Maryland football vs. Georgia Tech: Terps trail, 20-0, at halftime

November 3, 2012

An unwinnable situation for the Maryland football team keeps getting worse.

The Terps trail Georgia Tech, 20-0, at halftime. Maryland has been unable to generate any semblance of offense, even with an early shift to the “Wildcrab” formation with running back Wes Brown taking snaps in the shotgun.

But Coach Randy Edsall’s team, forced to convert freshman Shawn Petty from linebacker to quarterback after its previous four starters each suffered season-ending injuries, simply can’t catch a break. Petty was taken to the locker room with an apparent wrist injury, but returned as the half wound down.

Linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, the team’s leading tackler, got his leg twisted on Georgia Tech’s failed fourth-down conversion attempt late in the second quarter, and had to be helped into Gossett Team House. 

And so the Terps, beleaguered by injuries, mustered just 61 yards of offense (60 of them on the ground) against a previously reeling Yellow Jackets team, who turned short fields — first from a Petty fumble and then from a shanked Nathan Renfro punt — into touchdowns.  Maryland, on the other hand, didn’t record a first down until a running-into-the-punter penalty in the second quarter, picking up another before an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Stefon Diggs backed them into a third-and-25 situation.

The Terps drove into Georgia Tech territory with less than a minute left, aided by four straight Brown rushes, but stalled as the clock ticked down and errant Petty passes sailed high, fluttering through the air, powered by the arm of a quarterback who began the season as Maryland’s scout team linebacker. 

Georgai Tech senior A-Back Orwin Smith led all rushers with seven carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, while true freshman quarterback Vad Lee carried six times for 36 yards and a score, sharing time with Tevin Washington, who also punched in a one-yard touchdown for Georgia Tech’s first score of the afternoon. 

Brown currently leads all Maryland rushers with nine carries for 38 yards. Only Diggs (one reception for one yard) has caught a pass. 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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Alex Prewitt · November 3, 2012