Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) races into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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No. 7 Ohio State finding its stride, hosts Maryland

Ohio State has found its footing after an early stumble and will look for its young players to lead the way again when the No. 7 Buckeyes host Maryland on Saturday.

The Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) routed Rutgers 52-13 last week after a taking a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes on a 44-yard touchdown run by freshman TreVeyon Henderson and 23-yard interception return for a score from freshman cornerback Denzel Burke.

Those two symbolize Ohio State’s reliance on its youngest players, such as redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud and freshman defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, the team sacks leader with four, since a 35-28 home loss to Oregon on Sept. 11 in the second game.

“Anytime you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to win every game,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Tuesday. “I’m proud of the development over the last month. Been a little bumpy at times, but guys have come to work.”

Maryland (4-1, 1-1) hopes its second opportunity to show it can play with the big boys in the conference goes better than its first attempt. The Terrapins imploded at home during a 51-14 trouncing by No. 3 Iowa last Friday.

The Terrapins’ downfall began in a 53-second span of the second quarter, and the reverberations are still being felt heading into the matchup at Ohio Stadium.

Following an Iowa touchdown to take a 10-7 lead, Maryland star receiver Dontay Demus Jr., who leads the conference with 507 total receiving yards, sustained a right knee injury on the ensuing kickoff while fumbling the ball. Iowa recovered and two plays later scored to make it 17-7 en route to a 34-7 halftime lead.

Maryland coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday that Demus will require season-ending surgery. Darryl Jones is now listed on the depth chart as the starter at ‘X’ receiver.

Rakim Jarrett, tied with Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson for fourth in the conference with four receiving TDs, is a possibility for the No. 1 role.

“I don’t really think you can fill the void that he left,” Jarrett said Tuesday. “It’s going to take all the other receivers to step up, including myself, to collectively do it.”

Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa looks to rebound against a hungry Ohio State secondary, which has a pick-6 in three consecutive games. Iowa intercepted Tagovailoa five times after he had thrown one in the first four games.

“We’re not going to let one game define us,” Locksley said.

Tagovailoa will be matched against Stroud, a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week. The team’s other two weekly winners were Henderson for his Ohio State freshman record 277 rushing yards vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18 and Kyle McCord, who started against Akron on Sept. 25 when Stroud did not play due to a sore arm.

Stroud returned against Rutgers to pass for 330 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. He has thrown for 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

“We’ve got another challenge this week,” Day said of Maryland. “They’ve got really good personnel and really good schemes so we’re going to have to play good again.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) warms up before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Iowa scores 31 in second quarter, flattens Maryland

The No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes scored 31 points in the second quarter and forced seven total turnovers to blow out previously undefeated Maryland 51-14 on Friday night in College Park, Md.

Spencer Petras went 21-for-30 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns and added a pair of 1-yard touchdowns on quarterback sneaks for Iowa (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten).

Taulia Tagovailoa, who entered the night as the Big Ten’s leading passer in both yards and accuracy, mustered just 157 yards and threw five interceptions against two touchdowns for Maryland (4-1, 1-1).

The Terrapins led 7-3 after one quarter thanks to an eight-play scoring drive, powered by two deep completions over the middle to Dontay Demus Jr. Tagovailoa rolled out to hit tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo for a 9-yard touchdown.

Iowa responded with a long drive that ended on the first play of the second quarter, Petras’ first rushing touchdown. But the game pivoted on the ensuing kick return, when Demus injured his right knee fighting through a tackle and lost a fumble in the process.

With the short field, Iowa scored on an 8-yard reception by Arland Bruce IV to make it 17-7. Tagovailoa’s very next pass was batted in the air by linebacker Jack Campbell and intercepted by Jack Koerner; Koerner fumbled on the return but Iowa retained possession. Soon Petras pushed across his second touchdown run.

Fullback Monte Pottebaum got in on the action on Iowa’s next drive, scoring from 2 yards out. Iowa was able to add a field goal in the final minute for a 34-7 lead at intermission.

The Hawkeyes piled on in the second half. Running back Tyler Goodson left defenders in the dust on a 67-yard touchdown reception. Goodson also led Iowa in rushing on the night with 66 yards.

The Terrapins pieced together another scoring drive that ended in a 7-yard Rakim Jarrett touchdown to make it 44-14. But the Hawkeyes struck right back, with Tyrone Tracy Jr. making a 7-yard TD catch.

With less than four minutes remaining, Iowa’s Quinn Schulte intercepted Maryland backup quarterback Reece Udinski to polish things off.

