Dec 30, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Isaiah Moore (1) and linebacker Payton Wilson (11) stop Maryland Terrapins running back Roman Hemby (24) on fourth down during the first half in the 2022 Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland knocks off No. 23 NC State in Mayo Bowl

Taulia Tagovailoa connected with Octavian Smith Jr. for the only touchdown of the game to give Maryland a 16-12 victory over No. 23 NC State in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Friday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

Tagovailoa completed 19 of 37 throws for 221 yards with two interceptions, reaching 665 career completions to set a program record. Roman Hemby ran for 65 yards for Maryland (8-5), which had its first eight-win season since 2010 and earned bowl wins in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-03.

It marked the second straight winning season for the Terrapins’ Mike Locksley, who agreed to be dumped in a celebratory “mayo bath” as the winning coach.

NC State’s Christopher Dunn, the 2022 Lou Groza Award winner as the top placekicker in college football, went 4-for-4 on field goals to account for all of his team’s points. The Maryland defense held the Wolfpack to just 27 rushing yards on 18 attempts.

NC State (8-5) took over with 2:34 to play and no timeouts, but Jakorian Bennett intercepted Ben Finley on the first play of the drive to put the game on ice. Finley went 22-for-48 for 269 yards and two picks.

The Terrapins reached the NC State 1-yard line on their opening possession, but they turned it over on downs.

Finley was intercepted by Fa’Najae Gotay on the Wolfpack’s first possession for great field position, but Tagovailoa floated a pass to the end zone that Cyrus Fagan intercepted.

NC State scored first on the ensuing drive via Dunn’s 38-yarder. Maryland responded with Smith’s 41-yard kickoff return after initially muffing the ball, and Chad Ryland tied the game 3-3 with a 42-yard field goal.

Tagovailoa hit a backpedaling Smith on third and long for a 19-yard touchdown, making it 10-3 Maryland with 8:07 before halftime.

The Wolfpack reached first and goal at Maryland’s 2-yard line but were kept out of the end zone. Dunn chipped in a 19-yarder and added a 38-yard field goal before the half to make it 10-9.

Ryland’s 33-yard kick on the Terrapins’ first possession of the second half pushed it to 13-9. The teams traded punts until Rakeim Ashford intercepted Tagovailoa in Maryland territory, leading to Dunn’s 26-yard field goal.

But Maryland went 48 yards in the next 3:47 and Ryland made it a four-point game again by drilling a 45-yarder.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2022; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the first quarter at College Park, Maryland, USA; at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brent Skeen-USA TODAY Sports

Taulia Tagovailoa sets Maryland QB mark in rout of Rutgers

Roman Hemby ran for three touchdowns and the Maryland defense held Rutgers to 120 yards and five first downs as the Terrapins celebrated Senior Day with a 37-0 shutout Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md.

Senior Taulia Tagovailoa completed 25 of 37 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown as Maryland improved to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten. The touchdown pass was the 50th for Tagovailoa as he became the program’s all-time leader in the category.

Jeshaun Jones caught the scoring pass, a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, and finished with nine receptions for 152 yards, coming up big in the absence of top receiver Rakim Jarrett, who was out with an injury.

Rutgers (4-8, 1-8) generated little offense against the stingy Maryland defense as Gavin Wimsatt completed 5 of 13 passes for 48 yards. The Scarlet Knights came up empty on all 11 of their third-down conversion tries and never crossed the Maryland 45.

The Terps got off to a slow start, committing turnovers on two of its first three possessions. But Rutgers couldn’t take advantage of either of Wesley Brown’s fumble recoveries.

The Scarlet Knights went three and out after the first turnover and turned it over on downs after the second as Maryland’s Anthony Booker Jr. lassoed Chris Long for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play.

On Maryland’s ensuing possession, Hemby scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to cap a 53-yard drive.

Hemby’s second touchdown, also a 1-yard carry, culminated an 82-yard march in the second quarter.

When Tagovailoa was shaken up late in the half, third-string quarterback Eric Najarian completed three of his first four passes for 37 yards to set up the first of three field goals from Chad Ryland as the Terps took a 17-0 halftime lead.

