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A lot went wrong for the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday against Virginia, but the game was really lost midway through the second quarter on one pivotal drive when the Terps had the lead.
The Week 11 AP Poll finds the LSU Tigers, fresh after their win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, in first place, just as the Tigers are in the Week 11 USA Today Coaches Poll. Alabama falls to fourth place in the newest AP rankings, with Oklahoma State coming in at No. 2, Stanford No. 3 and Boise State in fifth position.
The Atlantic Coast Conference places two teams in the top ten, with the Clemson Tigers ranking No. 9 and the Virginia Tech Hokies holding the tenth position. Georgia Tech, at No. 2, give the ACC three Top 25 teams.
Complete Week 11 AP Top 25 poll can be found here:
1 LSU (59)
2 Oklahoma State
5 Boise State (1)
10 Virginia Tech
12 Penn State
13 Michigan State
15 South Carolina
17 Kansas State
20 Georgia Tech
25 Southern Miss
For more Week 11 college football rankings, check out SB Nation's college football hub.
The Navy Midshipmen snapped a six game losing streak Saturday, defeating the Troy Trojans 42-14, and kept their slim hopes of making a bowl game alive. Despite already having six losses on the season, the Midshipmen could win out and finish 6-6, making them bowl eligible. Navy will have to win two road games, against SMU and San Jose State, before finishing against Army. Win all three games, and Navy will play bonus ball.
The Maryland Terrapins, however, will not be making a bowl game. The Terps lost their fifth straight game Saturday, 31-13 to the Virginia Cavaliers, and fell to 2-7 on the season. Maryland finishes with games against Notre Dame, Wake Forest and North Carolina State, and stands in serious danger of finishing the year on an eight game losing streak.
Here is the current bowl projection for Navy. As noted above, 2-7 Maryland has no chance to make a bowl game this season:
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Miami vs. Navy, Dec. 28, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD: The Maryland Terrapins just laid another egg against the Virginia Cavaliers, losing 31-13 on Senior Day. It was the Terps' seventh loss of the year in eight games against other FBS opponents. They have officially been eliminated from bowl eligibility. Other than that though, everything is going great.
Here is reaction from coach Randy Edsall and some of the players in the press conference after the game.
On the game: "Just disappointed that we had it at 14-13 there at halftime and we weren't able to generate enough int he second half to put ourselves in the victory column. Five turnovers and 3-14 on third down, and again, giving up some of the big plays didn't enable us to do what we wanted to do today and that was get a victory. I feel bad for the seniors, not being able to go out with a win. I thought the crowd was good, I thought we had a really good crowd, and it's just disappointing that we just didn't come away with a win."
On being eliminated from bowl eligibility: "We're not going to slog through anything. We're going to go out there and play hard and work to get better. What we're going to do is be even more determined to try and get better. One of those goals is gone for this year, but now it's up to us to go out and get better and that's exactly what we're going to do. It is disappointing, but again, we just have to go and get better."
On what is left to play for: "I think you probably all saw it today, I don't think anybody checked out today. I think that just in terms of what we've been talking about and what we've been telling these young men and who these young men are they know that we've got Notre Dame next week and we're going to play as hard as we can. We've got another game after that and we're going to play as hard as we can. As long as we've got games to play the object is to go out every week and get better."
On receivers dropping the ball: "There's nothing you can do except put the ball in the hands. Drops are gonna happen, you just have to shake it off and move on to the next play."
On what is left to play for: "We just have to keep getting better. We have another hard game coming up this week against Notre Dame, and if that's not going to get you excited, playing on National television right down at FedEx [Field], I don't know what will."
On the difficulties of the two quarterback system: "We've been doing it for a while now, last couple weeks, so we're starting to get used to it. But definitely during the game, just staying warm not knowing when you're gonna go in, it's tough. but you just have to adapt and move on."
On what is left to play for: "Pride. I mean my Dad went to Notre Dame so I want to beat them pretty bad. Then playing two North Carolina schools, don't want to lose to them, haven't lost to them yet. So me personally I have a lot to play for. But us as a team, it's just about pride. Losing never gets easier and coming back into the locker room and hearing the losing speech is just terrible. And that doesn't get better. We're all competitors and we don't want to lose."
