Maryland senior quarterback Caleb Rowe made his third start of the season Saturday against Michigan, looking to bounce back from his four-interception game against West Virginia.
Here are three takeaways from the first half:
Stats: 8-of-24 passing, 47 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Halftime Score: Michigan 6, Maryland 0
1) Starting off with gloves (and slants)
With the weather wet and wind blowing at times, Rowe came out Saturday wearing gloves -- something unusual for the senior.
In what was also probably an effort to combat the weather, Maryland’s game plan early included slants and screens to work underneath routes against a Michigan defense that is ranked No. 6 nationally against the pass.
It worked for some time. Then came the turnovers.
2) Interceptions, interceptions
Maryland can not afford interceptions against Michigan. Its defense did its job in recovering two first-quarter fumbles. But Rowe threw two interceptions in those same 15 minutes.
His first was an out route to the far sideline that was intended for D.J. Moore. It was unclear whether Rowe did not see the defender or if he was trying to thread the needle anyway, but the pass was picked off by Jeremy Clark.
The second interception was on a play that would be considered a safe play. Rowe was looking for running back Brandon Ross on a screen. It hung up in the air long enough for Michigan’s Desmond Morgan to break off his block and pick it off.
3) The interception problem
Rowe’s two interceptions now push his total to 11 so far on the year. That is nearly double the next-worst quarterback in the FBS, with multiple players tied at six each.
This is coming in a much smaller sample size, too, because Rowe did not start the first three games of the season.