The Washington Times - September 6, 2011, 01:00PM

As mentioned last night on Twitter, there are two ways to look at Maryland’s struggles to score touchdowns despite many red zone visits.

One is that the Terrapins were absurdly inefficient inside the 20 (19 points in seven trips).


The other is that Maryland had seven drives of at least 60 yards, a reinforcement that the offense wasn’t exactly a mess. Turn a bad decision (Danny O’Brien‘s interception) and a dropped pass by Kerry Boykins into touchdowns —- which isn’t a massive shift —- and then Maryland has 30 points for its troubles in the red zone. Not crisp, but not angst-worthy.

Of course, there’s nothing like a few charts to demonstrate the good and bad of the game. So with no further ado, here are Maryland’s (a) Most red zone trips; (b) Most red zone trips without a point and (c) Most drives of 60 yards since 2005:

MARYLAND, MOST RED ZONE TRIPS, 2005-2011 (minimum six)

9: at Temple, 2005

8: at N.C. State, 2007

7: at Rutgers, 2007
7: Eastern Michigan, 2008
7: Miami, 2011

6: Virginia, 2005
6: Boston College, 2005
6: Wake Forest, 2010
6: at Virginia, 2010
6: vs. East Carolina, 2010


6: Miami, 2011

4: at Wake Forest, 2005
4: at Temple, 2005
4: Boston College, 2005
4: N.C. State, 2006
4: at Boston College, 2006
4: at N.C. State, 2007
4: Florida State, 2010

MARYLAND, MOST DRIVES OF 60+ YARDS, 2005-2011 (minimum five)

7: Miami, 2011

5: Boston College, 2007

Upon further review, the last chart should have been expanded. But flipping through six years of box scores takes a lot of time —- more than available today to do so twice.

Two things are for sure. One, Maryland’s inefficiency in the red zone wasn’t just noticeable last night, it was extremely atypical by the Terrapins’ recent standards. Two, Maryland hasn’t moved the ball so effortlessly for long drives in a very long time (though there were other games along the way that Maryland scored a bunch of points with the help of some turnover-aided short drives).

—- Patrick Stevens