DAYBREAK 5TH QUARTER

John Beck's debut soured in 33-20 loss - Daybreak 5th Quarter

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SEMINOLE BLOWOUT - At 2-5, the Maryland Terrapins now really need some sort of divine intervention to approach bowl eligibility.

The bright side is that Beck didn't throw four interceptions. The bad news is that Washington still lost. (Photo: Associated Press)

The Terps were down 7-0 before they could blink as Florida State cruised to a 41-16 win at Doak Campbell Stadium, a game in which Maryland's quarterback carousel was sent spinning once again.

Just two weeks after replacing Danny O'Brien in a 56-45 loss at home to Clemson, sophomore C.J. Brown took a helmet-to-helmet hit in the 3rd quarter, leading Randy Edsall to reinsert O'Brien to finish the game.

O'Brien did throw a touchdown pass - a 15-yard strike to Marcus Leak with five seconds left - but the story was on the ground for Maryland, as three running backs combined for just 59 net rushing yards.

With five games remaining and only two of them at Byrd Stadium, Maryland must now go 4-1 down the stretch to even entertain thoughts of a trip to the postseason.

Here's a recap and here's what Testudo Times had to say (hint: they don't say much good about it). The Terps return home on Saturday to host Boston College.

HOKIE-HIGH - Speaking of Boston College, there's no other way to put it but that the Virginia Tech Hokies boat raced them in the 2nd half en route to a 30-14 victory in Blacksburg.

The Hokies started slow, though, trailing the Eagles 7-6 in a first half where the offense sputtered mightily. However, Frank Beamer's halftime adjustment, namely getting the ball into the hands of David Wilson on the ground more, sparked a 24-point rally and a victory.

Wilson finished up with 134 rushing yards to move past 1,000 on the season. It was his fifth consecutive game of rushing for more than 120 yards. What more, the Hokies dominating rushing performance garnered them a staggering 5.4 yards per carry.

Here's the recap. Virginia Tech's reward for moving to 7-1 on the season is a trip to Durham, N.C. for a match-up with perennial also-ran Duke.

GLENNON SLINGING - In a Newton's Law kind of game for the Cavaliers, Virginia saw N.C. State quarterback Sean Glennon throw three touchdown passes and their own starter, David Watford, throw three picks as the Wahoos dropped to 4-3 in a 28-14 loss in Charlottesville.

Virginia failed to capitalize on momentum from their upset win over Georgia Tech a week ago from the outset, allowing the Wolfpack to score two touchdowns in a span of 53 seconds in the 1st quarter.

N.C. State extended their lead late in the 3rd quarter when Glennon hooked up with Bryan Underwood for a 79-yard TD strike, then put it away for good in the 4th when David Amerson took a pick six to the house with 6:08 left.

The Daily Progress now wonders aloud if the Cavaliers should go back to Michael Rocco as their quarterback when they take on Miami on Thursday night..

College Huddle

-Remember that Sammy Watkins fellow that torched Maryland for something like 18,000 yards on homecoming in College Park? Well, apparently, no one can stop him. Just ask North Carolina.

-So, this happened in East Lansing on Saturday night.

 

 

The play got reviewed, but as you can plainly see, Keith Nichol just got the tip of the football over the goal line with no time left to give Michigan State a miraculous 37-31 win over Wisconsin.

-In this week's stat that will make your head spin, the Stanford Cardinal became the first team in the history of college football to win 10 straight games by 25 points or more. This week's victim was Washington, who was thrashed to the tune of 65-21.

-Finally, just in case you thought your team had it bad, always remember that, at least, you're not New Mexico.

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