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First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State


First Half QB Report: Perry Hills vs. Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Perry Hills started his third game of the season at quarterback for Maryland vs. Ohio State and his first since Week 2 against Bowling Green.

Here are CSN’s takeaways from the first half.

1) Opening up the playbook

With Caleb Rowe or Daxx Garman under center the past few weeks, Maryland’s playbook has been limited to plays from inside the pocket. Perry Hills brings some mobility, which allows Maryland to open things up.

Early on, there were a lot of bootlegs and rollouts in an attempt to shift the Ohio State defense around and spread them out. Success was not overwhelming, but it was a different look.

2) And then the early strike

Hills had been benched previously because he could not get the ball down the field. Well in the first quarter on Saturday, a nice play-action call out of a timeout freed up wide receiver D.J. Moore over the top and Hills hit him with a 52-yard strike for a touchdown.

Hills ran down the field to celebrate, arms raised, and it gave Maryland an early gust of wind in their sails to begin the game on the road.


3) Ohio State adjusts

After that big strike, Hills struggled to find his receivers. Aside from the 52-yard touchdown, he was 1-of-10 the rest of the half for 10 yards.

There was undoubtedly more life to the offense with Hills under center than there has been the last two weeks under Rowe or Garman, but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily spectacular.

Maryland managed just over 100 yards of total offense in the game against Michigan. It had 197 yards by the half, aided by a late 75-yard Hills run.

4) But those legs

Hills surprised many near the end of the half by breaking through the gut of the defense for a 75-yard run, turning a drive that seemed to be a routine end-of-the-half clock bleed into a scoring drive that made it 21-14 at the break.

Halftime Hills Stats: 2-of-11, 62 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT | 9 carries, 97 yards, 1 TD

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Mike Locksley reportedly makes big addition to Terps staff with former Tennessee head coach

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Mike Locksley reportedly makes big addition to Terps staff with former Tennessee head coach

When Mike Locksley was hired to become the University of Maryland's newest head football coach earlier this month, it was expected that his biggest impact would come on the recruiting trail. Locksley has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best recruiters of talent in the DMV, and his hometown connections were a major draw for the university and its boosters.

His recruiting acumen doesn’t just apply to players, it seems. He’s begun putting together a coaching staff at Maryland, and many of the rumored candidates would represent major “gets” for a school of Maryland’s stature and reputation.

Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has accepted a position as tight ends coach and associate head coach for the Terps, Jeff Ermann of InsideMdSports reported on Tuesday.

Jones was a head coach for a decade prior to spending 2018 as an offensive analyst for Alabama, an off-field position. In the years prior, he spent time at Central Michigan, Cincinnati, and most recently Tennessee. He holds a career record of 84-54, and is 4-2 all-time in bowl games. He had a winning record at each school.

The title of associate head coach is a nice addition for Jones, but a former SEC head coach who experienced some success would seem to be somewhat overqualified for a position coach. Jones, similarly to Locksley, was attempting to rehabilitate his reputation under Nick Saban at Alabama, and is likely aiming to return to head coaching one day.

There are some conflicting reports. Rivals is reporting that while an agreement could be coming soon, it is not yet a done deal.

It would be a nice coup for Maryland, as Jones would come to College Park with a reputation as a good offensive mind and a stellar recruiter. Jones signed multiple top-10 recruiting classes at Tennessee, and while coaching in the SEC has certain advantages, his recruiting acumen fits in well with Locksley.

It remains unclear how much of an overhaul Maryland’s coaching staff will undergo under Locksley, though it stands to reason there will be some turnover. 24/7 Sports is also reporting that Locksley will be bringing on John Papuchis to coach special teams and linebackers, and Cory Robinson, a former director of player personnel at Maryland under Randy Edsall. Robinson’s role is not yet specified, though based on his experience it is assumed he’ll be working with defensive backs.

Elijah Brooks, longtime head coach at local powerhouse DeMatha, has also been rumored to be joining the Maryland staff, though it has not been reported at this time.


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Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago


Anthony Cowan highlights an ugly Terps start, hits historic milestone against Loyola Chicago

BALTIMORE -- Anthony Cowan scored 17 points and No. 23 Maryland overcame a sluggish start to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-41 on Saturday.

Cowan became the 55th player in Maryland history to score 1,000 career points, hitting the milestone with a free throw in the first half. He has 1,010 for his career. Aaron Wiggins added 10 points for the Terrapins (8-2).

Cameron Krutwig scored 12 points for the short-handed Ramblers (5-5), who have lost four of five.

Maryland won despite getting modest contributions from its imposing frontcourt. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith each picked up two fouls in the first half, and the pair combined for two points and two rebounds in 10 minutes as the Terps carried a 24-20 lead into halftime.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Fernando, who was averaging 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds coming into the game, finished with eight points and five rebounds. The 6-10 Smith had one point and three rebounds in his first college game in his hometown.

Cowan and Fernando scored on Maryland's first two possessions of the second half, and Cowan added a 3-pointer to make it 31-22 with 17:03 to go. Loyola never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

The game was the second half of a doubleheader in the Charm City Classic. Morgan State defeated Towson 74-69 in the opener.


Loyola of Chicago: The Ramblers dressed only eight scholarship players because guards Bruno Skokna and Lucas Williamson remain out with injuries. Loyola has lost both of its games against power conference teams this season (Boston College and Maryland).

Maryland: Two days after sputtering down the stretch in a loss at Purdue, the Terps needed time for their offense to emerge from the doldrums. Maryland improved to 3-0 under coach Mark Turgeon in games played in Baltimore.


Loyola of Chicago enters a week-long exam break and won't play until Dec. 16, when it entertains Norfolk State.

Maryland hosts Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday in the teams' first meeting since 2003.