Well that wasn’t exactly what any Maryland fan had hoped for. In what was easily the fastest game I’ve ever gone to (Completed in under three hours) our Maryland Terrapins fell to the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech 33-13.
Coming into today’s game the defense had a tough task ahead of them in dealing with Paul Johnson’s triple option offense. With a converted LB taking snaps a near perfect game on defense was going to be needed in order for Maryland to have a chance. That didn’t happen for the Terps today as the Yellow Jackets racked up 370 yards rushing en route to their 33 points.
When going against a non-traditional offense like that of Georgia Tech you have to execute your defensive gameplan to perfection to slow them down. Despite having success early on the Yellow Jackets found their groove as the game went on and eventually blew this contest wide open. Losing Demetrius Hartsfield in the second half certainly didn’t help the Terps cause either. Maryland’s defense gave up season highs today in yards allowed and points allowed, when you’re starting your 4th different QB of the season you can’t have performances like that and expect to have a chance to win.
Shawn Petty struggled at times today and at certain points the Maryland offense was anemic but that was at least somewhat expected. With only two weeks to learn the offense expecting any more than we got from Petty today (9-18, 115 2TD’s and 1 Int) would have been unfair.
Whether it was the zone reads with Petty or the newly unveiled “Wild Crab” package that Wes Brown ran the Terps just couldn’t get anything going today. Unfortunately, accumulating only 259 yards on 66 plays isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Brown, who dinged up his ankle late in the game, finished today with 38 yards rushing and one pass completion for four yards.
Stefon Diggs continued to be the biggest bright spot for this Maryland offense today finishing with 5 catches for 55 yards and two TD’s as well as 220 all purpose yards. Not enough can be made of the heart of Diggs in my opinion. He has continued to play hard and has really emerged as a leader on this team during the tough times of late. There’s no questioning how much he loves this university and I can only hope Terps fans everywhere appreciate how special a talent he truly is.
Maryland gets another chance to capture their fifth win of 2012 as they head to the other Death Valley next weekend to face the Clemson Tigers. If there is one school in the ACC I despise more than anyone else it’s the orange and purple clad Tigers. Winning in Pickens County, SC won’t be an easy task for this Terrapins team but that is why they play the games on the field and not on paper.