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Terps get plenty of big plays but can't finish DJ Durkin's first season with Quick Lane Bowl win


Terps get plenty of big plays but can't finish DJ Durkin's first season with Quick Lane Bowl win

Maryland is still without a bowl victory since 2010.

DJ Durkin’s first season ended in bowl eligibility, but it didn’t end in a postseason win, the Terps falling to Boston College, 36-30, in Monday’s Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit.

Maryland turned the ball over four times but hit enough home-run plays to make this one very competitive.

The Terps got a pair of long touchdown runs from Ty Johnson in the first half — scoring scampers of 62 and 30 yards — but trailed the Eagles 29-13 at the break and 36-13 after the Eagles picked up a Perry Hills fumble for a touchdown on the fifth play of the third quarter.

But two more huge scoring plays got Maryland right back in it. After Boston College’s fumble-recovery touchdown, Hills hit Teldrick Morgan for a 63-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the drive. And after a Boston College three and out, Hills found Levern Jacobs for a 52-yard touchdown pass on the second play of that drive to make it 36-27.

Not five minutes into the second half, the two teams combined for just 13 plays but three touchdowns.

The squads swapped unsuccessful possessions from there, punting often before the Eagles missed a field goal at the start of the fourth quarter. Then football madness took over. The Terps turned the ball over on downs, only to get the ball back three plays later on an interception, taking over at Boston College’s 17-yard line. Maryland got to first and goal at the two-yard line, only to push itself back with penalties. Many plays later, the Terps were back on the doorstep, but Hills fumbled the ball away. Three plays later, though, in the shadow of their own goalposts, the Eagles fumbled the ball right back to the Terps.

But gifted a second chance at a goal-line score, Hills threw three straight incompletions, and Maryland settled for a field goal to make it a six-point game. The Terps had one more possession in the final minutes, but Hills threw three straight incompletions and was sacked on fourth down to end the game.

Despite the bevy of turnovers, Maryland’s offense found relative success against one of the country’s top-10 defenses. The Terps scored 30 points and racked up 357 total yards, though only 128 of them came on the ground. Hills completed just 15 of his 35 passing attempts for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Johnson rushed 15 times for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Hills, though, accounted for minus 41 rushing yards.

Maryland finished Durkin’s first season as head coach with a 6-7 record. The Terps haven’t won a bowl game since Ralph Friedgen’s final season at the helm of program, a victory in the 2010 Military Bowl.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.