Saturday, September 20, 2008

Maryland 51, Eastern Michigan 24

Today the Terps ended the non-conference part of their schedule and enjoyed themselves on their way to a 51-24 victory. They ran gadget plays, they got backup quarterback Josh Portis more involved in the offense and he responded by rushing for 98 yards and scoring his first touchdown. They blocked their first punt since 2006. When the game was over, some players leaped into the student section to celebrate.

The Maryland Defense gave up 453 total yards, including 282 passing yards. Despite missing three starters (Terrell Skinner, Nolan Carroll and Richard Taylor), EMU was able to move the ball effectively and that has to be of concern to the Terps, who begin their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next week at Clemson.

Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had another fine game, rushing for 81 yards on end-arounds of 46 and 35 yards. He also caught a 32 yard scoring pass from Chris Turner (2 TD passes) that put the Terps up 24-7 in the second quarter.

The coolest play of the game occurred midway through the fourth quarter. Maryland was ahead 37-24 and Heyward-Bey took a handoff and lateraled to wide receiver Danny Oquendo. Oquendo launched a 43-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Isaiah Williams.

Overall a great day in College Park for the 3-1 Terps but a tough test is ahead at Clemson next Saturday at noon and the following week at Virginia.

The Good: Kicker Obi Egekeze finally made a field goal, going 3 for 3 today.
Special teams blocked a punt for the first time since 2006 (Josh Wilson against William and Mary). Running Back Morgan Green has his first two career touchdowns.

The Bad: EMU had three touchdown drives of 80 yards.

The Ugly: The Terps had so much fun after the Oquendo touchdown pass that they were penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration. Come on refs, lighten up. Let the kids have some fun.

Postgame quotes

The Post's Eric Prisbell's recap

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