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Maryland’s 79-0 win over Howard wasn’t just one-sided, it was historic

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Maryland’s 79-0 win over Howard wasn’t just one-sided, it was historic

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Something tells me they won’t all be this easy. The Mike Locksley era got off to quite the start on Saturday as Maryland obliterated Howard to the tune of 79-0.

Games between FBS and FCS schools are often blowouts. Sure, there is the occasional Appalachian State-Michigan upset, but for the most part these games tend to be pretty one-sided.

Saturday’s game went well beyond the typical FBS-FCS rout.

Maryland was up 56-0 in the first half, the most points the Terps have scored in a half in program history. The final score of 79-0 fell just one point shy of the program record for points in a game.

Maryland leaned on its passing game in the first half in response to Howard’s defense which stacked the box and left no deep help in the secondary. Clearly the goal was to stop the run, but the Terps took advantage of the defense with 306 passing yards. Quarterback Josh Jackson threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the first half.

By halftime, Locksley was trying to figure out how to hold the team back.

“We made the decision at halftime, we made some adjustments to be able to run the ball even when they outnumbered us,” Locksley said. “We still were able to pop a few in there. But we've got to call our game and one of the things, we have to develop our young players and the only way you develop them is by executing your offense defense and special teams schemes.”

Even though they took their foot off the gas, Maryland still came oh so close to setting a new program record for points in a game.

With the score 79-0, running back Jake Funk broke off a 49-yard run to set Maryland up deep in Howard territory.

“Funk broke it out of there,” Locksley said. “I was glad he got tackled.”

Maryland got the ball down to Howard’s 7 but elected not to take the field goal and instead turned the ball over on downs.

“That was done out of respect for our opponent,” Locksley said. 

“It was a perfect storm,” he added. “We got into a situation where we were trying to manage the clock. We had the ability to tag our runs to make sure that if you break them off, they go down. You do that, it's kind of disrespectful. You score, it's disrespectful. So we tried to manage it.”

Howard head coach Ron Prince did not take the score as any sign of unsportsmanlike play from the Terps.

“First of all, it’s my job to stop Maryland, not Maryland, alright,” he said. “I thought Coach Locksley was very sportsmanlike about the entire thing and obviously at the end there, they laid off.”

They laid off just one point and seven yards away from a new school record.

But the point was not to run the score up. The point for Locksley was to develop his team which has to navigate a brutal Big Ten East schedule and who welcomes a ranked Syracuse team to College Park next week.

Locksley said after the game he spoke with coach Prince. “He understood that we weren't trying to run the score up. We respect the game, we have respect for the way it should be played.”

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Defense finally shows up for Maryland in rout of Oakland

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Defense finally shows up for Maryland in rout of Oakland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Darryl Morsell led a balanced attack with 14 points, and No. 7 Maryland used a strong defensive effort to power past Oakland 80-50 Saturday.

Anthony Cowan Jr. contributed 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Terrapins, Aaron Wiggins scored 10 and Jalen Smith added eight points and seven rebounds.

After opening with lopsided victories at home against Holy Cross and Rhode Island, Maryland is off a 3-0 start for the sixth year in a row. The Terps are 33-6 at home over the past two-plus seasons.

Xavier Hill-Mais led Oakland (3-2) with 18 points. The Golden Grizzlies shot 36.5%, were outrebounded 40-30 and went 6 for 15 at the foul line.

The Terrapins used layups by Smith and Morsell to turn a 35-22 halftime lead into a 17-point cushion. Minutes later, Morsell contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a 12-3 run that made it 56-31 with 12:28 left.

Morsell, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, went 6 for 8 from the field and had seven rebounds in only 21 minutes.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon used 15 players, nine of them for at least 10 minutes, and 13 different players scored.

The Golden Grizzlies broke to an early 16-12 lead and trailed only 24-22 before Maryland finished the first half with an 11-0 run -- including a dunk by Smith and a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the buzzer.

Oakland shot 37% from the floor before halftime, missing eight of nine from beyond the arc.

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Oakland made it interesting at the outset but withered under the weight of Maryland's depth. The Golden Grizzlies have 10 new players from last season, so need games like this to get ready for Horizon League play.

Maryland has far too much depth, height and talent for the opposition in these early mismatches. If there's any flaw worth noting, it's that the Terrapins have started slowly in each game before pulling away.

UP NEXT

Oakland: Hosts Hartford on Monday night.

Maryland: Continues its season-opening, five-game homestand against Fairfield on Tuesday night. In the only previous meeting, the Terps beat the Stags 71-42 in 2009.

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Jalen Smith bookends play with a block and alley-oop dunk

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Jalen Smith bookends play with a block and alley-oop dunk

Maryland forward Jalen Smith has been the Terps’ leading scorer in the early goings of this season, topping the box scores in each of the team’s first two victories

Against Oakland on Saturday, the sophomore only scored eight points but stuffed the stat sheet with seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks—including this one that he helped turn into an alley-oop on the other end of the floor.

Smith entered the season with a selection to the preseason All-Big Ten Team after he averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 blocks per game as a freshman. He was  added to the Naismith Award watch list in early November as one of 50 college basketball stars eligible for the honor of being deemed the best player in the NCAA at the end of this season.

After beating Maryland 80-50 and moving to 3-0 on the year Saturday, the Terps are off until Tuesday when they host Fairfield at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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