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Maryland may have lost to West Virginia, but they didn't lose my faith

Say what you want about the Terps. Lose faith in Danny O’Brien if you want. Go ahead and trash the best jerseys college football has ever seen. Tell me their secondary can’t handle a high-powered receiving core. You can rant all you want about how bad Maryland looked for the majority of their loss against West Virginia, but I’m sticking by them.

Some might say I’m being a stubborn student who can’t see past the weaknesses because, well, I’m a stubborn student. But before you lose faith in my beloved Terps, let me point a few things out for you.

That secondary people are saying looked like a hungover high school team after prom has snagged an interception in 12 of the last 14 games. The defense that appeared to be confused as to what color jersey they should have been tackling has forced 40 turnovers in the last 15 games. I’m not exactly too concerned that they can play after just one rough half against an excellent West Virginia team. A half which they rebounded from by forcing two punts, snaring a pick, and limiting a drive to just a field goal.  

That Danny O’Brien guy that people lose faith in quicker than Ravens fans lose confidence in Joe Flacco? Yea, he’s ok too. The kid, just a sophomore, has transformed a once boring and stagnant offense into a booming, yard-eating squad that has racked up over 400 yards in six straight games.

The student fans that get bashed every week for being band-wagon fans? Well, they aren’t so bad either. The crowd of 53,627 marked the largest crowd at Byrd since 2005 and the fifth largest in the stadium’s storied history. The sixth largest in stadium history just so happens to be from the week before during Maryland’s convincing win against Miami. Not bad for such an awful fan base.

But the best part is that Maryland showed us all something that we haven’t seen from a Terrapin team since Greivis Vasquez marched the basketball team all the way back from down 16 against North Carolina to win in overtime. They showed us some resilience. They showed us that even when down to a damn good team, nothing is too much to come back from. They didn’t hang their heads like many teams would when being led by a sophomore play caller. No, they played with pride and confidence that leaked from every pore of those black-on-black uniforms they wore so well.

The offense could have laid down after struggling to two picks, two punts, a missed field goal and a turnover on downs in the first half. The defense could have continued to let the Mountaineers plow all over them, scoring on six of nine drives.

But as quickly as the offense could have given up or the defense to wave the white flag or the student section to perform their disappearing act, it all turned around.

All of a sudden O’Brien was locked in. Davin Meggett was gobbling up yards. The defense put their foot down. The Terps were back. Once down by 24 they had the ball in the closing minutes of the game to take the lead.

But it wasn’t to be. And the bashing began.

For as many people as lose faith in the team, that second half should be a reminder for what this season, and the next many seasons to be, is capable of. Stick with them, keep showing up like you have been, and keep that faith strong.


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