In what has become a season of turmoil for the Maryland Terrapins, the first half against Georgia Tech followed a similar roller coaster. The Terps trail the Yellow Jackets 14-3, but the result could be worse.
The headline from this game is that Terp head coach Randy Edsall benched starting quarterback Danny O'Brien midway through the second quarter. An awful interception and lackluster play led to O'Brien's benching. Needless to say, the passing game has been incredibly ineffective thus far for the Terps. At the half, Maryland has completed as many passes to Terp receivers as Goergia Tech defenders.
The bright side is that the Maryland defense, despite giving up two touchdowns, has played relatively well. And that is without star linebacker/safety Kenny Tate. Before the season began, Tate and O'Brien were heralded as preseason ACC stars. At halftime through the fifth game of the year, neither is on the field, and the Terps struggles continue.
For the Terps to get back in the game, backup quarterback C.J Brown will need to lead the offense to some productivity. Runningback D.J. Adams is yet to record a carry for the Terps while Davin Meggett has done most of the heavy lifting. The defense needs to finish tackles and limit big plays from the explosive Yellow Jacket offense.