10 Things I Learned From Maryland

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Al Groh’s team has rallied to win three straight games.

Beating Maryland generally just puts me in a good mood. I am going to get no grief from Terp fans during the next week, I am going to see happy Hoos walking around, and I have a year before I have to worry about that changing in the context of the football rivalry.

Given that, it should come as no surprise that I love breaking down a win over Maryland. Love it. Would do 20 Things if allowed (and my wife is leaning over my shoulder right now saying, “You are not allowed”). So we will stick to 10 Things this week … but we will enjoy them.

1. Three In A Row. A winning streak is nice. A winning streak that includes a win over Maryland … on the road … I am not going to say it is priceless but it is pretty darn good.

I realize that Maryland is not very good this year. I realize that Maryland was beat up going into this game. I realize that if we are any kind of halfway decent team, we are supposed to take advantage of an opportunity like this one and pick up a road win. I get those things. But with the Hoos still establishing who they are this year, and with the rain falling, was anything easy to predict on Saturday? Or this season, for that matter? After all, you are supposed to beat a FCS team, and you are supposed to win with a double-digit lead in the second half, and … without dwelling on the point too long, you cannot count on anything this year. So going into Maryland and dealing with the opponent and the weather and the injuries should not be overlooked lightly. The win was a good one.

In a way, in addition to overcoming the opponent and the weather and the injuries, the Hoos also had to overcome the numbers to win. After all, Maryland had more first downs, more rushing yards, more passing yards, more offensive plays, more yards gained per play, and so on. But turnovers remain the king of all stats, and the defense was able to come away with a four-to-one advantage in that category. So for today, it certainly is worth taking some time to focus on the defense …

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