What a fabulous weekend to be a Terp! After the 20-3 injury-riddled demoralizing drubbing by Syracuse the week before, did anyone see that effort and incredible victory against Virginia Tech coming? I was treating Saturday as a “yard work contingency” (if the Terps went down by more than two touchdowns, it was out to do the leaves.) Well the leaves never got done and Maryland put forth it’s best effort on the gridiron in recent memory. This was better than the West Virginia win because Virginia Tech did not turn the ball over, did not implode; they were just flat outplayed by the Terps. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that a band of rag tag second stringers could go down to Blacksburg as 15-point underdogs and outplay the Hokies to the extent that they did.
While absolutely thrilled at the outcome, the memory of the 63-0 drubbing by Florida State was still too fresh in my mind and I was left to think that the result made more of a statement about the Hokies decline under Frank Beamer than the Terp’s ascension. Coach Randy Edsall has been taking a lot of fair criticism for the Terps 0-13 record under his leadership during November and December but you’ve got to give him credit. He said at halftime that they scouted VT and found something that indicated C.J. Brown should be able to do some damage in the ground game and worked it to perfection.
So what do you make of this team? Do they go on and win their final two to finish out 8-4 or suffer from the real possibility of a letdown against Boston College next week? Fundamentally, they are still a very damaged and shorthanded football team with literally no passing attack. If B.C. spies Brown on defense and crowds the line of scrimmage, it’s going to be a low scoring grind it out affair.
Finally, I do not cover soccer on this blog but have to give a shout out to the 2013 Terps squad who won the ACC Championship on Sunday over UVA by a 1-0 score. I was working the event and captured the joy and jubilation in the following post-game video. Enjoy and GO TERPS!