Just took a look through Maryland’s game books on a whim, wondering just how many times the Terrapins have rolled together a 10-play drive in four games.
Try four – one in each game.
Now, 51 points are 51 points, and no one is going to offer them back in exchange for killing some clock. But at some juncture, that’s a trait the Terps will probably be glad to adopt – if they can.
First of all, I expanded the net and included all drives that were 10 plays or took up at least five minutes … and the total remained at four. And here they are.
|Middle Tennessee||11||56||4:13||MISSED FG|
Obviously, a quick touchdown drive is better than a long march that ends with a missed field goal.
But it doesn’t help when opponents roll up nearly three times as many such drives.
|Middle Tennessee||13||55||5:26||MISSED FG|
|Middle Tennessee||17||59||6:56||FIELD GOAL|
|Eastern Michigan||11||69||6:05||FIELD GOAL|
That’s a whole lot of long drives, and only two of them were fruitless for the Terps’ opponents.
It’s a potential problem. And while the defense has to take some responsibility, Maryland’s offense could help out by staying on the field a little longer.