COLLEGE PARK -- It all looked so promising for Maryland early against Indiana, seemingly inspired by Senior Day at Byrd Stadium in College Park. The running game was motoring along. The defense was standing up to the Hoosiers. They jumped out to a 21-3 lead.
But then it fell apart at the seams.
Indiana responded to that with a 44-7 scoring run to bury the Terrapins. Here are five things you need to know from the 47-28 loss.
1) Huge lead for Maryland early
All looked like it would be going well for Maryland early on. Brandon Ross was running downhill and finding holes on his way to a career day. He hit early with a 79-yard touchdown run. He would follow that up later with a 75-yard run.
The Terrapins got out to a 21-3 lead and the defense was holding strong against a stout Hoosiers offense.
2) Then the tide turned
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld found his groove, spreading the offense out and slinging the ball around to his receivers. Even with small windows, he fit the ball in and hit the deep ball as well.
Maryland’s secondary, often put out on an island, were overmatched against Sudfeld. The defense as a whole has struggled all season against spread offenses and they were hurt again. After going up 21-3, Indiana outscored Maryland 44-7 the rest of the way.
Sudfeld finished 22-of-34 for 389 yards and four touchdowns.
3) Quarterback carousel continues
Perry Hills was ruled out of Saturday’s game after coming down with mononucleosis. Caleb Rowe got the start and was turnover-free in the first half. He took a shot near halftime, though, when he dove ahead on a quarterback keeper and got his bell rung.
He exited the game, then came in shortly before halftime. But as the second half got underway, he was not on the sidelines with the team and dual-threat quarterback Shane Cockerille was under center instead.
Rowe finished 10-of-19 for 88 yards and a touchdown. Cockerille was 9-of-20 for 82 yards.
4) Career day on Senior Day for Brandon Ross
The senior, Ross, saved the best performance of his career for Senior Day at Byrd Stadium. He had two runs of at least 75 yards and finished with 250 yards on the game. That rushing total is the most for a Maryland running back since Bruce Perry in 2003.
It was a career high for Ross and the first time he had ever tallied three rushing touchdowns in a game.
5) Ngakoue gets the record
It had been a long time in the making -- and it took a video review to make it official -- but Maryland junior Yannick Ngakoue broke the school’s single-season record that has stood for more than 30 years.
Rushing from the edge, Ngakoue got to quarterback Nate Sudfeld and stripped him which counted as sack 13.5 for him on the season. The ball was recovered by fellow defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson to give Maryland possession.