Injuries bite Maryland in loss to Wake Forest

Injuries bite Maryland in loss to Wake Forest
October 19, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Terps lose two key players

(Associated Press)

Final: Wake Forest 34, Maryland 10

Maryland will be feeling the effects of Saturday’s 34-10 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem for longer than just the next few days.

Beyond the letdown of the final score, leading receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs both were carted off the field with what appeared to be lower leg injuries.

After the game, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall announced that Long had broken his tibia and his fibula, while Diggs had broken his fibula in the loss.

Both will require surgery, Long on Saturday night and Diggs later in the week, Edsall said, which opens up the possibility of the two missing the remainder of the season.

"It's unfortunate. I feel bad for both those guys. We got to make sure we move forward," Edsall said after the game.

"What has to happen is we have to have guys step up and guys go out there and play with the kind of intensity that you have to play with for 60 minutes. We didn't get that today."

News of the injuries comes in the season following a string of unfortunate and unlikely medical issues at quarterback that ultimately forced a freshman linebacker to start under center to finish the season.

Maryland has also struggled to contain injuries on the defensive side of the ball, with cornerback Dexter McDougle and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil out for the season, as well as Jeremiah Johnson, Matt Robinson, and L.A. Goree all working through setbacks.

More on the situation with Diggs and Long is below.

The Terrapins out-gained the Demon Deacons in total yardage, 383-284, but turned the ball over three times in the loss.

The Nikita Whitlock-led Demon Deacon defense rendered Maryland’s offensive attack mostly ineffective when it mattered, at least ineffective enough to force short drives and win the field position game early.

Through the first half, Wake Forest’s average scoring drive started at Maryland’s 36-yard line. Just as was the case against Florida State in its 63-0 blowout loss, there was only so much the defense could do.

Shortly after the break, quarterback C.J. Brown was replaced by Caleb Rowe at quarterback, who provided a spark with a 56-yard touchdown to Levern Jacobs. But that momentum soon fizzled out as Wake Forest came back and scored a touchdown on the following drive to take control of the game.

Key moment: It’s injuries, injuries, and more crucial injuries for Maryland.

Early in the second quarter, Long (mentioned above) was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious lower leg injury.

The injury happened as Long was on far left side of the field, blocking for running back Brandon Ross as he tried to bounce the ball to the outside.

As Ross was being tackled, Wake Forest linebacker Teddy Matthews rolled up into the back of Long’s leg, trapping it underneath him as he crumpled to the ground.

Long writhed around in pain as he was attended to by trainers who put a brace on the leg. He was carted off the field and, according to reports, was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

Before that point, Long had caught four passes for 43 yards and it had appeared that he and fellow receiver Stefon Diggs were finally getting into a rhythm after a slow start.

Diggs was injured later in the game as well. After catching a pass for a first down on a crossing route, a Wake Forest defender rolled over his ankle while bringing him down.

He was brought to the bench and eventually to the locker room for further evaluation.

Terps Offensive Player of the Game: Levern Jacobs, wide receiver (3 receptions, 80 yards)

Terps Defensive Player of the Game: Marcus Whitfield, linebacker (3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks)

Next Up: Maryland returns home to Byrd Stadium to take on No. 3 Clemson next Saturday.

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