Sunday, September 09, 2007

Maryland 26, Florida International 10

I didn't see the game thanks to our regional Comcast Sports Net showing the Texas game. ESPN 360 had the game but it is not available to Comcast high speed internet customers in the DC area. So I missed this game and as ugly as it sounded on the radio perhaps it's a good thing.

West Virginia, the number three team in the nation comes to College Park on Thursday night. Then the Terps travel the next two weeks to face ACC Champion Wake Forest and nationally ranked Rutgers. Because of this, Maryland had treated their first two games against Villanova and Florida International like an NFL team treats pre-season games. Be conservative and don't reveal too much for the opposition to study on game film.

For the Terps though, their starters did not have a half off last night. They got up 16-0 first quarter lead thanks to a safety and two Keon Lattimore TD's. After that, the offense struggled. The Terps got a scare when Florida International cut the lead to 16-10 with fourteen minutes left in the game. It was 19-10 Terps late in the game when Lance Ball had a 1-yard scoring run with 53 seconds left to end the game. A win is a win and Maryland is 2-0 for the fourth time in Coach Ralph Friedgen's seven years.

It would have been nice to cruise to a 59-0 win over this team like Penn State did last week and have the starters sit and rest for West Virginia. It didn't happen and the Terps players, coaches and fans should take the win, file it and forget about it.

The replay of this is on Tuesday night but I think I will pass and concentrate all my energy for West Virginia Thursday night.

Game Notes

Washington Post recap

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