Maryland/WVU- High Five/Low Five

The Terps suffered a 31-17 loss to WVU Saturday and TSR breaks down the highs and lows from the game.

High Five

1. Torrey Smith’s 2 Touchdowns

The junior wide receiver finally showed his play making abilities. He scored the Terps only touchdowns on plays of 60 and 80 yards. Smith had one more catch for nine yards and for the first time this season broke the 100 yard receiving mark.

2. Kenny Tate’s interception

West Virginia tried to run a trick play, but it didn’t work out for them. Tate easily picked off wide receiver Jock Sanders’ pass inside the Terps’ 20-yard line and returned it for 53 yards. Maryland kicked a field goal on the ensuing possession.

3. Terrapins didn’t give up

The Terps were down 21-0 at halftime and 28-0 at one point in the third quarter. They could have easily laid down and quit, but they didn’t. They scored 17 straight points to cut WVU’s lead to two possessions, but it wasn’t enough.

4. Defense forces 2 fumbles

As poorly as the defense played in the first half they were still able to knock the ball free from the Mountaineers. They forced and recovered two fumbles on their own side of the field before halftime.

5. Travis Baltz punting

Baltz was put to work. He was called on to punt seven times and averaged a distance of 45.3 yards per attempt. He pinned the Mountaineers inside their 20 four different times. The only dark spot of the punting team was the 66 yard return given up to Jock Sanders.

Low Five

1. Offensive line

The line did not look good. Robinson was pressured all day. WVU, who came into the game with no sacks, had a total of eight on the day. The one play Danny O’Brien was on the field for he got sacked and coughed up the ball. Their defensive line ran a clinic.

2. First Half Defense

The defense looked shaky to start the game. WVU scored a touchdown on three of their first four possessions and on the one they didn’t score they had the ball down to Maryland’s 15-yard line. The problem was that the defense couldn’t get off the field. WVU had these long drives (four over 60 yards) and it wore out the Terps’ players.

3. Third down efficiency

When it came to third downs they did not get it done. 2 for 13 is not going to cut it. The key to a successful, efficient offense is a team’s third down conversion rate. When you’re only converting about 15% there’s a good chance you will not score many points.

4. Running game

What had been the strongest part of their offense coming into this game never got going. They ran for negative 10 yards. Meggett was the only one with positive double-digit yards with 30. Robinson finished the day with negative 40.

5. Penalties

Penalties continued to be a problem this week. The Terps were penalized ten times for 77 yards. On their first possession alone they had four penalties called on them, and the flags didn’t stop there.

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