Maryland/Duke- High Five/Low Five

TSR recaps the Maryland/Duke game and highlights the top five best and worst from the game.

High Five

1. Da’Rel Scott’s game winning touchdown

In a game where big plays powered the Maryland offense this 71-yard catch and run sealed the deal. Early in the fourth Danny O’Brien tossed it to Scott, who broke a couple tackles and never looked back.

2. Antwine Perez’s interception in endzone

Maryland was already down 9-0 when Perez picked off Renfree’s pass in the endzone. He put the Blue Devils’ 33-yard drive to a halt. Not only did it prevent Duke from scoring, it led to the Terps’ first touchdown.

3. Tony Logan returns another punt for a TD

He did it again. This kid continues to wow people with his electric speed. His second touchdown of the season put the Terps ahead of the Blue Devils for good.

4. 2nd Half Defense

The defense really stepped it up in the second half. Besides the last two possessions, they forced Duke to punt every time and only gave up four first downs.

5. Joe Vellano a force upfront

The sophomore defensive lineman was a big reason Duke was held to only 48 rushing yards. He plays a crucial role in Maryland’s run defense. The big fella had seven tackles including three sacks on the day.

Low Five

1. Slow start

The Terps found themselves in a hole in the second quarter when they were down 9-0. In the first half they allowed the Blue Devils to move the ball inside the Maryland redzone four times, luckily holding Duke to three field goals and an interception. Before their 80-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter the Terps had only accumulated 67 yards.

2. Lack of emotion

Until Logan’s punt return the team just seemed uninspired. They couldn’t really get anything going and were playing a bland style of football. Whether it was the cool fall evening or their tendency to play down to the level of their opponent the Terps looked like they didn’t want it in the first half.

3. Offensive struggles continue

Aside from the 80-yard touchdown drive and Scott’s touchdown the team did not have a drive over 39 yards. O’Brien still looks a little shaky; he went 9 for 26 with 170 yards (71 of them coming on that Scott touchdown). He hasn’t answered all the question marks and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the majority of playing time when Jamarr Robinson gets healthy. The running game also was a bit inconsistent. The Terps averaged a mere 3.2 yards per rush. They were forced to punt on 9 of their 11 possessions.

4. Not enough pressure on the quarterback

Other than a few plays sophomore quarterback Sean Renfree had all day to throw. Yes, he was sacked six times, three by Joe Vellano, but other than a couple other plays the Terps could not really get to the QB. You can’t give a quarterback like that time to sit in the pocket. Renfree finished the day 28 for 56 with 351 yards and a touchdown.

5. Didn’t close the door

They gave up a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to bring the game to within one possession. Then they let Duke drive down to their side of the field before stopping a 4th and 15 with two minutes left.

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