On the message Coach Edsall has been delivering following losses: "He's said that we're not panicking and we're going to get better and to keep fighting, and I think that's good. You don't want a coach who's message is changing with each loss."
On whether the struggles are scheme or execution related: "Probably a little bit of both, probably a lot more lack of execution. There are plays to be made. Second play of the game, the sun gets in Quintin's eyes, that's a touchdown. There's nothing with the scheme or anything like that. Bad reads, drops, missed routes, missed protection. The last drive we messed up in protection a few times. So it's just the little things. But it's probably a lot more execution because when you go back and watch the tape there's going to be plays that were left on the field."
The first half between Maryland and Virginia was evenly played. The second half was not, as UVA scored 17 unanswered points and won the game, 31-13. The result eliminates Maryland from bowl contention and ensures that Virginia will play in the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco controlled the game and looked like a world beater today against the Maryland defense. He ended the game with 310 yards passing on 22 completions out of 36 attempts. He threw two touchdowns and one interception. Cavalier running back Perry Jones finished the day with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry. With gaudy statistics like these, the final score is no surprise.
Maryland played two quarterbacks throughout the game at alternate times. Neither accomplished much. C.J. Brown connected on a touchdown in the first half with Devonte Campbell, the only Terps touchdown of the day. Danny O'Brien ended the day 17 for 37 for 245 yards and two interceptions.
The Maryland defense, starting freshmen at multiple positions, was bullied along the line of scrimmage for much of the game. It also appeared that when Maryland brought a blitz, Virgina often had the perfect play called to counter the pressure.
So much for the Terps hanging around. All it took was a couple of drives, and suddenly Virginia has a 28-13 lead with 3:06 in the third quarter. The latest score was a 17-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco to Max Millen. Millen caught a ball in the flat and made two Terps defenders miss for the score.
The play happened after Danny O'Brien threw an interception in Cavaliers territory. O'Brien was looking into the flat, but threw right to a Cavaliers player for the pick. Virginia quickly marched down the field and eventually got the touchdown from Rocco to Millen to take a two-score lead. After that pick, O'Brien has put on the headset and C.J. Brown is back in the game at quarterback.
Faced with a key decision, Virginia elected to take the high-risk move, and it paid off. The Cavaliers decided to go for it on fourth and goal from the one-yard line and ended up getting a touchdown when running back Perry Jones ran off tackle. Jones' second touchdown of the game gives the Cavaliers a 21-13 lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter.
The Terps stuffed Jones on third and goal from the two-yard line, and Cavaliers coach Mike London had an interesting decision. When faced with a similar situation earlier in the game, Maryland coach Randy Edsall elected to kick the field goal. London instead went for the touchdown and it paid off.
Jones began the game with a 47-yard touchdown on Virginia's first play from scrimmage.
After some recent ugly results, the Maryland Terrapins appear to be playing a decent game of football. Though they trail 14-13 at halftime, the Maryland offense has moved the ball with some consistency against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Maryland Coach Randy Edsall is bucking football tradition and playing both Danny O'Brien and CJ Brown at quarterback. Each player has been effective, O'Brien with his arm and Brown with his feet. O'Brien threw for more than 130 yards in the half, though Brown connected with Devonte Campbell for the only Terps touchdown.
The Virginia offense has been impressive as well. Quarterback Michael Rocco looks poised in the pocket, connecting to receivers and check down to running backs and tight ends. Rocco has almost 180 yards passing and a touchdown, and running back Perry Jones is just shy of the century mark, with 99 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Maryland defense will have to maker stops and create more turnovers. A first-half UVA fumble led to Maryland points. Maryland has twice left points on the board, settling for field goals after stalled drives in the red zone. Power running back D.J. Adams has not recorded a carry so far
Just when it looked like Maryland would seize momentum, Virginia re-took the lead. First, the Terps couldn't punch it in from the goal line and had to settle for a short field goal. On the ensuing drive, Virginia's Michael Rocco found a wide-open Kevin Parks for a 35-yard touchdown to give Virginia a 14-13 lead late in the second quarter.
The Terps put together a nice drive with Danny O'Brien in at quarterback, but Davin Meggett failed to score from the goal line and the Terps settled for a field goal. Then, Virginia marched down the field and eventually scored when Maryland called an all-out blitz and forgot to cover Parks. It was an easy pitch and catch for Rocco, and nobody was within five yards of Parks.
