Terps Blast Blue Devils 55-21

For the Blue Devils it was the same old story. Another game, another dismal offensive showing which translated into a fourth consecutive loss on the season. Once again the defense made some big plays, but eventually wore down as No. 23 ranked Maryland rolled to a 55-21 victory Saturday afternoon.

For the fourth time in as many games, the Blue Devils fought valiantly in the first half, and took the lead midway through the second quarter when All-ACC defensive back John Talley intercepted Maryland quarterback Joel Statham and returned it 85 yards to give Duke a 21-17 lead.

Statham, however, would have the last laugh, completing 22-of-37 passes for 362 yards and four touchdowns against three interceptions. Maryland also added 277 yards on the ground on their way to 685 yards of total offense. The final play of the afternoon, was the 100th of the game, and the Terps pushed their way to 35 first downs.

While the Maryland offense continued to make big strides, the Blue Devils were once again unable to do anything on the offensive side of the ball. Sophomore Mike Schneider, returning from a minor injury last week, led his team to a paltry 185 total yards.

The season low output lowered the season average to just 223 yards per game, good for 114 of 117 programs in Division One football. On the afternoon Schneider finished 8-of-17 for 100 yards in the air and one touchdown pass to tight end Ben Patrick.

Though the offense was woeful again, head coach Ted Roof did get a nice surprise from Chris Davis on special teams. The fourth string kick returner, playing due to injuries to fellow returners, had a career day, returning six kicks for 211 yards including a 94 yard kick off return for a score.

The defense, which ended up wearing down after being on the field for 41:22 of the 60:00 minutes of game time, did manage to log three interceptions on the afternoon including C.J. Woodard's first career pick inside the Duke 10-yard line, which saved another Maryland touchdown.

The injury situation continued to take its toll on the Duke roster as starting tailback Cedric Dargan missed his third game in row, and starting wide receiver Senterrio Landrum also was out of the lineup.

Sporting an 0-4 record on the season, the Blue Devils will be back in action next week against the Citadel in a game that will be expected to produce the team's first victory of the season.

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