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Georgia Tech vs. Maryland: Terps offense struggles in 33-13 loss to Yellow Jackets

The Maryland offense struggled all afternoon in a 33-7 loss to visiting Georgia Tech 27-7. The Terps mustered just 61 total yards in the first half, and 115 yards passing for the entire game.

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Maryland loses Hartsfield for season

The Maryland Terrapins have lost another key player, as senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield has torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Hartsfield leads the team in tackles by a sizable margin and was on some preseason all-ACC lists.

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Petty, Diggs, and the Terps' Blowout Loss

In Shawn Petty's collegiate debut, the Terps were blown out by visiting Georgia Tech by a score of 33-13. SB Nation DC hands out grades, reviewing Maryland's performance.

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Quarterback-less Terrapins struggle in loss

The Maryland Terrapins lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, 33-13, in an Atlantic Coast Conference football game at Byrd Stadium. The contest saw the Terrapins' offense struggle, as it was led by linebacker turned starting quarterback Shawn Petty. Petty was called into emergency duty after season-ending injuries claimed all of Maryland's quarterbacks.

According to the SB Nation blog Testudo Times, the struggles of Petty and the offense were not a surprise. Asking for a victory in this type of situation may have been too much for the Maryland football program (4-5, 2-3 ACC) to expect.

It was unfair to expect much of Petty, who was in line to be redshirted at linebacker before moving to QB just two weeks ago in an emergency measure. And despite showing a public face to the contrary, It seemed as if Maryland's players were worn down emotionally and mentally

Petty's inability to lead the Terps' offense put a lot of strain on the defense, and eventually the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense wore it down.

They seemed fatigued - not just physically, but mentally as well - and ever-so-slightly confused by the trip-op. Georgia Tech went for 370 rushing yards, and it was by far the worst we've seen this defense all year long.

Read Testudo Times' full reaction here.

Next Saturday, Maryland hosts the Clemson Tigers in an ACC showdown. The game time and broadcast information have yet to be determined.

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Diggs Scores Two As Maryland Blown Out

COLLEGE PARK, MD - - With a linebacker starting at quarterback, Maryland fans held little hope of coming out of Saturday's contest against Georgia Tech with a victory. Stefon Diggs scored two touchdowns, but the Yellow Jackets seemingly just had to show up, as poor defense and a terrible offense from Maryland resulted in a 33-13 Tech victory.

After a Georgia Tech punt to start out the game, Shawn Petty got the chance for his first drive at quarterback. After being sacked, he handed the ball of to Wes Brown for a yard, and then ran himself for four more. Maryland punted, and the dangerous Jamal Golden looked on the way for a big return, after making the first tackler miss. Tyrek Cheeseboro caught up with Golden from behind, stripping the ball out, and Sean Davis recovered for the Terrapins.

After the Terps were forced to punt again, the Yellow Jackets went to work. Robert Godhigh ran for a 12-yard first down, Orwin Smith ran for 16 yards on fourth-and-three, and Tevin Washington ran five yards on third-and-one at the ten to set up a goal-line situation. Washington punched it in two plays later with a one-yard touchdown, and the Yellow Jackets took a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point attempt.

Maryland had 14 yards of total offense in the first, and it didn't get much better for from there. Petty finished the game 9/15 for 115 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and it's hard to ask for much more from a true freshman linebacker thrust into ACC play at quarterback. Brandon Ross ran 13 times for 68 yards, while Brown had nine carries for 38 yards. Stefon Diggs was the only Terrapin receiver with more than one catch - he had five for 55 yards and two scores, and also ran four times for 18 yards.

The Terps finished with 259 yards of total offense, compared to the Jackets' 401. Maryland gave up 370 yards on the ground, as Orwin Smith, Synjyn Days and Vad Lee all ran for at least 60 yards.

In the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets began to run away with it. They started the quarter on Maryland's 15-yard line after a wild Petty fumble, and did not miss the chance to capitalize. David Sims ran for ten yards on two carries, and Smith ran the remaining five around the right side for a touchdown, giving Tech a 13-0 lead.

On Tech's next drive, it was Vad Lee who came up big. Lee ran for 24 yards on the second play, and after a combined 19 yards from Sims and Godhigh, Lee ran twice more for six yards, including a two-yard lunging score. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 20-0.

Georgia Tech scored quickly on their second drive of the second half. Smith ran for five yards, Washington ran for 26, Smith ran for another 25, Synjyn Days ran for eight, and Godhigh punched it in with a five-yarder to make it 27-0.

On Maryland's next drive, they were finally able to put points on the board. Wes Brown suffered an ankle injury, making way for Ross at tailback. He ran five times for 41 yards, bringing the Terps to the Jackets' 16. Petty completed a pass over the middle to Diggs, who juked out a defender and stretched out for the score.

To start out the fourth, Georgia Tech put together a long drive for the icing on the cake that included a fourth down conversion in the Yellow Jackets' territory up 20 in the fourth. Lee capped off the drive with another five-yard score. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score at 33-7.

