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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

COLLEGE PARK -- In a perfect world, the on-campus matchup more than 40 years in the making would feature two undefeated teams taking the floor against each other on Tuesday night in College Park.

But, apparently, Radford had other plans.

Thanks to an “One Shining Moment”-level shot by Radford guard Rashun Davis in double overtime, the Hoyas visit Maryland with a record of 0-1. Maryland players watched the game, point guard Melo Trimble said, but don’t expect that to change the way they view the Hoya threat.

“We know that just because they lost to Radford doesn’t mean that they’re not going to bring their A-game against us,” he said. “Any loss is going to make any team hungry and I think after losing to Radford and seeing us win, it’s probably going to make them even more hungry to play us just like we are.”

The Hoyas have had two days of practice to bounce back after the loss and this Maryland game is one half of a difficult three-game stretch that will see Georgetown face Wisconsin and then either Duke or Virginia Commonwealth after that.

The prospect of starting the season 0-4 is real for the Hoyas, which seems to be reflected in what head coach Mark Turgeon said on Tuesday.

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“For one, Georgetown has our attention because it’s the second game of the year, it’s what people have been talking about for a long time. They’re a good basketball team,” Turgeon said.

“It gets my attention because I know John [Thompson III] has their attention for two days and you’d much rather play a team after they won by 20 than losing a tough game.”

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a season and competitor. But what will likely tip the scales on Tuesday is how the young core of Georgetown responds.

Sophomores Tre Campbell, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, and Paul White make up a major part of the rotation and will need to be productive for Georgetown if it hopes to bounce back against Maryland.

Juxtapose that with the upperclassman leadership of Maryland -- Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Rasheed Sulaimon -- and it seems like a weakness that the Terrapins could exploit.

Tip off is at 9 p.m.

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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. 

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