The Hawkeyes extended their winning streak to 11 games, dating to last year.

–Field Level Media

Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) throws a pass to Maryland Terrapins running back Tayon Fleet-Davis (8) during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland aims to stay unbeaten vs. road-tested Kent State

After quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa helped engineer a late comeback over Illinois to keep Maryland undefeated, the Terrapins will return home Saturday to close out their nonconference schedule against Kent State in College Park, Md.

Maryland (3-0) got by the Fighting Illini 20-17 Friday night on a last-second field goal by Joseph Petrino at Champaign, Ill. The Terrapins trailed by a touchdown until 2:13 to play.

Tagovailoa said the adversity “could do great things for us” as the season develops.

“We played together as a team,” Tagovailoa said. “As an offense we felt like we didn’t play our best game, but I think the one thing that helped us through is our brotherhood and playing for each other.”

It helps the second-year starting quarterback that Maryland boasts two of the Big Ten’s most productive receivers. Dontay Demus Jr. leads the league with 112.7 receiving yards per game, while Rakim Jarrett, a former five-star recruit, ranks sixth at 86.3. Demus and Jarrett’s combined 597 total receiving yards represent the second most of any duo in the Power 5 conferences, according to Maryland.

Demus and Jarrett are dynamic with the ball in their hands, Kent State coach Sean Lewis said.

“They attack you in a lot of different ways,” he said. “The receivers are able to have the speed to get on top, track the deep ball. Both of them do a very good job in their jet sweep game.”

Kent State (1-2) has been battle-tested by trips to two top-10 teams, then-No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 5 Iowa. The Golden Flashes lost 30-7 to the Hawkeyes on Saturday, with Keshunn Abram recording 138 receiving yards and the team’s only touchdown.

“We made that a part of who we are,” Lewis said of visiting tough foes. “It’s part of our culture that every single time we go on the road, we go on the road to compete. We’re going to give it our best effort.

“But it’s kind of like the mailman. We’ve got to go deliver when you get the opportunity to. No one cares about the mailman if not everyone on the block gets their mail.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Kerby Joseph (25) tackles Maryland Terrapins tight end Corey Dyches (84) in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland rallies to beat Illinois on last-second FG

Tayon Fleet-Davis scored two touchdowns and Maryland put up 10 points in the final 2:13 to win a defensive struggle 20-17 over Illinois on Friday night in Champaign, Ill.

Fleet-Davis took a 10-yard reception into the left side of the end zone to cap an eight-play, 86-yard drive in the waning minutes, and the extra point tied the game at 17.

The Terrapins’ defense took the field and forced consecutive sacks and an intentional-grounding penalty — which not only forced Illinois to punt but gave the offense terrific field position for a game-winning drive.

Joseph Petrino hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired for Maryland (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten).

Fleet-Davis also scored a rushing touchdown and fumbled a reception in the red zone during the back-and-forth second half. Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa completed 32 of 43 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown.

Illinois had wrested control in the first minute of the fourth quarter on a wild 63-yard touchdown. Freshman running back Reggie Love III broke off a long run but had the ball stripped out. It bounced forward to wide receiver Casey Washington, who snagged it and sprinted 30 yards to the end zone to give Illinois a 17-10 lead.

In his first game back after sustaining a non-throwing shoulder injury in the first quarter of the season opener, quarterback Brandon Peters completed 10 of 26 passes for 185 yards and an interception for Illinois (1-3, 1-1). Another freshman running back, Josh McCray, led Illinois with 60 rushing yards and a TD on eight carries.

The Terrapins blocked a 26-yard field-goal attempt in the final minute of the first quarter, then opened the scoring on Petrino’s 32-yard field goal. Petrino missed wide right from the same distance on Maryland’s next possession, and Illinois responded with a 10-play, 73-yard drive to tie the score before halftime on James McCourt’s 25-yard field goal.

Maryland finally managed the game’s first touchdown drive to open the second half. Tagovailoa took a QB keeper 35 yards up the middle, helping set up Fleet-Davis’ 2-yard rushing score that gave the Terrapins a 10-3 lead.

Fleet-Davis fumbled in the red zone on the next Maryland possession, recovered by Jartavius Martin for Illinois. The Illini tied it at 10 when McCray stiff-armed and galloped his way to a 38-yard rushing touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters (18) runs with the ball in the first quarter during Saturday   s game with Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois gets Brandon Peters back, looks for ‘D’ in Maryland matchup

Illinois gets its No. 1 signal-caller back but strives to address defensive deficiencies before Maryland hits town on Friday night.

