Maryland closed out their home schedule for the 2012 football season Saturday. Unfortunately, those seniors playing their last game in front of the Byrd Stadium faithful went out with a 41-14 defeat at the hands of the Seminoles from Florida State.
Going into the matchup with FSU, head coach Randy Edsall said it would take a “perfect game” for Maryland to pull off the upset against the 10th ranked Seminoles. Well, Maryland didn’t exactly play a perfect game Saturday. Within six minutes of gametime the Terps found themselves in a 14-0 hole and that deficit turned out to be all Florida State needed to leave College Park with a victory and a spot in the ACC championship game.
Maryland was, for the lack of a better term, dominated by Florida State. The Noles outgained the Terps on offense 397-170. FSU racked up 21 first downs to Maryland’s 10. Florida State running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. outgained the Terps by 20 yards by themselves, it was that kind of day for Maryland.
This has been a season marred with bad luck for the Terrapins. After losing all four of the teams eligible scholarship quarterbacks it is safe to say all Terps fans knew the conclusion of the season would be tough to swallow. This is especially true when you remember that four weeks ago Maryland was sitting at 2-0 in league play and looked like a shoe in for a bowl appearance. Those dreams have since been dashed as Maryland officially was knocked out of bowl contention.
While the end results have left much to be desired for as of late you cannot fault the effort of this team. Maryland has been given every possible reason to mail it in the remainder of the season as injuries have decimated what looked to be a promising season. However, the Terps have continued to battle week in and week out for their university. That is a testament to the character of this team.
The wins haven’t been there, but every Maryland Terrapins fan should be proud of what this team has done the last few weeks. The future looks bright for this team, whatever league they might be playing in, as the Terps have some very talented young talent on this roster led by super frosh Stefon Diggs.
Maryland has one game remaining this football season, next Saturday’s tilt with UNC. The outcome of the game will mean nothing for the Terps but it will present the Maryland with an opportunity to show one more time how willing they are to battle for the name on the front of their uniforms. I clearly can’t speak for Maryland fans across the country but I can say that will be more than enough reason for me to tune in next week to support our Terps.