Well that title may be a little mis-leading, I really don’t know how the football team felt after that game. But I certainly have mixed emotions. On the good side, that was a fun game to watch. There were a couple moments when it looked as though FSU was going to put things out of reach, but each time Maryland came up with a huge turnover. It was also a lot of fun to watch Jamar Robinson play. He could turn a nothing play into a first down in the blink of an eye. It was fun for once to be on the good side of a scrambling QB. He also had a great day throwing going 20-27 with 214 yards and zero interceptions.
But even with the success the offense had, and the big plays of the defense, we still have to wake up this morning and face the facts. We lost…again. And we haven’t won since we inexplicably beat Clemson way back in early October. I don’t know what the line is for the BC game, but I’m suspecting the odds are against us NOT finishing with a 10 loss season. We also had the rare opportunity to keep FSU out of a Bowl Game (I’m going out on a limb saying FSU will not beat Florida next week), and to possibly end Bobby Bowden’s career at Doak-Campbell with a loss. But that all went up in smoke.
The Terps had this one, but could not hold on. With about 3 minutes and change, the Seminole’s committed another huge turnover when an FSU WR ran a wrong route. However, the Terps could do nothing other than force FSU to burn their remaining TO’s (they had 3 left, just wanted to point that out to Andy Reid) and then Punt. And that is when everything went wrong.
Nick Ferrara despite having great field position was unable to pin FSU Deep. He got it down to about the 11 but could not get the ball out of bounds. No fault to Nick because A-He isn’t our normal punter, and B-the Terps had plenty of chances to make a tackle. But at that moment, I began to seriously come to grips with the fact that we were going to lose. To further my fears, Maryland rushed only 3 players from then on out. E.J. Manual simply stepped past the rush, then either waited for a WR to eventually get opened or simply ran 10-15 yards.
I don’t know what it is about Defensive Coordinators. How many times do you see a prevent offense work? Keep doing what you have been doing all game long. Anyway, as I watched the last drive of the game, all I could think was why wasn’t Maryland burning their time outs. Yes that is right, we are up by 4 and all I can think is that we need to save the clock. It was that apparent that FSU was going to score. And they did, and the 2009 Nightmare continues…