TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —- Give Maryland this much —- even though its season is ruined, it is still trying to destroy someone else’s.
The Terrapins nearly went down 21-6 in the closing minutes of the first half. But linebacker Alex Wujciak‘s 82-yard interception return set up the Maryland offense from the Florida State 7.
Three plays later, the Terps had fourth-and-goal at the 1.
Take the three points? Or go for the touchdown?
Maryland, with nothing to lose, opted to give it a go. And Davin Meggett repaid the faith, scoring on a plunge up the middle to pull the Terps within 14-13.
It was the first offensive touchdown in 23 possessions since quarterback Chris Turner was injured two weeks ago.
So the good: The plucky Terps are at it again after a one-week hiatus, being a general pain rather than fading quickly.
The bad: Florida State has shown some signs of doing what it pleases on offense, and the Terps had to settle for field goals twice after getting inside the 25.
Much will be learned from the opening possession of the second half. If Maryland can take a lead and seriously threaten Florida State’s bowl hopes (the Seminoles aren’t a good bet to beat Florida next week in the Blessed Tebow’s final home game), then this could stay interesting for quite some time.
Otherwise, it’ll probably take some quirky touchdown for Maryland to throw a true fright into the Seminoles.
—- Patrick Stevens