Reporting Brendan Darr
With Maryland’s season all but over, the Terps had a chance to delay Wake Forest’s bid at bowl eligibility. However, the injury-riddled and down-trodden Terps couldn’t hang with the Demon Deacons as they fell 31-10 in a game that was tied at seven at the half.
Quarterback C.J. Brown, starting in place of injured starter Danny O’Brien, threw 42 times tonight for a new career high. Brown was known as the running quarterback, and while he did lead the team in rushing, the Terps as a whole didn’t rush that often tonight. It was questionable given the early success with RB Davin Meggett (11 carries, 91 yards) on the ground.
Throwing the ball 42 times and not having a lot of success led to the defense being on the field a good deal tonight. Wake Forest dominated the time of possession, and not shockingly that led to the Demon Deacons wearing down the Terrapin defense en route to 514 yards from scrimmage.
The defense was on the field for far too long tonight as the Terrapins offense couldn’t sustain any long drives in the second half, or capitalize off Wake Forest mistakes. Maryland blocked a Wake Forest punt and took over at the 11 yard line of Wake, but turned the ball over on downs after TE Matt Furstenburg dropped a touchdown. At that point it would have been 24-17, but Wake stopped the Terps and marched down the field in under 3 minutes to make it 31-10.
The defense looked defeated in the second half, as missed tackles and bad angle’s became more prevalent as the game wore on. Whether that’s a product of being on the field for over 35 minutes, or just giving up, that’s still to be decided. Regardless, the team only has one game left before what is sure to be a tough off-season full of changes.
The Terps final game of the season will be next Saturday against N.C. State on the road. The game will be at 12:30 on ESPN3.com. In the meantime, enjoy Maryland basketball against Iona at 2 pm tomorrow in the 5th place game of the Puerto Rico tip-off.
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