Notes on Virginia 31, Maryland 13

Terps haven't score more than 17 points in last three games

November 05, 2011|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Here are notes on Maryland’s 31-13 loss to Virginia. Are Terps fans worried about next week’s Notre Dame game? The Terps haven’t scored more than 17 points in any of the past three games. The good news for Maryland is that it seemed to perk up the players to think about a big game on national television. The bad news is that the Irish have plenty of talent.

* Maryland has had a habit of allowing teams to score quickly. But this was some sort of land-speed record against Virginia, right? Twenty seconds were elapsed when the Terps surrendered a 47-yard rushing touchdown to Perry Jones.

* After having eight drops last week against Boston College, Maryland came out and immediately dropped a few. And then a few more. Did the sun get in Quintin McCree’s eyes on a deep throw from Danny O’Brien early in the game? That’s actually a serious question.

* Tony Logan seemed to have lost his job as a punt returner when Ronnie Tyler trotted in. But Logan was back on the field as a returner later.

* If you’re looking for a Terp who is having a big season, it’s (drum roll, please) Joe Vellano. In the first half, Vellano hit Virginia receiver Kris Burd, who fumbled. Maryland Demetrius Hartsfield recovered at the Virginia 17. Vellano finished with 10 tackles.

* There was a nice Senior Day scene before the game. Parents and others formed a line on the 20-yard line, shielding their eyes from the ample sun. The 15 seniors were introduced and hugged their relatives and posed for pictures. Linebacker Kenny Tate hobbled out on crutches. Another captain, offensive lineman Andrew Gonnella, limped out as well. It sort of encapsulated Maryland’s injury-riddled season to see two of the four captains looking like that. Maryland has said Tate may get a medical redshirt and be back for another season.

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