Later in the quarter, Maryland drove down the field thanks to big gains from Levern Jacobs and Justus Pickett. Petty then threw a poor pass that was tipped downfield into the arms of Jemea Thomas for an interception.

Maryland was able to score a last-second touchdown, as a 24-yard floater into the corner of the end zone from Petty found a leaping Diggs. However, the Terps were not allowed to attempt the extra point, as the refs declared the game over.

We will have more on the Terrapins' loss tomorrow.

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Diggs Scores TD, Terps Still Trail 27-7

The Terrapins had a much-improved quarter on offense in the third against Georgia Tech, and managed to score a touchdown. Georgia Tech scored one of their own, however, and the Terps enter the fourth trailing 27-7.

Maryland put together their first legitimate drive of the game to start out the quarter, lasting seven minutes but ending without a score. Brandon Ross started the drive with an 11-yard run, and Shawn Petty ran three times for 14 yards and another first down. Two plays later, Petty completed a 14-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey over the middle for a first. Petty fell down on a fourth-and-three opportunity, giving up an easy sack and ending the drive.

After three-and-outs from each team, Georgia Tech scored quickly. Orwin Smith ran for five yards, Tevin Washington ran for 26, Smith ran for 25, Synjyn Days ran for eight, and Robert Godhigh punched it in with a five-yarder to make it 27-0.

Wes Brown suffered an ankle injury, making way for Ross at tailback. He ran five times for 41 yards, bringing the Terps to the Jackets' 16. Petty completed a pass over the middle to Stefon Diggs, who juked out a defender and stretched out for the score.

Petty has now completed 4/11 passes for 32 yards and a score, while rushing 13 times for 14 yards. Ross leads the team with 11 rushes for 55 yards.

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Terps Trail Jackets 20-0 After Dismal First Half

Maryland now trails 20-0 at halftime against Georgia Tech, as the Terps have been unable to find any sort of offense to compete with the visitors.

The Yellow Jackets started the quarter on Maryland's 15-yard line after a Shawn Petty fumble, and did not miss the chance to capitalize. David Sims ran for ten yards on two carries, and Orwin Smith ran the remaining five around the right side for a touchdown, giving Tech a 13-0 lead.

On Maryland's next possession, Wes Brown came out to play quarterback in the "Wild Crab". The formation got nine yards on two plays - a four yard run by Stefon Diggs and five from Brown - but the Terps decided to bring out the I-Form for third-and-one. Albert Reid was tackled for a loss of one, and the Terrapins punted again.

On Tech's next drive, it was Vad Lee who came up big. Lee ran for 24 yards on the second play, and after a combined 19 yards from Sims and Robert Godhigh, Lee ran twice more for six yards, including a two-yard lunging score. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 20-0.

After another Maryland punt (on a drive where the Terps finally got their first first down of the game), Renfro punted, and Georgia Tech failed a fourth-down conversion. On the play, however, Demetrius Hartsfield was hurt. Shawn Petty also went to the locker room, but returned a few plays later.

The Terps have 61 total yards, and Petty has completed one of six passing attempts for a singular yard. They have 60 yards on the ground, led by nine rushes for 38 yards by Brown.

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Maryland Trails 6-0 After Early Tech TD

Maryland's offense has been worse than stagnant, and the Terps' defense allowed a late long drive to Georgia Tech to give the Yellow Jackets an early 6-0 lead in College Park.

After a Georgia Tech punt, Shawn Petty got the chance for his first drive at quarterback. After being sacked, he handed the ball of to Wes Brown for a yard, and then ran himself for four more. Maryland punted, and the dangerous Jamal Golden looked on the way for a big return, after making the first tackler miss. Tyrek Cheeseboro caught up with Golden from behind, stripping the ball out, and Sean Davis recovered for the Terrapins.

After the Terps were forced to punt again, the Yellow Jackets went to work. Robert Godhigh ran for a 12-yard first down, Orwin Smith ran for 16 yards on fourth-and-three, and Tevin Washington ran five yards on third-and-one at the ten to set up a goal-line situation. Washington punched it in two plays later with a one-yard touchdown, and the Yellow Jackets took a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point attempt.

On Maryland's next drive, Shawn Petty ran seven yards to set up a third-and-short, but fumbled, giving the ball away to end the quarter.

The Terps have 14 yards of total offense, all on the ground, with a fumble. The Yellow Jackets also have a fumble, but have 106 yards of total offense, with 101 coming on the ground. if this output continues, it looks like it will be a long day for Maryland.

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Maryland faces Georgia Tech in a must-win

The Terrapins face a must-win against the Yellow Jackets if they are to attain bowl eligibility

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Maryland goes to black uniforms against Ga. Tech

Maryland will break out the black Military Appreciation Day uniforms Saturday against the Yellow Jackets.

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Battered Terps Face Struggling Yellow Jackets

The Terrapins have lost three starting quarterbacks in the past two weeks, and enter Saturday's contest against Georgia Tech with a linebacker behind center. Does Maryland stand a chance?

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