Temple’s first five possessions today: Touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal.
Maryland’s first five possessions today: Punt, punt, blocked punt, punt, downs.
That’s probably not the sort of consistency Randy Edsall was looking for.
Indeed, it’s been a disastrous half for the Terrapins. The 31-point margin is their largest deficit at the break since trailing 41-3 at Virginia Tech in 2004 (in what became a 55-6).
Temple tailback Bernard Pierce has four touchdowns, the most allowed by Maryland since 1994 and matching the most ever by an Owl. The Terps have allowed 284 yards, and followed their first third down stop with a roughing the kicker penalty.
Meanwhile, the Terps have rushed for 16 yards on 12 carries, and their streak of 139 straight games without a blocked punt (which covered three coaches and nearly a dozen years) came to an end in the first quarter.
Oh, and Temple gets the ball to start the second half.
It was a meager crowd on hand to begin with. It might get a lot smaller before the day is through.
—- Patrick Stevens