August 19, 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: 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

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(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 travel to Morgantown in hopes of avenging last year’s loss to WVU

After opening the game down 28-6 last year Maryland fans had little hope of anything more than a route at the hands of West Virginia last year. Clint Trickett was having his way with the defense throwing for 511 yards and four touchdowns including one to Kevin White who finished with 13 receptions for a whopping 216 yards and another two to Mario Alford who had 131 yards on 11 catches. It was no surprise that White was a first round pick in this past draft.

But something magical was in the air as C.J. Brown had willed his team all the way back to tie the game at 37. Brown would finish with 241 yards in the air but more importantly 161 yards on the ground when the rest of the Maryland backfield combined for a miserable two yards on 9 carries. Then it was heartbreak, from the perspective of Maryland fans worse than a blow out, as West Virginia sent Byrd Stadium home unhappy with a walkoff 47-yard field goal from Josh Lambert.

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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 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…]

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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