August 22, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps struggled behind Rowe yet again, tired defense leads to Michigan rout

CALEB ROWE BENCHED IN THIRD QUARTER AFTER THROWING THIRD INTERCEPTION OF GAME

If you thought things could not go worse after last week’s debacle against West Virginia, thankfully you were right. The Terps struggled on offense all game but their defense stepped up and kept things close when in control of the field position. Midway through the third quarter, the Terps were down just 6-0 but then a tired defense was exposed before Michigan went on to win 28-0. Randy Edsall might have a four-star quarterback coming in next year in Dwayne Haskins Jr., but the questions has to be asked how much more athletic director Kevin Anderson can take. [Read more…]

Maryland Football: Terps hope not to fall flat again, host Michigan and Joaquin AT NOON

It would not be surprising if Randy Edsall and his coaching staff burned the tape of there 45-6 thumping by the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was indeed that bad.

Probably the only good thing that came out of all of this is that the second best pocket passing quarterback recruit, according to ESPN, Dwayne Haskins has remained strong in his commitment to the University of Maryland. Although it is accustomed for many true freshmen to sit out their first year of eligibility, Maryland might be in such a dire need of a quarterback to rally around that Haskins could play next year.

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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.

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Maryland Football: Terps travel to Morgantown in hopes of avenging last year’s loss to WVU

After opening the game down 28-6 last year Maryland fans had little hope of anything more than a route at the hands of West Virginia last year. Clint Trickett was having his way with the defense throwing for 511 yards and four touchdowns including one to Kevin White who finished with 13 receptions for a whopping 216 yards and another two to Mario Alford who had 131 yards on 11 catches. It was no surprise that White was a first round pick in this past draft.

But something magical was in the air as C.J. Brown had willed his team all the way back to tie the game at 37. Brown would finish with 241 yards in the air but more importantly 161 yards on the ground when the rest of the Maryland backfield combined for a miserable two yards on 9 carries. Then it was heartbreak, from the perspective of Maryland fans worse than a blow out, as West Virginia sent Byrd Stadium home unhappy with a walkoff 47-yard field goal from Josh Lambert.

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Maryland Football: Terps top South Florida again in mistake filled afternoon

After an extremely disappointing loss for the Maryland Terrapins against MAC power Bowling Green last week, Randy Edsall make the big decision earlier in the week to name Caleb Rowe the starting quarterback today against South Florida. Although Rowe was far from perfect, Maryland’s offense flow was much stronger compared to Perry Hills‘. The Terps got back in the win column with a 35-17 victory over the University of South Florida to complete the home-and-away series that began last year.

Things were far from pretty in the early going for the Terps. After the defense forced a three-and-out after the opening kickoff to South Florida, Rowe was picked off on his second pass attempt of the game on an overthrown ball over the middle of the field. This coming after Rowe threw two interception in four attempts last week had a lot of Maryland fans leaving the student section earlier than usual. There seemed like a chance that backup quarterback and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman might see action early. There was not much the defense could do having only four yards to defend and South Florida was up 7-0 just two minutes into the game.

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Maryland Football: Terps hope to get back on track against USF to keep bowl aspirations alive

It was down right ugly for the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday beginning in the second half. Not only did the team lose the game after many fans left due to weather, but the team was blown out and embarrassed against a non-power five conference school in MAC power Bowling Green. It was known going into the game that the Terps would have to prevent the Falcon’s spread offense from getting on a roll, but the lose sets them back in what can now be classified as a filler year before 4-star QB Dwayne Haskins arrives next year.

If one assumes losses to Big 10 and national powers Ohio State and Michigan State, the Terrapins would have to win five of their other eight remaining games to be bowl eligible come December. That includes bouts against the always tough Wisconsin Badgers and budding rivalries with improving teams like Michigan, Penn State, and Rutgers. It will not be impossible, but the Terps can ill afford another loss in non-conference play.

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Maryland Football: Terps demote Perry Hills to third string, Caleb Rowe to start

AFTER SATURDAY’S POOR OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE, RANDY EDSALL TAKES SWIFT ACTION BY BENCHING HILLS

The Maryland Terrapins released their two deep depth chart today ahead of Saturday’s home game against the University of South Florida. After starting the first two games of the season, Perry Hills has lost his job as QB1 in favor of redshirt junior Caleb Rowe. Hills was completely left off the two deep depth chart as Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman is listed as Rowe’s backup.

Hills has struggled against two poor defenses out of the FCS and MAC conferences and the loss to Bowling Green in embarrassing fashion pushed Randy Edsall over the edge. Hills, before being removed in favor of Rowe on Saturday, has totaled 306 yards on 27 of 51 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has mirrored last year’s starter C.J. Brown than many have expected by totaling 119 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. The problem for Hills was more that he was not making the throws he was expected to in key situations that led to momentum shifts.

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Maryland Football: Terps lose in blowout second half to Bowling Green

TERPS LOSE TO BOWLING GREEN IN EMBARRASSING FASHION AFTER POOR SECOND HALF IN DREARY WEATHER

After handily defeating the Richmond Spiders last weekend, the Terps were set to face off against the spread up-tempo offense that Bowling Green brought to College Park. Although it was previewed that Maryland would have an easy time running and returning the ball, the defense had their hands full. After a slow start because of the dreary weather, the shootout was on but it resulted in a Maryland defeat 41-27.

The Terps got off to a decent start against the fast paced Bowling Green team thanks to some incompetence from Falcons kicker Tyler Tate, who missed two chip-shot field goals. Then the excitement started for Maryland when William Likely picked up right where things left off last week with a 85-yard punt return touchdown. The Terps defense would hold strong throughout the first half, partly assisted by the drizzling rain, and give the team a 13-6 halftime lead. [Read more…]

Maryland Football: Terps look to continue mounting momentum against Bowling Green

Now that Randy Edsall and company have taken care of the FCS power Richmond Spiders in a convincing 50-21 victory, they will now have their minds set on welcoming in the Bowling Green Falcons, who gave the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers a tough battle on the road. Maryland will look to nearly exactly replicate Tennessee’s game plan against Bowling Green through rushing the ball on offense, defending the fast paced passing attack on defense, and winning the field position game on special teams.

It was clear that Perry Hills struggled in the passing game against the Spiders with multiple underthrown passes, but head coach Edsall has continued to name Hills as the starting quarterback over backup options like Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

Regardless, the Terps will rely heavily on their running attack, which did not seem to miss a beat after the departures of both Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid. Brandon Ross (18 carries for 150 yards), Wes Brown (13 carries for 74 yards), and freshman Ty Johnson (10 carries for 83) were the major benefactors of a bulked up offensive line against Richmond.

Tennessee had a similar mindset to attack the Bowling Green defense as they also had three main rushers combine for 356 yards on over seven yards per carry. In a game that saw nobody catch more than two passes for the Terps in a receiving corp that is still suffering from the losses of Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Marcus Leak, and Juwann Winfree it will be completely up to the ground game to put up points.

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