The Washington Times - October 10, 2009, 11:42PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Maryland had a chance to leave The Dash in great shape, not just in the Atlantic Division but also in the chase for a bowl berth.

Neither is in great shape at the moment, but perhaps it’s worth the reminder that nothing is permanent.

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Which is to say this yo-yo act will probably continue deep into November.

For the evening, there was no doubt there was defensive regression, with players slipping, falling down and playing the wrong coverage for nearly the entire first half. If a Don Brown defense is predicated on the play of the secondary, tonight represented the apocalyptic scenario.

Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner was very good. But he received substantial aid from the Maryland secondary in making his night a whole lot easier.

As for the Terps’ offense, it was very reminiscent of the trip to Boston College late last season. The run simply wasn’t an option, and Chris Turner rolled up a solid statistical evening despite a late interception. Frankly, it’s a bit surprising he hasn’t had another line or two like tonight’s (24-for-44, 307 yards, three touchdowns, one pick). There’s probably one or two of those waiting in the second half.

That’s about it for the evening. It’s pushing midnight, and with a morning flight, sleep is of the essence. Check back for more tomorrow from the fallout of tonight’s happenings.

Patrick Stevens