Maryland Vs. Florida State: C.J. Brown Injured As Seminoles Run All Over Terps, 41-16

The Maryland Terrapins fall to 2-5 on the season after a 41-16 blowout loss to Florida State. Danny O'Brien came on at quarterback after C.J. Brown was knocked out of the game after a big hit.

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BCS Rankings, Week 9: Clemson Tigers Climb Two Spots, Now Ranked No. 5

Clemson continued their high-scoring ways Saturday, blowing out the North Carolina Tar Heels 59-38, and the undefeated Tigers are now ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS Standings, two spots higher than last week. Clemson is one of only two ACC teams to make the Week 9 BCS Top 25 rankings. Virginia Tech, 30-14 victors over Boston College on Saturday, check in at No. 12, the same slot they a week ago.

The LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide maintained the first and second positions, with Oklahoma State, Boise State and Clemson rounding out the Top 5.

Here are the complete Week 9 BCS Standings:

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Boise State
5 Clemson
6 Stanford
7 Oregon
8 Kansas State
9 Oklahoma
10 Arkansas
11 Michigan State
12 Virginia Tech
13 South Carolina
14 Nebraska
15 Wisconsin
16 Texas A&M
17 Houston
18 Michigan
19 Penn State
20 Texas Tech
21 Arizona State
22 Georgia
23 Auburn
24 Texas
25 West Virginia

For more on the Week 9 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's comprehensive StoryStream.

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Maryland Football Is Rebuilding A Year Early, But Whose Fault Is That?

What was supposed to be a strong Maryland football team has instead turned into a squad that's rebuilding under new coach Randy Edsall. But whose fault is that, exactly?

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C.J. Brown Injury Update: Terrapins Quarterback Was Medically Cleared To Return, But Held Out By Head Coach

The Maryland Terrapins were manhandled by the Florida State Seminoles Saturday afternoon, losing 41-16 in the Sunshine State. To make matters worse, starting quarterback C.J. Brown was knocked out of the game early in the second half after a vicious hit by Florida State's Nigel Bradham. Brown reappeared on the sideline not too long after the hit, and looked like he was ready to play. And apparently, according to Brown himself, he was medically cleared to come back in, but coach Randy Edsall kept him out of the game and stuck with replacement Danny O'Brien. Via Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun:

C.J. Brown said he was medically cleared to return to FSU game. But Terps coach Edsall simply decided to stick with Danny O'Brien.
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The problem of course for Brown, now that we know he is healthy (or so are told) is that O'Brien replaced him and played well in relief. OK, as well as you can play when your team gets hammered by 25 points. O'Brien had a five-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, and finished nine of 18 on the day for 180 yards and a touchdown through the air. It will be interesting to see how the head robot, er, coach handles this budding quarterback "conversation" throughout the week.

What is it about the D.C. metro area and quarterback carousels?

For more on the aftermath of Maryland vs. Florida State, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Final Score: C.J. Brown Hurt, Terrapins Fall 41-16

The Maryland Terrapins knew they had an uphill battle in Tallahassee, but I'm not sure they envisioned the game being quite as difficult as it ended up being. The Terrapins ultimately ended up falling 41-16, with six of their points coming on what would prove to be a meaningless touchdown with the clock almost expired in the fourth quarter.

The big news from this game will be the quarterback situation, which figured to be settled heading in to the game but is now as convoluted as ever. C.J. Brown was largely ineffective before getting knocked out of the game with a pretty brutal hit in the third quarter. Danny O'Brien came into the game and didn't play out of his mind, but he did lead the Terps to their only touchdowns of the day. If Brown is healthy for next week, I'm not sure where the coaching staff will go.

The things that doomed the Terps today proved to be exactly what we expected. The Florida State defense had way too much speed and depth and the Maryland offense failed to get anything going. It was a similar story on the other side of the ball as well. The Terps don't have a lot of depth or talent on defense after all the injuries they have suffered this year and the talent disparity was evident when Florida State had the ball. The Terps just don't have the personnel to stop the Seminoles on defense or get anything going on offense, simple as that.

There was one bright spot today, the performance of wide receiver Quintin McCree. He had only ten receptions on the year coming into the game, but he reeled in nine passes for an impressive 177 yards, including two long bombs that came when O'Brien was in the game. Both of the long passes led to touchdowns, but it just wasn't enough.

The Terps' next game is against Boston College next Saturday in College Park.It will be interesting to see who is the starting quarterback for that one.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Devonta Freeman Rushing Touchdown Extends Lead To 34-10

Whatever hope of a comeback the Maryland Terrapins held in this game was likely just dashed after a long touchdown run by Devonta Freeman with just over five minutes in the fourth quarter. The Florida State Seminoles now lead 34-10.

Freeman has been gashing the Terps in the fourth quarter for big run after big run, but non were bigger than the 41-yard rush that capped off the last drive. It was the longest rush of his young career. The Terps are now down by three touchdowns and change, and the Terps officially have no chance to come back in this game. But they do still have the chance to put more points on the board and at least make this game respectable.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Danny O'Brien In, Terps Trail, 24-10

The insertion of Danny O'Brien into the game at quarterback has caused Maryland to show a little bit of life in their game against Florida State. The Terps still trail by two touchdowns at 24-10, but they still have a slight chance heading into the fourth quarter.

O'Brien led the Terps on one scoring drive, completing a 69-yard pass to Quintin McCree on third down, then taking it in himself three plays later to cut the Seminoles lead to two touchdowns. O'Brien is in after starter C.J. Brown was taken out following a vicious hit by Nigel Bradham. Brown is likely out for the rest of the game.

The Terps have just punted it back to Florida State and the defense must step up now.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Danny O'Brien Rushing Touchdown Closes Gap To 24-10

We knew that the Maryland quarterback would be running a lot in this game, we just thought it would be C.J. Brown. After Brown's injury took him out of the game, Danny O'Brien came in, organized a long drive, and capped it off with a 5-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 24-10.

The big play on that drive was a completion from Danny O'Brien to Quintin McCree that went for 70 yards on a third and five. McCree went over the top of one of Florida State's best players in Greg Reid, pulled it down, and ran as far as he could before getting caught from behind. After nearly fumbling the ball on the next play but managing to recover, the Terps were in the endzone shortly thereafter. They gave up a huge kick return on the next kickoff, but if they can get a stop and another touchdown right now, things could get interesting.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: After Jermaine Thomas Touchdown Run Seminoles Now Lead 24-3

For a while there it looked like the Maryland Terrapins were keeping the Florida State Seminoles within striking distance, and they might be able to pull off a little second-half magic to get back in this game. Then C.J. Brown nearly got decapitated and Florida State marched down the field and scored a long rushing touchdown to take an even more commanding 24-3 lead midway through the third quarter.

Danny O'Brien looked a little rusty and the Terps had to give the ball back quickly. Florida State seemed to just put their heads down and run through the Maryland defense on the resulting possession, which was capped off with a 35-yard touchdown by Jermaine Thomas. The Terps haven't been able to get very much going on offense, and with a quarterback under center who probably didn't get a ton of snaps with the first team during the week, a comeback is hard to imagine. v

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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C.J. Brown Injury Update: Maryland QB Out After Helmet-To-Helmet Hit Vs. Florida State

The Maryland Terrapins will be forced to make a quarterback change after starter C.J. Brown came up woozy following a helmet-to-helmet hit in their game against Florida State. Brown was making a run and fell down to slide before being leveled by Nigel Bradham. Danny O'Brien, who began the season as the starter, replaced him.

The play was third down, and Brown had taken off and started running. Right before he began to slide, Bradham began to lean in. As he slid, Bradham's helmet slammed directly into Brown's, and Brown was on the floor for several minutes. It's difficult to tell whether the tackle was dirty or whether Bradham simply began his motion at an unfortunate time, but Bradham was penalized on the play.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Seminoles Lead Terrapins 17-3 At Halftime

The Maryland Terrapins have been pretty unimpressive on both sides of the ball today and Florida State is exactly as athletic and talented as we expected them to be. The result? The Seminoles lead the Terrapins 17-3 at the half.

It could be a lot worse, as Florida State scored very easily on their first two possessions of the game and it looked like they would continue to run away and hide. But The Terps defense stepped up and became a little bit more stout than they had been and held the Seminoles to just three points on the rest of their first half possessions.

The offense, however, has been stagnant throughout the game so far and has been unable to get much going. C.J. Brown has not been effective on the ground (thanks in large part to a potent effort by the Florida State defensive line) and we know how erratic he can be through the air. but the Terps put together a pretty long drive right before the half to get three points as the first half expired, so maybe that's something to build on.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Terps Finally Get Stop, Still Trail 14-0 After First Quarter

We're through one quarter of play in Tallahassee, and the Maryland Terrapins simply look outclassed against Florida State. E.J. Manuel has a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown already, and the Seminoles lead 14-0 after one quarter.

The Terps finally got a stop on Florida State's third drive of the game, sacking Manuel to force a punt. The first two drives, though, were much less successful. Florida State got a seven-yard rushing touchdown from Manuel on the first drive after rolling down the field easily. After forcing a Terps punt from midfield, Florida State did it again. Aided by horrendous tackling by Maryland, the Seminoles eventually scored when Manuel found Kenny Shaw on the outside for a 26-yard touchdown.

