Brown said Maryland’s strategy was to frequently use read-option plays to try to freeze Syracuse’s defense, which is among the ACC’s best at sacks. But both the quarterback and top Maryland rusher Brandon Ross were neutralized, and Maryland rushed for just 81 yards and allowed three sacks.
Maryland started freshman Moise Larose for the first time at left tackle, replacing usual starter Mike Madaras, who left the program for personal reasons.
“Moses is the best tackle we have so he was out there,” Edsall said.
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Maryland didn’t score until Brad Craddock hit a 23-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 13-3.
Fireworks erupted from the scoreboard after Craddock’s field goal. But the Terps couldn’t hold ACC newcomer Syracuse (5-4, 3-2 ACC) after that.
Facing a third-and-5, Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt evaded pressure and scrambled 29 yards to the Maryland 23. Two plays later, Smith ran 21 yards for a touchdown, making it 20-3 with 10:33 left in the game.
Syracuse opened the game by with a 16-play drive that spanned 7:54, and took a 7-0 lead on Smith’s 1-yard run on fourth down. Ten of the plays in the drive were runs.
It was a deflating way for Maryland to begin the afternoon.
“It gets frustrating when you see things not going the way that you want them to out there,” Edsall said. “You’re trying to make adjustments the whole time. It’s obvious that I’ve got to continue to stress the simple things and doing them right.”