COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland missed an opportunity at a field goal try as running back Wes Brown attempted to get to the sideline and stop the clock just before the end of the first half on Saturday against Bowling Green.
So the Terrapins would head into the locker room with a 13-6 lead. But they would have longer than normal to think about that missed opportunity as the game was delayed 55 minutes due to lightning in the area.
Bowling Green would go on a 42-14 rampage out of the extended break, going on to win by a margin of 48-27.
But head coach Randy Edsall maintains that the delay had little to do with the second-half breakdown.
“Both teams had to go through the same situation,” he said, “and they came out and they hit a tunnel screen on us for a big play.
“Our guys have to continue to be more disciplined.”
That 64-yard screen out of the gate would be a precursor to what would come in that second half, which was plagued by long Falcon gains and too much time on the field for the Maryland defense.
Back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter of 99 yards and 73 yards would put the game out of reach for good.
Though the offense showed signs of life after the delay, quarterback Perry Hills said it wasn’t comfortable to endure.
“It does stink because you’re kind of sitting there for a long time not being warmed up and things like that,” he said. “But it really shouldn’t matter that much.”