Time to wash the dishes on the 2015 season.  Yes, there will be dessert (Army-Navy, the Mids’ bowl game and wherever Virginia Tech goes).  Despite how filled one gets on Thanksgiving weekend from football, one eventually has to clean up.  

 

Maryland (3-9, 1-7 Big Ten) snapped an 8 game losing streak by rallying past Rutgers 46-41.  Just like last year the road team came back from 18 points down at halftime.  Just like last year the vibe of the season was changed on the last day of the regular season.  It was almost as though the mojo Maryland lost in 2014’s collapse to the Scarlet Knights was regained this past weekend.  Nice to see the seniors go out with a win.  Nicer to see the program avoid what would have been a third 10-loss season in seven years.  Terrapin Triumphs- Brandon Ross goes out with a bang as his 80-yard go-ahead TD gives him 173 for the day…and 423 for his last two games.  The defense holds the Scarlet Knights to 3-11 on third down and the team commits just three penalties on the day.  Terrapin Troubles- the soft secondary was exposed multiple times in the first half.  The passing game had issues before finding its rhythm.  And a coaching search has many on the edge of their seats…wondering which direction the school will take.  Next- who coaches this team?  And what role does master recruiter Mike Locksley have, if any?

 

Virginia (4-8, 3-5 ACC) finishes another disappointing season with a 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech.  That’s 12 straight losses to the Hokies.  That means if you’re a 4th year student in Charlottesville (they eschew the term “senior” because you are always learning at UVa), you not only have never seen the Cavs beat the Hokies but nobody you attended UVa with did either.  In fact, if one presumes one gets through Virginia in four years–no current fourth year student went to school with anyone who went to school with anyone who saw Virginia beat Virginia Tech.  Cavalier Congrats- Albert Reid leads the ground game with 103 yards and a touchdown.  The defense holds the Hokies to under 100 yards rushing, 3-14 on third down and sacks Michael Brewer 3 times.  Cavalier Concerns- up 20-13 the defense allowed 131 yards and 10 points on 17 plays from scrimmage, coughing up the lead for good.  The passing game that was consistently uneven never found itself.  And another losing season is punctuated by another loss to that team from Blacksburg.  Next- Mike London’s departure has this program at the crossroads…and after going to the NFL (Al Groh) and FCS (London) for their previous two hires, one wonders which direction they’ll head in.

 

Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) salvaged coach Frank Beamer’s final season in Blacksburg by beating Virginia 23-20 on a last-minute field goal.  Even though there were leaks as to the direction of the program, Monday’s press conference reassures the faithful of a smooth transition into the Justin Fuente era.  Hokie Highlights- Isaiah Ford scorches the UVa secondary to the tune of 6 catches, 121 yards and a touchdown.  Chuck Clark notches 12 tackles and an interception.  Joey Slye outkicks the Cavaliers Ian Frye by drilling field goals from 41, 44 and 48 yards out. BEAMER BALL! Hokie Humblings- the offensive line allowed three sacks while the running game gained less than 3 yards per carry.  They reached the red zone just once?  Next- bowl bound…with Coach Beamer getting his justified victory lap and Coach Fuente having a chance to evaluate the current squad while making headway on the recruiting front.

 

Navy (9-2, 7-1 AAC) saw its New Year’s Day Bowl hopes dashed with a 52-31 loss at Houston.  No AAC title tilt in Annapolis…as their next game will still be local but much later in December.  Midshipmen Medals- Keenan Reynolds throws for 312 yards and a touchdown while adding 84 yards rushing and a score.  Brendon Clements leads the defense with 9 tackles and Will Anthony tallies a sack.  Midshipmen Miscues- the offense converts just 4 of 11 third down attempts, while the defense gets gashed for 555 total yards as the Cougars move the chains on 16 of 19 third downs.  Next- the annual Army-Navy game looms December 12th.  For the record, the Mids’ dominance in the series as of late is even more pronounced than Virginia Tech’s over Virginia.

 

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