Terps Lose Again!

The Terps drop to 2-8 after another poor showing against Virginia Tech 36-9.

The nightmare season continues for head coach Ralph Friedgen and the Terps this weekend, where they suffered their worst loss since week one, a 36-9 drubbing at the hands of Virginia Tech.

The 20th-ranked Hokies (7-3, 4-2 ACC) dominated both sides of the ball all day long, gaining 484 total yards while holding Maryland (2-8, 1-5 ACC) to just 236.

233 of those yards can be attributed to sophomore QB Jamarr Robinson, making his first career start. 129 of those yards came on the ground, making him the first Maryland QB to rush for 100 yards in eight years, since Shaun Hill ran for 105 against Duke.

Robinson struggled to make plays through the air, however, finishing 12-32 with only 104 yards. He was also sacked six times and was under constant duress.

“He makes plays with his feet,” Friedgen said. “His throwing game has to get better. I don't think he sees things as well as he needs to and that has to improve. Overall I thought it was okay.”

Robinson got the start for the Terps after senior QB Chris Turner hurt his knee last week against NC State.

On the other side of the ball, the Terps defense had no answer for All-ACC candidate Tyrod Taylor, who threw for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns. Taylor also ran eight times for 81 yards.

“You just have to prepare for him to run the ball and pass the ball,” said LB Alex Wujciak. “Anytime you're blitzing or anything like that you know you have to get there quick because he can make you pay.”

The positives the Terps can take away from this game are: knowing they have a playmaker for the future in Robinson, and the lack of turnovers, which have been a persistent problem this season. Maryland didn't turn the ball over once on Saturday.

The horrible season is taking its toll on Friedgen, who once again got a little emotional during the press conference.

Friedgen and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer are old friends. Both were graduate assistants for Maryland in the early '70s, both were assistant coaches at the Citadel from 1973-78, and Friedgen was Beamer's offensive coordinator when he was he was had coach at Murray State in 1981.

Torrey Smith set another milestone this week, adding to his season for the ages. He passed LaMont Jordan's 1999 season and became the single-season leader in all-purpose yards. Jordan finished that year with 1,840. Smith finished the game with 1,921.

Robinson, who says his toughest critic is himself, said he had a “fair” game, and needed to be quicker in recognizing coverages. He was under constant pressure, but tried to make the best of it.

“We did our best to protect,” he said. “The rest of the time I just had to make something out of nothing or use my ability to escape.”

Robinson made some fans in the locker room this week, especially in Smith, who was impressed with what he saw.

“Jamarr played his heart out,” Smith said. “He played well enough for us to win. We had to make a few more plays for him, especially myself. He played his heart out, and I don't think there's another player on the field that played like he did today.”

The Terps had two more players go down due to injury Saturday. Safety Kenny Tate has a high ankle sprain and is out for the year. P Travis Baltz, who just returned from injury, broke his finger and is also done for the year.

Maryland's next game is next Saturday, when they'll be traveling to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. Time of that game has yet to be announced.


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