Maryland traveled to Tallahassee on Saturday with the hopes of pulling off the upset and beating Florida State on the road for the first time ever. Those hopes were dashed rather quickly and completely, as the Seminoles thrashed the Terrapins 63-0 Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapin defense started out relatively strong, holding Florida State to just one touchdown in the first quarter and two in the second. But once Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown went down with an injury, the entire team fell apart. The Seminoles scored three touchdowns in each of the last two quarters, as Jameis Winston threw for 393 yards and five scores in the victory.
Tomahawk Nation's Yates Boykin was impressed with the Seminoles' defense in the shutout win:
With its spread, fast-paced, read-option offense, Maryland certainly tested Florida State's defensive discipline. The 'Noles responded well, not giving up any huge plays. In fact, the defense allowed only 234 yards on 57 plays, good for an average of 4.1 yards per play. Before starting quarterback C.J. Brown left the game with an injury, FSU held Maryland to 90 yards on 23 plays. All that to say the defense held its own the whole game. But perhaps the most impressive defensive stat: Florida State locked down the Maryland rushing attack, holding it to 33 yards on 25 attempts.
Testudo Times's Pete Volk was dismayed after the loss, and pointed to the Terrapins' dismal performance on defense, especially in pass coverage:
Maryland's offense obviously struggled, but the defense may have been the bigger let down. The Terps entered the game as one of the top units in the country statistically, but showed a consistent inability to either tackle or cover, giving up bulks of yardage to Florida State, especially on third down. In particular, the Terps' secondary depth without Jeremiah Johnson and Dexter McDougle was exposed, as Isaac Goins and A.J. Hendywere both repeatedly beat by FSU defenders.