Hemby’s third touchdown, on an 8-yard rush, finished off a 75-yard drive to open the second half.

Rutgers’ only promising drive came in the third when Wimsatt and Johnny Langan hooked up on a 27-yard play. The Scarlet Knights reached the Terps’ 46, but Ahmad McCullough snuffed out the uprising with a third-down sack.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass as Maryland Terrapins defensive back Deonte Banks (3) defends during the first quarter at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Ohio State fends off pesky Maryland, 43-30

Dallan Hayden ran for three touchdowns as No. 2 Ohio State held off host Maryland 43-30 in College Park, Md., on Saturday.

Hayden, taking over when TreVeyon Henderson was reinjured, ran for 146 yards on 27 carries for the Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten). Quarterback C.J. Stroud was 18-of-30 passing for 241 yards and a touchdown.

Tulia Tagovailoa was 26 of 36 for 293 yards and three touchdowns for Maryland (6-5, 3-5).

Trailing by three in the third quarter, Ohio State safety Lathan Ransom blocked a punt for the second straight game, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the Maryland 14. Two plays later, Hayden rushed for an 8-yard TD to make it 17-13.

Noah Ruggles added a 47-yard field goal for 20-13 lead and Hayden ran for a 3-yard TD run with 16 seconds left in the third quarter for a 27-13 lead.

Tagovailoa ran for a 5-yard TD and passed for a 2-point conversion to Jacob Copeland to make it 27-21 early in the fourth quarter. After Hayden’s 13-yard touchdown, the Terrapins blocked the extra point and Jakorian Bennett returned it for two points and a 33-23 score.

Maryland pulled to within 33-30 on a fourth-down 1-yard catch by Jeshaun Jones with 9:49 left.

The Buckeyes chewed up 5:12 of the clock and Ruggles kicked a 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds left. Steele Chambers scooped up a fumble by Tagovailoa and scored from 1 yard out for the final score with nine seconds left.

Maryland led 13-10 at halftime on the strength of Tagovailoa’s 16 of 18 for 131 yards and a touchdown, a 1-yarder to CJ Dippre for the go-ahead score with 3:52 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State opened the scoring on their first possession, going 75 yards in six plays, capped by a 31-yard screen pass to Henderson.

Maryland has never beaten Ohio State in seven games since joining the Big Ten in 2014. The last time the series was played at Maryland, in 2018, the heavily favored Buckeyes won 52-51 in overtime when the Terrapins failed on a 2-point conversion.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) looks to throw a pass during a warm up prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State uses dominant ground game to blank Maryland

Freshman Nicholas Singleton ran for 122 yards and two long touchdowns on 11 carries as No. 14 Penn State walloped visiting Maryland 30-0 on Saturday in University Park, Pa.

Fellow freshman Kaytron Allen added 73 yards on 16 rushes as Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) beat the Terrapins for the seventh time in their past eight meetings.

Penn State made life miserable for Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, sacking him seven times and causing him to finish 11-of-22 passing for 74 yards.

Roman Hemby managed 68 rushing yards for Maryland (6-4, 3-4), which has dropped two in a row.

Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford went 12 for 23 for 139 yards and one touchdown. A 3-yarder to tight end Brenton Strange opened the scoring.

Penn State faced a fourth-and-1 at the Maryland 45-yard-line, and Singleton found an open lane for an easy touchdown sprint with 4:55 left in the first quarter. History repeated two drives later, when Singleton took another fourth-and-1 carry and powered ahead for a 27-yard touchdown 11:37 before halftime.

The Terrapins tried a fourth-down conversion and came up short, and the Nittany Lions turned it into a 50-yard field goal by Jake Pinegar. Maryland then went three-and-out, allowing Penn State to drive 48 yards in 1:09 to squeeze in a 46-yard field goal and make the score 27-0 by halftime.

Maryland ran 27 plays in the first half and gained 27 yards. The Terps went 1-for-7 on third downs in the half.

Pinegar’s 21-yard field goal in the third quarter represented the only points in the second half, and up by 30, Penn State subbed in freshman Drew Allar at quarterback for most of the second half.

