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The Terrapins are now 2-6, a mark which would have been unthinkable before the season. With bowl hopes nearly faded, what is there left to play for? The players tell us the answer to that question.
COLLEGE PARK, MD - The Maryland Terrapins just lost their sixth game of the season, putting them right on the brink of falling out of bowl eligibility. It was a new low for the offense, which was only able to muster three points until there were about six minutes left in the game. On defense the Terps just couldn't stop the run, and Boston College was able to put up about 370 yards on the ground. It was a tough game in all phases, including the weather, and the coach and players reacted accordingly afterward.
Obviously it didn't turn out the way that we want it to today, so we'll just make sure that we look at the film and watch the film and see where we can get better. Get back to work tomorrow and improve and correct mistakes that we had today.
This was the extent of Edsall's comments throughout the day, for the most part. That he would have to look at more film before he could really say anything about any individual play, player or aspect of the game. He was asked about Danny O'Brien as the starter, his frustration level, the play of D.J. Adams and Adrian Coxson, the run defense, tackling and hearing boos, just to name a few. he responded to nearly every question with some variance of, "I'll have to look at the film.
On what BC did to be effective on the ground:
They were a little bit bigger than us, and that advantage started to wear on us a little bit.
On the weather:
I think the weather actually helped, on the defensive side of the ball. The ball was slippery and that actually allowed us to create a few turnovers that way.
On the losing streak effecting morale:
A little bit, but I've been here with that team in '09, and that's the worst thing ever. It's not the morale, sometimes you practice like you play. So we gotta straighten some things in practice out and carry it over.
On if the losing streak is starting to effect morale:
A little bit, I mean, nobody likes losing. It never gets easier, and it sucks to lose consecutive games. At the end of the day the leaders of this team are going to have to really pull the guys up that are down because when you lose it just magnifies everything; mistakes that you make are much bigger. Showing up late to thing is that much more important. Winning cures all those things, so we realize the only way to kind of stop it is to get a win.
On if he did enough today to be the starter moving forward.
I would like to think so, but that's not something that I'm going to worry about. That's kind of the coach's job. I'm sure they will put us in the best situation possible.
The Maryland Terrapins appear to have settled the debate over which team is the worst in the ACC. Maryland fell at home to lowly Boston College, 28-17, and the game wasn't really that close. With the loss, the Terps fall to 2-6 and 1-4 in the conference, which is tied for last place. The level of play in recent losses suggests the Terps are even worse than the record indicates.
Boston College outgained the Terps by more than 140 yards. The Boston College running game dominated, with running back Rolandan Finch leading the way with astronomical numbers. Finch ran 39 times for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
The Terps' offense could do little right. Maryland receivers must work on the ability to catch the ball, as drops haunted both Terps quarterbacks that played in the game. C.J. Brown started for the Terps before being relieved by Danny O'Brien in the second quarter. Neither quarterback stood out. Brown moved the ball with some efficiency but again looked erratic passing the ball. O'Brien completed less than half of his passes with a touchdown and an interception.
The remainder of the season for Maryland will probably answer questions for 2012, as it looks like 2011 will not produce postseason play.
It probably won't make a difference in the outcome, but at least Maryland will be able to walk away from their game against Boston College having been able to say it got into the end zone. Danny O'Brien scrambled to the outside and went over the top to Adrian Coxson for a 55-yard touchdown, cutting Boston College's lead to 21-10 with 6:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
O'Brien and the Terps haven't been able to get scores in the red zone, so they just avoided all of that with this score. O'Brien was flushed out of the pocket to his right and still managed to deliver a strike to Coxson, who slipped behind the Boston College defense.
Maryland attempted to go for the onside kick after the score, but Boston College recovered.
For the few remaining fans watching the Maryland Terrapins take on the Boston College Eagles, at least the third quarter featured a small piece of comic relief. The Terps, trailing the Eagles 21-3, attempted a field goal midway through the quarter, only for the ball to bounce off the crossbar and net the Terps no points.
