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The Maryland Terrapins traveled to Syracuse, New York to play the Syracuse Orange, early this Saturday afternoon. The Terps got a 34-20 victory to add to their resume. Let’s discuss the game on three levels. First lets talk about what went right for Maryland. Next lets discuss what they could have done better. Finally we will take a look at who shined brightest in this 11 point victory.
What went right:
1.) CJ Brown had his best performance of the season. The Terps dual-threat quarterback went an efficient 16/26 passing, with 280 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown threw some beautiful passes, including a 25 yard touchdown pass to Marcus Leak.
2.) The Terrapins were plus 2 in the turnover ratio, with no turnovers of their own. Just two weeks ago Maryland had 7 turnovers. Perhaps the biggest play of the game was Will Likely’s pick 6. The Orange had built up some momentum despite trailing 24-13. This interception happened when Syracuse was marching down the field at will and put Maryland up 31-13.
3.) The Terps defense stifled Syracuse in the red zone. Syracuse moved the ball at will, with 577 total yards. The big difference in this game was that Syracuse could not come away with points when they needed to.
What The Terps Need To Do Better:
1.) Linebacker Play & Tackling:
I know the Terps had a few starters out with injuries, but the tackling made me sick. Syracuse had an unforgivable 378 yards on the ground averaging 7 yards a rush. The linebackers got caught in the trash (even when the DLine did its job). They were also not aggressive enough. On many plays the defenders were in position to make a play but waited for the ball carrier to come to them. The linebackers must fight off blocks better and be less tentative. They give you shoulder pads for a damn reason, use them.
2.) Third Down Efficiency:
The Terps were a lowly 4-13 on 3rd down conversions. Their offensive scoring came mostly from big plays and they struggled to keep long drives alive.
3.) Running Game:
The Terrapins offense only averaged 2.8 yards per carry. The Terps struggles to run the football. 69% of Maryland’s rushing yards came from 3 runs of 15, 15 and 12 yards. Think about that inefficiency. Out of 32 carries 69% of their running yards came on 3 plays.
3 Game Balls Go To
1.) William Likely: The sophomore defensive back had a great overall game but most importantly a huge interception return for a touchdown.
2.) CJ Brown: Brown was efficient and he made good decisions. This was probably his best passing performance of the season. Brown is responsible for 305 out of 369 total yards for the Terps.
3.) Marcus Leak: Leak had only 4 receptions but he made them count. He had a team high 23.3 yard average yards per catch and caught the Terps first touchdown.