The matchup marks the Big Ten opener for Maryland.

Illinois (1-2, 1-0 Big Ten) kicked off coach Bret Bielema’s first season with a 30-22 victory over Nebraska on Aug. 28. Quarterback Brandon Peters injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter of that game, but Bielema said Peters has healed and will return as the starter Friday.

“A lot of the things that we had saw (from Peters) during fall camp and even going back to last spring, through the summer, through fall camp, weren’t able to be materialized yet,” Bielema said. “He obviously has a very live arm, a lot of experience.”

Second-stringer Artur Sitkowski played well in Peters’ stead, but the Fighting Illini have struggled since beating Nebraska. They absorbed a 37-30 loss against UTSA and a 42-14 drubbing at Virginia. As a result, Illinois ranks 113th of 130 FBS teams in scoring defense (33.7 ppg).

Bielema said Virginia dominated Illinois on explosive plays, which his staff defines as runs of 12 yards or more and passes of 20 yards or more. Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong completed nine passes of at least 20 yards on his way to a stellar five-TD showing.

“We definitely have to look at how those plays happen,” Bielema said. “There were technique errors, there were mental errors, there were situations of plays that they’d given us new looks, seeing things that we hadn’t seen before, and we just (weren’t) able to identify them.”

Maryland (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will hit the road for the first time this season after cruising to a 62-0 victory over FCS foe Howard. Eight different players accounted for the Terrapins’ eight touchdowns Saturday, and Taulia Tagovailoa completed 22 of 27 passes for 274 yards and three scores.

The Terrapins, who also topped West Virginia 30-24 in their season opener, received 14 votes in the Associated Press poll following Week 2. But they know the schedule will only get tougher from here.

“As a team we’re excited to be 2-0,” coach Mike Locksley said. “It was great to see, with us being able to play a lot of players (vs. Howard), that the standard of playing with a high level of intensity — no matter what the score, no matter who the opponent — it was good to see that from our team.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) passes the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Opportunistic Maryland defense awaits Howard

After holding on for a dramatic win over West Virginia to open the season, Maryland looks to remain unbeaten Saturday when Howard visits College Park, Md.

Both offense and defense were humming for the Terrapins in a 30-24 win over the Mountaineers. Nick Cross and Jakorian Bennett secured interceptions against Jarret Doege, the latter a touchdown-saving red-zone pick midway through the fourth quarter that preserved Maryland’s lead.

The Terrapins (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) forced four turnovers and their two interceptions matched the team total for their entire five-game 2020 season.

“We had our goals as a defense and takeaways was No. 1 on that list,” Bennett said. “We pride ourselves on getting the ball back because it’s more possessions for the offense.”

Taulia Tagovailoa went 26-for-36 passing for 332 yards, three touchdowns and no picks to guide Maryland on offense.

Head coach Mike Locksley said Tuesday that starting linebacker Fa’Najae Gotay suffered a “significant” upper-body injury Saturday that would require surgery and force him to miss some time.

Howard, the Washington, D.C.-based HBCU, will make the short drive north to visit Maryland. The Bison (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) are still looking for their first win under second-year head coach Larry Scott following an 0-2 spring season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Howard fell to Richmond, a top 25-ranked team in FCS, 38-14 last Saturday. Bison quarterback Quinton Williams completed 17 of 27 passes for 226 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown to Christion Carter late in the first half, before the Spiders pulled away.

Howard is 0-2 all-time against Maryland. The Terrapins won their meetings in 2016 and 2019 by a combined score of 131-13, most recently with a 79-0 lashing in 2019.

“Our biggest challenge and our biggest opponent is us,” Scott said, “because we’re still in such the stage of educating and teaching our young people about the process of winning, which starts (Sunday), in practice. Our biggest challenge and our biggest opponent from week to week is just making it about us, not making it about who’s next on the schedule. It’s just another game in the way that we look at it.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2020; Memphis, TN, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege (2) warms up before the game against the Army Black Knights  at Liberty Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia searching for road success at Maryland

If West Virginia is to open the 2021 season on a positive note, it must find a way to win on the road, something the Mountaineers could not do in 2020.

And they will have to stop a potentially potent Maryland offense in the process.

The Mountaineers look to avoid a fifth consecutive true road defeat on Saturday against the Terrapins at College Park, Md.

West Virginia went 6-4 last season, falling on the road every time. The Mountaineers outscored their opponents 182-65 while going 5-0 at home, but owned a 120-59 scoring disadvantage during those four away contests — all inside the Big 12 and against three ranked opponents.

