Brandon Ross rushed for a career-high 150 yards and a touchdown to lead Maryland over Richmond 50-21 in the opener for both teams on Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
Ross wasn’t the only Terp to have a big day. Punt returner William Likely set a Big Ten record with 233 return yards, including a 67-yard touchdown.
Perry Hills was 12 of 21 for 138 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, completing passes to eight different receivers. Ty Johnson ran for 83 yards and a score, and Wes Brown added 74 yards rushing and a TD as Richmond’s defense had trouble slowing down Maryland, let alone stopping them.
Maryland jumped out quickly, with a Brad Craddock 34-yard field goal and Hills’ 23-yard touchdown pass to Levern Jacobs giving the Terps a 10-0 lead midway through the first.
Richmond took the ensuing possession 75 yards in 10 plays, culminating with Jacobi Green’s 1-yard plunge to make it 10-7. Maryland answered with another field goal, then Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta found Brian Brown for 52 yards to set himself up for a 4-yard TD run to cut Maryland’s lead to one point.
But the Terps came back with a 12-play, 63-yard drive for their third field goal of the half, then turned a Lively 27-yard return into Hills’ 37-yard scoring strike to Malcolm Culmer to lead 22-14 at the break.
Maryland completely shut down Richmond in the second half while scoring almost at will. Ross scored on a 21-yard carry in the third, then Brown plunged from the 1 early in the fourth. Likely busted loose for a 67-yard return for a score and Johnson added a 2-yard TD with 6:26 to cap Maryland’s scoring.
Richmond used a 6-play, 75-yard drive late to tack on a Seth Fisher 16-yard scamper for the final score.
The Terps host Bowling Green at Byrd Stadium next Saturday at noon.