TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- For the Maryland Terrapins, the momentum of an upset win the previous weekend against Boston College lasted about as long as one of their healthy linemen. Or coach Ralph Friedgen's confidence in his starting quarterback.
Needing a win to become bowl-eligible, the Terps surrendered three touchdowns to Florida State in the first half and none the rest of the way. A stagnant and mistake-prone offense began to move the ball in the second half after quarterback Chris Turner re-entered the game. But a season of ups and downs took another sharp dip, as the Seminoles held on for a 24-16 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium that left the Terps in a dire predicament.
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WHAT WENT RIGHT
Maryland drove 85 yards in four plays to score its only touchdown with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter and reduce Florida State's lead to 21-13. Chris Turner completed a 66-yard pass to Isaiah Williams along the right sideline on the opening play of the drive, and his 14-yard strike over the middle to Darrius Heyward-Bey produced the points that had the Terps thinking upset.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Maryland drives kept stalling because of costly penalties. The Terps gave up big pass plays while Florida State quarterback Charlie Weatherford completed his first eight attempts. His first incompletion came 41 seconds before halftime. And Maryland didn't recover any of the first four Seminoles fumbles that might have changed the course of the game.
Maryland was moving the ball again with a chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when Turner appeared to complete a 7-yard pass to Williams for a first down at the Florida State 29. But after reviewing the play, officials ruled Williams didn't get a foot inbounds before gaining possession. The Terps went for it on fourth down, but Turner's dump-off pass to Keon Lattimore under heavy pressure fell incomplete.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Terps (5-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) aren't yet eligible to play in a bowl, and there are no assurances that 6-6 will get it done. But that's their only hope after yesterday's loss.
The Terps conclude their regular season Saturday at North Carolina State (5-6, 3-4), which lost to Wake Forest yesterday, 38-18.