We Beat Penn State And Played A Basketball Game Yesterday

2-35-1 never felt so good, huh?  We all know that Penn State is turrible but yesterday the Terps did something that had never happened before.  They won a football game in State College, PA. 

I felt like my old self watching this game.  I was yelling at the TV, pacing back and forth.  All the old hatreds for Penn State came flowing back.  I remember 70-7.  I was there.

The win took a giant monkey off the team's back and gave the alumni something to truly cheer about since god knows when. It also rekindled Maryland's only true football rivalry.  Of course, it typical Maryland fashion, our opponent doesn't consider the Terps their true rival, but who cares?  The Terps won a football game in front of 100,000 fans which is likely also a first for the program.

Saturday was the biggest win in Randy Edsall's tenure.  Edsall could feel it too.  He held back tears in the post game interview.  He knows as well as anyone how crucial this win is to establish Maryland as a legitimate program in the Big Ten.  It helps with recruiting and perhaps most importantly, energizes a moribund fan base.

If Maryland wants to be the "Oregon of the East", it doesn't start with new uniforms and money.  It starts with sell outs of Byrd Stadium.  Recruits will play at Maryland if they can feel excitement and energy around the program.  Wins like yesterday can jump start those things.

Basketball Exhibition

Yesterday wasn't just about a football game. The new look basketball team took the floor for the first time in an exhibition game against San Francisco State.  Melo Trimble had an outstanding debut with 19 points and 5 assists.  Dion Wiley contributed 16 points as the newcomers led the way.  The Terps rained threes all day as the likes of Jared Nickens and Richaud Pack also looked good.

Maryland played small ball with Jake Layman starting at the 4. I think Turgeon will tinker with the lineup as he awaits the return of Evan Smotrycz.  Damonte Dodd seems to be penciled in as a starter at center.  Slovenian big man Mikael Cekovsky was the only Terp who didn't register a point thus underscoring the fact that he is not quite ready. That means the Terps will likely be undersized all year.

I'm not going to push the panic but just yet on that front for what matters is that Maryland looked good yesterday.  I realize San Francisco State is garbage but by all accounts, the Terps looked like a team.  It is nice to have a floor general who can run an offense.  There is a lot riding on Trimble's shoulders and for now, he looks the part of someone who can handle that pressure.

Author: Jeremy | 11/2/2014 6:47:59 AM |

Maryland vs Penn State

Maryland hasn't beaten Penn State since the early sixties.  The Terps record against the Nittany Lions all-time 1-35-1.  Maryland has never won in Happy Valley.  It's an awful history.  One that can't be wiped clean with a victory today, but a win today will certainly feel like a new start. Penn State is not good.  Maryland might not be much bet [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/31/2014 10:24:19 PM |

Maryland vs Wisconsin

By all accounts, Maryland has no chance tomorrow.  The Terps have never been to Camp Randall Stadium where the Badgers enjoy a formidable home field advantage.  What's more, Wisconsin is huge upfront and possesses the second-best running attack in the nation. Maryland is a bit under-sized in the trenches and this looks like a classic mismatch.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/24/2014 8:01:23 PM |

Maryland v Iowa

I'm having trouble with my publishing tool but I want to get this thread up before the game. In short, we can beat Iowa and Iowa can beat us.  I expect a close game.  A win and Maryland is likely bowl bound. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/18/2014 8:05:50 AM |

Maryland vs Ohio State

What a sports weekend this is shaping up to be in Baltimore/DC! The Orioles and Nationals are in the playoffs.  The Ravens are playing the old Baltimore franchise, the Colts, there is a football team in Landover MD, and our beloved Terps play Ohio State. The good folks at Buckeye Battle Cry asked me to participate in a blogger exchange.  These g [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/2/2014 8:06:57 PM |

Maryland vs Indiana

Maryland officially begins life in the Big Ten tomorrow with a trip to Bloomington IN to face the Indiana Hoosiers.  The Hoosiers have been Jeckyl and Hyde this year.  A home loss to Bowling Green followed by a win over #18 Missouri.  Which team will show up?   I suppose that depends on which Terps team shows up.  Maryland's defense has looked [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/26/2014 3:21:27 PM |

Maryland vs Syracuse

I've made my feelings about our starting quarterback known.  Thus, I fear we are in for a long day tomorrow.  Randy Edsall seems intent on sacrificing the rest of the talent on the roster so he can have a mobile quarterback on the field.  Caleb Rowe may not be the second coming of Scott McBrien but he was in for a handful plays and completed every [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/19/2014 8:14:38 PM |

It's Time To Sit CJ Brown

Yesterday's loss looked close but it wasn't. WVU ran all over Maryland.  Nearly 700 yards of total offense? What's worse than calling that "embarrassing"? Humiliating? Yeah that's it.  It was humiliating.  From where I sit, I didn't see a defense that was ready for the offense they faced.  The Terps rushed 3 or 4 guys the entire game. It looked the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/14/2014 9:04:35 AM |

Maryland vs West Virginia

Nothing says Big Ten vs Big 12 like Maryland vs. West Virginia, eh?  Seriously, this venerable rivalry endures despite all the conference shifting underneath our feet and that is something to be happy about. As for the game, the Mountaineers are always a bellwether for our Terps.  A win and we are a good team.  A loss and we are average.  Today [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/13/2014 8:59:08 AM |

Maryland vs USF (Late)

No excuses but I will give you a few anyway.  I was in California all week and got in late last night and my parents are in town for my 40th birthday party this evening. The good news is the Terps are up 7-0.  Let's go boys. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/6/2014 2:08:36 PM |
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