Maryland has seen its season collapse, but the senior leadership on the team never let this team give up. That was evident today after the Terps fell in a 27-0 hole in the first half. The team fought back in the second half and never let the game get completely out of hand. The game ended 41-14, in favor of Florida State, but Maryland fought hard to the very end, something teams in the past would not have done.
Randy Edsall preached that the team could have been more competitive, but kept shooting themselves in the foot, and early in the game they certainly did. After giving up a touchdown on Florida State’s opening drive, Maryland proceeded to fumble the kickoff, and give the ball to Florida State inside the 10-yard line. Florida State scored on the next play, and were up two touchdowns before the offense was even on the field.
“You can’t give Florida State that many points early on. With what we have to try and do offensively we can’t play from behind like that.” Edsall continued, “It makes it hard. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot and turn the ball over.”
The key there is Maryland’s inability to come back on offense. The offense isn’t designed to come back right now because it isn’t even using 50 percent of the playbook with Shawn Petty at the helm. Keep in mind, this isn’t Petty’s fault, he was a linebacker six weeks ago and had no thoughts of starting at quarterback.
Maryland has had a tumultuous season, and no one can fault Randy Edsall for looking to the future, even just hours after the seniors celebrated their final game at Byrd Stadium. Edsall, though, seemed excited for the future of the program.
“With the players we have redshirted and recruited, I hope we can stay healthy. We have some very talented players that can go out and put more points up on the board and take some pressure off the defense.” Edsall continued, “It takes some time to build a football programd, but all these young guys are getting experience and are going to be so much better and stronger next year due to all the adversity this year.”
At the end of the day it was about the seniors. Kenneth Tate recalled his first few practices and remembered discussing with Kevin Dorsey if one of them might have to move to defense. Ultimately, it was Tate and his three sacks on the day were a new career-high. He was also happy for Dorsey, who scored two touchdowns in his home finale.
The Terps will finish up the season against North Carolina next Saturday. For more information, follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr