If the Maryland Terrapins give efforts like this on a weekly basis, then I have a feeling it's going to be a long season for this unit. However, there were some good things that could be taken out of the game. There were a moments last night for the Terps that were Good, Bad, and Ugly, such as these.
Chris Turner: During the plays when Turner wasn't on his back, he threw the ball well and hit his targets. The senior and team captain was 17-30 for 167 yards and threw no interceptions. It should be also noted that a couple of those incompletions were drops, one of which would have put Maryland in field goal range in the closing moments of the 1st half.
Da'Rel Scott: Scott was also a bright spot of an overall dim performance. He was only given 13 carries but made the most of it carrying for 90 yards including a 39 yard touchdown run when it really didn't matter as far as that game was concerned. An impressive performance by Scott who should carry this effort into next weeks game against James Madison.
Looking forward to next week: The Terps got exploited and destroyed by better California team. The good news: Maryland has a very winnable home game next week against James Madison. The bad news: The dukes were an impressive 8-2 last year with an impressive running game. This will not be a walk in the park for Ralph Friedgens boys.
Maryland's offensive line: I understand that Maryland's offensive line is young and inexperienced. The thing is, if fans knew that, Cal's defense knew that as well. The Golden Bears defensive front tormented Chris Turner for the duration of the evening to the tune of 5 first half sack. The total came to 6. That is a lackluster performance to put it lightly.
When Turner wasn't sacked he would regularly still see at least 1 Golden Bear pass rusher in his face. There were very few times that Turner was able to drop back comfortably in the pocket. Some thing that the youthful blockers will improve upon in the coming weeks.
Maryland's "aggressive" defensive: Maryland generated very little pressure on Kevin Riley and as a result, exploited and shredded the Terps defense to the tune of 298 yards and 4 touchdowns. Javid Best also had a Heisman caliber performance with 138 yards on only 10 carries. This was due to Maryland not getting into the backfield. Say what you will, but Maryland's new defense looked anything but aggressive.
Turnovers: Maryland had enough problems in this contest without the added headache known as turnovers. Maryland lost two fumbles in this game, both of which led to California scores. Those two miscues ended up being game changers as Cal never looked back.
Maryland went into last nights game as an inexperienced crop of youngsters and Cal exploited that to the tune of 52 points. Maryland could use this blowout as motivation and way to learn and prepare for next weeks game which won't be a walk in the park but at the same time won't be as much of a test as Cal was. Like I said before, if last night was any indication, it may be a long season for the Terps.
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