The Washington Times - September 5, 2009, 10:56PM

BERKELEY, Calif. – Jahvid Best got loose for a 73-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

But that actually ranked well down Maryland’s list of problems.

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The Terps keep committing penalties.

Torrey Smith’s fumble on a kickoff was shades of Josh Wilson at West Virginia in 2006.

Maryland’s running game isn’t exactly potent.

And did I mention the penalties.

Yes, Best is poised to wind up with a pretty big day. His two touchdowns in the first quarter are just a start. He’s already tripled his yardage from last year’s game against Maryland (25).

But the Terps can’t keep beating themselves. It’s something Ralph Friedgen repeated throughout the preseason. And now they’ve proceeded to do just that to begin the opener.

– Patrick Stevens