July 15, 2020

Maryland Football: Terps hang with Wisconsin but come up short

Caleb Rowe hooked up with Levern Jacobs for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 2:39 left to pull Maryland within a touchdown of Wisconsin. The Terps recovered the onside kick but was called offside, and the resulting re-kick attempt was recovered by the Badgers, who proceeded to run off the rest of the clock to preserve a 31-24 win on Saturday at College Park.

It’s Maryland’s sixth loss in a row, three under interim coach Mike Locksley.

Rowe was the third player Maryland used under center on the day, following starter Perry Hills and Shane Cockerille. Rowe finished 7 of 18 for 97 yards and led the Terps on their most proficient drive of the day late in the fourth quarter.

Hills was 6 of 16 for 107 yards, with a touchdown pass and an interception. He rushed for minus-14 yards on 11 attempts, which included four sacks. William Likely led the Terps in rushing with 56 yards — on just three carries. Wes Brown had 34 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown.

In the first quarter, with Wisconsin pinned deep in its own territory, a short punt gave Maryland possession at the Badgers’ 32. Four plays — and a pass interference penalty — later, Wes Brown punched it in from the 7 to put the Terps up 7-0.

Befitting the team’s up-and-down season though, the Terps good fortune was matched with a tough break, as Natrell Jamerson returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards to tie the game up.

Maryland’s next series was a mere five plays, and the resulting punt put Wisconsin on its own 13. The Terps forced a fourth-and 1 at the 22, but Joe Schobert busted a 57-yard romp on a fake punt, and Dare Ogunbowale took the next play 21 yards for a score, and a 14-7 Wisconsin lead.

The Terps (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) answered with a long drive — highlighted by William Likely’s 43-yard run — that resulted in an Adam Greene 44-yard field goal. Greene was subbing for Brad Craddock, who appeared to come up lame on the kick return for touchdown.

After the kickoff and second-and 7, Joel Stave’s pass was picked off by Jalen Brooks and Maryland took over at the Badgers’ 28. But three straight incomplete passes led to a 46-yard field goal attempt, and Greene was wide right.

Maryland forced a punt and got the ball back at its 24, but an unsportsmanlike penalty on Brown pushed them back to the 12, then on third-and-22 Perry Hills‘ pass — an  illegal one, at that — was intercepted and Wisconsin took over at the Terps’ 12. But the Badgers couldn’t get anything going and settled for Rafael Gaglianone’s 28-yard field goal.

Terrapins interim head coach Mike Locksley turned to Shane Cockerille at quarterback after Hills’ ill-advised improvisation, and the backup provided a little spark, moving the ball into Wisconsin territory, But the drive stalled at the Wisconsin 37 after a false start penalty on fourth-and-6.

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) suffered another short punt from deep inits own territory and Maryland took over at the Badgers’ 33. Hills came back in and after a sack, hit D.J. Moore for a 40-yard touchdown pass and a 17-all tie at the half.

The teams traded punts at the start of the second half, but Wisconsin finally got something going on offense, marching eight plays over 69 yards, culminating in Alec Ingold’s 1-yard plunge and the Badgers led 24-17 with 5:17 left in the third.

After another Maryland punt, Stave connected with Alex Erickson for consecutive long completions, of 16- and 30-yards, to get Wisconsin back into the red zone. On second-and-12 from the 16, Stave tossed to Ogunbowale for 3 yards, but Yannick Ngakoue was called for roughing the passing, giving Wisconsin a first down. On the next play, Stave found Ogunbowale again, this time for a 6-yard touchdown.

Stave was 15 of 24 for 188 yards with a touchdown and interception. Wisconsin was without starting running back Corey Clement, who missed the game with lingering soreness from hernia surgery. He played last week against Rutgers, and rushed for three touchdowns, after missing seven games.

Maryland’s offense became non-existent at that point. Its next two drives were three-and-outs, then had a drive end as Caleb Rowe tossed an interception — McEvoy’s second of the day.

The Badgers couldn’t capitalize, though, as Gaglianone missed a 42-yard field goal.

On the next series, Rowe connected with Moore for 11 yards, Levern Jacobs for 21, and DeAndre Lane for 16 yards to set up a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jacobs, pulling the Terps to within a touchdown at 31-24. The nine-play, 76-yard drive was Maryland’s most competent offensive production of the day.

Maryland ran an onside kick and recovered, but a player on the opposite side of the kick — completely uninvolved with the play — was called offside. On the ensuing re-kick, Wisconsin recovered. The Terps forced fourth-and-1 with form the MD 35 with 54 seconds left and called timeout.

But Stave ran a sneak, barely picking up enough for the first and Wisconsin ran out what little was left on the clock.

NEXT GAME: Saturday, Nov. 14 at Michigan State, time TBD.

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


  1. […] week and another game where Maryland has failed to put it together. The Terps actually made things fairly interesting against the Wisconsin Badgers by covering the spread and hanging 24 points against the then #1 scoring defense in the country. […]

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