Still, the Mountaineers have reason to feel confident with 17 starters back from last season. That includes quarterback Jarret Doege (7,446 career passing yards, 60 touchdowns, 22 interceptions in 33 games), running back Leddie Brown (1,010 rushing yards, nine touchdowns in 2020) and defensive tackle Dante Stills (13 career sacks).

“I like our team,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “We’ve got to continue to get better. We’ve got a lot of things to clean up.

“I don’t know of any coach who has ever said they were pleased with where they are at.”

The Mountaineers yielded 20.5 points per game last season. They face a Maryland offense that returns 85 percent of its contributors from a group that showed offensive promise at times — combining for 80 points versus Penn State and Minnesota — during its condensed 2-3 2020 season.

Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa is once again the focal point for the Terps after throwing for 1,011 yards with seven touchdowns, but also seven interceptions, in his first season at Maryland. Meanwhile, receivers Dontay Demus and Rakim Jarrett could make for a potentially explosive pair after combining for 41 receptions, 617 yards and six touchdowns in 2020.

Defensively, Maryland safety Nick Cross has recorded 68 career tackles and three interceptions in two seasons.

“It’s time for us to take the next step as a program,” said Maryland coach Mike Locksley, aiming for the program’s first bowl appearance since 2016.

“It’s time for us to stop talking about potential and actually go out and do it.”

West Virginia has won nine of the last 10 meetings versus Maryland, although they last met in 2015.

–Field Level Media

Sep 1, 2018; Landover, MD, USA;  Maryland Terrapins offensive lineman Ellis McKennie (68) runs onto the field with his teammates holding a flag in remembrance of Jordan McNair after defeating Texas Longhorns at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland, McNair family reach $3.5M settlement

The University of Maryland reached a $3.5 million settlement with the family of Jordan McNair, who died in June 2018 after suffering from heatstroke during a team workout.

The Maryland Board of Public Works must approve the settlement when it meets Jan. 27, The Washington Post reported.

McNair was a 19-year-old offensive lineman for the Terrapins from Randallstown, Md. An independent investigation showed McNair wasn’t treated appropriately or with urgency by the program’s medical and training staff after he showed signs of heatstroke during the workout on May 29, 2018. He died 15 days later.

McNair’s parents, Martin McNair and Tonya Wilson, filed a claim against the university, as did McNair’s estate.

“Marty and Tonya are relieved that this fight is over and to put this behind them as they continue to mourn Jordan’s death,” Hassan Murphy, the family’s attorney, said in a statement. “They are committed to channeling their grief and loss into the work that remains to protect the lives of student-athletes around the world by educating them about the signs and risks of exertional heat stroke.”

In August 2018, then-president Wallace D. Loh said the university accepted “legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on the fateful workout day of May 29.”

Following McNair’s death, head coach DJ Durkin was fired, strength and conditioning coach Rick Court reached a settlement to leave the university, and two members of the training staff were dismissed.

An ESPN report from 2018 also detailed allegations made by players and others that Durkin led the program through fear and intimidation.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2020; College Park, Maryland, USA;  A general view of  Capital One Field before the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

COVID-19 positives cancel Maryland-Michigan St. game

The season-ending game between Michigan State and Maryland scheduled for Saturday was canceled because of COVID-19 issues revealed within the Terrapins’ program.

It is the second time that a game between the teams was halted. The game originally was scheduled for Nov. 21 before it was moved to Saturday. That also is the day of the Big Ten championship game between Ohio State and Northwestern.

Maryland announced on Thursday that the cancellation was done “under the guidance and advice from university medical staff.” The Terrapins program revealed three presumptive positive COVID-19 tests Thursday morning.

“This has been a season of promise and of adversity,” Maryland head coach Michael Locksley said in a release. “Our team has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic, resolve and displayed Maryland pride throughout this unique season. We have battled two opponents each week, the team we matched up with on the field and COVID. Together, we experienced tremendous highs and we are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to test ourselves on the field against Michigan State.”

Michigan State will end its season with a 2-5 record, losing its last two games to Ohio State and Penn State, respectively.

Maryland will end its season with a 2-3 record. The Terrapins had a game canceled against Ohio State one week before the original postponement against Michigan State. The Dec. 5 Maryland-Michigan game also was canceled.

The Maryland athletic program said it has conducted 2,340 on-campus COVID-19 tests for student athletes since Nov. 10, with 36 of those revealed as positive.

–Field Level Media