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 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: 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: Terps still searching for Big Ten victory, hosting Wisconsin for homecoming holds little hope

(Photo by: Jeff Hanisch/ USA Today)

(Photo by: Jeff Hanisch/ USA Today)

In the past three games, the Maryland Terrapins have looked more competitive relative to blowout losses to West Virginia and Michigan. It it were not for a ridiculous number of turnovers, 11 in the past three games, who knows if the Terps would actually have been able to knock off some of the powerhouses in college football in Ohio State, Penn State, and Iowa. Although probably an easier task against Wisconsin at home compared to Ohio State and Iowa, top ten teams on the road, Maryland will have their work cut out for them to simply keep the student section marginally filled on homecoming.

It might be Maryland’s hardest opponent of the year to muster up any points against because of a fiery Wisconsin defense that is best in the nation at allowing just 11 points per game. The interesting matchup for the Terps offense will be Perry Hills‘ effectiveness on the ground against the seventh ranked rush defense in the country that surrenders just 96 yards on the ground per game. With Mike Locksley retooling the offense around Hills’ legs, the senior quarterback has been able to gain 400 yards on the ground, on a combination of designed runs and scrambles, since returning to the starting fold.

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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 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: 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 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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