August 17, 2019

Maryland Football: Competitive early, but poor quarterback play by Perry Hills late dooms Terps against Penn State

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Today was probably one of the last games that the Maryland Terrapins would have a chance to actually pull out a victory this season. In the national spotlight, on ESPN, the Terps showed that they could play tough against arguably one of the best quarterback prospects for the NFL in Christian Hackenberg. Mike Locksley had his guys ready to go coming out of the bye week and Maryland was competitive throughout the first half. A shootout ensued in the second half as the lead changed hands four times on consecutive drives. In the end, Perry Hills choked in the spotlight when Penn State left the door open for a late comeback to the Terps where Maryland had converted last year. Maryland fell 31-30 in a border battle with Penn State and their hopes of bowl eligibility under Mike Locksley are now next to none at 2-5.

The theme for Maryland to start the game was their ability to move the ball with ease but inability to convert the yardage into points. On the opening drive, Maryland had three plays of 16 yards and nearing field goal range before Perry Hills under threw Malcolm Culmer in double coverage for an interception. After the defense forced a three and out, Maryland was set up at the Penn State 34 following a catch and run by Levern Jacobs after Hills broke contain. A poor screen and sack resulted in another stalled drive resulting in no points. The third try was not the charm for Maryland as Hills fumbled in the red zone after the defense worked hard to force another three and out.

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Maryland Football: Terps hope to salvage some semblance of respect in border battle with Penn State

(Photo by: ESPN)

(Photo by: ESPN)

Isn’t it fitting that Randy Edsall is fired just before the Maryland Terrapins face off in a rematch with Penn State, the team that Edsall had arguably his most important win against during his tenure in College Park. Not only was the 20-19 victory just the second in Maryland’s 38 game rivalry with the Nittany Lions, but it probably helped jump start the DMVtoUMD movement. Maryland was notorious for losing local products to other schools in the region, and a win at State College surely went a long way of helping develop the Terrapins program.

You may remember that the game started before the opening kickoff when the Terps captains refused to shake the outstretched hands of the Nittany Lions at the opening coin toss. After a pre-game brawl, both sides knew that they would be in for a physical battle all about winning in the trenches.

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BREAKING Maryland Football: Terps notify Randy Edsall of firing, OC Mike Locksley becomes interim HC

AFTER REPORTS OF SUCH PRIOR TO OHIO STATE GAME, EDSALL SHOWN THE DOOR

After a staff meeting early Sunday, Randy Edsall has been formally informed that he is fired as the University of Maryland’s head football coach (h/t Bruce Feldman). The University made it official 15 minutes after Feldman’s report by tweeting that athletic director Kevin Anderson has relieved Edsall of his duties. As expected, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a great recruiter, will be named interim coach for the remaining six days of the season.

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Maryland Football: Terps play hard for Edsall early, but #1 Ohio State too much late

In what is quite possibly Randy Edsall‘s final game as Maryland’s head coach, it was business as usual for the 57 year old coach. He went through his usual routine of pumping up all players individually, which he said he would when he said he was completely focused on Ohio State (not reports). The Terps looked to have surprised the nation by keeping pace with Ohio State well into the second half, but in the end the defense was worn down and the offense just could not come up with one more big play when needed. Maryland fell 49-28 and now the decision of whether Randy Edsall is going to be fired and who would step in as interim head coach is to be decided during the bye week.

Things took a surprising start as the Terrapin defense sacked Cardale Jones on the second play of the game and then forced a three and out. After two conversions on third down, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a candidate for interim head coach, decided to open up the playbook for Perry Hills. Coming out of a timeout, Hills unloaded a bomb down the field that was hauled in by D.J. Moore who won off the line of scrimmage on a post route. Just four minutes in the game Maryland was up 7-0 on the #1 team in the country, but that would not last for long.

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Maryland Football: Terps Reported to Fire Head Coach Randy Edsall Next Week

BREAKING: TERPS TO FIRE RANDY EDSALL FOLLOWING OHIO STATE GAME

It is no surprise that many have been calling for fifth year Maryland coach, Randy Edsall‘s firing after embarrassing losses to West Virginia and disappointing performance at home against Bowling Green and Michigan. Now before the Terps travel to take on #1 Ohio State, Jeff Ermann is reporting the imminent firing of Edsall during next week’s bye.

The University of Maryland has released a statement that “Randy Edsall is our head football coach and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State”. However, beyond this weekend (barring one of the biggest upsets in all of sports), Edsall may be out of College Park after a 2-4 start to the season.

In response to the report, Randy Edsall referred the media back to his comment he made on Tuesday:

“My whole focus and concern is working with our student-athletes and making them the best people, best students, and best athletes that we can. That’s all I’m worried about. I don’t read anything, see anything, and I’m just more worried about playing Ohio State.”

Edsall is a dismal 22-33 in over four seasons of work at Maryland and has yet to beat a ranked opponent. The past of removing ACC Freshman of the Year Danny O’Brien from the starting quarterback position early on in his tenure has seemed to be forgotten, but the handling of the current quarterback situation has doomed him.

Surprising as it may seem now, but Randy Edsall actually had his contract extended for three years in June, but because the firing would come before his original deal ends in January of 2017, Edsall will only see $500,000 of his $7.5 million extension.

Some of the only good news in this matter is that four star quarterback recruit, Dwayne Haskins, has reaffirmed his commitment to the University. Haskins has even kidded that the Terps new coach may be Chip Kelly when he arrives on campus next year, although the likelihood of such is extremely slim.

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If offensive coordinator Mike Locksley does not get fired along with Edsall after this weeks game, he is a candidate to serve as the interim head coach while a thorough search takes place.

Stay calm Terps fans, Magic Maryland Madness, a sneak peak of the possibly #1 ranked Maryland basketball team, is a week from Saturday on October 17th.

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