November 20, 2017

Maryland Football: Terps get off on the good foot with big win over Richmond

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.

 

 

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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