Maryland/Morgan State- High Five/Low Five

The Maryland/Morgan State game was never a contest but TSR looks at the high five and low five.

High Five

1. Danny O’Brien’s three first half touchdowns

The redshirt freshman quarterback’s first career pass was a 27-yard touchdown to tight end Matt Furstenburg. Two out of his next three passes were touchdowns to Torrey Smith and Da’Rel Scott. The kid finished his true debut going 5 for 10 with 79 yards and the three touchdowns.

2. Defense

The defense played an overall great game. They gave up 85 total yards, six of which were in the first half, forced three turnovers, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and were a field goal away from a shutout.

3. Running game

The running game continued to carry the Maryland offense this week. They ran for a total of 221 yards. Davin Meggett ran for 50, Scott had 42, and Jamarr Robinson added 36. But it was freshman D.J. Adams who had the biggest day running for 70 yards and scoring two second-half touchdowns.

4. Demetrius Hartsfield’s interception for touchdown

The defensive play of the game has to go to Hartsfield who intercepted a Donovan Dickerson pass on Morgan State’s 14-yard line and ran it back for a touchdown. The pick happened in the second quarter and gave the Terps a 24-0 lead.

5. Travis Blatz’s leg

Blatz had a phenomenal game. As the replacement kicker he made his two field goal attempts, both 47 yards long, and was 8 for 8 kicking extra points. In addition, he averaged 41.3 yards per punt.

Low Five

1. Penalties

As good as Maryland played they still showed signs of sloppiness. There were 10 penalties for 110 yards called against the Terps, including a number of personal fouls. That’s not going to cut it once they start playing better competition.

2. Injuries

Two of the team’s top three quarterbacks were injured in the game. O’Brien left the game in the third quarter after suffering a sprained ankle. The more serious injury, though, was to third-string C.J. Brown who broke his collarbone on his second play. Brown will be out for at least eight weeks. Hopefully the team won’t suffer from the loss of the third-string QB.

3. Jamarr Robinson’s struggles

Robinson threw a touchdown pass on the first two possessions, but still looked a little shaky. He went 6 for 14 with 70 yards and an interception before being replaced by O’Brien. He just doesn’t look very confident out there.

4. Quarterback controversy

With the emergence of O’Brien in this game Coach Friedgen has a decision to make; does he go with the inconsistent Robinson or the young O’Brien? Either way this is not the position you want to be in with West Virginia coming up this week.

5. Defense only gets one sack

Although the defense had six tackles for loss they only had one sack. They need to do a better job of taking down the quarterback. Against the pass-heavy West Virginia they’re going to have to put a lot of pressure on quarterback Geno Smith if they are going be successful on defense.

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