December 7, 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 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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