August 19, 2019

Maryland Football: Rowe plays great for a benched Hills and Terps D comes through in second half to beat Rutgers

After an embarrassing loss in the regular season last year against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the Maryland Terrapins were able to put some sort of a positive spin on in otherwise dismal season. Without their best player on all sides of the ball in Will Likely, but with their starting quarterback Perry Hills, the Terps were looking for a big win to help them in the recruiting race for years to come.

In a comeback eerily similar to last year but in reverse, the Terps were victorious, 46-41, behind a great performance from backup quarterback Caleb Rowe and strong defense in the second half.

Brandon Ross‘ 80-yard touchdown run with 4:40 left provided the lead, then the much-maligned defense held Rutgers on fourth-and-1 at Maryland’s 38. After Rowe busted a 36-yard run on third down, all the Terps had to do was kneel for their first conference win of the season.

Ross moved into fourth place in Maryland history with 2,542 career rushing yards. [Read more…]

Maryland Football: Terps have one last chance to get a conference win by amending last year’s “worst loss”

When the Maryland Terrapins blew a 25 point lead to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last year, Director of Football Operations Fran Foley called it the “worst loss” during his tenure at the time. Luckily of Maryland, Gary Nova is no longer the quarterback at Rutgers but on the other hand the Terps have lost nearly all of their offensive weapons from a year ago. The 4-7 Scarlet Knights are also out of postseason contention, so Saturday will be a game of pride between both clubs.

Last week against Indiana, things got ugly for the Terps when starting quarterback Perry Hills had to sit out of the game due to having mono. Caleb Rowe started out well for Maryland in a backup role, but the problem was compounded when recently converted fullback, Shane Cockerille, had to start the second half under center when Rowe exited with a concussion. Maryland plans for Hills to return to his starting role on Saturday as he is listed as QB1 and that could help the Terps attack Rutgers the same way they did last year.

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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: Terps still looking for first Big Ten victory as they travel to no longer unbeaten Michigan State

Another 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. All of this came after Perry Hills was benched mid-game for the likes of Caleb Rowe because of the solely passing offense Maryland needed to get into.

Things will get no tougher for Maryland this week as they will have to play an angry Michigan State team that just had their undefeated record snapped by a controversial call against Nebraska. The Spartans are still a factor in the College Football Playoffs as a one-loss team, because of their matchup with the defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes after playing the Terps. I would say that the Spartans would making a mistake by looking too far ahead, but they could probably get away with it since Maryland has been playing so poorly.

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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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Maryland Football: Terps hope to salvage some semblance of respect in border battle with Penn State

(Photo by: ESPN)

(Photo by: ESPN)

Isn’t it fitting that Randy Edsall is fired just before the Maryland Terrapins face off in a rematch with Penn State, the team that Edsall had arguably his most important win against during his tenure in College Park. Not only was the 20-19 victory just the second in Maryland’s 38 game rivalry with the Nittany Lions, but it probably helped jump start the DMVtoUMD movement. Maryland was notorious for losing local products to other schools in the region, and a win at State College surely went a long way of helping develop the Terrapins program.

You may remember that the game started before the opening kickoff when the Terps captains refused to shake the outstretched hands of the Nittany Lions at the opening coin toss. After a pre-game brawl, both sides knew that they would be in for a physical battle all about winning in the trenches.

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Maryland Football: Be afraid as the Terps travel to #1 ranked Ohio State

UPDATE: MARYLAND REPORTEDLY PLAYING THEIR LAST GAME OF THE RANDY EDSALL ERA

Fans consistently complained about C.J. Brown‘s performance last year, but anyone would take last season’s seven regular season wins over this year’s catastrophe. The Terps are currently in one of their worst stretches in recent history after a blowout loss to West Virginia and then a solid thumping on their home turf to Michigan. Things get a whole lot worse when Maryland has to travel to the #1 ranked team in the country, The Ohio State University in possibly Randy Edsall‘s last coaching stint at Maryland.

Ohio State and Maryland are polar opposites at the most important position in football. The Buckeyes came into the season with three NFL prospects being viable options at quarterback. Braxton Miller took the high road and did what was best for the team by converting to a H-back playmaker role. Cardale Jones is still the starter after being benched in game previously in favor of J.T. Barrett, who lit up the Terps last year.

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Maryland Football: Terps struggled behind Rowe yet again, tired defense leads to Michigan rout

CALEB ROWE BENCHED IN THIRD QUARTER AFTER THROWING THIRD INTERCEPTION OF GAME

If you thought things could not go worse after last week’s debacle against West Virginia, thankfully you were right. The Terps struggled on offense all game but their defense stepped up and kept things close when in control of the field position. Midway through the third quarter, the Terps were down just 6-0 but then a tired defense was exposed before Michigan went on to win 28-0. Randy Edsall might have a four-star quarterback coming in next year in Dwayne Haskins Jr., but the questions has to be asked how much more athletic director Kevin Anderson can take. [Read more…]

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