In a game the Terps needed to keep both bowl hopes and division championships alive, they fell flat again, and to make it worse, it was against UVA. This week (like most weeks when they have lost) they were bitten by the turnover bug, with the most unfortunate being Chris Turner’s pass that was deflected at the line being returned for a touchdown. The offense was off, while the defense turned it’s best performance of the season.
Despite the offense 4 turnovers, the defense gave up only 6 points you can really hold them accountable for. Sure they gave up the late TD, but that was after the offense was forced to go for it on 4th and long from their own 3 or so. The defense held UVA to 9 first downs, had 10 tackles for a loss, and only allowed 201 yards of total offense. You would think that would be good enough to win a game, but some how the Terps managed to drop the ball, literally. The announced homecoming crowd of 44,864 (with the actual being closer to 20,000) left the game soaked and with a really broken spirit.
Not to make matters worse, but we are 8 point underdogs going into Duke. That’s right, Duke football, not basketball. Granted Duke is better this year than they have been in a long time, but according to Patrick Stevens, this is only the 9th time in Duke’s last 118 ACC games, that they have been favored.
There are also some quotes from Friedgen saying it is time to maybe start looking toward next year, and is looking to get Jamar Robinson and/or Danny O’Brien some playing time at QB. Now that brings me to my next point. On the way home we were listening to the post game show, and Scott McBrien was saying some of this is Turner’s fault and they need to get Robinson out there (I am paraphrasing there). That kind of ticked me off a bit. I have no problem getting some other guys some time, but Turner has hung in there time after time this season, trying to do the best he can.
One last note, Demtrius Hartsfield has his surgery on his hand and is expected to miss 3 games.
So with all that awesome news, keep in mind basketball has started practicing, and the future looks much better for them this year. Until next time, Go Terps!