Terrapin Thursday: Saturday’s Matchup With Old Dominion

By John Langley @Langley486

The Terps opened up their season with a decisive victory over the Florida International Panthers, rolling over them 43-10.

The offense opened it up, running wild with quarterback C.J Brown rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Equally impressive was his ability to pass the ball, going 21 for 23 and tossing three touchdown passes and throwing no interceptions.

Overshadowed in this offensive outburst as the defense, who consistently got pressure on the quarterback, and shut down the offense. They forced a ton of three-and-outs, and were dominating all-around.

This week is a new week for the Terps, and with a new week comes new challenges. Old DOminion comes to town boasting a high-octane offense capable of putting up points in a hurry. This offense is tough to defend, no matter who the opponent is, if it is ran the correct way.

The Monarchs of Old Dominion lost their opening contest against the East Carolina Pirates, 52-38. What this game showed is that while the Monarchs can put up a lot of points, they also struggle to stop the opposing offense, in the process of giving up a lot of points.

The Monarchs quarterback is Taylor Heinicke, and he started the season on the right foot. Heinicke went 38 of 51 passing, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed eleven times for 52 yards and a touchdown. The leading receivers for the Monarchs were Larry Pinkard and Blair Roberts. Pinkard caught eight passes for 92 yards while Roberts caught nine passes for 74 yards and two of Heinicke’s touchdown passes.

The Terps will have a test stopping this offense, which will push their secondary and pass rush to the limit. Dexter Mcdougall and the rest of the secondary will have to play tight coverage to stop the Monarchs from marching up and down the field.

With the Pirates putting up 52 points on the Monarchs, it would be surprising if the Terps offense can’t better that output, with all of the weapons they have at their disposal. Receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs had big games last week, and this is likely to be duplicated this week. Even though this type of game isn’t the proverbial “sexy” game, these are the types of games where a team will look to build chemistry and confidence heading into tougher games.

This is also another week for C.J Brown to get his feet under him, as if he didn’t last week. Coming off of a torn ACL last season, Brown had to get back into the flow of things, which didn’t seem to be a problem last week with his impressive performance.

This game may not be a barometer of how good this team can truly be, it is a game where they can build offensively and defensively for the long hall, and while it won’t help their standing as a top program, it helps in other ways. If the Terps can translate good performances against some weaker opponents into success against conference opponents, the Terps will be a dangerous team heading forward.

Look for the Terps to set the tone early and often on Saturday. They should come out firing and looking to put up a lot of points, similar to what they did to the Florida International Panthers.