What We Learned From Wake Forest

Pete Volk


Holy offensive fire power, Batman!

  • Wake Forest has the worst defense in the country. Just, wow.
  • Danny O’Brien continues to impress. Four touchdowns? I don’t know if he’s made a mistake all year (besides the Clemson game).
  • This is the most complete game I have ever seen Maryland play. They excelled in every facet of the game. O’Brien found eight (!) different receivers, the Terps ran for 261 yards, Maryland returned two interceptions for touchdowns (and held Tanner Price to 16 of 31 for 156 yards), absolutely destroyed Wake’s ground game (-3 rushing yards!), and had two incredible punt blocks.
  • Maybe Maryland found a kick returner? Dexter McDougle returned his only kick of the game 29 yards, and seeing how much the Terps’ kick returning unit has struggled this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back there permanently.
  • One of the Terps’ strong points remains their interior defensive line. Joe Vellano had been the star for most of the year, but the Demon Deacons double-teamed him today. Instead, A.J. Francis had a hell of a game, and was instrumental in stuffing Wake Forest’s running game.
  • Kenny Tate should be at the forefront of the discussion for the Thorpe award, annually awarded to the top defensive back in the nation. He led the Terps with seven tackles, had 1.5 tackles for a loss, returned an interception for a touchdown, and had a sack.
  • Ultimately, what we learned is that Maryland can win this conference. It’s a crazy thought, but the Terps are playing as well as anyone right now, and certainly have the confidence to make it to the ACC title game.

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