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Maryland got outplayed, out-coached, out-hustled and out-fought by the Temple Owls on Saturday. Could their 38-7 loss be traced back to a lack of focus during practice?
COLLEGE PARK, Md - The Maryland Terrapins just suffered a pretty embarrassing loss at home. They got knocked around to the tune of 38-7 by the Temple Owls, a scoring margin few would have predicted for today. Here is some reaction from coach Radndy Edsall and some of the players.
On the game: "There is no need to sugarcoat things, we got our butts kicked today I guess I didn't get my message across this week about how physical it was going to be. I have to do a better job of letting them know exactly what they are going to be up against. To me there was no life and energy out there. We will address it, get better, and move forward."
On what he is going to take from the loss: "This was an experience that I am not happy with and do not want to experience again. No one said this was going to be easy. There are lessons you learn and things have to be learned. You find out a lot about your team in games like this. You find out who are the guys who will lay it on the line when the going gets tough. We won't use any excuses. We got our butts kicked, pure and simple. I don't care if a freshman is out there, or it's a junior or senior. Whoever is out there, t's their duty to play as hard as they can for every play they are out there. Same goes for me and the coaches. We have to coach hard for every play of the entire game. That is the expectation and we didn't have it today.
On the final score: "We didn't play well. Any time you expect to play better and you don't, there's always a sense of embarrassment. I think there is more in the fact we didn't play well, which was more embarrassing."
On the changes they need to make: "We just need to play better and find it in ourselves to come out an play better. What we did was not anything near where we want to be. We only get a few opportunities to come out and play and we need to come out and play next week."
On the game: "We just need to come out and practice better, obviously. We only have three days to prepare for our opponent, and three days isn't much. Overall, special teams and offense and as a whole, we need to get better."
On the game: "We didn't come out and play from the beginning. They didn't do anything special. We knew that they were going to run the ball. They came out and gave it to us. We didn't step up today."
Temple came south from Philadelphia and gave Maryland one of its worst losses in school history. The final score of 38-7 does not show the extent that Temple crushed Maryland. The loss will give Maryland coach Randy Edsall plenty of questions with very few answers.
Temple ended the game with 285 yards rushing; Maryland had just 40 yards on the ground. That statistic provides the best illustration of the game as Temple completely controlled both lines of scrimmage. Temple runningback Bernard Pierce ended the day with an incredible five touchdowns on 32 carries that racked up 139 yards. Backup runner Matt Brown added 75 yards on 12 carries. Temple quarterback Chester Stewart had more than 180 total yards and completed every pass he attempted. Stewart's efficiency running the Owl's offense was masterful, as his team controlled time of possession and the tempo of the game.
The Maryland loss to Temple brings up painful memories of recent losses to Middle Tennessee State and Northern Illinois. Temple currently does not play in a BCS conference, but with conference realignment the rage in college sports, perhaps today's overwhelming victory is evidence they should.
Temple thoroughly whipped the Terrapins in all facets. A garbage time touchdown on a drive engineered by Maryland backup quarterback C.J Brown allowed the Terps to avoid a home shutout. Despite the late td, the Temple defense rendered Maryland's offense impotent and much ballyhooed quarterback Danny O'Brien frustrated and often on his back.
The score is so one-sided that many people must think it's a misprint. The Temple Owls absolutely dominated the Maryland Terrapins in the first half, kicking a 41-yard field goal as time expires to take a 31-0 lead at halftime.
Statistics prove Temple's dominance. Temple has rushed for almost 170 yards in the first half with runningback Bernard Pierce putting four touchdowns on his stat line. The Terps running stats are abysmal. Maryland runningbacks Devin Meggett and D.J. Adams ran nine times for 18 yards. Quarterback Danny O'Brien has been blasted from every angle imaginable, taking sacks, hits and pressures.
Both the offensive and defensive lines for Temple controlled the first half. At one point, Temple ran the ball on 22 of 25 plays, churning yardage with both Pierce and junior runningback Matt Brown. Brown, a Baltimore native, showed some elusiveness on a run to the outside splitting two Maryland defenders for a nine-yard gain.
