1. No Turnovers
For the third time this season the Terrapins did not turn the ball over. They protected the ball and played smart. In their five wins they have a total of three turnovers, but in their two losses they have turned the ball over a combined four times.
The combination of Kenny Tate and Antwine Perez was the best part of the defense on Saturday. Perez had two great interceptions and recovered a fumble that was forced by Tate. Tate on the other hand led the Terps in tackles and had Marylands only sack. They both also played a huge role in the run defense.
3. Danny OBriens Three Touchdowns In The First Half
The freshman quarterback tied his career high for passing touchdowns on Saturday. OBrien led the Terps to a 21-7 lead at halftime. He completed touchdowns to Torrey Smith, Ronnie Tyler, and Kerry Boykins. Although they werent the longest drives OBrien was able to get the job done and get it into the end zone.
4. Emergence of Ronnie Tyler and Kerry Boykins
With Torrey Smith banged up Danny OBrien had to find someone else to go to. He found Tyler and Boykins, who both had touchdown receptions. The junior Tyler had five catches for a team-high 57 yards and the sophomore Boykins caught three balls for 32 yards including OBriens longest completion for 21 yards.
5. 4th down conversions
I liked Coach Friedgens willingness to go for it on fourth down. The Terps converted two fourth down attempts on their first touchdown drive. It showed the coachs trust in his team and it paid off. They went for it on fourth down late in the game to try to seal the deal but were unable to convert.
1. Torrey Smiths Ineffectiveness
They got the ball to their playmaker, but he was not able to anything with it. He caught eight balls for a total of 34 yards. The screen did not really work well. Smith also ran the ball twice, but was only able to gain two yards.
2. Running game
Unlike in past weeks Maryland did not give up on the run. But similar to previous weeks they still struggled to gain yards on the ground. Davin Meggett ran the ball 15 times for 39 yards and DaRel Scott ran it 9 times for 19 yards. You cant put all the blame on the RBs, though. The offensive line has been sub-par and gives the running backs virtually no room to run.
Aside from the safeties the defense did not play especially well. The defensive line and linebackers were not able to get much pressure on Chase Rettig. The only sack in the game came from the secondary. They also allowed BC to have three long drives of 75, 70, and 69 yards.
4. 2nd Half Offense
The Terps scored three points in the second half. Other than the possession they scored the field goal the team did not have a drive longer than 24 yards. Not including their last possession, which they kneed the ball twice, they had two possessions where they gained negative yards. Three punts and a turnover on downs is not the optimal half.
5. Penalties Extend Boston College Possessions
The Terps accumulated seven penalties for 61 yards. Although this is better than they have been in previous weeks a few of their penalties were costly. Cameron Chism showed his inconsistency committing two penalties. The Terps gave BC first downs. They wont be able to get away with that against better ACC teams.