Twenty-four hours after his team's unimpressive 7-3 triumph over visiting Villanova, Terrapin Coach Jerry Claiborne was still complaining about "too many penalties, dropped passes and overthrown passes.
"We had 190 yards in the first half and scored only seven points," said Claiborne, whose team faces Vanderbilt Saturday. "We had more total yards this year than we had last year when we scored 24 points against them. That's very discouraging."
Terp tailback Charlie Wysocki got off to a sizzling start, netting 177 yards on 36 carries and scoring the game's lone touchdown. Mike Tice wasn't particularly sharp, hitting only four of 14 pass attempts, and misfiring badly on a pass intended for his brother John who was open in the end zone. Claiborne refused to blame Maryland's shaky performance on Tice but acknowledged the Terps "still need more consistency at the quarterback position."
"Don't forget, Mike had some passes dropped on him," Claiborne said. "a few catches like that can help a quarterback's confidence. It wasn't Mike's fault by any means."
Claiborne was pleased with the play of his rebuilt offensive line and his defensive unit, which allowed the Wildcats 218 total yards.
Claiborne is concerned with the injuries to defensive guard Marlin Van Horn, who reinjured his right ankle, tight end John Trice, who suffered a hip pointer, and quarterback, Mike Tice, who suffered severe cramps in both calves and had to leave the game briefly. The Tice brothers are expected to play Saturday; Van Horn's status is questionable.
While Maryland is looking for improvement this week, both Navy and Howard are hoping for a good start. The Bison travel to West Virginia State and Navy goes to Charlottesville to meet a much improved Virginia team.
Howard received some good news last week when tailback Greg Banes, the leading rusher in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in '79, was declared eligible. He has returned to practice.
"Greg practiced Friday and he's okay," Howard Coach Floyd Keith said. "Right now, the only questionable player is linebacker Martin Brown, who has a strected ligament in his knee."
Keith said the team will work only on execution and "polishing up techniques."
The Mids have been hit with injuries and Coach George Welsh is keeping his fingers crossed. Offensive tackle Rick Welch (broken hand) and defensive tackle Paul Soares (sprained knee) are probably out this week. It appears Fred Reitzel, a converted safety, will surface ast the no. 1 quarterback. The senior has steadily shown improvement and should start Saturday.
On the national scene, defending champion Alabama awarded Coach Bear Bryant his 297th victory by pounding Georgia Tech, 26-3. Billy Jackson scored the first two times he touched the ball, rushing 15 and five yards for touchdowns to lead the Crimson Tide to its 22nd straight victory. Herschel Walker made a sensational college debut, scoring on 16- and nine-yard runs, to help Georgia rally from a 15-0 deficit and dump Tennessee. Florida State blanked LSU, 16-0; Penn State humiliated Colgate, 54-10;