Maryland Terrapins Football: Falling Short But Not For Long
Losing off the right foot of Niklas Sade, ironically, started off on the wrong foot in the second quarter with the interception and injury of quarterback, Perry Hills. Before Hills departure he completed 12-of-20 passes for 159 yards. Offensively, the impact of Stefon Diggs‘ six catches for 61 yards, as well as Marcus Leak with four receptions for 94 yards, happened early and often.
Running back, Wes Brown, had a big performance in the running game with 25 carries for 121, and 1 touchdown. Brown made it easier for backup, Devin Burns, a converted receiver who helped kick start the comeback managing the game without any turnovers. Having a stout defense like Maryland’s is all that was needed to stay in the game. When desperately needed Landrum, South Carolina’s own, Caleb Rowe, lead an adrenaline rush offensive attack. Rowe went 2 for 2 racking up 50 yards and rushing for a vital first down in the final seconds, which set up a supposedly game winning field try.
The missed FG by Brad Craddock wasn’t entirely why the Terps (4-3, 2-1 ACC) fell short; but, it’s hard not to reSmember the last play of the game that sent pain throughout the entire state of Maryland and all surrounding areas. Although, the defense has been playing at a high level all year the passing game of N.C State (5-2, 2-1 ACC) prevailed. Bryan Underwood had a season-high performance catching six passes for 134 and a touchdown, which lead all receivers.
Even still the Terps can’t afford to stop the progress from last season off a tough and circumstantial loss. This upcoming Saturday they travel to Chestnut Hill, MA to faceoff with Boston College at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN3. It’s interesting to see how they’ll respond.