The Maryland Terrapins were looking to make a statement today against the Florida State Seminoles where the Terrapins have never won in Doak Cambell Stadium and just made it look too easy as the Terps get clown stomped by the Seminoles 63-0. The Seminoles’ offense were just playing pitch and catch as their quarterback Jameis Winston had quite a lot of time to throw throughout the game. Too many cushions were given up underneath by the Terps’ defense.
The Terps’ defense which came into the game number one in the country in sacks with 17, could not generate much of a pass-rush without sending blitzes which left their suspect corners out on an island and they lost more times than not. The Terps’ secondary is really hurting after the loss of cornerback Dexter McDougle who is out for the season with a shoulder injury he sustained against Connecticut in week 3. McDougle had three interceptions to start the year.
The Terrapins’ offense was inconsistent throughout the game as they couldn’t sustain drives with their defense already being on the field for too long with dropped passes by wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Deon Long in the first half to keep the chains moving. Those drops in my opinion helped swing the momentum against the Terps.
To make matters worse, Terps’ starting quarterback C.J. Brown left the game early due to a chest injury when he got hit by a Seminoles’ defensive lineman which surprisingly did not draw a flag. The extent of the injury is unknown at this point. Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe took over but it was more of the same on offense. It was just that kind of day for the Terps. For all of the explosion on offense many people were talking about, including me, the Terps’ offense had nothing to show for it.
The Terps will now go to 4-1 on the year which is still an accomplishment after only winning six games the previous two seasons combined.
This thumping by the Seminoles proves that the Terps have plenty of room for improvement especially in the running game. The Terps’ offensive line has not gotten the type of push you would like even when they were undefeated and runningbacks in Albert Reid and Brandon Ross are not capable running on the outside. It would be nice to see more running plays being made up the middle, but then again the offensive line has arguably been the weakest spot for the team this season.
The Terps are a young team and they have a bright future. But today they got a dose of reality.