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Indiana storms back to blow out Terps: 5 things to know

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Indiana storms back to blow out Terps: 5 things to know

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.

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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.

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a long-term FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.

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Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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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