Time to rewind to the pregame predictions.
This is not a terribly fun exercise, given how off a few of them were.
But that’s on the predictor, not on the events themselves.
OK, here’s the rundown:
1. Dom Natale will play more at quarterback than Tom Savage for Rutgers —- CORRECT
Natale ultimately went the whole game after Savage wasn’t cleared to play. Natale wasn’t particularly good, but Maryland was worse and the Scarlet Knights left College Park at 3-1.
2. Bruce Campbell will be used a ton —- CORRECT
Campbell didn’t depart until true garbage time arrived. He’s back, but clearly it did not matter all that much. Campbell did manage to get involved in the Terps’ penalty festival, though that wasn’t notable on a day Maryland drew 10 flags.
3. Da’Rel Scott is in for a bounce-back day —- WOEFULLY INCORRECT
Scott had nine carries for 22 yards, and lost a fumble in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Scott has 297 yards through four games —- on pace for 891 for the season. And that doesn’t adjust for difficulty of opponent.
4. Torrey Smith will be Maryland’s career kickoff return yardage leader … by the end of the first quarter —- CORRECT
This one was an easy one. Smith, however, did have 45 yards (and the school record) on two kickoff returns in the first 21 seconds.
5. Kenny Tate will come up with a sack or an interception —- assuming Jamari McCollough plays —- INCORRECT
Tate had four tackles and a pass breakup, and McCollough did play. Maryland failed to create a turnover for the third time in four games. In all likelihood, the Terps will rank in triple digits in turnovers committed and turnovers forced —- and quite possibly at the bottom of turnover margin.
—- Patrick Stevens