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Maryland storms back to beat Rutgers: 5 things to know

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Maryland storms back to beat Rutgers: 5 things to know

It took until the final game of the season, but Maryland now has a Big Ten win.

Behind 401 yards of rushing, spread across big days from Brandon Ross, Ty Johnson and even Caleb Rowe, the Terrapins stormed back from 21 points down to beat Rutgers, 46-41, on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Another QB swap

After Perry Hills was cleared to play and start under center, it became clear that the Maryland running game was going to have a tough time against the Rutgers front early on. Hills again struggled to get the ball deep on a pair of attempts, so in came Caleb Rowe -- also cleared to play after being listed as a game-time decision.

There was more life with Rowe in the game. If he limits turnovers, that has always been the scouting report for the South Carolina native. At the half, he was 10-of-19 for 157 yards with no turnovers.

2) Maryland’s secondary again having issues

In the season finale, Maryland faced one of the toughest wide receivers that it has had to match up against all season.

Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo was at the 100-yard receiving mark by the middle of the second quarter and had 132 receiving yards at the half. He finished with 183 yards on seven catches.

It really didn’t matter what Maryland threw at him. Sean Davis was burned deep on a nice stop-and-go route. Darnell Savage had equal troubles staying with him. Will Likely missed the game with an injury, which added to the issues.

Having to focus so much on Carroo opened things up for other receivers, as well. But Maryland wouldn’t give up.

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3) Second-half fight

There were points at which this game could have gotten out of hand, like when Maryland trailed 31-10 following a Rutgers touchdown. But to Maryland’s credit, they fought back.

The Terrapins scored 17 straight points to cut the deficit to 31-27.

They continued to fight thereafter. Rutgers scored a TD to answer, but Maryland added one of its own to cut the deficit to five. They continued to fight.

4) The final push

A 42-yard touchdown run by Kenny Goins put Maryland up by a one. A field goal response put Rutgers back up. Then, it happened.

After two long Ty Johnson touchdown runs earlier in the game and that one by Goins, Maryland got a final one from Brandon Ross to seal it. His 80-yard run up the gut put the Terrapins up by five, 46-41.

Maryland stopped Rutgers by literally an inch on a 4th-and-1 on the ensuing drive. On 3rd-and-5 on the game-sealing drive, Caleb Rowe kept the ball on the read option and scampered 36 yards to give Maryland the victory.

5) First Big Ten win

It took until the last game of the season, but Maryland has a conference win. The Terrapins finish the year 3-9 and 1-7 in conference, but end a disappointing season on a high note.

It is almost certain that interim head coach Mike Locksley will not become the program’s full-time head coach, but it is unclear if he will remain with the program and in what capacity. But right now, a victory to end a trying season is a credit to the way he was able to bring the players in this program together during his interim coaching period.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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