Terps left to find some­thing pos­i­tive in lost sea­son

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

fresh­man QB Kasim Hill tore up his knee in the Mary­land’s first loss of the year against UCF.

In­stead, they have be­come the poster team for the out-sized im­por­tance of the quar­ter­back po­si­tion, be­cause they have de­cent of­fen­sive tal­ent ev­ery­where else and – at least un­til a cou­ple of of­fen­sive line­men got banged up on Satur­day – they had been able to stay healthy all sea­son at the other 10 of­fen­sive po­si­tions.

The trick play now for head coach D.J. Durkin is to find a way to make some­thing pos­i­tive out of this sea­son-end­ing string of games against ranked teams, which ob­vi­ously is not go­ing to be easy. Michi­gan fig­ured to be the most vul­ner­a­ble of the three, and the Terps ap­peared to be in a dis­turb­ing state of dis­ar­ray in the first half.

They were able to calm things down in the third quar­ter and Brand moved the of­fense well in the sec­ond half, but an end zone in­ter­cep­tion and a missed field goal at­tempt kept them from do­ing more than make the fi­nal score slightly more pre­sentable.

Brand fi­nally drove the Terps for their only touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, hit­ting wide­out Taivon Ja­cobs with a 10-yard scor­ing pass.

By that time, the Terps and Wolver­ines might as well have been play­ing in Ann Ar­bor, Mich., be­cause the Mary­land faith­ful started fil­ter­ing out of the sta­dium at half­time and the stands be­hind the Wolver- ine side­line were still well-pop­u­lated with Michi­gan fans.

Durkin and his coach­ing staff can take some so­lace in the way his team re­fused to quit in the sec­ond half and outscored the Wolver­ines in the fi­nal two quar­ters, but No. 12 Michi­gan State and No. 14 Penn State lie ahead. It’s the Big Ten. What ex­actly did you ex­pect?

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