Maryland put C.J. Brown in at quarterback to provide a spark, and provide a spark he did. Brown replaced Danny O'Brien and led the Terps on a quick scoring drive, finishing it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Devonte Campbell to give the Terps a 10-7 lead over Virginia with 10:48 to go in the second quarter.
The drive began with a 42-yard run from running back Davin Meggett, then continued with a 25-yard run by Brown on a quarterback draw. On the next play, Brown found Campbell for the touchdown. The Terps' drive was for 83 yards on four plays and took just a minute to complete.
It remains to be seen if O'Brien will return to the game or if Brown was just inserted for a spark.
We're through one quarter of play at Byrd Stadium, and Maryland trails Virginia, 7-3. The Terps were able to get some momentum on their last drive, but were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Nick Ferrara when the drive stalled in the red zone.
The scoring drive was a display of the best qualities of Danny O'Brien when he's playing at his best. It began with a scramble and throw for 10 yards on third and 10. Later, O'Brien found Kerry Boykins deep for a big gain into Virignia territory, and then he found Boykins again on a scramble to get inside the 10-yard line. However, a penalty and a dropped pass in the end zone on third down forced the Terps to settle for the field goal.
Well, that didn't take long. We've only run one play from scrimmage, and the Maryland football team already trails Virginia, 7-0. Star Cavaliers running back Perry Jones took a handoff and danced his way through the Terps' defense for a 47-yard touchdown. Jones cut back inside at the line of scrimmage, cut back outside, shed a couple tacklers and raced into the end zone.
The play was set up by a long kickoff return by the Cavaliers, which has been one of the Terps' many problems this season. The Terps were able to get a long kickoff of their own after the touchdown, but two plays later, wide receiver Quintin McCree dropped a deep pass that would have been a sure touchdown.
In other words, it looks like business as usual early for the Terps.
The Maryland football team has made yet another change at quarterback, as Danny O'Brien will return to the starting lineup when the Terps take on Virginia at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. O'Brien gets the start over C.J. Brown, who has started the last three games.
Both quarterbacks have played in each of the past two weeks in losses to Florida State and Boston College. Brown played in the first quarter against Boston College before being replaced by O'Brien. Brown completed just two of six passes for 14 yards, while O'Brien was 14 of 35 for 165 yards. However, most of those yards came in garbage time in the fourth quarter. For the season, O'Brien has completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,275 yards, while Brown has thrown for 375 yards and rushed for 332 yards.
The Terps are looking to stop a four-game losing streak, while Virginia has won three of its past four games.
When the Maryland football team takes on Virginia in the final home game of the year at Byrd Stadium, they will have to do so against a mostly healthy Virginia roster. The only key injury coming into the game was defensive end Cam Johnson, and he is warming up and ready to play, according to the school.
DE Cam Johnson, listed as questionable in the injury report UVa released Thursday, is in uniform and on the field warming up. JW
The Maryland Terrapins are in the midst of a lackluster 2-6 start to their season. They're going to hope to make a statement against the visiting Virginia Cavaliers, who are 5-3 and coming off a win against the Miami Hurricanes. When these teams met last season, the Terps came away with an easy win, but it's a different story this year, and Virginia comes to town as the favorites in this one.
Maryland will be sporting fancy all-new uniforms in this game, and perhaps that will keep them motivated. They are coming off of their second win of the season, but on the other hand, if they hadn't been able to knock off the Towson Tigers, they'd be even more worried than they already are. The number one adjective used to describe the Terps this season has been "struggling," and it's certainly been apt most of the time. They're trying to get back on the right track this week.
Game date, time: 12:30 pm ET, Saturday, November 5, 2011
Location: Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
TV channel: ACC Network
Series history: Maryland leads, 42-31-2
For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times. For more on Virginia, visit Streaking the Lawn. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.
The Maryland Terrapins host the Virginia Cavaliers on Senior Day this weekend. To prepare, we asked SB Nation's Virginia expert five questions about the Cavaliers.
