Florida State-Maryland: Scoreless After One Quarter

Chris WhitmoreCorrespondent INovember 22, 2008

Maryland is trying their hand with a Blackout this week.  After the bitter defeat last week to Boston College at their Blackout, the Seminoles are looking for their chance to be a Blackout spoiler and gain one more step towards the ACC Atlantic slot in the ACC Championship game.

When it seemed Florida State’s defense was starting out cold and allowing Maryland to drive to the FSU 28, FSU’s defense stood up after forcing a third-and-12, and Everette Brown sacked Maryland QB Chris Turner.

Like most games this season, FSU’s offense starts out slow with a three and out. The last play was a fumbled snap by Ponder, but he recovered it before Maryland could pick it back up.

The FSU fans who are braving the cold in College Park can be heard clearly on television singing the War Chant.

Maryland’s second series seems to be starting out just like the first with Maryland driving again with two first downs.  Maryland drove down to the FSU 27 before the Seminole defense stepped up again and forced Maryland to try a field goal that was wide right.

FSU’s second series featured a scare when backup quarterback D’Vontrey Richardson came in for a QB hurry and fumbled the ball. However, it was recovered by FSU to gain their first first down of the game. 

Jimbo Fisher is calling a time-eating drive as FSU is seemingly running the ball and eating up as much of the clock as possible. 

One reason is they are trying to keep the FSU defense off the field to give time for Myron Rolle to arrive. He is apparently in a police escort on his way to the game.

After a pass to fullback Marcus Sims, FSU has a first and goal in the Maryland nine yard line for their fifth first down of the drive.

FSU ran the clock out to end the first quarter.  Rolle is expected to show up in the second quarter.