Terps vs Cal Report Card

TSR's Matt Owings breaks down every facet of the Terps in their game against Cal to open the season.

Overall: Maryland definitely did not look their best. In fact, it's pretty obvious that the team that beat Cal last year was not the same team that got pummeled by them this year. With the score 52-13 in favor of the Cal Bears, it's difficult to give Maryland any good marks.

Grade: D

Offense: Not much to speak on when it comes to the Terps' offensive attack. Da'Rel Scott's 39 yard touchdown showed some potential for future progress, but the disappointing offensive line had Chris Turner either on the ground or running frantically about the pocket more times than he would have liked. Turner's 167 yards in the air on 17/30 and Scott's average 6.9 yards a carry does look promising for the future.

Grade: D

Defense: Allowing 52 points even to the No. 12 team in the nation is unacceptable. End of story. Heisman hopeful Jahvid Best ran for two scores in the first quarter alone. Cal averaged 6.6 yards per run. Jahvid Best finished with ten rushes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a 13.7 yards every time he touched the ball. Best had more rushing yards then the Maryland team had net rushing yards (139-136).

Grade: D

Special Teams: Kicker Nick Ferrara, who reportedly had won the starting job just before the game, was perfect on two kicks. Punter Travis Baltz didn't have any amazing punts, but got the job done with keeping Cal to 0 yards on returns. An early kick return fumble for Maryland was disgraceful. Punt returner Torrey Smith was a bright spot on special teams returning eight kickoffs for 187 yards.

Grade: B-

Coaching: The coaching staff should be distressed at the performance the Terps showed in the opener. Penalties killed early, and it seemed that Maryland couldn't recover. Early in the first half with the score still 0-0, the Terps had a third and one from their own 47 and got a delay of game penalty pushing them back five yards and then at third and six they got a holding penalty negating a Chris Turner eight yard run that would have given them a first down. Instead they faced a third and sixteen and the drive stalled and resulted in a punt.

Down 14-0 in first quarter the Terps had the ball on the Cal four yard line third and goal and Turner threw a touchdown pass to the tight end Furstenburg which was negated by an ineligible man downfield. The drive finished in with a 26-yard field goal.

The coaching staff has to come up with a much better scheme for our offensive line. Chris Turner was sacked six times and was forced to flush the pocket countless other times.

Grade: D

Intangibles: Maryland looked a bit sluggish and it showed in the amount of penalties. Could it have been the time difference and lag from the travel?

Grade: C-

Officials: The costly penalties did have a huge impact on the game. From what we saw, most of the calls seemed to be right on. Maryland has to play the game right if they want to win. The crew was not the problem.

Grade: A

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