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Maryland tops USF: 5 things you need to know


Maryland tops USF: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- With senior Caleb Rowe starting at quarterback for the first time this season, Maryland’s offense awoke from a deep slumber on Saturday in a 35-17 victory over South Florida at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

Though prone to turnovers at times, Rowe ignited a passing attack that spread the ball around to nine different receivers on his way to a 21-of-33 passing day for 297 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Freshman tight end Avery Edwards was the beneficiary of two of those touchdowns. Those two touchdowns are twice as many as all Maryland tight ends caught combined all of last season.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Bad out of the gate, but Rowe hits his stride

Caleb Rowe’s first drive under center ended with an overthrown pass and an interception. But he hit his stride as the first half went along.

But one thing was clear -- this offense is more productive with Rowe under center.

For the first time this season, defenses had to be mindful of the threat of the deep ball, which Rowe unleashed on first-half passes of 70 yards (to Taivon Jacobs for a TD) and 49 yards (to Levern Jacobs down inside the five-yard line).

By early in the third quarter, Rowe had three touchdowns and Maryland held a 28-10 lead. Rowe became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for four touchdowns since Danny O’Brien against NC State in 2010.

2) The turnover concern will persist, though

With the gunslinging Rowe comes the turnover-prone Rowe, too. The senior threw three interceptions on Saturday, though one turned out to be more or less innocuous (described below).

There were times that South Florida did not take advantage of the turnovers, which won’t be the case when higher-level opponents come to town.


3) Wes Brown ejected

With close to 10 minutes to play in the second quarter, USF’s pass rush got to Rowe and he threw the ball up for grabs. It was intercepted by defensive back Deatri Nichols.

As Nichols returned it, he began going down near the 28-yard line. Maryland running back Wes Brown came in to make the tackle, but led with his helmet and made contact with Nichols near his head.

He was flagged for targeting. The play was reviewed. Brown was ejected after carrying the ball just once for three yards. Read more on the incident here.

4) Defense given a fighting chance and shows what it can do

It’s stunning to see the secondary benefit the defense enjoys when the offense can get momentum going.

Last week against Bowling Green, the defense was on the field for 63 percent of the game against a fast-paced spread offense. They eventually wore down, which led to the 700-yard BGSU performance.

Saturday, the time of possession game was nearly even and the defense benefitted from it.

They had the right mix of pressure on dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers while still containing him and not allowing him to extend drives with his legs.

Sean Davis had as big a bounce-back game as one could hope for. After being torched vs. Bowling Green, he had two interceptions and a forced fumble.

5) USF makes change at quarterback in-game

South Florida was ripping up Maryland’s front. They had just come off a 17-play touchdown drive that trimmed the Maryland lead to 28-17 just before the start of the fourth quarter.

But after a Maryland three-and-out, backup Steven Bench came in at quarterback. It was unclear if there was an injury to Flowers (he would eventually return) but that stalled drive buried the Bulls.

USF appeared to be making progress, but a hands-to-the-face penalty pushed them back. That led to a Bench interception -- that was negated by a roughing the passer penalty on Maryland. Bench would throw another interception shortly after to Davis.

Maryland would score on the next drive to push the lead to 35-17.

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

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No. 19 Iowa pummels Maryland 23-0 for 3rd straight win

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On a day when the wind made nearly every play an ugly one, Iowa's defense looked beautiful.

Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown and 19th-ranked Iowa pummeled Maryland 23-0 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

Anthony Nelson added a TD on a fumble recovery for the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who held the Terrapins to just 115 yards and seven first downs on a day when wind gusts topped 40 mph.

"I'm really happy with our team's performance. When you play a team like Maryland, they really pose some unique challenges for us and you factor in the conditions on top of that," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I thought our guys did a really good job of being focused."

Those conditions seemed like they might favor Maryland and its run-heavy attack.

But Iowa's front seven never let the Terrapins' attack get going, and its offense used the ground game to grab an early lead and control the ball for more than 40 minutes.

After settling for a pair of short field goals, Iowa went into halftime ahead 13-0 after Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 10-yard TD grab -- which Smith made with one hand -- with eight seconds left in the second quarter.

Nelson, a defensive end, made it 23-0 Hawkeyes late in the third quarter by falling on a botched handoff from backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome in the end zone.

"They controlled the line of scrimmage up front. When we did try to run it up inside, they did a very good job of stopping us," Maryland coach Matt Canada said. "The wind really limited us being able to throw the ball down the field to loosen them up."

Ivory Kelly-Martin ran for 98 yards for Iowa, which had its first shutout since a 28-0 victory at Illinois two years ago.

Kasim Hill was 6 of 15 passing for 47 yards and a pick for the Terps (4-3, 2-2), who ran for just 68 yards after entering play averaging 245 a game on the ground.

All three of Maryland's losses have come by at least 21 points.


Iowa: The Hawkeyes are really starting to round into form. If Iowa can upset Penn State next week in State College, talk of the Hawkeyes crashing the playoff party will only gain steam because they should be favored to win their last four games.

Maryland: The Terps' defense simply couldn't get off the field, time and again bullied by an Iowa offensive line that played arguably its best game yet. Illinois ran just 39 plays, compared with 76 for Iowa.


Iowa might make another big jump -- the Hawkeyes went from unranked to 19th last week -- after an utterly dominant performance. The Hawkeyes have won their last three games by 17, 26 and 23 points.


Maryland looked like it had a good shot at holding Iowa to another red-zone field goal late in the first half. But Byron Cowart got flagged for a personal foul following a Stanley incompletion from the Terrapins 22, and two plays later Stanley found Smith in the end zone.


Hesse, Iowa's senior defensive end, played perhaps the signature game of a brilliant career. Hesse knew exactly when to stay home and when to attack on Maryland's option plays, and he added a sack and two tackles for loss. "They give you a lot of different looks ... it all came down to what we did this week in practice," Hesse said. "Not to sound redundant or cheesy. That's just something you've got to practice."


Ty Johnson was the only Maryland player with more than one catch. He had two, for two yards. Iowa was 9 of 18 on third downs and 3 of 4 on fourth downs. Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis combined for 29 tackles for Maryland. The Hawkeyes wore out Maryland with a 17-play drive in the first quarter that consumed nine minutes and ended with a 23-yard field goal from Miguel Recinos. "Our objective is to get off the field on third down. Unfortunately, we understand when those long drives happen, it's because we failed to do that," Watson said.

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion.