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Florida State vs. Maryland: Terrapins trounced by Seminoles, 41-14

Maryland managed just 170 yards of total offense and 14 points in losing their Senior Day outing against the Florida State Seminoles, 41-14. The 4-7 Terrapins have been knocked from bowl contention.

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Terps Blown Out In Home Finale, 41-14

With the top defense in the country coming to town to face the worst offense, Maryland fans knew it was going to be a long day in College Park. The game lived up to its booking, as the #10 Florida State Seminoles came in and crushed the Terrapins, 41-14.

Maryland was outperformed in every aspect of the game, and nowhere was it clearer than in yardage. Florida State outgained the Terps 399-170, with advantages both in the air (160-136) and on the ground (239-34). Up until a last-minute touchdown to Kevin Dorsey, three Florida State players had outscored the Terps and two outgained them.

The Seminoles started out with an 11-play, 62-yard drive that ended in a five-yard Devonta Freeman touchdown. Levern Jacobs fumbled the resulting kick-off, with Florida State recovering. On the next play, E.J. Manuel completed a ten-yard pass to an open Nick O'Leary in the end zone for another score.

Later in the quarter, Shawn Petty fumbled, with the Seminoles recovering again. This time, the turnover led to a field goal - the first of two for Dustin Hopkins in the half. Near the end of the second, Florida State scored again, as a nine play drive went 70 yards, culminating in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Manuel to Rashad Greene, making the score 27-0 and putting the game out of reach.

Maryland was able to score on their first drive of the third. On the nine-play, 81-yard drive, Brandon Ross ran three times for 11 yards, Stefon Diggs had three touches for 34 yards, and Shawn Petty had two completions for 42 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown to Kevin Dorsey. Petty rolled out to the left before doubling back to his right, providing time for Dorsey to get open before supplying him with a nice pass.

Petty finished 8/19 for 136 yards and two scores, with his statline significantly padded by the two long Dorsey touchdowns. Ross led the team in rushing, with all carries for 30 yards, and Diggs finished with three catches for 45 yards.


Terps Trail 34-7 After Three

Maryland got the ball to start the second half, and finally got on the board. Stefon Diggs broke off a 23-yard run on third down, and caught a nine-yard pass on the next play. Albert Reid busted through for a first down, and three plays later the Terps elected to go for it on fourth down. Shawn Petty rolled out to his left, ran back to his right and made a great throw to Kevin Dorsey, who ran the rest of the way and dove into the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown.

After the teams traded punts, Florida State moved down the field slowly before a big run from Devonta Freeman. On third-and-one at Maryland's 49, he burst through the whole, ran past the entire Terrapin team, and was eventually caught from behind by Matt Robinson at the one. On the next play, he punched it in to give the Seminoles a 34-7 lead.

Maryland is currently driving into Florida State territory, thanks in large part to eight yards on the ground from Petty. The quarterback is now 6/12 for 69 yards and a touchdown, while Brandon Ross now has ten rushes for 27 yards.


Terps Trail Big At Half

When we last left Maryland and Florida State, the Terps were trailing by two touchdowns after giving away two turnovers and had the Seminoles within the ten-yard line. Maryland was able to hold FSU, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a 26-yard field goal to make it 17-0.

After a three-and-out for Maryland, a 21-yard reception by Nick O'Leary and a 12-yard run by Devonta Freeman set up another Hopkins field goal, this time from 40 yards out. The teams traded punts until nearly the end of the half, when E.J. Manuel completed five passes for 62 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Rashad Greene. Hopkins made the extra point, making it 27-0 Florida State.

At the half, Shawn Petty is 4/9 for 27 yards, with six rushes for -9 yards and a fumble lost. Maryland's leading rusher is Brandon Ross, who only has three carries for 14 yards. Stefon Diggs has been unable to save the Terps either - he has one reception for 11 yards.

Meanwhile, for the Seminoles, Manuel is 14/18 for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Freeman has run 11 times for 77 yards and a score, and Greene and O'Leary have combined for seven catches and 96 yards with two scores.


Two Turnovers In First Lead to 14-0 Terps Deficit

We talked before the game about the multitude of weapons that the Seminoles have, and they showcased it from the get-go in College Park. After Karlos Williams returned the opening kick for 32 yards, six different players gained yardage en route to a five-yard touchdown run from Devonta Freeman, giving FSU an early 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Levern Jacobs gained 17 yards before fumbling, with the Seminoles' Toshmon Stevens recovering. On the first play of the next drive, E.J. Manuel found Nick O'Leary open in the end zone for a ten-yard touchdown.

The Terps managed to get two first downs on their first possession of the game, with an eleven-yard rush from Brandon Ross followed up by an 11-yard completion from Shawn Petty to Stefon Diggs. They were forced to punt later, but the defense managed to cause a Florida State three-and-out.

On the first play of Maryland's next drive, Petty fumbled, and Cornellius Carradine recovered. Florida State was able to drive easily, and will have third-and-goal from around the six when we start the second.

The talk leading about to this game revolved around Maryland's need for perfection to stay in this game, and with two turnovers in the first 15 minutes, it's not looking too promising. The Terps have seven offensive plays, compared to the Seminoles' 20.


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