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Of course, perfect play from the wideouts (or any other unit, for that matter) doesn’t change the Terps’ situation with three games remaining. There is no postseason to play for, only the opportunity to avoid matching the 2-10 record Maryland produced in 2009.

Mistakes aren’t likely to be overly magnified in the next three games. But the same chronic issues are certain to be noticed as the schedule winds down.

“When you’re losing, the little things get emphasized,” Dorsey said. “We miss that pass but the record is flipped and we’re 7-2, it really wouldn’t matter as much.”

But the Terps are not 7-2. And should the drops continue again Saturday, the eyes of a national television audience surely will fall on a receiving corps that’s become increasingly accustomed to unwanted attention.