Maryland Terps

Quick Links

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

maryland-terps-iowa-hawkeyes.jpg
USA Today

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.

THE TAKEAWAY

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.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

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.

TURNING POINT

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.

PARKER HESSE CAN'T LOSE

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."

THE NUMBERS

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.

Quick Links

Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

josh-jackson-vt-usat.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley is back at it again on the recruiting trail.

On Monday, former Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson announced his decision to transfer to Maryland. Jackson is the second quarterback in the last three weeks to commit to Maryland, as Locksley landed four-star prospect Lance LeGendre over Florida State on National Signing Day earlier this month.

Jackson has two years remaining of eligibility, and will be able to play for the Terrapins immediately.

The former Hokie entered the 2018 season as the starting quarterback, but suffered a season-ending injury in September. In 2017, Jackson started all 13 games for Virginia Tech, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding another 324 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Hokies went 9-4.

It's been a very busy offseason for the Terrapins quarterback room. Kasim Hill, who started the first 10 games of Maryland's season a year ago, announced he was entering the NCAA's transfer portal on Feb. 8.

Hill is currently recovering from a left ACL tear, his second ACL tear in as many years. 

After adding Jackson, the transfer will most likely compete with senior Tyrrell Pigrome for the Terrapins starting quarterback position. Pigrome entered the 2017 season as the Terps starter, but tore his ACL in Maryland's Week 1 victory over Texas. Hill beat our Pigrome for the starting position in 2018, but Pigrome closed the season out as Maryland's starter after Hill got hurt.

It's very evident that one of Locksley's main priorities after being named head coach was upgrading the quarterback position. The Terrapins aerial attack struggled significantly in 2018. In his 10 starts, Hill failed to throw over 100 yards in six of them. That's not good.

While there is no guarantee that Maryland's quarterback play will improve in 2019, one thing is for sure: the quarterback room will look a lot different.

MORE NCAA NEWS:

Quick Links

Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

wilson-chip.jpg
@MarcusHelton/Twitter

Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

For a third straight year, Woodrow Wilson High School took home the DCIAA title in boys basketball with its 92-48 thrashing of Roosevelt. 

Head coach Angelo Hernandez received double-digit scoring contributions from five players, including a team-high 17 from Darren Buchanan. 

The Maryland-bound Mitchell twins -- Makhi and Mahkel -- continued their efficient return to D.C. hoops with 13 points each. Makhi finished with a stat line of 13 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. 

They're set to join Mark Turgeon's 2019 roster after a high school journey which started at Bishop McNamara (Forestville) and went on to the famed Montverde Academy (Florida) for a short stint with current Duke star RJ Barrett before returning to their D.C. roots for a final hoorah at Wilson. 

Up next for the Tigers? The state tournament.