Terps Escape Duke 21-16; Suckiness Confirmed

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"We're not the number of fingers I'm holding up!"      Image by Getty Images via @daylife

So, who had the under tonight?  Thought so.  Jeez, am I glad I don't bet on sports anymore.  How the Terps offense only mustered 14 points against that defense (7 points came on a Punt Return) is a mystery.  Elon College scored more points against Duke than the Terps did.

The Terps 4-1 record belies tonight's performance.  An ongoing theme of the 2010 season has been the shockingly bad coaching.  That disturbing trend continued.  The Terps have two great tailbacks, yet we are pass happy.  It's as if James Franklin would rather lose than win running a ball control offense.

The defense "held" Duke to 79 offensive plays.  That's the best performance of the season.  That's a shot across the bow.  A smart coach will realize that the offense needs to sustain long drives so that the defense can rest.  Yet Franklin insists on an erratic pattern of shuttling in and out our top backs (Meggett and Scott).  Commit to the run.  Commit to a lead back.  Coaching 101.

Only the Maryland Football program can make a win feel like a demoralizing loss.  The Terps should have destroyed Duke.  Instead, we escaped while getting out gained by 100 yards.  What's going to happen next week at Clemson?  They will bury us with the run.

With Wake, UVA, and BC still on the schedule, we might just get to seven wins.  Regardless, I will maintain that this program is going nowhere as long as the current brain trust remains in place.
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Author: Jeremy | 10/2/2010 8:13:08 PM | Tags: duke, game recaps, football |

Phew! Terps Escape Raliegh With A Win

The Terps had every reason to call it quits at halftime tonight. Down 10 points and playing their 3rd game in 5 days; lesser teams would have folded. Gary was able to rally the troops despite the adversity.  In particular, Greivis Vasquez, Jordan Williams, Adrian Bowie, and Dino Gregory all made key plays to lead the comeback.Dino had the block hea [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/17/2010 9:36:52 PM | Tags: game recaps, nc state, comebacks |

Terps Bounce Back, Crush Virginia

What Duke game?  Gary Williams said before the game that it was "gut check" time and his Terps came through.  Maryland blew Virginia out of the building.  It wasn't even close.  From the opening tip, the Terps took the game to the Cavaliers.  What's more, there was a workmanlike self-assurance that the starters displayed.  It was as if they knew th [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/15/2010 8:21:55 PM | Tags: game recaps, uva, greivis vasquez |

Terps Beat #18 FSU Handily 77-68

The Terps finally have a big win.  Granted, it was at home and against arguably the worst coach in the ACC; but the Terps are undefeated in the ACC.As a Ravens fan; I'm used to big Terp diasppointments when they share a weekend with a Ravens playoff game.  Not today.  I can't recall the last time my two favorite teams both won huge games on the sam [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/10/2010 8:18:40 PM | Tags: fsu, game recaps, big wins, greivis vasquez, james padgett, jordan williams |

Terps Beat Fairfield Convincingly, 72-41

Image via Wikipedia I feel like dancing hence the image.Not all 29 point wins are the same.  For example, 129 - 100 feels a lot closer than 72-41.  Maryland doubled up Fairfield in the second half by continuing to put pressure on the ball and throwing able body after able body at the Stags.As I mentioned in my preview, Fairfield is no Charleston [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/17/2009 8:28:50 PM | Tags: fairfield, game recaps |

10 Things We Learned From Cal v. Maryland

Image by Getty Images via Daylife1.  The O-line is going to struggle all year.Chris Turner had no time to pass. Plain and simple.2.  The Defense is disorganized.How many times did you see Cal receivers running ahead of our CBs?  If the safeties are blitzing and we don't have the CBs to play man-to-man; then the defensive strategy needs to change.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/6/2009 10:54:18 AM | Tags: game recaps, california, football |

Some Post Georgia Tech Perspective

I am reposting my thoughts after the GT game because due to a miscommunication, Gregg posted over top of my comments. Besides, as many have pointed out, the Vasquez issue has been beat to death. This is a nice segue to Miami on Wednesday......At first glance the win against GT felt more like a stay of execution than a victory. A loss would have [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/12/2009 11:08:19 PM | Tags: game recaps, gt |

Some Post Georgia Tech Perspective

At first glance the win against GT felt more like a stay of execution than a victory. A loss would have effectively ended the season, and it was discouraging to see the Terps struggle against the worst team in the ACC.However, consider the following:1. MD matches up poorly against the Yellowjackets. GT has a massive frontcourt and MD is well, c [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 1/11/2009 12:32:26 AM | Tags: game recaps, gt |

Terps Cruise 86-58 Over Del. State

The game was over after 10 minutes. That's about all the time it took for Maryland's starters to build a 20 point lead. Unfortunately, the Terps played more or less even with Delaware State the rest of the way until they finally padded the lead in the final five minutes.Greivis Vasquez had a fantastic game. 50% from the floor, 16 points, 8 boards [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/13/2008 12:17:28 AM | Tags: delaware state, game recaps |

Picking Up The Pieces From A Blowout

Tonight was an utter disaster. There really is no other way to say it. I can't recall a Terps squad getting so thoroughly manhandled. When was last time Maryland lost by 27 points? Not only did the Terps get embarrassed by a local rival on national TV; but a blueprint for how to beat the Terps was unveiled. Smother Greivis Vasquez and force eve [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/30/2008 11:39:11 PM | Tags: embarrassment, game recaps, georgetown |
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