Foster Farms Bowl Preview: Terps Looking to Be a Champion at Season’s End


The Maryland Terrapins have had a good season in their first year in the Big Ten with a record of 7-5 overall and 4-4 in Big Ten play. That Big Ten record isn’t bad considering what the majority of people thought would happen to the Terps, as they’re in a conference with traditional powerhouses like Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan.

The good news for the Terps is they beat two out of those four teams in addition to Iowa and Indiana. They did pretty well for themselves. Although they lost their last game to Rutgers by letting them come back, in the Foster Farm’s Bowl against the Stanford Cardinals (7-5 overall, 5-4 Pac-12) tonight at 10 pm on ESPN, they have the opportunity to redeem themselves. It will a great opportunity for the seniors on that team to go out with a bang. After all of their hard work, they definitely deserve it.

Junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be back for the Terps which is huge for them. Having him back and making plays is going to be a welcome sight to the Terps offense, and with Deon Long and others helping out, the Terps should be able to keep the Cardinals on their toes.

The Cardinals will be without senior wide receiver Ty Montgomery due to a shoulder injury, a big play threat in his own right. They will have senior running back Remound Wright, (552 rushing yards, eight touchdowns), senior wide receiver Devon Cajuste (510 receiving yards, four touchdowns) and the man under center, senior quarterback Kevin Hogan (2603 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions) to fall back on.

Those are players I would say  the Terps need to watch for and contain. A big goal for Maryland should be to make Stanford one-dimensional.

Offensively, they need to be balanced with the run and pass game. Starting with run first will leave open opportunities for play action pass plays and spread Stanford’s defense wide open. It’s important that they can get first downs early and often to set the tempo for the game against the second ranked scoring offense in the FBS.