Boston College continues to dominate the game by running the ball. Coming into the game, BC was not only statistically the worst team in the ACC, they were one of the worst in the country. Barring an incredible comeback, Boston College should leave the Terps with the distinction of being the ACC's worst team.
The most telling statistic for the Terps, amid a sea of ugly statistics, is a third down conversion rate of 17 percent. The offense looks inept while the defense looks outclassed. That's not a good combination
The Maryland Terrapins and Boston College Eagles are fighting to avoid last place in the ACC's Atlantic division in College Park today, but as of halftime, it looks like the Terps are the team that undoubtedly deserve that distinction. They have been atrocious on both sides of the ball, particularly offense, and trail the Eagles 21-3 at the half.
Boston College have been able to get pretty much whatever they want on the ground, and when they've been able to score, they've done it it almost effortlessly.
As for the offense, where do I begin? C.J. Brown was ineffective on the first few drives so he was pulled in favor of Danny O'Brien who has not been very much better. The running game has had moderate success, but the offensive coordinator doesn't seem like he wants to stick to it. The passing attack has been underwhelming at best, and produced two turnovers when at it's worst.
This game was perfectly summed up in one drive that started after the Terps got the ball on the BC 14-yard line following a fumble. They went for -2 yards in three plays then failed to connect on a field goal. it's been that kind of day. But at least the snow is pretty.
Facing an 21-3 deficit and a crumbling season, Maryland coach Randy Edsall turned to the quarterback many expected to lead the Terps to a promising year. Quarterback Danny O'Brien entered the game in the second quarter, relieving C.J. Brown after an ineffective start.
On his first drive, O'Brien did not look much better than Brown. O'Brien threw a pair of incomplete passes, one of which looked quite ugly coming out of his hand. Neither quarterback has been helped by Maryland receivers, as many catchable passes have been dropped. O'Brien then threw an interception on his second drive.
It will be interesting to see if Edsall sticks with O'Brien. His skillset is different from Browns; O'Brien the traditional drop back passer opposed to Brown's athleticism and speed. Regardless, unless Brown or O'Brien lines up along the defensive line, it may matter very little. Boston College already has more than 160 yards on the ground, with running back Rolandon Finch accounting for 118.
In an ugly season, Maryland football may be looking at a new low point. The Terps trail Boston College 14-3 through the first quarter in front of a sparsely populated Byrd Stadium crowd.
Nasty weather in College Park stopped many fans from coming, but the Terp defense does not have the same excuse. The Boston College offense has pounded the Terps on the ground, rushing for almost 100 yards in the quarter. BC running backs Rolandan Finch and Alex Amidon both have touchdowns on the ground, and quarterback Chase Rettig is perfect through the air for three completions, picking up key third down conversions.
Things are not going as well for the Maryland offense. The first Terp drive looked promising, though it stalled out once in BC territory, resulting in just three points. Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown has completed two passes out of six with an interception.
Unless the Maryland defense can slow the Boston College run game, this could be a long day for the Terps.
The answer to the week-long question over who would start at quarterback for the Maryland football team against Boston College has finally arrived. C.J. Brown, and not Danny O'Brien, is the man under center for the Terps as their game against the Eagles gets underway.
Brown has been the starter since leading a comeback effort in a loss to Georgia Tech, and O'Brien only came in when Brown was knocked out against Florida State with an injury. After the game, Brown received a clean bill of health, and therefore is starting again even though O'Brien was slightly more effective in the 41-16 blowout loss.
Coach Randy Edsall announced last weekend that he would make a game-time decision on which quarterback would play, and he stuck to his guns during the week. It remains to be seen if O'Brien will end up playing some snaps anyway due to injury, ineffectiveness or just giving the defense a different look.
Maryland 2-5 (1-3) will be looking to stop a three-game slide that has spoiled a once promising season against the Boston College Eagles 1-6 (0-4), who have suffered through a nightmare of a season to this point, beating only FCS Massachusetts for their lone victory.
