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Thoughts on Maryland 21, Duke 16

Some interesting patterns are developing in Maryland's football season:

Maryland seems to be outgained almost every game. That's four out of five if you're counting at home. They were outgained 399-294 by Duke. But they won. Again.

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How are they doing it? It's turnovers, partly. Once again the Terps won the turnover battle. No fumbles or interceptions for Maryland. Two turnovers by Duke.

Maryland also overcomes yardage deficiency with clutch play in the red zone. Three times in the first half, Maryland held the Blue Devils to field goals. The Terps also got an end-zone pick by Antwine Perez.

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The Terps entered the game first in the ACC in stopping opponents in the red zone. That seemed to start when they shut down Navy's Ricky Dobbs near the goal line a few times in the season opener.

But it's a dangerous game the Terps are playing -- surrrendering big yardage and then coming up big near the goal line. That's not an easy formula to sustain.

To their credit, the Terps -- worst in the ACC in stopping the other guys on third down -- held Duke to one conversion in their final 12 attempts. Some big hits today by safety Kenny Tate.

Maryland did allow a conversion on a big 4th and 19.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown said the Terps stepped up their blitz pressure in the second half.

Brown looked tired. Not as tired, probably, as running backs coach John Donovan. His wife had a baby today. No kidding. Coaches said the couple should name the girl "Duke."

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