With so much success on the ground, Temple quarterback Chester Martin has been able to pick apart the Maryland secondary. Martin remains perfect on the day, throwing six completions on six attempts for 115 yards. O'Brien has not had the same luck. Through 30 minutes, O'Brien hit 11 out of 20 passes for 105 yards.
Coaches can always find mistakes when watching game film, but mistakes will be hard to find from Temple's first half.
Just when things can't get worse, they do. Bernard Pierce continues to destroy the Maryland defensive line, this time ripping off a 44-yard touchdown run right up the middle to give Temple a 28-0 lead. That makes four touchdowns for Pierce to go with 91 yards. Midway through the second quarter, Pierce is averaging a healthy 6.1 yards per carry.
Pierce's career day comes at the expense of every Maryland defender. A blitzing safety could not bring Pierce down, and once the Temple running back turned on the speed nobody in a gold jersey could catch him.
Now is the time for Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien to prove he deserves the praise he recieved during the offseason. The Terrapins showed last week that they can come back from a big deficit, and they certainly face one now. The Terp offense will need to move the ball and force the issue to get back in this game.
The game between Maryland and Temple could not have started worse for Maryland Terrapins fans. Temple put up three touchdowns to lead 21-0 within the game's first ten minutes. The Terps offense looks inept, while the Temple offense treats the Maryland defense like a high school squad.
Temple started the scoring after a long pass play set up a short score. The Owls have converted every third down conversion they've faced, and prior to the last possesion of the quarter, Maryland's offense could not move the ball.
In perhaps the most telling sequence of the game, Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien threw deep along the sideline to a wide open Devin Burns. O'Brien's throw was high but still could be caught. Instead of the long gain, or potential touchdown, the ball bounced off Burn's hands for an incompletion. Forced to punt on fourth down, the Temple special teams crashed through the Terps' porous line, blocking the punt and recovering the fumble inside the Maryland 10-yard line.
Three plays later Temple running back Bernard Pierce grabbed an option pitch and ran through the Maryland goal line for his third touchdown of the first half. Pierce's stat line through one quarter is 10 rushes for 31 yards and, again, three touchdowns. Temple quarterback Chester Stewart, a Hanover, Md. native, was perfect in the first frame throwing four completions on four attempts for 100 yards. Stewart also showed some wheels with an 18-yard scamper.
This game could not be going worse for the Maryland Terrapins. We're not even done with the first quarter, and the Terps already trail Temple, 21-0, at home. Bernard Pierce has three tochdowns in the first 10 minutes and 20 seconds of the game.
The Owls scored a second time when they drove the ball down the field on a drive that eventually led to a nine-yard run by Pierce. Then, after Maryland finally got a first down, the Owls blocked the punt attempt, getting the ball back inside the Terps' 10-yard line. It was the first time Maryland had a punt blocked since 1999. Three plays later, Pierce caught a difficult option pitch and raced into the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford missed the game against West Virginia with a leg injury, but he was suited up today and saw some early action. However, he suffered what looked like another leg injury against early in the first quarter against Temple, and has hobbled off the field. He was down on the field for a little while before moving off, largely on his own power.
Like we mentioned before, Drakeford is an important part of what Maryland does on defense, and his presence there will be missed. Freshman Alex Twine is listed as his backup on the depth chart, and I would not expect him to have the same level of production as the vastly more experienced Drakeford would have. Maryland's defense has been struggling all year, so these injuries are making it extremely hard for them.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland's defense has already been hit hard this year by injuries to Darin Drakeford and Isaiah Ross, and now the bug continues to bite them against Temple. Andre Monroe, who was making his first start over A.J. Francis at defensive tackle, has been carted off the field and is out of the game with an apparent leg injury.
Monroe has been one of the Terrapins' most consistent players on the Terps defense this year, and his motor on the interior line will definitely be missed. But they do have a very competent replacement in Francis, so they shouldn't feel it too badly in terms of talent, just in terms of depth. For a team that has already looked spotty on defense this year, these injuries are pretty hard to take.
