"We came out flat," Smith said. "It was a little on us. They weren't doing anything special. We just came out flat, made it a game."
Two of the team's leaders - Goode and Julian Miller - expounded.
"In the second half, [Maryland] made some adjustments," Goode said. "We have a lot of stuff to still work on. They came out and ran the football like they weren't doing in the first half.
"It wasn't like we came out lackadaisical or anything. They just kept getting us on certain things. We adjusted to it late. That [tailback Davin] Meggett, he was making cuts, doing all the right stuff to get through blocks and the line of scrimmage. That's something we need to work on as a defense."
Meggett had 39 rushing yards in the first half and finished with 113.
"Honestly, as a team, we got a little complacent," Miller said. "That's something we can't do, looking on down the road. The offense was hitting on all cylinders. Defensively, we were playing well in the first half.
"We came out with the same mindset [in the second half], we just weren't making the same plays."
Miller pointed inward.
"It wasn't really that they were doing anything different," said the defensive lineman. "They were just going to things they saw working in the first half. They went to those schemes and plays more often."
He went back to the topic of rush defense.
"We as a defense need to buckle down, because we're a run-first, pass-second defense," Miller said. "We need to remember that and stop the run better. We got complacent. We didn't figure they would come out and run the ball in the second half. But they did, and had success. That's something we have to work on."
There were 167 plays between the teams Saturday. The tempo was up.
"We responded to it," Goode said. "It really wasn't about us getting tired. We watched them on film do that to Miami. We prepared for it all week in practice. Our offense is one of the best and we practice against it. So it wasn't too bad."
"What's funny is since I've been here, we've had different offenses," Miller said. "But playing out there today, for the most part, it was like playing against our offense. Tempo got us to some degree, but it was mostly the run."
Now it's on to the LSU game.
"This is the biggest week of the season," Goode said. "LSU is one of the biggest opponents we'll have played since I've been here. We have a lot of work to do on offense, defense and special teams to get ready for them."