. Forget the ridiculous 2nd guessing on the 4th and 1, forget that Brad Craddock is having trouble on short FGs abd PATs. NC State defeated FSU 2 weeks ago , had a bye week and in my opinion was thoroughly outplayed by the Terps. As has happened the past few weeks with the Ravens, sometimes the team that plays better doesn’t win. Even NC State’s coach Tom O’Brien admitted as much in his idiotic post game statement:
“Sometimes when you play a school like Maryland — everything goes bad when we play them. Sometimes something crazy happens like it did at the end. You have to give our kids credit, they hung in there. We made a play. Our defense is so good in the last two minutes, and we let the guy out twice there. Sometimes over the course of a season you have to win a game where you scratch your head a little bit. ” Tom, your 2 minute defense was pathetic. Our 3rd string QB, who had never taken a college snap drove 60 yds in 25 seconds.
The Terps had this game just about put away 4 times. On 4th and one I thought Randy might go for it but the percentage book probably said not to. For those of you who question the fight and heart of this squad, I don’t know what you have been watching. After Perry was injured (and it seems like it might be an extensive injury) Devon Burns came off the bench and the offense performed brilliantly. After the go ahead FG by NCS, Edsall was forced to burn the redshirt of his remaining passing QB–Fr Caleb Rowe. Locksley had Caleb ready to go–remember it was his first college snap.
Wes Brown returned to the lineup and so did the rushing game. He rushed for 125 yards on 25 carries.
The early goal was to get the ball to Diggs. Stefon had a quiet return game today but still finished with 6 catches for 61 yards all of which were in the 1st half.
What should have been –Terps 5-2 with bowl eligible game at BC next week, and 3-0 in the conference. Oh well.
40,200 were in attendance on a gorgeous fall day
Brad Craddock might have been better off with a 45 plus field goal attempt. He missed 2 short ones and an PAT. I feel for the kid and hope he can bounce back.
That’s enough for me on this game–I am still sick about it and its 2AM.