Outside of the first drive, Maryland has struggled to move the ball against Florida State's defense.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Terps Making It Very Easy On Seminoles, Trail 14-0 In First Quarter

And here I was thinking Florida State's first drive was easy. After the Terps stalled out on their opening drive, they punted the ball and pinned the Seminoles on their own ten-yard line. That was good. The resulting defense was not. Florida State ripped off big chunks of yards as they marched easily down the field and put another touchdown on the board. They now lead 14-0.

The theme of this drive, much like the first, was missed tackles. Maryland has a lot of youth on their defense and mistakes are to be expected, but they are making way too many here to be successful. Off the top of my head I can think of four plays, including the 26-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw, where the Seminoles where able to get some more yardage because the Terps failed to bring down the ball-carrier. Buckle up people, by the looks of this, this could get ugly very quickly.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Score Update: Seminoles Take Early 7-0 Lead After Easy Opening Drive

If the Maryland Terrapins are to upset the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee today, it would be considered a fairly large upset. Usually when a team orchestrates an upset like that, it begins with a pretty fast start. That is pretty much the opposite of what is happening very early in this game. After an impressive return on the opening kickoff, the Seminoles marched down the field without much resistance and scored an easy touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.

The drive was capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run, but the drive was really built on some missed tackles by the Maryland defenders. Florida State was able to gain a number of easy yards off screens when Maryland cornerbacks simply flew right by the receiver. If this is the way the Maryland defense is going to play all day it is going to be a very, very long day.

For more on the Maryland vs. Florida State game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: Kenny Tate Not Dressed, Demetrius Hartsfield Is

The Maryland Terrapins have received some good news and bad news as they prepare for their game against Florida State. First: the bad news. Linebacker Kenny Tate, who was listed as doubtful on the injury report, will indeed not play, as he is not dressed in warmups. Via Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times:

Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate is not dressed for warmups and is likely to miss his third straight game.Tate was listed as doubtful for the last three games.

The good news? Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who was also listed as doubtful on the injury report, is out on the field warming up, according to Stevens. Getting Hartsfield back in the fold will be a huge boost to a Terps defense that gave up 56 points against Clemson last week.

We'll be following the lead-up to this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State Game Time, TV Schedule, Announcers And More

Florida State returns home for the first time in 35 days, feeling much better about themselves after a 41-16 win over Duke. Maryland and new starting quarterback C.J. Brown, heavy underdogs on Saturday, hope to steal a win in the Sunshine State. Here is everything you need to know about Saturday's game:

Who: Maryland Terrapins (2-4, 1-2 ACC) Vs. Florida State Seminoles (3-3, 1-2)

Where: Doak Campbell Stadium

When: 3:30 EST

TV Information: Mike Patrick and Craig James (shudder) have the call on ABC/ESPN2.

Spread: Florida State by 17.5.

Last game: Maryland lost a wild game to Clemson 56-45, blowing an 18 point lead, but appears to have found it's quarterback of the future in C.J. Brown. Florida State crushed perennial conference doormat Duke 41-16.

Last season: The Seminoles continued their dominance in this series, beating the Terrapins 30-16 for their 19th victory in 21 meetings between the two schools. Maryland had four turnovers in the game, including three in the fourth quarter.

Key absences: Both of these football teams currently resemble a M.A.S.H. unit. The biggest absences for Maryland are offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella, lost for the season with a gruesome leg injury, and wide receiver Kevin Dorsey. Star linebacker Kenny Tate is listing as probable and is expected to play. The Seminoles will be missing several offensive lineman, as well as skill position players Willie Haulstead (WR) and Chris Thompson (RB).

We'll be following the lead-up to this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, head on over to Testudo Times, and for a view from behind enemy lines, try Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: Five Questions With A Florida State Expert

To get ready for the Terps' matchup with the Florida State Seminoles this weekend, we asked the lead blogger at SB Nation's Seminoles blog Tomahawk Nation for a little insight into the opponent.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: Terrapins And Seminoles Both Have Laundry List Of Injuries

When the Maryland Terrapins (2-4, 1-2) face the Florida State Seminoles (3-3, 1-2 ACC) at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee Saturday afternoon, fans of both schools might find themselves watching a number of new faces. Both teams are extremely beat up heading into the Week 8 matchup, with double-digit players on their respective injury reports. For the Seminoles, the injuries are largely on the offensive side of the ball; for the Terrapins, it’s the defense that’s been plagued by the injury bug.

“We’ll call it the `Red Badge of Courage’ game between our offense and their defense,” [Florida State head coach Jimbo] Fisher said.

FSU has ten players on the official injury report, but Maryland’s list is amazingly 50 percent bigger. 15 Terrapins are on the official report, 11 of which have already been ruled out for Saturday’s game. Six of those 11 are on Maryland’s defense.

