2009 Maryland Game Analysis: RH Takes Your Questions

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are pretty bad these days for Ralph Friedgen and the Maryland football program.
Youth, inexperience, injuries and a general lack of depth have left Friedgen in
the cross-hairs with the vultures circling in College Park. The Terps are not a
very good team right now. And the Hokies took advantage of all those weaknesses
to put the Terps away by halftime. After three weeks of spotty play, the Hokies
needed to take care of business … and they did. The offense piled up the yards
and put up its most points in four games and the defense held an opponent out of
the end zone for the second week in a row.

To keep things interesting, I decided to take a different approach to the
game analysis this week. I asked the subscribers (you fine folks) for
suggestions on specific topics that you would like to see covered in the
article. There were several good ideas and I’ve tried to include as many as
practical. To round it out, I’ve also included an analysis of a few of the
bigger plays in the game.

Let’s get to it.

Why did the passing game work well against Maryland when it has struggled
most of the season? How were the WR’s and TE’s able to find space when
separation has been an issue?

The defenses that have held the Tech passing game in-check have all had good
cover corners that were especially tough in man coverage. They also had
linebackers and safeties capable of matching-up in the middle of the field on
crossing routes and against the tight ends. The ability in the back seven to
play good man coverage allowed those defenses to use various containment
strategies against Tyrod Taylor – assigning a spy, or using the defensive line
to play containment while bringing blitz pressure up the middle.

For sure, Maryland blitzed a lot as well. They brought pressure from all
sorts of directions, but their players in the back seven were not nearly as