Tracking the Terps: Maryland lacks offense in first half

November 19, 2011|By Don Markus | The Baltimore Sun

Until the Terps tied it up at 7 on a 31-yard pass from C.J. Brown to Justus Pickett with 12 seconds left in the first half, the Maryland offense had been mostly three-and-outs and a bad afternoon for Nick Ferrara. The late score prevented Maryland from being shut out in the first half for the first time since the 38-7 loss to Temple earlier in the season.

Ferrara's first two punts combined traveled nearly as far (47 yards) as his third (42) to go along with a missed 31-yard field goal.

Maryland's leading receiver at half is Kevin Dorsey, who had five catches for 32 yards -  a yard longer than Pickett's TD.

What kept Maryland in the game was its defense, without a doubt the best performance of the season for a much-maligned and injured group.

Redshirt freshman Andre Monroe, who was given the start at what has been a revolving door defensive tackle spot opposite Joe Vellano, has three sacks of Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price - equaling Maryland's total from the last four games when the Terps had three against Notre Dame and none in the previous three. Monroe now leads the Terps with 5.5 this season.

Wake Forest's quarterbacks had been sacked 25 times going in, third worst in the league.

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