PHILADELPHIA —- You win some, you lose some.
And some days, you just don’t see stuff coming.
Take these predictions, which were collectively pretty lousy:
1. Justus Pickett will set a career-high in carries.
CORRECT. The sophomore’s previous career-high was 14 rushes. He had 21 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown against Temple.
More to the point, he was a solid finisher for the second straight week. On the season, Pickett has 22 carries for 63 yards in the opening three quarters. In the final quarter, he has 10 rushes for 51 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Stefon Diggs will have at least 12 touches.
INCORRECT. Diggs touched the ball nine times —- three receptions, three punt returns, two rushes and one kickoff return. Strong work by Temple kickoff man Brandon McManus limited that to some extent, though Diggs had only one touch on offense in the middle two quarters.
3. Demetrius Hartsfield will have his sixth straight double-digit tackle day.
INCORRECT. In fact, he only had four tackles and no one on Maryland’s defense finished with more than six (Cole Farrand). Nonetheless, Hartsfield had a significant impact with a sack, a fumble recovery and a game-sealing interception.
4. Matt Brown will run for 100 yards.
INCORRECT. The senior was held to 10 carries for 31 yards and missed a significant portion of the middle of the game with an injury. His struggles reflected a stout day from Maryland’s defensive line, which helped the Terps hold Temple to 52 yards rushing on 39 carries.
5. Temple will win.
INCORRECT. Maryland left the Linc with a 36-27 victory, its first road victory since Nov. 13, 2010.
—- Patrick Stevens