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Maryland Terrapins Will Have to Go Back to Drawing Board

Coming into Saturday’s road tilt at Tallahassee, Fla. against Florida StateMaryland was riding a high crest. After all, they were 4-0 and were off to their best start since the 2001 season.

This was the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for the Terrapins, and hopes were high for them as they looked to get their first ever win against the Seminoles in garnet and gold country.

Nada. Not a chance. Forget it. Did not happen. The high crest Maryland was riding crashed like Miley Cyrus as the keynote speaker at an abstinence convention.

When all was said and done, Florida State came away with a 63-0 win in the 24th meeting between the two schools. They improved to 12-0 at home against the Terps.

Coming into the game, the Terrapins had a productive offense that was racking up yardage, as well as points. Terps quarterback CJ Brown was leading the conference in total offense. But Brown wasn’t a factor in the game. He would sustain an injury late in the second quarter that resulted in him staying on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. Injuries have been a problem for Brown during his career at Maryland. Not even backup Caleb Rowe could get the Terps into any semblance of offensive synchronicity.

Each time the Terps had an offensive possession, it was a case of one or two good plays, followed by one or two bad ones. One step forward, two steps back, indeed. Early in the first quarter, the defense played competitive, but when the offense couldn’t get anything going and they had to face the potent Seminole offensive arsenal, the defense began to wear down, and it showed as the game progressed.

For the game, UM was held to 33 yards rushing. They had to punt 11 times. Talk about lack of rhythm and consistency. If they tried to enter a dance contest, they wouldn’t be accused of being the next Fred Astaire.

If I were the Maryland coaches, I wouldn’t show the players the film of this game. Just burn it. They saw it firsthand, way too up close and personal. Haven’t they suffered enough already?

Next up for the Terps is Virginia. As Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall enters his third year in rebuilding the fortunes at College Park, he and his staff will have to go back to the proverbial drawing board and regroup, and put together a new plan if they hope to entertain aspirations for bowl eligibility in 2013.

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