It was another strong week of predictions on the Maryland front.
That didn’t bode very well for the Terrapins.
A look back at the five picks heading into Saturday’s game.
1. Danny O’Brien will start at quarterback.
CORRECT. O’Brien not only started, he played his first full half since the Oct. 1 defeat of Towson. It will also be his last full half of the season after he suffered a broken left humerus in the third quarter.
2. O’Brien will throw at least one touchdown.
CORRECT. O’Brien connected with Quintin McCree on a 13-yard crossing pattern in the second quarter for his seventh (and final) touchdown pass of the season. Meanwhile, McCree has 25 catches for 401 yards and a touchdown over the last four games. His work in his first four contests? Just 10 receptions for 57 yards.
3. D.J. Adams will receive at least one carry.
CORRECT. Adams had 16 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown after receiving one carry over the previous five weeks. It was the first time a running back had more carries than starter Davin Meggett this season, and only the second time anyone had more rushing attempts than the senior (C.J. Brown had 22 carries against Clemson, topping Meggett’s 16.
4. Notre Dame’s George Atkinson III will have a kickoff return of at least 50 yards.
INCORRECT. One thing Maryland did do better was kickoff coverage. Atkinson had three returns for 51 yards, and his longest return was 20 yards. The Irish’s average starting field position off kickoffs was its 28.
5. Notre Dame will win.
CORRECT. The outcome wasn’t in much doubt the last three quarters, and the Irish’s touchdown late in the second quarter, long touchdown drive to open the second half and a pick-six against O’Brien on Maryland’s first series in the third quarter sealed it.
NOTRE DAME RECORD: 4-for-5
SEASON RECORD: 34-for-50
—- Patrick Stevens