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But he had help in creating this debacle. The Terps held the ball for only 20:11, the second-lowest figure in Friedgen’s tenure, and couldn’t rely on of a running game. Scott ran for 123 yards on 11 carries, but half of his production was on a single carry early in the first quarter.
When his offensive line wasn’t being shredded, it was committing a penalty. Reserve quarterback Josh Portis ran for 31 yards on six carries, but was immediately swarmed on a fourth-down scamper to end a fourth-quarter drive.
“It was too many mistakes,” Friedgen said. “We’d get a play and then we’d have a mistake, we’d have a holding, we’d have a dropped ball, we had a missed read, we had a poor throw. We did everything. We had problems communicating on defense, the same kind of thing.”
Heyward-Bey’s touchdown — and tiptoe down the sideline — pulled Maryland within 17-14 late in the fourth quarter. But four plays later, Craddock connected with Malcolm Beyah on short pass. The freshman lost his right shoe but still shook off a couple would-be tacklers for a 53-yard score to make it 24-14 in the closing seconds of the quarter.
Beyah left his footwear behind on the clinching burst, but he managed to take away some of Maryland’s security while he was at it.
A veteran team that talked of contending for a conference title seemed sluggish in its opener, bumbled through its Thursday practice and Friday walk-through and was downright narcoleptic last night.
And while there is time for the Terps to reverse an unpromising start, they are clearly not playing like the team they believed they could be only a few weeks ago.
“This is very embarrassing,” defensive tackle Jeremy Navarre said. “We have to start getting this going right away. We didn’t practice well this week and that’s our fault. We have to get going. We keep telling each other we’re an old team and a senior team, but we didn’t get the job done today. You still have to work. Experience only goes so far.”
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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