Maryland/Miami- High Five/Low Five

TSR looks back at the high five and low five from Saturday's loss to Miami.

High Five

1. Alex Wujciak’s Two Interceptions

The big fella had quite an impact in the game. In the second quarter, with Maryland already in the lead, he stepped up and intercepted a Stephen Morris pass, which he returned for a 60-yard touchdown. In the third quarter he gave the Terps great field position inside Miami’s red zone when he caught his second interception of the day.

2. Special Teams

The Terps got it done on special teams this week. Tony Logan had a nice punt return for 23 yards and Torrey Smith broke the ACC record for kick return yardage. Travis Baltz had another great game. On his six punts he had an average of 47.5 yards and a long of 62, to go along with his two field goals. The Terps also prevented two extra points (one botched snap and one blocked kick).

3. Kevin Dorsey’s 42 Yard Touchdown

The first play of the second quarter was a bomb. Danny O’Brien found Dorsey streaking down the sideline and connected for Maryland’s first score of the day. It sparked some excitement for the Terps, but it was really their only big offensive play. Dorsey finished the day with three catches for 63 yards.

4. Kenny Tate

This guy is the star of the team. It seems like every week he has a huge impact. Although he didn’t have any takeaways he led the team in tackles with 12. He’s a great open field tackler which makes him even more valuable. He was also solid in his coverage of the Miami receivers.

5. Maryland Held Their Ground

Yes, I know Miami’s starting quarterback Jacory Harris did not play, but the Terps stuck with the Hurricanes the entire game and had a great chance of winning. That’s a lot more than what some people thought would happen. Miami has dropped off a little since the beginning of the season, but this is a team that was ranked in the top 15 earlier in the year.

Low Five

1. Miami Gained Almost Double The Amount Of Yards

Maryland only sustained one drive over 60 yards; they had the ball for only twenty-three minutes; and Miami out gained Maryland 504 yards to 254. Miami on the other hand had three drives that were over 80 yards and another that was 64. Maryland started with much better field position all day, but it didn’t make much of a difference.

2. Coaching

The play-calling near the end of the game was way too conservative. With the lead in the fourth quarter Ralph Friedgen and the Terps decided to run the ball three times with about five minutes to go. They didn’t get the first down and were forced to give the ball back to Miami. Even with all the times they tried to run it they never even gave it once to D.J. Adams. The clock management was also sub-par. There were a few questionable timeout calls that ended up putting Maryland in a tough situation.

3. Third Down Conversions

The Terps struggled all day with third downs on both sides of the ball. Offensively they only converted 3 out of their 12 attempts. Defensively they allowed the Hurricanes to convert 9 of their 17 attempts, including a third and eleven on the winning drive.

4. Running Game

Miami does not have a good run defense. In fact they were ranked seventy-first in the country. Yet Maryland accumulated a total of 96 yards on the ground. Meggett had a nice 37-yard run, but that was the biggest hole of the day. The running backs share the blame with the offensive line.

5. Quarterbacks Struggle

Danny O’Brien didn’t look nearly as sharp as we have seen him in past weeks. He started slow going 1 for 10 and never really got into a full groove. He ended up going 9 for 28 with 134 yards and an interception in the end zone. Jamarr Robinson wasn’t much better when he got to see the field. Although he completed both of his passes, he fumbled the ball when Maryland was on Miami’s 2-yard line.

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