Saturday, September 25, 2010
Terps avoid letdown vs. FIU
By ESPN.com staff
Maryland found itself tied with FIU twice this afternoon, but the Terps pulled away in the second half for a convincing 42-28 win over FIU. It was a much better performance offensively than what we saw last week against West Virginia, but then again, that was on the road against a ranked team. This is still FIU.
The Terps got their running game going, though (MUCH needed), and should get a boost of confidence moving forward from this one. Da'Rel Scott ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. It's only a matter of time before the Terps check the scoreboard and see Duke is trailing Army right now, 14-7. Maryland has Duke at home next week.
The bigger question is if Danny O'Brien has displaced Jamarr Robinson as starter. He has certainly outplayed him so far. O'Brien threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Robinson has a sore throwing shoulder, but O'Brien made the most of his opportunity.
This is exactly where Maryland needed to be -- with a 3-1 record against its nonconference opponents -- in order to have a legitimate shot at returning to a bowl game.