December 9, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps start out fast before embarrassing themselves against Hoosiers on Senior Day

On Senior Day in College Park, the Maryland Terrapins were without their starting quarterback Perry Hills (mono) and had to revert back to the FBS leader in interceptions Caleb Rowe before he was knocked out of the game with a possible concussion. In a further new look offense without wide receiver DeAndre Lane, playmaker Will Likely got his first career start on both sides of the ball. Things looked good for the Terps early but as many on campus have come to learn, this team might be allergic to success. Maryland wasted the career day for senior Brandon Ross by blowing a 18 point lead on their way to a 47-28 loss. The Hoosiers ended the game on a 44-7 run.

Linebacker Jermaine Carter cost his team a three-and-out to start the game by jumping offsides on third down to open the game. Three plays later Nate Sudfeld hit Mitchell Paige on a crossing pattern that beat Anthony Nixon. Despite the red zone opportunity, Maryland shutdown Devine Redding on three straight rushing attempts in goal-to-go situations to hold the Hoosiers to a field goal.

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Maryland Football: Terps have best chance of conference win all year against struggling Hoosiers

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

(Photo by: Testudo Times)

It is officially basketball season in College Park. But even after a great victory against the Georgetown Hoyas in a renewed rivalry on Tuesday, there are still two more games that the University of Maryland’s football team has to partake in. After going through the gauntlet of some of the Big Ten’s best and brightest programs nationally — featuring Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan State — the Terps schedule takes a huge turn for the better. All of that starts with hosting the Indiana Hoosiers this week, who are also looking for their first conference win.

After then-starting quarterback C.J. Brown went down with injury against the Hoosiers last year, now-backup quarterback Caleb Rowe came in to save the day by throwing for two touchdowns on the way to the Terps rout of Indiana in their first conference game as a member of the Big Ten. Of course, a lot of that victory has to do with now-departed receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, who combined for 16 receptions, 220 yards, and a touchdown. Things are much different for the Terps new-look offense now, designed around the legs of Perry Hills.

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Maryland Football: Offense continues to do defense no favors as Terps get dropped by Spartans without Connor Cook

Maryland thought they were going to face off against their third undefeated team last week, but in a stunning upset the Michigan State Spartans lost on a controversial touchdown call. The Terps defense came out aggressive as usual with a bevy of unique blitzes that eventually knocked Connor Cook out of the game. However, the offense could not sustain much outside of a single touchdown drive and consistently lost the field position battle due to turnovers (5) and poor punting. At the end of it all, Maryland fell 24-7 and to a record of miserable record of 2-8.

As has now been common for the Terps to start the game, things started out well for Maryland. After giving up one first down, the defense was able to pressure Connor Cook into two straight incompletions to force a punt. Maryland was approaching midfield on offense thanks to a pass interference penalty drawn by DeAndre Lane on an underthrown deep ball from Perry Hills. Then everything started to fall apart. Wes Brown, who got his first start of the season over senior running back Brandon Ross, was loose with the football and fumbled to give the Spartans a short field.

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Maryland Football: Competitive early, but poor quarterback play by Perry Hills late dooms Terps against Penn State

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

(Photo by: Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Today was probably one of the last games that the Maryland Terrapins would have a chance to actually pull out a victory this season. In the national spotlight, on ESPN, the Terps showed that they could play tough against arguably one of the best quarterback prospects for the NFL in Christian Hackenberg. Mike Locksley had his guys ready to go coming out of the bye week and Maryland was competitive throughout the first half. A shootout ensued in the second half as the lead changed hands four times on consecutive drives. In the end, Perry Hills choked in the spotlight when Penn State left the door open for a late comeback to the Terps where Maryland had converted last year. Maryland fell 31-30 in a border battle with Penn State and their hopes of bowl eligibility under Mike Locksley are now next to none at 2-5.

The theme for Maryland to start the game was their ability to move the ball with ease but inability to convert the yardage into points. On the opening drive, Maryland had three plays of 16 yards and nearing field goal range before Perry Hills under threw Malcolm Culmer in double coverage for an interception. After the defense forced a three and out, Maryland was set up at the Penn State 34 following a catch and run by Levern Jacobs after Hills broke contain. A poor screen and sack resulted in another stalled drive resulting in no points. The third try was not the charm for Maryland as Hills fumbled in the red zone after the defense worked hard to force another three and out.

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