Both teams have been bitten hard by the injury bug, but the Eagles have looked good at times in recent weeks against Virginia Tech, Clemson and Wake Forest. The Terrapins have also had their moments, nearly knocking off Georgia Tech, and also fumbling away an 18-point second half lead to Clemson, losing 56-45, before getting destroyed last week by Florida State.
Who: Maryland Terrapins (2-5, 1-3) Vs. Boson College Eagles (1-6, 0-4)
Where: Byrd Stadium, College Park, Maryland
When: 3:00 p.m. EST
TV Information: Comcast SportsNet will have the game, and Rich Waltz and Keith Jones will be on the call. ESPN3 will also have the game out of market.
Radio Information: ESPN 980
Spread: Maryland by 8
Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey is listed as out in the injury report for the game against Boston College this Saturday. Dorsey is one of three players listed out for the game, along with offensive lineman Justin Gilbert and cornerback Jeremiah Johnson.
The report also includes defensive lineman Justin Anderson who is doubtful, and wide receiver Tony Logan and defensive tackle Andre Monroe who are questionable. Tackle Max Garcia is also listed on the report as probable.
An interesting omission from the injury report is linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who has missed the previous two games since injuring himself against Georgia Tech.
The injury bug has been unkind to the Terrapins so far, as currently eight players on the injury report are listed as out for the season, including star linebacker Kenny Tate, who is a new addition to the out for the season category, as he will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday. Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall has yet to reveal what the nature of Tate's injury is.
For more on Maryland football, keep checking back with us here at SB Nation DC.
The captains decided we're going to wear black helmets, black jerseys, and red pants this week.
This is one of the more mild variations of the Terps uniforms compared to what we've seen in weeks past. Once again they'll be going with the matte black helmets, which I am a huge fan of. The stretch of the Maryland state seal as the stripe is also a nice touch. The all black jersey fits well with the designs of the jersey, as well. You can notice the shell designs in the numbers much more clearly than on the white uniforms the Terps wore last week against Florida State. The red pants work, as it's hard to go wrong with black on red.
The Maryland Terrapins face the Boston College Eagles on Saturday in a battle to avoid last place in the Atlantic Division in the ACC. After being blown out by Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last week, BC fell to 1-6 on the season and is winless in conference. Head Coach Frank Spaziani, in his third season, is on the hot seat in Chestnut Hill as the Eagles have yet to beat an NCAA FBS team this season.
All of this turmoil in Boston means that the Terps, who are in the midst of an underwhelming season themselves, are touchdown favorites this Saturday in College Park. Maryland has only one conference win this season but they opened as 8 point favorites. The line has come down to 7 and 7.5 in some places but it's still indicative of just how bad BC has been this year. Kick off is set for 3 PM at Byrd Stadium.
For all of Saturday's college football odds, click here.
The Maryland Terrapins continue to be one of the ACC's most inconsistent teams. After losing hard-fought games against Navy and Clemson, Maryland was handed their fifth loss of the year, and their third consecutive defeat, by Florida State this past Saturday in Tallahassee.
The loss dropped Maryland to 1-3 in ACC play, effectively ending their chances at competing for the Atlantic Division of the conference. Maryland does return home for two consecutive weeks, and both games are quite winnable. Maryland hosts the winless Boston College Eagles this Saturday, followed by a home tilt with Virginia to start the month of November. Once again, coach Randy Edsal is remaining mum about whether C.J. Brown and Danny O'Brien will start at quarterback. Edsal tweeted Monday that he'd make a game-time decision. The depth chart for this week's game against BC confirms.
Brown started against the Seminoles and was 11-19 throwing the ball for 92 yards and 0 touchdowns before a vicious hit by Nigel Bradham forced him to the sidelines to receive medical attention. Brown was cleared to return but did not return to the game. In relief, O'Brien played well. He completed 9-of-18 for 180 yards and 1 TD. He also scored from five yards out on the ground to give Maryland its first of two touchdowns on the day.
The Terps will try to stop the bleeding against Boston College, who has been even worse this season. Randy Edsall announced that he will decide on whether to start Danny O'Brien or C.J. Brown at gametime.
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