The Washington Times - November 3, 2012, 02:00PM

Running down the first half as Maryland enters the locker room down 20-0 …

UPSIDE

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* Wes Brown. The man running the “Wild Crab” off a direct snap has 38 yards on nine carries. Considering the absence of a viable passing game, that’s about as efficient as Maryland could hope.

* Tyrek Cheeseboro. The redshirt freshman forced a fumble on a punt return to temporarily flip field position in favor of the Terrapins.

* Stefon Diggs’ chart climbing. The freshman has 66 all-purpose yards today (41 kickoff return, 14 punt return, 10 rushing, 1 receiving) and now has 1,420 for the season. That’s 10th on Maryland’s single-season list all-time, and he’ll jump up to eighth with another eight yards today.

DOWNSIDE

* The offense. No shock here. Linebacker (and emergency QB) Shawn Petty has presided over an offense with 61 yards on 29 plays, with just one passing yard on six throws. Frankly, there’s not a whole lot Maryland could do about the situation, and there’s a real chance things get uglier against Clemson and Florida State the next two weeks.

* Punting and punt coverage. At least the offense has a valid reason to be ineffective. Freshman Nathan Renfro is averaging just 34 yards a punt, and the net average is just 22.8 yards a punt.

* Demetrius Hartsfield’s injury. The senior linebacker was helped off after a fourth-down stop late in the second quarter. He rolled up nine tackles before leaving and has been a steady force all season for Maryland. The Terps will miss him, however long it is before he returns.

Patrick Stevens