As bad as Florida State knocked around Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien on Saturday night in a 35-10 win, it was nothing compared to the way he beat himself up after the game when speaking to the media.
"I just didn't do my job," said McBrien, who finished 6-for-18 for 61 yards against the Seminoles. "If I don't play well, we don't play well as an offense. Tonight should have been totally different. ... I've got to play. I can't go on performing like this. I put this all on my shoulders.
"I threw the ball horrible. Latrez [Harrison] was wide open twice down the sidelines, and I missed him. I can't be doing that. I can't be throwing the ball out of bounds when we've got a guy open. That comes with the territory. If you're going to play quarterback at this level, you're going to take a lot [of heat]. Bottom line is, it's on me. I can't accept this performance, and my teammates can't accept this performance from me."
In fairness to McBrien, Maryland couldn't do much of anything against the Seminoles, who haven't allowed an offensive touchdown in two games this season. The Terps rushed for 73 yards, their third-lowest total in three years under coach Ralph Friedgen.
"What's hurting our passing game right now is that people aren't respecting our running game," Friedgen said. "They're just ganging up on our passing game. We've definitely got to improve our running game like we did last year to help Scott out."
Friedgen said he had no plans to take McBrien out of the lineup, and was quick to point out that McBrien started slow last year before finishing as the 12th-rated passer in the country.
"Here's a guy who won 11 games for us last year," Friedgen said. "I have all the confidence in the world in him. I think obviously he's not playing as well as he can play. He's not playing as well as he has been in practice. I think he's frustrated by it, but I don't know the reasons behind why he's playing like he is.
"Last year we simplified the offense and then got the running game going, and I think that's what we're going to have to do again. Once we did that, Scott made a few plays and got his confidence going."
Part of the problem is a lack of consistency on the offensive line. Maryland guard Lamar Bryant hasn't played yet this season and is out at least another week or two with a broken foot. Against the Seminoles, Maryland also lost backup guard Ed Tyler to an elbow injury, which created depth problems in the second half.
Maryland's offensive struggles overshadowed a defensive performance Friedgen called much improved. Despite picking up only seven first downs through three quarters, the Terps trailed only 21-10 until the last play of the third quarter, when the Seminoles scored on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Chris Rix to receiver P.K. Sam.
The biggest reason the game stayed close was linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who intercepted Rix's first pass of the game and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.
"I just read my progressions and I guess Rix didn't see me," said Jackson, a Largo, Fla., native. "I just jumped on it and ended up with six points. In front of all my family, in front of all my friends, it can't happen any better."
NOTES: Friedgen said Bruce Perry's ankle, which he re-injured against the Seminoles, had some swelling but didn't appear to be as serious as before. ... Dennard Wilson had to leave the game with numbness in his shoulder in the third quarter, but Friedgen said he should be fine this week. ... Steve Suter, who missed Maryland's first game with a hamstring injury, played 15 plays on offense and was about 90 percent healthy, Friedgen said.
Next for Terps
Matchup:The Citadel (1-1) vs. Maryland (0-2)
Site:Byrd Stadium, College Park
When:Saturday, 6 p.m.
Radio:WNST (1570 AM), WBAL (1090 AM) in progress after 4:05 p.m Orioles-Blue Jays game