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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

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Same face, new place: Terps face unique QB vs. Michigan

COLLEGE PARK -- So you face a quarterback at home one year and beat his team, then a year passes and you’re set to play him again -- on a different team.

It’s the unusual situation that Maryland will face Saturday when former Iowa quarterback and now Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock leads the No. 23 Wolverines into College Park for an 8 p.m. kickoff.

The way that transfer rules work, especially within the conference, makes a case like Rudock’s unique. After having graduated from Iowa, Rudock was free to transfer to any school and play immediately, just like Maryland linebacker Jefferson Ashiru has done this season.

But there is a catch within the conference. An explanation from MLive.com:

Under the current Big Ten intra-conference transfer rule, there is no exception outlined for a student-athlete wishing to compete immediately as a graduate transfer. The rule calls for all players who signed scholarship players with another member institution to sit out a year before competing again at a different member school.

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So Rudock had to petition the conference to allow him to play. He won and he has been Michigan’s starter since their opener against Utah.

“That’s probably a first for me,” Maryland defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski said of facing Rudock back-to-back years in different uniforms. “We saw him live and in color last year. We got a good feel for what he can do. He’s very comfortable in that offensive style. He’s efficient throwing the ball, doesn’t panic in the pocket. He’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

Last season against Maryland, a heavily pressured Rudock completed 32-of-56 passes for 317 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

He won’t be throwing the ball 56 times this year. And that’s not just because there is a hurricane bearing down on the East Coast. Michigan has found success running the football and there’s no reason to stray from that against this Maryland defense.

So in those limited looks through the air, Maryland needs to capitalize. Other teams have in the past, including Utah. The Utes forced three Rudock interceptions on their way to a narrow victory.

“He’s very cautious with the ball and I think their offense is helping him do that,” sophomore linebacker Jermaine Carter said. “How they’re trying to control the game, run the ball and little short throws.

“So that’s a big thing. We’ve got to go out there and cause some turnovers.”

Turnovers give Maryland the ball back and having the ball bleeds time, which may be the difference on a drenched field Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -- Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.

Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.

Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.

"I didn't want to talk about going to bowl games, but I just said, `You know what, forget all that, I'm talking about bowl games' because they're big," Allen said. "I'm going to call these guys out on it and say that's what we're playing for."

After a slow start, the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) rebounded with three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the first half then closed with a flurry to snap a four-game skid. They need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

At least they still have a chance and largely because they got contributions from each phase.

Scott carried 19 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Peyton Ramsey went 16 of 28 with 243 yards, two TD passes and one interception and also made two shifty moves on a 35-yard scoring run in the first half.

The defense held Maryland (5-5, 3-4) to field goals on its first two trips into the red zone and forced four turnovers, including the sealing strip-sack of backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.

Justus made all four extra points and two field goals, something Maryland could not. A missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:54 left took crucial points off the board for Maryland, spoiling Anthony McFarland's career-best day. He ran 29 times for 210 yards in relief of the injured Ty Johnson.

With the loss for Maryland, their bowl hopes have taken a significant hit.

All the team needs is one more win to extend their season by a game and make the postseason. Their remaining two games are against Top 25 opponents Ohio State and Penn State. 

Maryland's lone Top 25 win this season was in the opening week against Texas. 

"This isn't the last game of the season," interim coach Matt Canada said. "Oh my gosh we wanted to win, we certainly could have."

It sure wasn't easy for the Hoosiers , either, even after they took a 31-15 lead midway through the third quarter.

Maryland charged back after Javon Leake returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Indiana 27-yard line. Two plays later, Leake scooted right and sprinted 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Pigrome's 2-point conversion pass to McFarland made it 31-23.

The Terrapins closed to 31-26 on a field goal early in the fourth and retook the lead when Pigrome hooked up with Jeshaun Jones on a 15-yard TD pass.

But when Tayon Fleet-Davis' run was stopped short of the goal line, Indiana took advantage.

Following a 23-yard kickoff return to the Indiana 40, Scott broke free down the right side of the field and went out of bounds at the Maryland 33. Four plays later, Justus made the decisive field goal.

"It was amazing," Justus said. "I was kind of just spacing out, I was really excited."

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story. 

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, announced on Twitter Tuesday he has committed to play for the Maryland football team. 

A three-star wide receiver, Tomlin becomes the first Terps commit since D.J. Durkin's firing. He is known for his speed, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and is the defending Pennsylvania state champion in the 300m hurdles. 

"I felt it was the right place for me to develop," Tomlin told 24/7 Sports. "Get to see good competition. Close to family. Get to play schools that passed on me," Tomlin said.

There is a family connection with Tomlin and Maryland as well: his uncle, Ed, played for the Terps.

As for the scandal surrounding Maryland football, Tomlin doesn't have too many concerns.

"I feel like they handled it appropriately at this point," he said. "I kind of knew I was going to commit a week or so ago. I just let it pan out."