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Edsall speaks on hurricane for first time since kickoff change


Edsall speaks on hurricane for first time since kickoff change

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff on Saturday at Byrd Stadium against Michigan was supposed to coincide with a “Blackout” promotion, where fans would wear black and the team would sport its “Black Ops” uniforms with new, hand-painted helmets.

All that will still happen, just out in the daylight.

On Thursday, the program announced that it had come together with the University of Michigan and the Big Ten Conference to shift Saturday’s kickoff to noon in hopes of avoiding the worst effects of Hurricane Joaquin as it bears down on the East Coast of the United States.

Aside from the shifting of a few meeting times, though, head coach Randy Edsall says that not much will change as his Terrapins prepare for the Wolverines.

“We were kind of watching that all week long ourselves as coaches in terms of what was taking place,” he said.


“So we tried to formulate a plan that we felt would be able to deal with anything that we might have to deal with so we feel good about the plan we have going in and now we just got to go out there on Saturday and be able to execute.”

That likely includes a heavy dose of the running game, not just because it could be raining heavily but because quarterback Caleb Rowe threw four interceptions last week and running back Brandon Ross was one of the lone bright spots against West Virginia as he eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground.

But we may not know until game time itself.

“If it’s a downpour that can, to me, have a pretty big effect,” Edsall said. “But if it’s just kind of a steady rain, I think you can combat that.

“The thing that makes it tough is if you have the rain and looks like they’re calling for anywhere from 15 to 25-mile-an-hour winds. So, again, I think you get the wind, you get the rain, and you get the cold, that can make it a little difficult to throw the football.”

And Rowe may be forced to do that. The Wolverine defense is allowing just 2.6 yards per rush to its opponents this season. That’s good for No. 6 in the nation.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.