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How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe

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How a meeting on Maryland's team bus may help Rowe

COLLEGE PARK -- On the bus ride back from Morgantown following Maryland’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia, quarterback Caleb Rowe sat with Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and combed through the aftermath.

On a tablet, they watched film of Rowe’s four-interception day, a game in which the redshirt senior was pulled in favor of Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman in the third quarter.

“You can’t dwell on that last play because you’ve got to put yourself in a position to learn from it as quickly as you can and try to bounce back,” Locksley said. “The minute we got on the bus for the ride home, he and I sat together and we watched the game to put it behind us so that we would start moving forward.”

It was a necessary, albeit painful step for Rowe because he will have to get right back out there. Just one day after the loss, head coach Randy Edsall reiterated that Rowe would be the team’s starter against Michigan. 

“I thought it was good, just having that one-on-one with Coach Locks,” Rowe said. “Immediately trying to get better and getting ready for Michigan, it’s something he was able to help me make the corrections and it really kind of bugged me the whole bus ride. I really tried to focus in on what my job is and not try to do too much.”

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In part, these are some of the mistakes Maryland knows will happen when putting a gunslinger like Rowe into the game. The field is instantly stretched vertically and there is the threat of going deep, but interceptions happen.

But again and again, he comes back out -- almost to a fault.

“It’s a short memory and you have to have it when you play that position,” Locksley said. “That’s the thing with Caleb which kind of sometimes for me is a little irritating is he doesn’t get fazed by it a lot.”

Saturday could bring one of two scenarios.

With heavy rain expected in College Park, perhaps Maryland has no choice but to run the football for the majority of the game. That would mean less is expected of Rowe through the air if conditions are so adverse that the deep ball he specializes in doesn’t not become an option.

Or even more could be asked of Rowe. Michigan’s defense ranks No. 6 in the nation in yards allowed per rush at just 2.6. Yes, 2.6 yards per carry by Wolverine opponents.

If the running game isn’t there (and if Maryland falls behind) it will be Rowe’s arm that is leaned on to get the Terrapins back in the game.

How that turns out might hinge on that meeting Saturday on Maryland’s team bus.

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -- Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.

Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.

Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.

"I didn't want to talk about going to bowl games, but I just said, `You know what, forget all that, I'm talking about bowl games' because they're big," Allen said. "I'm going to call these guys out on it and say that's what we're playing for."

After a slow start, the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) rebounded with three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the first half then closed with a flurry to snap a four-game skid. They need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

At least they still have a chance and largely because they got contributions from each phase.

Scott carried 19 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Peyton Ramsey went 16 of 28 with 243 yards, two TD passes and one interception and also made two shifty moves on a 35-yard scoring run in the first half.

The defense held Maryland (5-5, 3-4) to field goals on its first two trips into the red zone and forced four turnovers, including the sealing strip-sack of backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.

Justus made all four extra points and two field goals, something Maryland could not. A missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:54 left took crucial points off the board for Maryland, spoiling Anthony McFarland's career-best day. He ran 29 times for 210 yards in relief of the injured Ty Johnson.

With the loss for Maryland, their bowl hopes have taken a significant hit.

All the team needs is one more win to extend their season by a game and make the postseason. Their remaining two games are against Top 25 opponents Ohio State and Penn State. 

Maryland's lone Top 25 win this season was in the opening week against Texas. 

"This isn't the last game of the season," interim coach Matt Canada said. "Oh my gosh we wanted to win, we certainly could have."

It sure wasn't easy for the Hoosiers , either, even after they took a 31-15 lead midway through the third quarter.

Maryland charged back after Javon Leake returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Indiana 27-yard line. Two plays later, Leake scooted right and sprinted 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Pigrome's 2-point conversion pass to McFarland made it 31-23.

The Terrapins closed to 31-26 on a field goal early in the fourth and retook the lead when Pigrome hooked up with Jeshaun Jones on a 15-yard TD pass.

But when Tayon Fleet-Davis' run was stopped short of the goal line, Indiana took advantage.

Following a 23-yard kickoff return to the Indiana 40, Scott broke free down the right side of the field and went out of bounds at the Maryland 33. Four plays later, Justus made the decisive field goal.

"It was amazing," Justus said. "I was kind of just spacing out, I was really excited."

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story. 

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, announced on Twitter Tuesday he has committed to play for the Maryland football team. 

A three-star wide receiver, Tomlin becomes the first Terps commit since D.J. Durkin's firing. He is known for his speed, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and is the defending Pennsylvania state champion in the 300m hurdles. 

"I felt it was the right place for me to develop," Tomlin told 24/7 Sports. "Get to see good competition. Close to family. Get to play schools that passed on me," Tomlin said.

There is a family connection with Tomlin and Maryland as well: his uncle, Ed, played for the Terps.

As for the scandal surrounding Maryland football, Tomlin doesn't have too many concerns.

"I feel like they handled it appropriately at this point," he said. "I kind of knew I was going to commit a week or so ago. I just let it pan out."