The Washington Times - November 14, 2009, 02:43PM

It’s amazing that in Maryland’s worst season in more than a decade, it had only played one ranked team in its first nine games.

So, the thinking had to go, what happened when the Terps played someone perceived nationally as fairly decent.


Well, we have an answer. And it isn’t any good for Maryland.

The Terps are down 27-3, and the score is a generous assessment of the state of affairs. The pass defense is porous. The offensive line remains leaky. The best playing in Maryland’s arsenal is Jamarr Robinson taking off, running fast and hoping a Hokie doesn’t decapitate him.

Robinson is on pace to become the second Terp to produce a 100-yard game on the ground this season (he has 59 rushing yards). It hasn’t translated into points, which is sort of a problem when Virginia Tech rolls up 289 in a half. Tyrod Taylor has thrown for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and in general, it’s safe to say that’s not supposed to happen.

Maryland has lost Kenny Tate and Travis Baltz to injuries. Its running backs have five carries for negative-two yards. And on and on it goes.

One other nugget. Maryland has scored exactly three points in the first half of its four ACC meetings with Virginia Tech. The Hokies have 92 points in those four games.

—- Patrick Stevens