The biggest loss for the Terps however is on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey has been ruled out for Sunday. There had been much speculation about why Dorsey missed the second half of Maryland’s hard-fought loss to Clemson last Saturday.

Here’s the full injury report:

OUT FOR SEASON

WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
G Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
S Matt Robinson
DE Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh

OUT vs. FLORIDA STATE

DE Justin Anderson
WR Kevin Dorsey
T Justin Gilbert
LB Shaquan Virgil

DOUBTFUL

LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Kenny Tate

QUESTIONABLE

DT Andre Monroe

PROBABLE

G Pete White

Here’s how Testudo Times, SB Nation’s Maryland blog, had to say about the injuries to Dorsey and others:

Dorsey’s loss hurts, but we’ve gone over it before – he’ll be replaced by Marcus Leak, and it’s more or less a roll of the dice given Maryland’s wide receivers situation. As for White … he’s replacing Andrew Gonnella at LG, and if he can’t go Maryland will be reaching to third-string. He’s probable, so I don’t expect it to be a problem, but you never know.

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Darin Drakeford Injury Update: Maryland Linebacker Expected To Play Vs. Florida State

Maryland Terrapins linebacker Darin Drakeford is likely to return to the lineup when his club visits Doak Campbell Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 22, to take on the Florida St. Seminoles, reports Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times. Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that Drakeford will likely play "as long as everything goes the way it should in practice," and could even re-claim his starting job at weak-side linebacker.

Should Drakeford practice without incident and manage to play Saturday, it'll be his first game in nearly a month; he last took the field on Sept. 24 against the Temple Owls. The junior injured his ankle in Maryland's season-opening victory and missed its subsequent game, only to return briefly against Temple before re-aggravating the injury.

The Washington, D.C. native tallied 14 tackles prior to the initial injury, and has 17 total on the year. He's also recorded a sack and forced a fumble.

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College Football Odds, Week 8: Maryland Opens As 17 Point Underdog to FSU

The Maryland Terrapins head to Doak Campbell Stadium to try to knock out a Florida State team who's struggled up until last week's pounding of Duke. The Terps, led by sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown, enter the game as 17 point underdogs. While the Noles have struggled with injuries, especially at quarterback, the Terps have lost four of their last five.

Unfortunately for Maryland, the Noles look to have a fully healthy E.J. Manuel at quarterback, who's coming off a game where he threw for 239 yards on only 14 attempts including two long touchdown passes. Maryland will need to pressure Manuel and exploit the Noles banged up offensive line. Maryland does struggled to stop the run, but the Noles struggle to run the football.

A lot will need to happen for the Terps to pull out the win, but they should be able to cover the spread by just limiting FSU's big plays.

We'll have coverage of this game throughout the week in this StoryStream, but for more on the Terps head over to Testudo Times. For more on the Seminoles check out Tomahawk Nation.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: Terps Debuting Turtle Shell Helmets With White Uniforms, Black Pants

The Maryland Terrapins will debut a new element of their zillions of football uniforms when they square off against Florida State on Saturday. Coach Randy Edsall announced that the Terps will wear the turtle shell-themed helmet for the occasion, along with white uniforms and black pants. Here are pictures of both, via @RandyEdsall.

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To review: the Terps have now worn the following uniform combinations this season:

Therefore, this will be the first time that the Terps wear traditional white uniforms, since there's nothing about the season-opening uniforms that you can call "traditional." Perhaps that will spur the Terps to a much-needed win.

For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times. For more on Florida State, visit Tomahawk Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: Terrapins Look To Avoid Third Straight Loss

The Maryland Terrapins have lost two straight Conference games against ranked opponents, but they have the chance to get back on track against the Seminoles of Florida State this Saturday in Tallahassee. The game starts at 3:30 and can be seen on ABC, or ESPN2 depending on where you live.

The Seminoles had extremely high expectations coming into this season and were ranked in the top five heading into their matchup with Oklahoma. They lost that game and their starting quarterback EJ Manuel to an injury that Saturday. Since then, things have not been going according to plan. They lost to Clemson and Wake Forest after that one and are now just 3-3 with a 1-2 record in Conference. But don't be fooled by that record, they are still a much more talented and much deeper team than the Terrapins are.

The Terps might be able to have some success stopping the run, as Florida State has proven to have one of the worst rushing attacks in the Nation. The Terps are strong if shallow up front, and might be able to exploit this matchup.

We'll have coverage of this game throughout the week in this StoryStream, but for more on the Terps head over to Testudo Times. For more on the Seminoles check out Tomahawk Nation.

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Maryland Vs. Florida State: C.J. Brown Officially Listed As Starting Quarterback On Terps' Depth Chart

The Maryland Terrapins head down the East Coast this weekend for a matchup with Conference rival Florida St. C.J. Brown is listed as the starting quarterback.

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