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QB Report: First-half evaluation of Perry Hills vs. BGSU

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QB Report: First-half evaluation of Perry Hills vs. BGSU

COLLEGE PARK -- It was clear from the start on Saturday against Bowling Green that the approach for quarterback Perry Hills would be different than it was in Week 1 against Richmond. Here are four takeaways at the quarterback position after one half of football in College Park.

1) Not as much stretching the field

Maryland’s game plan was about working short early on against Bowling Green. Perhaps it was a product of the rain and the wet field, or taking things learned from last week, but Hills did not look downfield in the same way that he did against Richmond.

Instead, there was a focus on the read option (more below) and short passes to players that included Amba Etta-Tawo and Malcolm Culmer.

2) Much more of the read option

C.J. Brown was routinely in read option looks last season because he was, first and foremost, a mobile quarterback. That wasn’t the case with Hills is Week 1, but became increasingly so against Bowling Green.

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Whether it was Brandon Ross or Wes Brown in the backfield, Hills worked out of that set and actually had the most success taking the ball himself. On one play in the second quarter, he scrambled for 36 yards after the pocket collapsed.

3) More stalling in the red zone

Maryland came away with almost all field goals during its red zone trips against Richmond. The same happened in the first half against Bowling Green.

That kept it a one-score game for much of the first half despite the fact that Maryland’s defense had been doing a good job of holding Bowling Green to field goals.

4) Less passing until a late-half push

Again, perhaps it was the rain and the slippery conditions, but Maryland ran the ball nearly twice as much as it passed it prior to the final drive of the half. Hills was by far the most successful, averaging more than 15 yards per carry.

There was a late push as Maryland tried to score before halftime after getting a stop on fourth down, which included more passing and pulled the ratio closer. It did not end in points and Maryland went into the half with a 13-6 lead.

Hills finished the first half 7-of-13 for 66 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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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. 

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 


This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties. 

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