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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 Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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