Maryland backup quarterback Billy Edwards Jr. needed to be helped off the field due to a lower-body injury during the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins were blanked for the first time since 2019 — when Penn State beat them 59-0.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA;  Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Nick Herbig (19) tackles Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Braelon Allen, Isaac Guerendo fuel Wisconsin past Maryland

Braelon Allen and Isaac Guerendo each rushed for a touchdown and host Wisconsin posted a 23-10 win over Maryland on Saturday in a rainy Big Ten matchup in Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) improved to 3-1 under interim coach Jim Leonhard, promoted from defensive coordinator after Paul Chryst was fired following the team’s 34-10 loss to Illinois on Oct 1.

Maryland (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) was thwarted in its bid to move to 7-2 for the first time since 2006.

Taulia Tagovailoa, who entered Saturday’s play fourth in the nation with a 72.5 completion percentage, completed 10 of 23 passes for 77 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Terrapins managed just 189 yards total offense – 73 of which came on their only touchdown drive in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Guerendo finished with 114 yards on 12 carries, including a career-long 89-yard run that put the Badgers up 14-0 in the second quarter. Allen had 119 yards on 23 carries as the Badgers piled up 278 yards on the ground.

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz completed 5 of 18 passes for 77 yards in the sloppy conditions.

Wisconsin limited the Terrapins to 56 yards and two first downs en route to a 17-0 halftime lead.

The Badgers went in front 7-0 late in the first quarter with a 12-play, 77-yard scoring drive. Skyler Bell picked up 36 yards on a jet sweep to the Maryland 28. After an incomplete pass, Allen carried five straight times, culminating in a 9-yard touchdown run off the left side with 1:21 left in the quarter.

Guerendo extended the lead to 14-0 with 10:16 left in the half, going off right tackle then tight-roping the right sideline for an 89-yard touchdown run. He received a key block from wide receiver Chimere Dike.

After forcing Maryland’s sixth punt of the half, the Badgers moved 48 yards in 10 plays to set up Nate Van Zelst’s 38-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining.

Maryland, which went 1-for-8 on third downs in the first half, converted two to set up Chad Ryland’s 39-yard field goal with 7:29 left in the third quarter to make it 17-3.

Wisconsin answered with a 35-yard field goal by Van Zelst for a 20-3 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Van Zelst, who missed a 33-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter, connected from 28 yards out to put Wisconsin up 23-3 with 6:33 left.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Bryce Gallagher (32) and Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Rod Heard II (24) sack Maryland Terrapins quarterback Billy Edwards Jr. (9) during the first half at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Roman Hemby’s big day, late TD power Maryland past Northwestern

Roman Hemby rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns as Maryland overcame the absence of quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa to overcome visiting Northwestern in a 31-24 Big Ten win Saturday in College Park.

With the score tied, Hemby scored the game-winning touchdown, bursting off tackle and breaking into the clear on a 75-yard touchdown sprint with 3:22 left as Maryland (6-2, 3-2) clinched bowl eligibility for the second straight year.

The Terps were without Tagovailoa, who entered Saturday as the Big Ten leader in passing yards but was sidelined by a knee injury. In his stead, Billy Edwards Jr. made his first college start, completing 18 of 28 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Also making his first college start was Northwestern quarterback Brendan Sullivan, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Wildcats built a 17-7 lead.

But Northwestern (1-6, 1-3) couldn’t hold it as Sullivan threw two costly interceptions in the second half. It was the sixth straight loss for the Wildcats.

The Maryland defense rose in the second half. On Northwestern’s opening possession of the third quarter, Dante Trader Jr. set the tone with an interception, which set up an 18-yard, game-tying touchdown run by Hemby.

Maryland took the lead, 24-17, late in the third quarter as Edwards Jr. threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Rakim Jarrett.

Northwestern tied it on a 9-yard touchdown run by Andrew Clair with 3:34 left. But on the first play of Maryland’s ensuing possession, Hemby took it to the house.

Five plays later, Maryland’s Beau Brade helped sew it up with an interception of a long pass by Sullivan, who finished with 18 completions in 24 attempts for 143 yards.

