The Washington Times - October 24, 2009, 08:12PM

DURHAM, N.C. – Wrapping up the day here at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke is sufficiently drilling Pfeiffer in an exhibition game.

(Note to self: Remember Nolan Smith is really, really good).

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But enough basketball talk. There’s plenty of time for that in the next five months.

This is a post-mortem on football. Maybe it doubles as one on Maryland’s season, considering the Terps fell to 2-6 with a 17-13 loss at Duke and have zero margin for error going forward.

A couple notable developments from the day …

* Both Ralph Friedgen and Chris Turner said the Terps got away from what they wanted to do because of the weather. That is to say, throw the ball. There’s no question Maryland’s running game leaves a bit to be desired, and Friedgen expressed surprised that Caleb Porzel couldn’t do much more than 28 yards on 12 carries.

Clearly, the play-calling wasn’t what you’d want, and Friedgen said he wasn’t happy with the offense. But it is fair to say offensive coordinator James Franklin was hamstrung by the lousy conditions.

* Maryland had two plays of more than 15 yards – the 67-yard screen pass to Davin Meggett and a 19-yard toss to Adrian Cannon. Maryland last had a run of more than 15 yards early in the third quarter against Middle Tennessee. That’s almost 5 1/2 games ago.

* Troubling stat of the day: Torrey Smith has two catches on two targets for 13 yards. The sophomore had four or more targets in every game to date except California (two). Smells like a chart for tomorrow.

* No doubt the biggest scare of the day was Antwine Perez’s nasty injury late in the first quarter. He was carted off, but a team spokesman said he was moving around and did not suffer a concussion.

* Speaking of safeties, Eric Franklin became the 10th true freshman to play this season. Could it have been avoided? Perhaps. But with Duke chucking it a lot, and only three other viable safeties (Jamari McCollough, Terrell Skinner and Kenny Tate), there might not have been much choice. Remember, when McCollough missed most of three games, the Terps survived because they faced some run-heavy teams, notably James Madison and Rutgers.

* The bye week lands at a time the Terps are extremely frustrated. Quarterback Chris Turner said he’d try to get out of town and away from football next weekend, and it’s tough to blame him even if things were going well. Maryland’s gone non-stop since early August, and that doesn’t even count summer workouts.

* Add the following to the walking wounded: Deege Galt, Tommy Galt and Carl Russell, all with sprained AC joints. Seems like the injury du jour; that’s why Gary Douglas didn’t play this week.

* Duke just won back-to-back conference games for the first time since 1994.

* Really a solid day for linebacker Ben Pooler (13 tackles) – as well as the entire Maryland defense. Thaddeus Lewis was going to get his 300+ yards – he finished with 371 – but Duke managed virtually nothing on the ground.

That’s about it for now. One last entry before packing up.

Patrick Stevens