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Why Turgeon was 'mad' about Maryland chatter prior to win over Iowa


Why Turgeon was 'mad' about Maryland chatter prior to win over Iowa

COLLEGE PARK -- It was a legitimate critique of these Maryland Terrapins heading into Thursday night’s game against No. 3 Iowa. Sure, Mark Turgeon's team had some quality wins, but where was the signature victory? Where was the real proof -- now late in January -- that this was a national title contender?

We got that proof against the Hawkeyes.

By combining what was at times a dominating offense with a defense that completely neutralized National Player of the Year candidate Jarrod Uthoff, the Terrapins notched a 74-68 victory over the Hawkeyes at XFINITY Center in College Park.

“I don’t get caught up in that,” Turgeon said of talk of his team’s record against ranked opponents. “It kind of made me mad when people were talking that way because our other win has been on a neutral court [vs. Connecticut].”

Part of it is on Maryland. They had opportunities to win at North Carolina and at Michigan State. On the other hand, those are not easy games because, as Turgeon pointed out, they were on the road.


Part of it is not. This was their first crack at a ranked team on their home floor and they got the win. The way the Big Ten schedule shakes out, there are not many marquee opportunities remaining. They have no control over that.

That is why they had to get Thursday’s victory.

The comes a point in a season where you can no longer ride wins over Connecticut, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Princeton into a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. You have to start adding to it.

Thursday’s win does that and cements them as a legitimate national title contender in a wide-open field of probably about 15 schools who could do the same

“To be honest with you, whether the critics or the media, whatever it is whether they speak well about us or poorly about us, we just try to stay with each other,” senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon said on CSN’s SportsTalk Live after the game.

“We have a goal for this team and we just try to stick together, not worry about anything and just try to be the best team we can be each and every night. And I thought we took a step in the right direction tonight and we’re not going to let it down. We’re going to keep it going going forward.”

Watch SportsTalk Live's full interview with Sulaimon in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

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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.