Evan Hull added 119 yards rushing on 20 carries and caught four passes for an additional 31 yards.

Northwestern struck first as Sullivan fired a 46-yard strike to Malik Washington and followed two plays later with a 1-yard quarterback sneak touchdown.

Maryland answered immediately as Edwards directed an 87-yard drive, capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by Hemby.

After Maryland committed pass interference penalties on back-to-back plays, Northwestern’s Adam Stage made a 24-yard field goal.

On their next possession, the Wildcats marched 83 yards. Sullivan scrambled for two first downs in Maryland territory before finding Hull open in the flat on a 10-yard touchdown play and a 17-7 lead.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers defensive back Nicholas Grieser (36) tackles Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Jeshaun Jones (6) during the first first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland holds on to edge Indiana, 38-33

Redshirt freshman Billy Edwards Jr. relieved injured quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and scampered in for what would be the game-winning touchdown as Maryland staved off host Indiana 38-33 on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Roman Hemby ran for 107 yards and a touchdown as Maryland (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) handed Indiana (3-4, 1-3) its fourth straight loss.

With roughly 12 minutes to play, Tagovailoa went down in obvious pain when an Indiana defender fell into his right knee. He was carted to the locker room and Edwards entered the game.

On his first full drive, Edwards had a 31-yard run up the middle to bring Maryland into the red zone. Hemby scored from 6 yards out to give the Terrapins a 31-27 lead with 5:35 remaining.

Indiana took over near midfield thanks to a big kick return, but receiver Andison Coby had the ball pop out after gaining a first down and the Terrapins recovered. Hemby broke off a 46-yard run on third-and-9 to the Indiana 15, and Edwards scored from 3 yards out to make it 38-27 with 2:11 to go.

Indiana quarterback Connor Bazelak benefited from two consecutive passes that were caught after Maryland deflections as the Hoosiers went 75 yards in just 1:17. He hit Aaron Steinfeldt for an 8-yard touchdown, but the two-point conversion was overthrown and the Terrapins recovered an onside kick attempt.

Tagovailoa completed 25 of 39 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns along with a rushing score on Maryland’s first drive. Edwards did not complete a pass but gained 53 yards on five carries.

Bazelak went 29 for 42 for 292 yards, three touchdowns and two picks. Running back Josh Henderson scored two touchdowns with 80 yards from scrimmage.

Maryland led 14-3 when tight end CJ Dippre flipped over a defender at the goal line for an 18-yard touchdown to open the second quarter. But the Hoosiers clawed back with two touchdown drives for a 17-14 halftime lead.

First, Bazelak found a wide-open Henderson for a 44-yard strike with 9:52 left in the half. The Hoosiers got the ball back and drove 80 yards in 11 plays, aided by a defensive holding flag on the Terps during an Indiana punt. Bazelak hit Cam Camper in the corner for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:47 before halftime.

Maryland scored 10 quick points after the break. Tagovailoa connected with Dontay Demus for a 17-yard touchdown just 1:37 into the half. Then Deonte Banks intercepted Bazelak on Indiana’s first play on offense, and Maryland drove to a 36-yard field goal that made it 24-17.

A 17-play, 57-yard drive for Indiana yielded a 26-yard field goal, but the Hoosiers recaptured the lead on their next possession. Henderson pushed in from 2 yards out to make it 27-24 with 14:09 left.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) throws the ball over Indiana Hoosiers defensive lineman Patrick Lucas Jr. (51) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa carted off field with apparent knee injury

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind., with an apparent right knee injury.

Tagovailoa went down in obvious pain when an Indiana defender fell into his knee as he completed a throw to Jacob Copeland.

Freshman Billy Edwards Jr., a transfer from Wake Forest, entered for Tagovailoa with roughly 12 minutes left in regulation and Maryland trailing 27-24 and would finish the drive that ended with a Roman Hemby 6-yard scoring run and a 31-27 lead.

Tagovailoa is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In his third year in Maryland, Tagovailoa entered the week ranked second in the Big Ten with 1,731 passing yards and third in the country with a 74.1 percent completion rate.

