August 20, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps get exposed for their lack of talent and readiness by West Virginia

It seems like a long time ago that the Maryland Terrapins beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 37-0 at M&T Bank Stadium two years ago. In that game Maryland forced six turnovers on their way to the rout, but today it was the exact opposite as the Terps themselves committed six turnovers. If Terps fans thought the loss against Bowling Green was embarrassing, they were in for a surprise today with a pitiful showing from Maryland on their way to a 38-0 loss.

Things actually got off to a decent start for the Terps as they had a solid drive going to open the game. Unfortunately after not converting on a 4th and 1 play, nothing would go Maryland’s way the rest of the game. Aided by a personal foul penalty for a hit on West Virginia’s running quarterback Skylar Howard, Maryland was quickly down by a touchdown.

For some reason the Terps decided to act like a spread, no-huddle offense and it resulted in hurting themselves. They could not sustain drives and forced a tired defense right back onto the field. A tired defense gave up two more touchdowns quickly after back to back three and outs by the Maryland offense in which Caleb Rowe was all but effective. Rowe would start the game a miserable 2 of 13 for just 13 yards and it was little surprise Maryland was down 21-0 after just one quarter.

The time of possession was clearly in the Mountaineer’s favor, but the little amount of real time rest the defense was getting from their offense was even worse. After just two first downs in the next three Maryland offensive possessions, it was a 28 point deficit. Then things got REALLY ugly, yes it got worse.

On the next FIVE offensive possessions, with halftime in the middle, Maryland saw their drives end in turnovers. With four interceptions by Rowe, all of which were poor decisions on the redshirt junior’s part, he led the FBS with 9 picks in the season while not even playing two full games. Two of these four picks were on the first pass after the defense and special teams forced turnovers. In the middle of all of this, the Terps thought they had a big run that would get them on the board from Brandon Ross; however just before breaking the plane of the end zone he lost control of the ball when stretching resulting in a touchback for West Virginia.

While many expected Randy Edsall to make a quarterback change at halftime, Rowe began the second half but was finally benched after his fourth interception. In Daxx Garman‘s first series as a Maryland Terrapin, he looked hesitant resulting in a three and out near the end of the third quarter. Although the defense had held West Virginia scoreless in the third quarter, Maryland was down 38-0.

After West Virginia opened the quarter with a touchdown, Maryland would spoil the Mountaineers  shut out bid. After two strong runs by freshman running back Ty Johnson, Garman stepped back to pass and fired a dart over the middle to Jahrvis Davenport. After a couple of missed tackles, Davenport would walk into the end zone. Following a missed two point conversion where Garman’s hot read was not available against the blitz, Maryland would still find themselves down 45-6. After a final 12 minutes of play between backups on both sides of the ball that would see Garman throw an interception on the last play of the game, the Terps were glad to get out of Morgantown.

The Terps likelihood of making any kind of a bowl gain is becoming even slimmer after finishing non-conference play at just 2-2. Their next opponent in Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines will prove to be a much tougher test than may be originally expected. With games also at the #1 and #2 teams in the countries still on the docket, Maryland would likely have to beat Penn State, Iowa, Indiana, and Rutgers. None of those are any sure wins and the Terps may not even be favored in any of these matchups if their abysmal play continues.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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