COLLEGE PARK -- On a dreary, cloud-covered day in College Park, Maryland’s offense did little to enthuse the crowd of 51,802 at Byrd Stadium in a 28-0 loss to Michigan.
In all, the Terrapin offense mustered just 105 yards of total offense, hurt by an inability to get anything going on the ground or in the air and compounded by turnovers that stalled what progress was made.
Here are five things you need to know about the loss.
1) Interceptions plague Caleb Rowe again
Senior quarterback Caleb Rowe threw two interceptions in the first quarter, negating the two fumbles the defense had worked to recover in the same quarter.
One came on a deep out route to D.J. Moore that was thrown into double coverage. The other was on a screen that bounced off of running back Brandon Ross, hanging in the air long enough to be picked off.
He made another poor decision in the third quarter, scrambling and throwing a side-armed pass that was bobbled but intercepted.
Rowe now leads the FBS in interceptions by a wide margin with 12. He was later replaced. More on that below.
2) Plenty of offensive problems to go around
Yes, much falls on Rowe. But his wide receivers were doing him no favors. The first half saw five drops by Maryland receivers and he was pressured consistently by the Michigan pass rush.
On the ground, Michigan came into the game surrendering just 2.6 yards per carry. That was good for sixth in the nation. In the first half, Maryland rushed for just 1.8 yards. Of Ross’ 25 first-half yards, 18 came on one run. The other seven came on 10 carries.
3) Defense forced turnovers (turning into little)
Maryland’s defense did its part to bounce back after a dismal out vs. West Virginia last week. They forced two turnovers in the first quarter, then picked off a Jake Rudock pass in the third quarter.
The problem was, Maryland did very little to capitalize on those turnovers.
4) Rowe replaced again
For the second straight game, Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman replaced Rowe in the third quarter of the game. The move came after Rowe’s third interception.
Rowe finished 8-of-27 for 47 yards with those three interceptions.
Against Michigan’s stout defense, though, it didn’t make much of a difference to insert Garman. He finished 2-of-9 passing for 29 yards.
5) The defense finally breaks
As has been in the case in many other games over the course of the past three seasons, there came a point where the defense could simply hold no longer.
Though the score was 6-0 at the half, short Maryland offensive drives ultimately took their toll. A handful of big Wolverine plays made it 21-0 by the end of the third quarter and Michigan cruised from there.