Terps Blow 25 Point Lead, Lose To Rutgers As Ralph Friedgen Has His Vengeance

Sports and Bets — November 30, 2014 at 7:39 am by

What the hell? As Terps’ fans, it’s almost like we just can’t have anything nice. Maryland, just one home win away from an eight win season, blew a 25 point lead at home against Rutgers to lose 41-38 .  The comeback was the largest in Rutgers history, and it was a gross reminder of the overall ineptitude that has surrounded the Maryland football program since Randy Edsall was hired in 2011.  Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said he wanted to take the football program from, “good to great,'” when he fired Coach Ralph Friedgen and hired Edsall away from UCONN.  So far we haven’t even gotten back to good.

Meanwhile, Ralph Friedgen must feel some satisfaction this morning as Rutgers’ offensive coordinator.  I was never a, “Friedgen must go,” guy, but I wasn’t crying in my coffee when they fired him.  But I also though that the University and A.D. Kevin Anderson handled the firing horribly, and one can’t help but feel that this game was the karma train making a stop back into Kevin Anderson’ office.

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After staking a 35-10 lead in the first half Maryland fell apart at the seams on both offense and defense and special teams.  It was a collapse of Roman Empire proportions and everyone in Red, Black, and Yellow deserves blame.  Rutgers cut into the lead just before the half to make in 35-17.  After the break, it was all Scarlet Knights.  Rutgers would outscore the Terps 24-3 in the second half, and Maryland couldn’t even capitalize on a Rutgers blunder near the end of the fourth quarter.  After Terp kicker Brad Craddock missed a 54 yard filed goal that would have tied the game, Rutgers running back Robert Martin fumbled and Maryland recovered on the Scarlet Knight 45.  Maryland would gain only nine yards in the ensuing drive, getting stuffed on a fourth and one rush attempt at the 36 yard line.  (Coach Edsall went for it instead of calling for Craddock to attempt a 53 yarder to tie. 53 is in Craddock’s range.)  It was a pathetic ending for the Terps.  They couldn’t gain one yard at home with a quality bowl on the line.  It just seems so Edsall these days.

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Edsall has had a lot of hard luck.  There have been a ton of injuries to key players during his tenure, including a 2012 season that saw a scout team linebacker start at the quarterback position, but excuses wear thin quickly and Edsall is running out of them.  In his fourth year, a 7-5 record and another trip to the Whatever Bowl just isn’t cutting it anymore.  And let’s face it, Maryland is a long way from being great, the big programs of the Big 10 demolished the Terps this season.

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Edsall won’t be going anywhere, he’s got two years left on a hefty $2 million/per year contract.  I want him to succeed. With the new practice facility in the works and with Big 10 and Under Armour money coming in, things are looking up. I’m just sick of lame football.  If Edsall isn’t the guy to bring us great, then we need to find the guy who will.

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