Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
What a whirlwind week it has been for the Maryland football team. Just one week ago the Terps tossed up 700+ yards in a blow out over Illnois, today, well nothing much worthy of noting. So what happened? Was it the distraction of bringing D.J Durkin back, then firing him 24 hours later? Most likely not the issue, but the team did seem a bit unsettled today.
“Our kids are disappointed because they didn’t play their best football,” interim coach Matt Canada said.” And we were still right there. We make that score and its 17-10 with 11 minutes to go, we’re right in the game.”
The biggest note of the day was the absence of any notable offense. Hill just could not find any answers and the running game was not in the equation for Canada today as he said that he had a lot of respect for the Michigan State defense.
After the game some people questioned as to why the players did not want to speak after the game. Canada said they opted not to make them available to the media.
“They’re going to be available to talk on Tuesday,” Canada said. “This is a tough loss. There’s a lot going on, but for us, we just lost a football game. Our players are more than capable of speaking and they will. They’ve had a big week, a challenging week.
“That’s the great thing about this game. We went out there and played football today. Our guys were ready to play. They played very, very hard. Anybody wants to question that, we’ll talk to you. We didn’t win the football game. That’s where they are right now. They’re disappointed they didn’t win a football game.”
There were a lot of good things that happened for the Spartans today, as they are ranked second to last in the Big Ten in rushing offense with just 107.6 yards per game. What happened today? The Spartans run ton the Terps for 269 yards on the ground and 157 yards on two touchdowns capped by a solid performance by Connor Heyward.