Maryland's arduous November continues Saturday as No. 10 Florida State at Byrd Stadium, a meeting that could both serve as the Terrapins' last home game and clinch a losing season for the quarterback-starved team.
Three early fumbles by Maryland quarterback Shawn Petty ended whatever long-shot opportunity of an upset the Terps possessed against No. 10 Clemson in a 45-10 loss on Saturday.
That Maryland left Saturday's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech with uncertainty about its offense hardly is unexpected. Its unusually injury-ravaged quarterback corps offers an obvious explanation.
Shawn Petty, the latest in Maryland's unexpectedly long line of quarterbacks, is not overly emotional. He also wasn't expected to play quarterback again after being recruited as a linebacker out of Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
Caleb Rowe's first start as Maryland's starting quarterback was mixed with both promise and frustration, though the freshman was insistent he was eager to learn and grow from the experience.
Caleb Rowe's first career start was alternately bumpy and slick, with one successful comeback and another rally cut short by an unwise decision.
Maryland has gone through more quarterbacks than any team could expect this season. It's had its share of close losses as well. The latest unfolded Saturday at Alumni Stadium as first-time starting quarterback Caleb Rowe was intercepted in the final minute as Boston College escaped with a comeback 20-17 victory.
Maryland's quarterback options were whittled further Thursday when the school announced sophomore Devin Burns suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, leaving true freshman Caleb Rowe as the only remaining scholarship option.
Maryland is on to its third (and, arguably, fourth) quarterback since the start of preseason practice after Perry Hills' year-ending left knee injury.