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Terps Beat Syracuse 34-20

Chris Schisler
Presented By Yogolaada
Westminster MD & Pikesville MD

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.

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What we learned: Terps demolish the Dukes

The Maryland Terrapins opened their 2014 season on Saturday when they hosted the Dukes of James Madison. As expected, the Terps pulverized the Dukes, winning by a score of 52-7. There were a lot of positive things to take away from the victory, including the play of the running backs and front seven of the Maryland defense. Here is what we learned from the opening day victory:

1. The defense is strong and will keep Maryland in games.

While the final stats seem to tell the story of a lot of yards being given up, it is fair to point out that the Terps were missing some key cogs to the defense on Saturday. When the starters were on the field, the front seven got consistent pressure on quarterback Vad Lee and stuffed the running game of the Dukes. The secondary notched two interceptions in the game and gave little to no room for receivers to catch the ball and make a play. After losing star corner back Dexter McDougle to the draft and graduation, some wondered how the secondary would fair in his absence, but if Saturday is a sign of things to come, the secondary will be okay heading forward. 

2. Sean Davis is getting better and is poised to have a breakout season.

Safety Sean Davis was flying all over the field, making his presence known on nearly every play. Davis showed a knack for being around the ball when it was in the air and on the ground, flashing his strong tackling ability to pair with his ball-hawking instincts. Kenny Tate was a similar player, as they are both big-bodied players who can tackle and play the ball in the air. Before Tate was plagued by injuries, many thought of him as an NFL prospect at strong safety. Davis will draw similar comparisons and hopefully injuries will not hold him back. 

3. While the running game is strong, the passing game is still a work in progress.

Quarterback CJ Brown showed his strength in the running game Saturday, but his arm left a lot to be desired. Brown finished 11 of 24 passing for 111 yards and a long touchdown to Deon Long. Brown consistently overthrew receivers, never giving them a chance to make a play on the ball in the air. If the Terps want to maximize their offense, they will need more from Brown through the air.

On the flip-side, the running backs for Maryland put on a show. Starting running back Brandon Ross was tough on the ground while he was in the game, carrying the ball 16 times for 86 yards and a touchdown. In his return to college football after a year away for off the field issues, Wes Brown showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with, racking up 81 yards on 13 carries. Brown was the more heralded recruit coming out of high school, but Ross has supplanted him on the depth chart to take over the starters role after a breakout season in 2013. The two should combine to help even the offense for the Terps, so expect big seasons from both. 

Maryland was impressive overall in their season debut. While there is room for improvement, the team should get stronger as the season rolls on, barring injuries. Unfortunately, Taivon Jacobs has been lost for the season already, assuring that the Terps cannot get through an entire season without losing a key player. 

The Terps will take on the Bulls of South Florida on Saturday, September 6th. This contest will be the first road test for the team on the season, but should help send them off into the season with a sense of confidence when all is said and done. 

WVU vs. Maryland Recap: Blowout Could Have Been Even More Lopsided

WVU vs. Maryland Recap: Blowout Could Have been Even More Lopsided | Chris Schisler

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The West Virginia Mountaineers came to beautiful M&T Bank Stadium to play the Terps in less than beautiful weather. Maryland established a big lead and never looked back. The game was an utter embarrassment for the Mountaineers and pure jubilation for the Terrapins.

West Virginia’s offense struggled like it has all season. This is partly because Ford Childress and the Mountaineers played awful and partly because Maryland’s defense is so good. The Terrapins were able to get pressure with ease in the first half without having to send the blitz much. The secondary which was playing without two of its best players was dominant against the lackluster receiving core of the Mountaineers. Maryland won the battle at all levels of the defense and Maryland rolled to a 30-0 halftime lead.

The Maryland offense was good but not spectacular. It led to 5 scoring drives in the first half (Three FGs and one drive started inside the Mountaineers 5 due to an interception). C.J. Brown went 10-16 for 128 yards and 1 touchdown in the first half. This was much better than West Virginia QB Ford Childress who was 7-16 for only 39 passing yards through two quarters of play. The WVU offense was about as bad as it could be going 1-8 on third downs for only 65 yards. One of the most shocking parts of the first half was the absence of big plays from star receiver Steffan Diggs. Diggs left the game after being lit up on an incomplete screen pass to him. He was fine but it was a light scare.

The second half started with Maryland’s offense playing aggressively with fast tempo. C.J. Brown launched a bomb that was almost intercepted as it was dramatically underthrown. On 3rd & 6 Brown was sacked. This was the start to the second half that WVU desperately needed. The offense would not start off as hot as the defense. West Virginia punted on their first second half possession and it seemed as if they had no hope.

Nothing went the Mountaineers way. Before the end of the 3rd quarter Maryland turned the ball over and gave WVU great field position. WVU gave it right back with a fumble of their own. Instant replay showed that the ball clearly came out after the runner was already but Dana Holgerson did not challenge the call on the field. The subsequent drive Maryland fumbled the ball again. Childress got sacked on the next play. Then the Mountaineers fumbled it again. In a sloppy second half West Virginia continued to be their own worst enemy.

The Terrapins defense dominated the game. The offense moved the ball efficiently for the most part but offensively the Terps left a lot of points on the board. The offense did show finally show consistency in the fourth quarter with a long clock grinding drive. Both teams played sloppy but West Virginia played horribly. Maryland’s offense may have left points on the field but they put up 30 of the 37 points. In other words this game was amazing blowout for the Terrapins and they should have put even more points on the score board. The game ended in fitting fashion: A comical West Virginia turnover.