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Bowling Green takes down Maryland: 5 things you need to know


Bowling Green takes down Maryland: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- The weather in College Park was ugly at times, even resulting in nearly hour-long delay at halftime. The game between Maryland and Bowling Green wasn’t much more visually appealing.

Despite being leading, 13-6, at halftime, an offensive shootout broke out in the second half, but an exhausted Maryland defense and a lethargic Maryland offense could not keep up in a 48-27 loss to Bowling Green.

Falcons quarterback Matt Johnson finished 36-of-55 for 491 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. Receiver Roger Lewis hit the 200-yard mark. Maryland was doubled up in yardage offensively, 692-341.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Weather delay

After Maryland headed to the halftime locker room with a 13-6 lead, a message was posted on the stadium’s scoreboards that directed fans to evacuate the premises. The game would be delayed until the weather passed.

In all, the delay lasted 55 minutes and the second half began around 2:40 p.m.

2) Will Likely did it again (but one costly mistake)

Will Likely broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards last week against Richmond and Bowling Green made the mistake of punting to him again on Saturday.

Likely, drifting backward, received the ball, dipped and dodged, found an open space, and took the ball 85 yards for a touchdown. It was the lone touchdown of the first half and helped to supplement an offense that continued to have issues with stalling in the red zone again.

But there was a miscue, too. Likely got greedy on a punt in the third quarter. After being twisted around while tracking the ball, he muffed the punt and turned it over inside Maryland’s red zone.

That would lead to a Bowling Green touchdown that would tie the game, 20-20.


3) Mixing in the read option with Perry Hills, but offense struggles

Maryland opened up the playbook to include more read-option looks, trading deep passing attempts for more of a ground game -- which makes sense because Bowling Green gave up 399 yards on the ground last week to Tennessee.

But even when given opportunities, Maryland’s defense stalled far too often. By one count, there were at least five drops by pass catchers, meaning it wasn’t all on Hills.

At the same time, there were throws and situations that weren’t taken advantage of. He was later replaced (more below).

Hills finished 15-of-30 for 168 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

4) Maryland gets pressure on the quarterback, but were on field too long

When defending the spread offense, much falls on the secondary to defend on an island and much falls on the defensive front to get pressure on the quarterback without losing containment.

Both did their job in the first half, especially the front seven, which registered three sacks and four tackles for a loss. Yannick Ngakoue led the way with two of those sacks.

The pressure also forced an interception by Jalen Brooks in the third quarter that gave Maryland another opportunity in Bowling Green territory, but the ensuing drive fizzled out with no points.

Eventually, the defense just couldn’t hold us. Cornerback Sean Davis was being targeted deep repeatedly and getting beaten. BGSU continued to run the ball without much resistance, and the result was back-to-back fourth-quarter touchdown drives of 99 yards and 73 yards.

5) The dagger late

Maryland’s defense was just too worn down. They had held the fort for so long that the disparity in time of possession had become too much to overcome.

Just when it had seemed like perhaps there was a chance to get the ball back in the middle of the fourth quarter, a third-down, 44-yard touchdown pass from BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson to wide receiver Robbie Rhodes slammed the door.

Caleb Rowe was inserted at quarterback in place of Hills and the first pass he threw was intercepted. He was intercepted again shortly after, his second pick in three attempts on the day.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.


Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.


Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.