The Maryland Terrapins are off to a really bad start in their game against Temple. After going for a three and out on their first possession, the Terps allowed Temple to score a touchdown in just four plays on the Owls' opening drive. Bernard Pierce finished the drive off with a one-yard touchdown to give the Owls a 7-0 lead.
After Maryland's three and out, Temple got the ball near midfield. On the Owls' first play, they slung it out to tight end Evan Rodriguez in the flat, and nobody covered him. Rodriguez raced all the way down to Maryland's three-yard line until he was pushed out of bounds. Maryland stopped Temple on the first two plays after that, but Pierce got a nice block and was able to bounce outside for the touchdown on third down.
COLLEGE PARK, Md - After missing the West Virginia game with a leg injury, it appears that Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford is suited up and ready to play against the Temple Owls in College Park on Saturday. He is dressed and with the team as they await the opening kickoff.
This could be a huge boost for the Maryland defense. They shouldn't really need to be very tough against an overmatched Temple side, but they can use all the playmakers they can get on both sides of the ball. Drakeford is a very good linebacker with a lot of experience, and he should help a Maryland defense that has been a little bit spotty in their first two games of the season.
The Maryland Terrapins will need to bounce back from last weekend's loss to West Virginia when they take on a tricky Temple squad that has improved in recent years. Here is everything you need to know about the game.
Who: Temple (2-1) vs. Maryland (1-1)
Where: Byrd Stadium.
When: 12:30 EST
TV Information: The game will be broadcasted on the ACC Network and ESPN3.com. Steve Martin and David Archer are the announcers. Locally, that's my20.
Radio information: The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. Click there for affiliates.
Spread: Maryland by 8.5
Last game: Maryland's rally fell short in a 37-31 loss to West Virginia. Temple fought hard, but ultimately fell to Penn State, 14-10
Last season: The two teams did not play. They have played six times in their history, and Maryland has won all six times.
Key absences: The Terps will still be without wide receivers Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree, who were suspended after an alleged incident where Tyler fought a police officer near campus on Thursday. Linebacker Darin Drakeford is expected to play.
Maryland uniforms: Gold jerseys, black pants, black helmet.
The Maryland Terrapin will look to bounce back from a loss to West Virginia last weekend when they host the Temple Owls at Byrd Stadium in College Park on Saturday. Unlike the when they faced the Mountaineers, the Terps hold a significant talent advantage in this one and should enjoy a relatively easy victory. The oddsmakers give the Terps a pretty significant as well. Here are the full odds from SB Nation and OddsShark.
So the Terps have to win by at least ten to get some money back on this one, but I still think it's a pretty safe bet to make. Like I said, the Terps have way more talent than the Owls and they also have a bad taste in their mouths from West Virginia.
Darin Drakeford missed the last part of the first game against Miami as well as the entire game against West Virginia. After practicing for the last two days, Maryland coach Randy Edsall expects Drakeford to be able to play against Temple when the Maryland hosts the Owls on Saturday. That via Patrick Stevens.
Edsall also said LB Darin Drakeford practiced the last two days. Edsall "feels very good he'll be ready to go" against Temple.
Drakeford is an important part of the Terps linebacking core, which on paper is arguably the best unit on that side of the ball. They might not have missed him very much against West Virginia because the Mountaineers threw the ball 49 times, but he should be a force in the game against Temple if he does in fact return on time.
Maryland football has announced their uniforms for Saturday's game against Temple, and the Terrapins are going gold. After wearing white state flag uniforms vs. Miami and all-black vs. West Virginia, the Terps will wear their third color in three games on Sunday. Coach Randy Edsall put the news out on his Twitter account.
Back when they were first unveiled, here is what I said about this combination:
I can't put my finger on it, but I like the black top/gold pants combination better.
However, looking at it again, I think I may have been mistaken. I certainly prefer those to the state flag combinations, though I still like the all blacks better. Nevertheless, those will be the uniforms the team wears on Saturday.
The Maryland Terrapins host the Temple Owls this weekend at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Can they bounce back from their loss to West Virginia?
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