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6 things that made Maryland’s 79-0 win over Howard interesting

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6 things that made Maryland’s 79-0 win over Howard interesting

With the score 28-0 in the first quarter, you had a feeling where this one was going. Maryland walloped FCS opponent Howard 79-0 on Saturday in the season opener and Mike Locksley’s debut as the Terps’ head coach.

Blowouts can be snoozefests, especially when the game gets out of hand early. But there were still plenty of reasons to keep watching Saturday’s game.

Here are six reasons that kept Maryland’s win over Howard interesting from start to finish.

The new turtle tunnel

A new tradition was unveiled on Saturday as the Terps entered the field through the new Mark L. Butler tunnel. What makes this tunnel special you ask? It’s shaped like a turtle shell.



Now you can fear the turtle while watching the team rub a turtle inside of a turtle shell.

Josh Jackson

Jackson made his debut under center for the Terps and he had a heck of a day. After a slow start in which he completed only one of four passes, he finished the game with 15 completions on 24 attempts, 245 yards and four touchdowns...in the first half.

Yes, everything the Terps did has to be taken with a grain of salt given the opponent, but it was a good debut.

Maryland’s defense destroying Cam Newton’s brother

Caylin Newton was the MEAC Player of the Year in 2018. He helped lead Howard to the biggest upset in college football history, at least in terms of the spread, in 2017 as a freshman with a 43-40 win over UNLV.

Maryland threw him around like a sack of potatoes.

Newton completed only three of his 11 pass attempts as the Terps’ pass rush was relentless. He was sacked five times on the game giving him a net gain of 10 total yards for the game.

Howard got only one first down in the first half and it came because of a pass interference penalty.

Howard’s punt team

Here's a fun stat: Of Maryland’s 79 points, 30 of those points came because of Howard’s punt team.

Howard’s punt team accounted for four of Maryland’s touchdowns on Saturday. You read that right, four.

Bison punter Isaiah Moore’s first punt went only 14 yards giving Maryland the ball at Howard’s 26. Later in the first, a snap went to Moore’s left which he fumbled giving the Terps the ball on the Bison’s 13. Moore shanked his first punt in the second quarter as well sending it a grand total of...three yards. Yes, three. Maryland took over at Howard’s 22. The Terps scored a touchdown on all three resulting drives.

Moore did not get much help when he did get the ball away later in the second as D.J. Turner returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown just when things were starting to get really ugly. Maryland added a safety off a punt block in the third quarter. Moore also fumbled another punt in the third, but there was little pressure from Maryland’s return team with the score already 65-0.

Moore did manage to kick a 72-yard punt in the game though so at least there was that.

Chasing history

Heading into Saturday’s game, the program record for most points scored in a game was 80. The Terps set a school record in the first half of Saturday’s game with 56 points, the most the team scored in a single half in program history. That half put 80 points well within reach.

With the score 79-0, the Terps drove the ball all the way down to Howard’s 7 yard-line but elected not to kick a field goal on fourth down and instead allowed the ball to be downed for a one-yard loss and a turnover on downs.

One point and seven yards. That’s how close Maryland was to making history.

This guy



I salute you, sir.

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Defense finally shows up for Maryland in rout of Oakland

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Defense finally shows up for Maryland in rout of Oakland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Darryl Morsell led a balanced attack with 14 points, and No. 7 Maryland used a strong defensive effort to power past Oakland 80-50 Saturday.

Anthony Cowan Jr. contributed 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Terrapins, Aaron Wiggins scored 10 and Jalen Smith added eight points and seven rebounds.

After opening with lopsided victories at home against Holy Cross and Rhode Island, Maryland is off a 3-0 start for the sixth year in a row. The Terps are 33-6 at home over the past two-plus seasons.

Xavier Hill-Mais led Oakland (3-2) with 18 points. The Golden Grizzlies shot 36.5%, were outrebounded 40-30 and went 6 for 15 at the foul line.

The Terrapins used layups by Smith and Morsell to turn a 35-22 halftime lead into a 17-point cushion. Minutes later, Morsell contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a 12-3 run that made it 56-31 with 12:28 left.

Morsell, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, went 6 for 8 from the field and had seven rebounds in only 21 minutes.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon used 15 players, nine of them for at least 10 minutes, and 13 different players scored.

The Golden Grizzlies broke to an early 16-12 lead and trailed only 24-22 before Maryland finished the first half with an 11-0 run -- including a dunk by Smith and a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the buzzer.

Oakland shot 37% from the floor before halftime, missing eight of nine from beyond the arc.

BIG PICTURE

Oakland made it interesting at the outset but withered under the weight of Maryland's depth. The Golden Grizzlies have 10 new players from last season, so need games like this to get ready for Horizon League play.

Maryland has far too much depth, height and talent for the opposition in these early mismatches. If there's any flaw worth noting, it's that the Terrapins have started slowly in each game before pulling away.

UP NEXT

Oakland: Hosts Hartford on Monday night.

Maryland: Continues its season-opening, five-game homestand against Fairfield on Tuesday night. In the only previous meeting, the Terps beat the Stags 71-42 in 2009.

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Jalen Smith bookends play with a block and alley-oop dunk

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Jalen Smith bookends play with a block and alley-oop dunk

Maryland forward Jalen Smith has been the Terps’ leading scorer in the early goings of this season, topping the box scores in each of the team’s first two victories

Against Oakland on Saturday, the sophomore only scored eight points but stuffed the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks—including this one that he helped turn into an alley-oop on the other end of the floor.

Smith entered the season with a selection to the preseason All-Big Ten Team after he averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 blocks per game as a freshman. He was  added to the Naismith Award watch list in early November as one of 50 college basketball stars eligible for the honor of being deemed the best player in the NCAA at the end of this season.

After beating Maryland 80-50 and moving to 3-0 on the year Saturday, the Terps are off until Tuesday when they host Fairfield at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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