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.

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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: Terps get exposed for their lack of talent and readiness by West Virginia

It seems like a long time ago that the Maryland Terrapins beat the West Virginia Mountaineers 37-0 at M&T Bank Stadium two years ago. In that game Maryland forced six turnovers on their way to the rout, but today it was the exact opposite as the Terps themselves committed six turnovers. If Terps fans thought the loss against Bowling Green was embarrassing, they were in for a surprise today with a pitiful showing from Maryland on their way to a 38-0 loss.

Things actually got off to a decent start for the Terps as they had a solid drive going to open the game. Unfortunately after not converting on a 4th and 1 play, nothing would go Maryland’s way the rest of the game. Aided by a personal foul penalty for a hit on West Virginia’s running quarterback Skylar Howard, Maryland was quickly down by a touchdown.

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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 look to continue mounting momentum against Bowling Green

Now that Randy Edsall and company have taken care of the FCS power Richmond Spiders in a convincing 50-21 victory, they will now have their minds set on welcoming in the Bowling Green Falcons, who gave the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers a tough battle on the road. Maryland will look to nearly exactly replicate Tennessee’s game plan against Bowling Green through rushing the ball on offense, defending the fast paced passing attack on defense, and winning the field position game on special teams.

It was clear that Perry Hills struggled in the passing game against the Spiders with multiple underthrown passes, but head coach Edsall has continued to name Hills as the starting quarterback over backup options like Caleb Rowe or Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman.

Regardless, the Terps will rely heavily on their running attack, which did not seem to miss a beat after the departures of both Jacquille Veii and Albert Reid. Brandon Ross (18 carries for 150 yards), Wes Brown (13 carries for 74 yards), and freshman Ty Johnson (10 carries for 83) were the major benefactors of a bulked up offensive line against Richmond.

Tennessee had a similar mindset to attack the Bowling Green defense as they also had three main rushers combine for 356 yards on over seven yards per carry. In a game that saw nobody catch more than two passes for the Terps in a receiving corp that is still suffering from the losses of Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Marcus Leak, and Juwann Winfree it will be completely up to the ground game to put up points.

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