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If Maryland box scores resemble win over Mount, Terps in good place


If Maryland box scores resemble win over Mount, Terps in good place

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s offensive scheme is a machine that takes in a bunch of factors and spits out a result. When it’s humming along, the ball movement, screening, and transition motion find a player in a given position on the floor -- whoever it is, wherever it is -- and gets them a shot.

It could be Melo Trimble on a drive to the rim or Jared Nickens on a trailing three or Jake Layman coming off a screen or Diamond Stone in an isolation in the post or Damonte Dodd on a dunk off a dish from Rasheed Sulaimon. The machine whirs and whoever it chooses, the shot tends to be a good one and it creates box scores like we saw in Friday night’s 80-56 Maryland victory over Mount St. Mary’s.

Five players scored in double figures and gave us a glimpse of what the offense for the No. 3 Terrapins could be this season. Will we see more of this type of offensive distribution as the year goes on?

“I hope so,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “That’s the way it’s set up to be and we’re hard to guard because we have so many guys that can do things.”

The five players in double figures didn’t even include shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who shifted more into the role of a distributor with five assists to go along with his five points. Turgeon, though, said the Duke transfer is “going to have nights where he’s in double figures” as well.


Sophomore Michal Cekovsky missed being in that double-digit group by just one basket, finishing with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.

“Teams have to worry about so many guys that if one guy is hot, they’re going to worry about him and then another guy will get hot,” senior Jake Layman, who finished with a team-high 16 points, said.

“It’s going to be nice to have that all year.”

After the season-opening win against a mid-major, Maryland gets an early test on Saturday when this type of well-distributed scoring will be key.

Georgetown awaits on Tuesday at XFINITY Center and the Terrapins hope the offensive production comes along with it.

“If we can average five guys in double figures,” Turgeon said, “then we’ve got something going.”

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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.