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