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.
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