Maryland had an extra week to prepare for Syracuse, and still came out lethargic. In a game with many high-profile 2014 recruits in attendance, and bowl eligibility on the line, Maryland came out and did not execute.
“I thought we came out ready to play. We just didn’t do the things we needed to do in order to win,” Edsall said after the game.
The theme of the press conference was execution, or the lack thereof, in a demoralizing 20-3 loss. Catching and holding on to the ball was a big issue today for the Terps. Whether it was the center-quarterback exchange or just generally catching passes, the Terps struggled holding on to the football today.
The Terps had four straight possessions with turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, and yet they still had a shot until late in the game. For as bad as Maryland was, Syracuse was not much better in the game. The game didn’t get away from the Terps until the fourth quarter when RB Jerome Smith and QB Terrell Hunt finally wore down an injured and weary Maryland defense.
Another issue Edsall addressed was that of the offensive line. Maryland had starting left tackle Mike Madaras leave the school after the loss to Clemson.
“They are the best five we got,” Edsall said defiantly about the offensive line.
With as bad as today was, and it was really bad at times, Maryland still has a shot at bowl eligibility — Three games to get one win. However, Maryland will have to buck a trend under Edsall. Maryland are 0-16 after October 13th under Edsall, and Maryland is now 4-17 under Edsall in conference games.
This is a Maryland team that was 4-0 to begin the year and ranked 25th in the country. How far they have fallen.
Maryland will travel to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech next Saturday at 12:30. The game can be heard on 106.7 The Fan.