Reviewing the predictions that preceded Maryland’s 19-14 defeat of Wake Forest …
1. Kenneth Tate will start at linebacker.
INCORRECT. It was sophomore Alex Twine who drew his fifth straight start at strong-side linebacker. Tate still played plenty, managing four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Twine finished within 2 tackles, 1.5 for loss.
2. Brandon Ross will start at tailback.
CORRECT. The redshirt freshman got the nod for the second straight game and then had five carries for just one yard. Ross started, but he didn’t have a rushing attempt in the final three quarters.
3. Stefon Diggs will not crack 200 all-purpose yards for the third straight game.
CORRECT. Diggs was held to 132 all-purpose yards on nine total touches. He touched the ball only three times on special teams, muffing a punt and not getting one kickoff return. He did piece together his second straight 100-yard receiving day.
4. Diggs will score a touchdown for the third straight game.
INCORRECT. Almost. The real estate on Diggs’ 63-yard reception in the middle of the fourth quarter was accomplished mostly after the catch, but he was brought down at the Wake Forest 3. That was the closest the freshman would get to reaching the end zone
5. Maryland will win.
CORRECT. In rather consistent fashion, the Terps earned few style points in their victory. Nonetheless, they are 3-2 a year after an atrocious 2-10 campaign and harbor legitimate bowl hopes with the likes of Virginia and Boston College looking exceptionally vulnerable later this month.
WAKE FOREST: 3-for-5
—- Patrick Stevens