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Football in DC: From College to the NFL

Football

A look at what this week hold for the Washington Football Team, Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers

November 02, 2020
SOURCE: BRAD MILLS/USA TODAY SPORTS
SOURCE: BRAD MILLS/USA TODAY SPORTS

The GIST: In college football, the Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers delivered thrillers over Halloweekend. Meanwhile in the NFL, although the Washington Football Team (WFT) had a bye week, the team still brought the drama.

Friday night lights: On Friday, the Terps rebounded from a dreadful season-opener loss with a stunning 45–44 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Maryland overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit, thanks to Minnesota missing the extra point conversion that would have forced double overtime.

  • QB Taulia Tagovailoa (yes, Tua’s little brother) showed off his versatility in rushing and passing, including what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown. Storm the field!

Break the rock: Not to be outdone, Virginia snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday with a 44–41 upset over rival No. 15 North Carolina. The Hoos boldly executed a fake punt to secure the win in the South’s Oldest Rivalry. Cheeky.

In or out: Over in the pros, WFT defensive end Ryan Kerrigan reportedly requested a trade due to decreased playing time. Drama. But rumor has it, the WFT wants to keep the franchise sack leader in part for his veteran leadership. We’ll see what the trade deadline brings.

  • Someone who we thought was definitely out for the WFT in Week 9 was linebacker Jon Bostic. Following his dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton last week, Bostic was not suspended and only fined $12,000. SMH. Bostic doesn’t have a history of dirty play, but this seems like a light punishment.