The Washington Times - October 10, 2011, 09:14AM

One of the decisions that surprisingly (well, to me, anyway) generated some scrutiny during Maryland’s 21-16 loss to Georgia Tech was coach Randy Edsall‘s call to go for it in fourth-and-goal at the 8 and the Terrapins trailing 21-3 late in the third quarter.

Quarterback C.J. Brown‘s throw was dropped by wideout Ronnie Tyler. Maryland later scored twice to get closer, which made the third quarter call a little more significant.


Well, maybe. Edsall’s explanation of the call makes sense for anyone who watched the first three quarters of the game.

“I just felt we needed a touchdown at that point,” Edsall said. “I wasn’t sure how much we would get back down there. I just felt the best thing to do was go for a touchdown.”

Three things should be noted here.

* One, Maryland had 51 yards passing to that point —- and 34 of those yards were accounted for on a receiver-to-receiver pass. The Terps were entirely one-dimensional to that point.

* Two, the Terps had made it into Georgia Tech territory on only three of its nine possessions (eight if an end-of-half kneeldown is excluded). Either way, Maryland’s 176 total yards to that point was an ominous number going forward.

* Three, Georgia Tech’s penchant for long possessions created doubt whether Maryland would get two serious chances to score again.

As it turned out, Brown’s 77-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter was a needed quick strike, and Georgia Tech punted on two of its next three possessions. But at the time, the choice to go for it made sense given the Terps’ predicament.

—- Patrick Stevens