Notes from the 29-26 loss

This looked like a win. I think the key play was when freshman kicker-punter Nick Ferrara -- who has had a very good season -- couldn't punt the ball out of bounds with the Terps leading and about two minutes left.

Florida State's Greg Reid, the ACC's leading punt returner, took it back 48 yards and the Seminoles were in great position to score the game-winning touchdown.


Having said that, how many backup punters in college football can do it as well as Ferrara (who averaged 43 yards) did Saturday?

Here are some random notes:


*Maryland tried in any way possible – including swing passes and a handoff -- to get the ball to wide receiver Torrey Smith, the school's career leader in all-purpose yards.

Smith had seven catches for 74 yards and three kickoff returns for 62 yards.

But Smith appeared to miss a scoring opportunity.

In the second quarter, Smith took a pass from Jamarr Robinson 37 yards before slipping on a cutback at the Florida State 43 with loads of running room in front of him.

Said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen of the play: "Smith is out in the open and trips and falls."

Friedgen cited another play in which he said Maryland endured bad luck. In the first quarter, Florida State running back Jermaine Thomas bobbled a handoff, recovered it on one bounce and scored to make it 7-0.

Said Friedgen: "They fumble the ball on the goal line and it bounces right up into their hands and they score."

Some more notebook items and an updated game story should be on the site soon.