1. Hard fought battle
The Terps played tough the entire game. It went down to the wire. The score is a little misleading because of the late interception for a touchdown, but the Terps were neck and neck with the Seminoles for 60 minutes. They never rolled over and they can hang their heads on that.
2. Running Game
The running game showed up pretty strong this week. The Terps racked up a total of 163 yards. The backs looked good. DaRell Scott led the team with 87 yards and averaged 8.7 yards per carry, while Davin Meggett rushed for 72 yards with an average of 6.5. The offensive line also deserves credit for the effective running game.
3. Kenny Tate
Tate continued his dominance in the secondary. He intercepted a Christian Ponder pass that led to field goal and pitched in with seven tackles. With his consistent play week in and week out you can make the case that he is one of the top safeties in the nation.
The Terps uniforms were vicious. They showed their support for the Wounded Warrior Project by wearing black jerseys and pants with camouflage along the sides. They also wore black helmets with Terps written on them. They were intense to say the least.
5. Trick Play
Maryland was faced with a fourth down inside Florida State territory and they decided to go for it. OBrien showed his acting skills by pretending to seem confused and about to call a timeout. Trying to catch the defense off guard they snapped the ball to D.J. Adams who ran for the first down. Florida State was not surprised and was able to stop Adams from having a big run. It was a gutsy call, but I like it.
1. ACC title hopes demolished
The outcome of this game was more than just an L in the loss column. It meant that Marylands hopes of an ACC title went out the window. They needed to win their final two games to reach the ACC Championship and they couldnt get the job done. Thats tough to swallow.
2. Florida States big plays
Big plays can kill a team; Maryland found that out the hard way. Following the Terps first field goal they let Chris Thompson run 70 yards for a touchdown on the Seminoles first play. Later in the game Bert Reed caught a short pass, but was able to run for 44 yards into the end zone. Then, of course, there was Nick Moodys 96-yard interception return for a touchdown, which sealed the deal for Florida State.
3. 2nd Half Play Calling
James Franklin, the head coach in waiting, was not very imaginative. The Terps took no shots down the field and played a rather boring game in the second half. They had no big plays and were able to scrounge up only 3 points.
4. Punting Team Miscue
It wasnt technically Cameron Chisms fault, but the punt did hit him in the back. Florida State recovered the ball and were able to get a field goal out of it. It was an extremely unlucky event for Chism and pretty big downer.
The refs blew the call on Greg Reids interception. They even did a video review and still decided Reid caught the ball. It was pretty obvious the ball had hit the ground, not really sure what the refs saw to make that call. There was also a false start call on Florida States missed field goal, which allowed them to re-kick it successfully.