1. Danny OBrien
He played an almost flawless game. The young gun went 17 for 28 with 289 and 2 touchdowns. He even used his legs to run for a touchdown. He had a couple passes dropped, but so does every quarterback. OBrien kept the game under control and in the fourth quarter poured it on Virginia.
2. Goal Line Offense
D.J. Adams scored three touchdowns from within the 10 yard line (1, 2, and 6 yards). They were innovative and used defensive tackle Zach Kerr as fullback and lead blocker on the runs. Smash mouth, power football is exactly what you need down on the goal line.
3. Torrey Smith
The stud receiver looked healthier than he has in recent weeks. He had a huge impact on the game catching 7 balls for 157 yards and a touchdown. Although he dropped a couple passes he helped the Terps win by doing what hes best known for, big plays. Smith had catches of 62, 35, and 27 yards.
Virginias misfortune helped boost the Terps. The Cavaliers dropped an interception on one of the Terps fourth quarter scoring drives. They were also penalized 16 times for a total of 145 yards. Sometimes you need a little luck to get a win.
5. Adrian Moten
The senior went out on the field and just did his thing. Hes a playmaker. Moten was the only one able to sack Marc Verica and he picked him off at a crucial point in the fourth quarter. He also led the team in solo tackles with four.
The secondary had a very sub-par afternoon. Its rare that it happens, but Kenny Tate was almost unnoticeable. When the star of this unit isnt making plays its a bad sign for the rest of the guys. Cameron Chism continued his struggles and got beat a few times. Marc Verica was able to find his receivers all day and finished 25 for 43 with 265 yards.
2. Poor Defense To Finish Off The First Half
Maryland went up 21-10 with about four minutes left in the half, but they didnt go into the locker with a double digit lead. On the ensuing possession Virginia drove 71 yards down the field to cut the lead to 21-17. The Cavaliers got the ball back with about a minute and were able to gain enough yards for Chris Hinkebein to nail a 52-yard field goal as time expired.
3. Ugly Win
The score is a little deceiving. Before the fourth quarter the two teams were pretty even. Neither team played extremely well. The Terps scored 21 in the fourth quarter to pad their lead. It wasnt the most fundamentally sound football game, but I suppose a win is a win.
4. Special Teams
The special teams were not so special. They were fooled on a fake field goal, which gave Virginia a little spark. The kickoff and punt return coverage was less than average; they gave up a couple of long returns. Although Logan and Smith only had a few return opportunities neither were able to do much.
5. Lack Of Pressure On Verica
Marc Verica had plenty of time to find his receivers. Aside from Joe Vellano the defensive line was not able to get to the quarterback. He was sacked once and was rarely hurried to get rid of the ball. Not the type of penetration the Terps want.