Halftime: Florida State 17, Maryland 3

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Maryland scored on the final play of the first half.

Before that, there wasn’t much for the Terrapins to be pleased with.

Florida State leads 17-3, and it could be much worse if not for (a) A missed field goal; (b) An interception; and (c) Three sacks of Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel.

Maryland is averaging 5.5 yards per pass attempt and less than three yards per rush. Meanwhile, Florida State is ripping off 7.2 yards per play and is thriving off poor tackling after its receivers make a catch.

As for Maryland …

UPSIDE

1. Marcus Leak. The freshman receiver has five receptions for 35 yards and has fared well in a starting role.

2. Lorne Goree. The redshirt freshman linebacker has five tackles and a sack in the first half.

3. Two-minute drill. Despite plenty of problems moving the ball, the Terps did manage a field goal on its final drive of the first half.

DOWNSIDE

1. Quarterback elusiveness. Florida State was ready for C.J. Brown’s ability to evade. He’s been sacked three times and has zero yards rushing.

2. Tackling. Maryland continued some of its problems from earlier in the season, struggling to bring down the Seminoles on some early drives.

3. Injury strikes again? Left tackle Max Garcia was slow to come off the field after the Terps’ field goal to end the first half. Losing the sophomore would be a massive blow, especially with left guard Andrew Gonnella already done for the season.

Patrick Stevens

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