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First-Half QB Report: Rowe struggles vs. WVU


First-Half QB Report: Rowe struggles vs. WVU

After a four-touchdown performance against South Florida, Caleb Rowe’s fortunes in the first half against West Virginia were not so kind.

Daniel Martin breaks down his first-half outing. Here is his stat line through 30 minutes: 5-of-20 passing, 23 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs.

West Virginia leads, 38-0, at halftime.

1) First drive actually promising

Maryland’s opening drive ended with a turnover on downs in West Virginia territory, but there were some promising parts to it. They converted two third downs. Caleb Rowe made a few smart decisions, including scrambling for a first down, instead of forcing the ball into tight places.

It was the kind of drive that could set the groundwork for a solid day, despite the way it ended. But that was not to be in the first half.

2) Miscommunication and frustration

Rowe began 1-of-10 for three yards as the game reached into the second quarter. He tried to take the top off the defense by pushing the ball deep, but throws were either off line or well-covered.

On one first-quarter play, there appeared to be a miscommunication between Rowe and wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Rowe chirped in frustration.


In the second quarter, another miscommunication appeared to occur when Rowe was looking for Malcolm Culmer deep. Culmer pulled up and the ball was thrown with the thought he would keep running. It was intercepted.

Rowe would throw another interception when he led receiver Jahrvis Davenport too much and it was picked off in the middle of the field.

On the one notable offensive play of the first half, the benefits of a 55-yard catch and run by Brandon Ross were erased when he fumbled the ball at the goal line and it rolled through the back of the end zone for a touchback. That gave the ball back to West Virginia in a 35-0 game.

3) Offensive struggles create defensive snowball effect

West Virginia runs a spread offense. That has a tendency to wear down defenses. Maryland, under Rowe’s watch, was unable to sustain drives in the first half. That put the defense back out there, worn down by West Virginia’s running game and pace of play.

That creates a downhill snowball effect that allowed the Mountaineers to hold a 38-0 lead at halftime.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.


Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.


Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss


Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.


"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.


Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."


Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.