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The question of what Maryland must fix in the coming weeks is hardly appropriate; rather, it’s worth wondering what didn’t malfunction as the Owls romped to their first victory ever over an ACC team.

The bungled tackling and technique has the potential to lead to a debacle when Maryland visits Georgia Tech and its triple-option offense in two weeks. With limited chances early, O'Brien struggled to a 17-for-33, 153-yard day with an interception sprinkled in during the fourth quarter.

And special teams struggled mightily again, with poor blocking on kickoff returns, a roughing the kicker call to extend an eventual Temple touchdown drive and the blocked punt to set up Temple’s third touchdown.

“I don’t think we lost that bad in a while,” defensive tackle Joe Vellano said. “Not only that, but it was all-around.”

Indeed, there was no way for anyone in the Terps’ locker room to escape a damning verdict. Neither they nor their coach could find much to spin forward other than the pummeling didn’t damage Maryland’s conference title prospects.

Any repeats will surely foil those hopes as well. It’s a road many of Maryland’s veterans endured two years ago, when the losses piled up and the fans filed out.

Saturday, though, was extremely bitter even by those standards.

“I’d have to say this was the worst loss I’ve ever experienced because I know what our team is capable of,” senior guard Andrew Gonnella said. “I just know next week we’re coming out strong. We have to practice like we’re all freshmen again. We have to prove something to the entire world. We’ve lost our credibility and have to get it back.”