August 17, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps lose in blowout second half to Bowling Green


After handily defeating the Richmond Spiders last weekend, the Terps were set to face off against the spread up-tempo offense that Bowling Green brought to College Park. Although it was previewed that Maryland would have an easy time running and returning the ball, the defense had their hands full. After a slow start because of the dreary weather, the shootout was on but it resulted in a Maryland defeat 41-27.

The Terps got off to a decent start against the fast paced Bowling Green team thanks to some incompetence from Falcons kicker Tyler Tate, who missed two chip-shot field goals. Then the excitement started for Maryland when William Likely picked up right where things left off last week with a 85-yard punt return touchdown. The Terps defense would hold strong throughout the first half, partly assisted by the drizzling rain, and give the team a 13-6 halftime lead.

After a suspension of the game with nearby thunderstorms that lasted 55 minutes during halftime, everything went to hell for the Terps. Maryland was outscored after intermission 42-14 behind a strong showing from Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson, who was rested at the end of the game after finishing with 491 yards and six touchdowns.

The game was lost when Likely muffed a punt midway through the third quarter that allowed Bowling Green to tie the game at 20 before never looking back. Sean Davis was victimized throughout the game today when being matched up with Roger Lewis who finished the game with 15 receptions for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Davis was also responsible for Gehrig Dieter’s lone reception for a touchdowns once the game was already out of hand.

Four turnovers (two from backup QB Caleb Rowe after replacing the inaccurate Perry Hills) also doomed the Terps. That, and the lack of the same running attack experienced last week, meant that the Terps had no chance in keeping their defensive secondary in the game. Excluding rushing from Hills, the Terps running backs averaged a mere 3.7 yards per carry. 63 yards on the ground in a run-first offense tells you right away the day was unsuccessful. The “lightning and thunder” combo of Brandon Ross and Wes Brown were not apparent with their nicknamed weather phenomena close by.

After showing much promise for the season last week, the Terps are honestly behind the down-and-distance for even making a bowl game this year. If they do not figure out their quarterback position before Big Ten play, whether it be Hills, Rowe, or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman, the wait until basketball season will be unbearable.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.


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