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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Darin Drakeford
The countdown echoed through the walls Saturday evening at Scott Stadium, a staccato recitation of Maryland's place at the midpoint of its season.
Maryland's spring game came and went Saturday before about 2,000 at Byrd Stadium, with a pair of touchdowns (a Brandon Ross run and a pass from Ricky Schultz to Nigel King) and one field goal accounting for all of the conventional scoring.
Maryland coach Randy Edsall inherited a 9-4 team coming off its first top-25 finish in seven years. His first season will end just two days after Thanksgiving — potentially with a 10-loss season.
With the presence of a new starting quarterback, Maryland's spread scheme looked as good as has since its season opener.
Alex Twine didn't play as a sophomore at Gaithersburg's Quince Orchard High School for academic reasons. He languished through part of his junior year as a reserve who saw most of his time on special teams.
Maryland's first loss of the season was a stumble.
The first Maryland player to trudge into postgame interviews Saturday, just as is often the case, was quarterback Danny O'Brien.
Maryland's Kenny Tate was an all-ACC selection a year ago.
"It does seem like there's a resemblance to that team," linebacker Darin Drakeford said.
"Yeah, it does feel good," linebacker Darin Drakeford said.