M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D, Maryland will win!
And that they did this past Saturday in Blacksburg, Virginia for the first time since 1949. The win gave the Terps bowl eligibility and damaged Virginia Tech’s hopes of playing in the ACC Championship game.
Maryland (6-4, 2-4) found a way to win against Virginia Tech (7-4, 4-3) behind the leadership of quarterback C.J. Brown. Brown needed to be the play-maker in this game and he did just that.
In our preview, we noted the comments C.J. made leading up to this game about how he takes the blame for Maryland’s lackluster play since starting the season 4-0. Vowing to step us his game, the quarterback put 18 points on the board with one passing touchdown and two on the ground, including the game winner.
Maryland’s defense played well early while the offense built a 21-7 early in the third quarter. But, Logan Thomas and the Hokies made the comeback and tied things up to take the game into overtime. The Terps defense held Virginia Tech to a field goal and then let C.J. Brown put the icing on top of an already great game for him.
Nigel King and William Likely are two names you should get to know. Both of them had touchdowns and stepped up in place of injured Stefon Diggs and and Deon Long. Likely took home ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance on Saturday.
Just because the Terps got to six wins does not mean they will be going bowling for certain. C.J. Brown must continue to be a play-maker these last two games in order for Maryland to have a chance in adding more checks to the win column.
This win shows us that the Terps have not given up despite the many hardships they have faced. It gives Maryland fans everywhere some hope for the last two games of the season and into next year. Coach Edsall said it best about this win,
“We’re so proud of these young men. They had a resolve this week that they wanted to change things around. All credit goes to the players for getting it fixed and playing their hearts out with everybody contributing and everybody doing their job to help each other. It’s a beautiful win for us. All the credit goes to the players. Our coaching staff and everybody involved with the University of Maryland couldn’t be happier with what they accomplished today.”