August 17, 2019

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: Terps play hard for Edsall early, but #1 Ohio State too much late

In what is quite possibly Randy Edsall‘s final game as Maryland’s head coach, it was business as usual for the 57 year old coach. He went through his usual routine of pumping up all players individually, which he said he would when he said he was completely focused on Ohio State (not reports). The Terps looked to have surprised the nation by keeping pace with Ohio State well into the second half, but in the end the defense was worn down and the offense just could not come up with one more big play when needed. Maryland fell 49-28 and now the decision of whether Randy Edsall is going to be fired and who would step in as interim head coach is to be decided during the bye week.

Things took a surprising start as the Terrapin defense sacked Cardale Jones on the second play of the game and then forced a three and out. After two conversions on third down, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, a candidate for interim head coach, decided to open up the playbook for Perry Hills. Coming out of a timeout, Hills unloaded a bomb down the field that was hauled in by D.J. Moore who won off the line of scrimmage on a post route. Just four minutes in the game Maryland was up 7-0 on the #1 team in the country, but that would not last for long.

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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…]

Maryland Football: Terps hope not to fall flat again, host Michigan and Joaquin AT NOON

It would not be surprising if Randy Edsall and his coaching staff burned the tape of there 45-6 thumping by the West Virginia Mountaineers. It was indeed that bad.

Probably the only good thing that came out of all of this is that the second best pocket passing quarterback recruit, according to ESPN, Dwayne Haskins has remained strong in his commitment to the University of Maryland. Although it is accustomed for many true freshmen to sit out their first year of eligibility, Maryland might be in such a dire need of a quarterback to rally around that Haskins could play next year.

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Maryland Football: Terps top South Florida again in mistake filled afternoon

After an extremely disappointing loss for the Maryland Terrapins against MAC power Bowling Green last week, Randy Edsall make the big decision earlier in the week to name Caleb Rowe the starting quarterback today against South Florida. Although Rowe was far from perfect, Maryland’s offense flow was much stronger compared to Perry Hills‘. The Terps got back in the win column with a 35-17 victory over the University of South Florida to complete the home-and-away series that began last year.

Things were far from pretty in the early going for the Terps. After the defense forced a three-and-out after the opening kickoff to South Florida, Rowe was picked off on his second pass attempt of the game on an overthrown ball over the middle of the field. This coming after Rowe threw two interception in four attempts last week had a lot of Maryland fans leaving the student section earlier than usual. There seemed like a chance that backup quarterback and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman might see action early. There was not much the defense could do having only four yards to defend and South Florida was up 7-0 just two minutes into the game.

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Maryland Football: Terps hope to get back on track against USF to keep bowl aspirations alive

It was down right ugly for the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday beginning in the second half. Not only did the team lose the game after many fans left due to weather, but the team was blown out and embarrassed against a non-power five conference school in MAC power Bowling Green. It was known going into the game that the Terps would have to prevent the Falcon’s spread offense from getting on a roll, but the lose sets them back in what can now be classified as a filler year before 4-star QB Dwayne Haskins arrives next year.

If one assumes losses to Big 10 and national powers Ohio State and Michigan State, the Terrapins would have to win five of their other eight remaining games to be bowl eligible come December. That includes bouts against the always tough Wisconsin Badgers and budding rivalries with improving teams like Michigan, Penn State, and Rutgers. It will not be impossible, but the Terps can ill afford another loss in non-conference play.

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Maryland Football: Terps demote Perry Hills to third string, Caleb Rowe to start

AFTER SATURDAY’S POOR OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE, RANDY EDSALL TAKES SWIFT ACTION BY BENCHING HILLS

The Maryland Terrapins released their two deep depth chart today ahead of Saturday’s home game against the University of South Florida. After starting the first two games of the season, Perry Hills has lost his job as QB1 in favor of redshirt junior Caleb Rowe. Hills was completely left off the two deep depth chart as Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman is listed as Rowe’s backup.

Hills has struggled against two poor defenses out of the FCS and MAC conferences and the loss to Bowling Green in embarrassing fashion pushed Randy Edsall over the edge. Hills, before being removed in favor of Rowe on Saturday, has totaled 306 yards on 27 of 51 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Hills has mirrored last year’s starter C.J. Brown than many have expected by totaling 119 yards on the ground on just 11 carries. The problem for Hills was more that he was not making the throws he was expected to in key situations that led to momentum shifts.

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

TERPS LOSE TO BOWLING GREEN IN EMBARRASSING FASHION AFTER POOR SECOND HALF IN DREARY WEATHER

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. [Read more…]

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