Maryland's players and coaches all said they expected a close, hard-fought game against Middle Tennessee State. Well, they got that and then some.
The Blue Raiders invaded College Park and walked away with a victory on the strength of 3 Dwight Dasher touchdowns, four Maryland turnovers, and a last-second field goal, topping the Terps 32-31.
This is a continuation of a poor start to the season for Maryland, who was destroyed by Cal and snuck by JMU by 3 in overtime. This game wasn't any better for UMD, who was plagued by big mistakes and a rather emotionless second half.
The start of the game was encouraging - MTSU garnered only 46 yards in the first quarter, and Maryland took a 7 point lead off a 48 yard Da'Rel Scott TD scamper into the second quarter. And that's when everything went wrong.
The next two quarters saw only two Maryland touchdowns, but four Maryland turnovers, plus a blocked FG. MTSU, on the other hand, put up 23 points in those quarters, and took a two point lead into the final stanza. Maryland would respond with ten points in the fourth quarter, seven from a 63 yard Torrey Smith touchdown pass and three from the foot of Nick Ferrara on a clutch 43 yard FG.
Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough: MTSU scored off of a 40 yard TD pass and a send a 20 yard field goal through the uprights as the clock struck zero, marking the second time in as many seasons Middle Tennessee State upset Maryland.
Torrey Smith was the only positive on the day for Maryland on the day, with two huge touchdowns. He was basically the only reliable threat on offense.
More analysis and grades to come today and tomorrow.