Plenty of bowl opportunities await Terps

Maryland could end up in D.C. or Florida or several places in-between

November 27, 2010|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — Representatives of the Military Bowl watched Saturday's Maryland-N.C. State game and said they would like to have Maryland in the game at Washington's RFK stadium.

"We'd love to have Maryland," bowl president Steve Beck said in an interview. "(We're) right down the road. It would be great to have them."

The question is whether Maryland would like to stay close to home — the game is Dec. 29 — or whether the Terps will have the option of traveling to a higher bowl in the ACC pecking order.

There were also scouts in attendance from the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is in Atlanta on Dec. 31, and the Champs Sports Bowl is in Orlando on Dec. 28. A number of Terps players have said they would enjoy playing in a warm climate.

Other possibilities could include the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30 or the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 31.

Maryland would seem a long shot for the upper-echelon Chick-fil-A Bowl. But L.J. Yankowsky, a Chick-fil-A bowl representative, said before Saturday's game that the Terps were not ruled out. "They're mathematically still in the mix," he said.

Without mentioning any bowl by name, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen seemed to lobby for his team after the game.

"I think we should be pretty attractive to a bowl," the coach said. "The (turnaround) story we had — and the way our kids play with attitude and enthusiasm — I'm hoping that people will recognize that and be interested in us."

Flags fly again

For the second week in a row in a Maryland game, a defender was flagged for a high, hard hit on an offensive player.

In Saturday's first half, Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism slammed N.C. State running back Mustafa Greene, and Greene was slow to get up. Chism was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul. Greene remained on the ground for a few minutes before leaving the game with a strained neck. He did not return.

In last week's Florida State game, Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott took a big hit from FSU's Greg Reid. Reid was flagged for hitting a defenseless player, a personal foul. Scott said he used the hit as motivation.

Scott had a big game against Florida State. But against N.C. State, the senior rushed four times for minus-10 yards. Maryland's running game as a whole netted minus-9 yards.

Offensive coordinator James Franklin said he doesn't like to see Maryland — which had 417 passing yards — being so one-dimensional.

But Franklin said he couldn't complain on a night when quarterback Danny O'Brien and receiver Torrey Smith both had career-best games.

"We just wanted to feed the hot hand. At some point, you're just going to go with what's working," Franklin said.

N.C. State often employed single coverage on Smith.

"He just ran by us in one-on-one coverage," N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said. "They did it three times and the one (final) time was the one to win the game."

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