Monday, September 10, 2007

No "O" in SoBe

Maryland defeated Florida International on Saturday and there was little else to be pleased with other than the result. The Terps didn't get embarrassed like Virginia, North Carolina or N.C. State have the last two weeks against non-BCS teams but it wasn't exactly something to be proud of either.

The offense was stagnant for most of the game after two quick opening scores. This is the same FIU defense that yielded 549 yards and 59 points to Penn State the previous weekend. Maryland managed only 26 points, 14 first downs and 270 yards while converting a measly 35% on third down and surrendering 4 sacks. These are not good signs.

The defense did a fairly good job against FIU holding them to 163 yards of total offense and only 8 first downs. An average of 3.3 yards per play is pretty good for this group and they also added 2 interceptions. Kevin Barnes got his second of the season and linebacker Adrian Moten snagged one was well. The pass rush is still a concern as they couldn't even muster a quarterback hurry in 23 pass attempts by FIU, which yielded seven sacks to UPS the last game. The defensive line better be able to pressure Pat White if Maryland has any hope of staying with West Virginia on Thursday.

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