He was 25 of 39 for 270 yards and two touchdown passes along with a 3-yard rushing score at the time of his exit.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) reacts against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland, Indiana look for Big Ten jump-start

Indiana and Maryland will look to put disappointing losses behind them Saturday when they meet in a Big Ten East battle in Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana held then-No. 4 Michigan to 10 points on the first six possessions of last week’s game in Bloomington. The Hoosiers headed into halftime tied and with an upset in their sights. Michigan outscored them 21-0 the rest of the way to win 31-10, handing Indiana (3-3, 1-2) its third straight loss.

Maryland (4-2, 1-2) fell a two-point conversion shy of forcing overtime with Purdue in a 31-29 home loss.

Rakim Jarrett caught a would-be game-tying conversion in the final minute, but lineman Delmar Glaze incurred an illegal-man-downfield penalty. Maryland replayed the try and failed to convert.

Penalties have resurfaced as a problem for Maryland. The Terrapins beat SMU in Week 3 despite 15 penalties for 141 yards. They had just one penalty in a close loss to Michigan but have committed nine in each of the past two games.

“The penalties at inopportune times kept a couple plays or a couple drives alive for (Purdue),” Maryland coach Mike Locksley said. “For us, again, that goes back to ‘Terps versus Terps,’ and we’ll continue to work through (it).”

Despite the loss, Maryland received four votes in the AP Top 25 poll this week.

Terps quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa ranks second in the conference with 1,731 passing yards, just six behind Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. Tagovailoa has completed 74.1 percent of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Indiana is led by Connor Bazelak, who is third in the conference in passing (1,597 yards), with nine touchdowns and six picks.

Indiana coach Tom Allen said his team’s effort has been consistent, but the Hoosiers’ execution needs to match it.

“It’s that consistency we’ve got to have,” Allen said. “I know we’re trying to play a lot of guys. That’s a challenge to be able to get all those guys on the same page. But when you see when the guys do it — we showed a whole bunch of clips this morning with our guys and said, ‘When we do these things the correct way, this is the result.’”

Allen replaced offensive line coach and run game coordinator Darren Hiller this week with alumnus Rod Carey, who previously was a defensive quality control coach.

The Hoosiers gained just 19 yards rushing against Michigan; they rank 124th out of 131 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in rushing offense (90.8 yards per game).

Maryland won last year’s meeting 38-35 in College Park, Md., but Indiana owns the all-time series lead 7-3.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Jayden Reed (1) runs after the catch during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins  at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State suffers third-consecutive loss at hands of Maryland

Taulia Tagovailoa went 32-of-41 passing for 314 yards and a touchdown to lead Maryland to a 27-13 home win over Michigan State in a Big Ten contest on Saturday.

Antwain Littleton rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to flank Tagovailoa for the Terrapins (4-1, 1-1).

Payton Thorne went 27-of-44 passing for 221 yards and a touchdown in defeat for Michigan State (2-3, 0-2), which has lost three straight games.

Maryland scored on the opening possession, going 93 yards in 12 plays and taking a 7-0 lead with 9:15 remaining in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Littleton.

Michigan State answered with a long drive of its own, tying the game at 7-7 with 5:45 to go in the first on a 12-yard touchdown run by Elijah Collins, which capped off an 8-play, 77-yard drive.

Maryland then went 85 yards in five plays and regained the lead at 14-7 on a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:41 remaining in the second quarter by Colby McDonald.

Michigan State pulled within 14-13 on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Thorne to Jayden Reed with 4:24 remaining in the second quarter.

The extra point failed after a bad snap.

The Terrapins took a 21-13 lead with 42 seconds remaining in the second half on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Rakim Jarrett.

The half ended when Maryland blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by Michigan State.

The Terrapins extended their lead on their first drive of the second half, going up 24-13 with 8:26 remaining in the third on a 43-yard field goal by Chad Ryland.

After a scoreless third quarter, Maryland then padded its lead to 27-13 after a 51-yard field goal by Ryland with 7:54 remaining in the game.

–Field Level Media