Halftime: Maryland 13, Wake Forest 7

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Maryland won’t win many style points for its first half, but it does hold a 13-7 lead over Wake Forest and will get the ball to start the third quarter.

UPSIDE

* Red zone stands. Wake Forest hasn’t score in a pair of trips inside the 20. Most notable was a stop on fourth-and-goal at the 1 when reserve linebacker Bradley Johnson came in to make a fine play and deny the Demon Deacons a touchdown.

* Kevin Dorsey’s efficiency. The senior has seven receptions on the season. Six have come on third down. Five have gone for first downs. And one – a 33-yard score when he toasted the replacement-filled Wake Forest secondary – went for a touchdown.

* Brad Craddock. The freshman is doing everything imaginable to try to lock down the Maryland kicking job regardless of Nick Ferrara’s health. Craddock connected from 49 and 52 yards in the first quarter and is 4-for-6 on the season.

DOWNSIDE

* The running game. Maryland has 17 carries for 16 yards … and that’s without a quarterback sack. The Terps’ leading rusher is Stefon Diggs, who had a 7-yard run. The top tailback today? Albert Reid, who has three carries for three yards.

* Lousy coverage on Wake’s touchdown. Maryland had five defensive backs on the field for Wake’s third play of the game. One of them (probably Isaac Goins based on his location on the field and coach Randy Edsall’s displeasure with him afterward) was supposed to cover Terence Davis. Whatever the case, Davis had about as easy a 73-yard touchdown as there could be on the play. The Demon Deacons have only 123 yards on their other 37 plays to date.

* Penalties. They haven’t completely destroyed the Terps, but six flags is already a season-high. The 45 yards is just shy of the 51 yards in penalties Maryland had against William & Mary.

Patrick Stevens

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