Quickie analysis

Some of this will appear in my updated game story, but here it is for you now:

It's one thing for Maryland's blitzing defense to bewilder a freshman quarterback in a win over Clemson.


It's quite another to shut down a poised, senior Wake Forest quarterback who entered Saturday night's game as the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest passer.

Quarterback Riley Skinner made the Terps pay for their gambling defense.


"They threw a lot of screens into the pressure and Skinner is good about seeing the pressure," coach Friedgen said. "They've got a veteran offensive line that gave Skinner enough time to look downfield."

The Demon Deacons surpassed 500 yards in a game for the first time since 2005.

"He (Skinner) is probably the best quarterback we've played," said linebacker Alex Wujciak, who had 11 tackles.

Too often for the Terps, blitzes fell short. Downfield, Maryland defenders were getting faked out, missing tackles or both.

"We're better than this. We know we are," Wujciak said.

Maryland's offense improved in a second half in which Chris Turner had three touchdown pases. Turner finished with 307 passing yards and was credited with 16 runs.

But, after seeming to grow up the past few weeks, the defense is again a concern, particularly with injuries to linebackers Demetrius Hartsfield (hand) and Adrian Moten (thigh contusion).