The Maryland Terrapins will try to finish the 2011 college football season strongly after a miserable month of October derailed their chances at making a Bowl Game appearance. The Terrapins (2-6, 1-4 ACC) will try to snap a four-game losing streak this weekend when they host the Virginia Cavaliers (5-3, 2-2) on Saturday afternoon.
Not much has been going right for Randy Edsall's club since they last won on October 1st against Townson. They've been outscored by a combined 93-150 during the skid. The Terps might be able to establish some rhythm offensively and continue running the football effectively, as Cameron Johnson, the Cavaliers' top DL, is questionable with lower extremity injury. Johnson is the Cavaliers' sacks leader (three) and second on the team in tackles for loss (7.5).
Ruled out for Saturday's game on the Virginia defensive front seven are:
The Cavs' leader in tackles for loss, DT Matt Conrath (lower extremity), is listed as probable. He'll almost certainly play. But all told, the Cavaliers' defensive line may be more vulnerable to a big day rushing from Maryland. That might be just what the doctor ordered for a Terps' offense that's failed to put up more than 17 points in its past two games.
For more Terps' coverage leading up to Saturday's game, visit Testudo Times.
The Maryland Terrapins will host the Virginia Cavaliers on Senior Day this weekend, but it doesn't seem like the Terrapins are a very popular bet, even at home. The Terrapins are an early underdog at home, and based on the performance of each team, I don't think that is such a bad line. Here is some perspective from our friends over at OddsShark.
The visiting Cavaliers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Byrd Stadium against the Terrapins. Supporters of the Cavaliers have seen them go 5-3 and 3-5 ATS so far this season, while the Terrapins are at 2-6 and 2-6 ATS. In totals betting, the Terrapins are 4-4, while the Cavaliers are 2-6.
Here's the full line, courtesy of the SB Nation odds page powered by OddsShark.
The Maryland football team will wear yet another uniform combination when they play in front of Byrd Stadium fans for the final time on Saturday. Coach Randy Edsall announced that the Terps will wear red uniforms, white pants and the turtle shell helmet when they square off against Virginia on Saturday. Here's a picture.
SB Nation's Terps blog Testudo Times is a fan of the look. The Terps debuted the shell helmets earlier this season, and most fans agree they are preferable to the other helmets. This also looks a lot like the old uniforms, rather than the wacky gold/black combinations.
The Terps will have to hope the uniforms will help them out, as they have fallen completely off the map with a 2-6 record. Virginia, meanwhile, is coming off a big win over Miami.
The Maryland Terrapins are officially in free fall mode after losing 28-17 at home to a Boston College Eagles squad that had yet to win a conference game before last weekend. The Terrapins have lost four in a row and six of their past seven games since winning their season opener against the Miami Hurricanes. Randy Edsall's club looks to rebound this Saturday when they host the Virginia Cavaliers (5-3, 2-2).
Here's the opening line for Saturday afternoon's matchup in College Park courtesy of Odds Shark.
Virginia Cavaliers (-2.5) at Maryland Terrapins (-115)
5Dimes has the line at -2 as of Monday afternoon, which perhaps means there is already some action coming in on the side of UVA. That wouldn't be too surprising if so -- the Cavaliers are playing fairly well, having beaten Georgia Tech and Miami in two of the past three weekends; the Terps, meanwhile, look lost on both sides of the ball and have little more than pride to play for at this point.
Stay tuned throughout the week for more pregame coverage, and stop by Testudo Times for even more Terrapins news and discussion.
Another week, another game-time decision at quarterback for the Maryland football team, it appears. Coach Randy Edsall announced the Terps' depth chart for next Saturday's home game against Virginia, and Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown are once again listed together.
Brown started last Saturday's game against Boston College, but was pulled after one quarter for ineffective play. O'Brien came in and was not much better in the loss.
In addition, top wide receiver Kevin Dorsey is back on the depth chart after missing two games due to injury. That'll be helpful for whoever starts at quarterback, seeing as there were tons of dropped balls on Sunday. There are also some major changes on defense, with Darin Drakeford shifting into the STAR linebacker role, Demetrius Hartsfield returning to middle linebacker. Alex Twine is listed as the starting weakside linebacker.
The Terps (2-6, 1-4) host Virginia (5-3, 2-2) on Saturday hoping to end a four-game losing streak.
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