Maryland Football: SMU Takeaways

Maryland’s 34-27 win over SMU was a better win than most might think.

The Mustangs are a long way from their Pony Express days but head coach, Rhett Lashlee, has the program moving in the right direction.

“I promise you at the end of the year, SMU will be one of the teams that will be really highly thought of,” said, Maryland head coach Mike Locksley.

The Terps (3-0) erased a seven point deficit with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Hemby’s running game
How good has Roman Hemby been? The redshirt running back had his heaviest workload on Saturday with 16 carries. He rewarded the Terps offense with 151 yards on the grounds and another 62 via receiving. On the game tying touchdown in the fourth quarter, Hemby had 53 (14 via pass reception) of the 68 yards in that drive.

Penalties
Where do we start with this? It’s an issue that can’t continue into the Big Ten schedule.

The Terps finished the night with 15 penalties for 141 yards. “Those are selfish penalties. When you get a penalty for throwing the ball in a guy’s face.”

Five penalties gave SMU a first down.

“We got to show maturity. We got show the discipline it takes to walk away and play within the next play so we don’t get dumb penalties, selfish penalties.”

Defense
A lot of the defense’s numbers don’t look good outside of the three forced three turnovers that led to 14 points. But Locksley was pleased what the unit did when they needed to. “When we needed to make stops, we made stops.”

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