Maryland took a 21-7 lead, had to battle back from a 17-point deficit and walked away with the one-point win over Minnesota in overtime Friday off a missed extra point.
The Terps struck first in overtime to take a 45-38 lead, but the Golden Gophers responded in short order with a touchdown of their own. Kicker Brock Walker missed the resulting extra point attempt to end the game in stunning fashion.
The win snaps an eight-game conference losing streak for the Terps, who improved to 1-1 on the season.
Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and running back Jake Funk were the stars for Maryland in this one. After throwing three interceptions and just 94 yards in last week's loss to Northwestern, Tagovailoa rebounded with 394 passing yards, three touchdowns, one interception, and an additional 64 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Funk, meanwhile, rushed for 216 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, a big game for a player coming off two straight seasons cut short by an ACL tear.
For the second week in a row, Maryland's offense was very proficient at the start. The team's only score of the game against Northwestern came on the opening drive and on Friday, the Terps struck again on the opening drive, this time with a touchdown as Tagovailoa found funk for the eight-yard passing touchdown. That play capped off an 11-play drive for 82 yards. Maryland.
Though the offense stalled in the second quarter, Maryland was able to rebound in the fourth and in overtime to secure the win. The Terps would earn a whopping 675 total yards for the game.
In the second quarter, Minnesota defensive lineman DeAngelo Carter intercepted a tipped ball, giving the Golden Gopher's defense its first stop of the game. At that point, Maryland led, 21-7. Minnesota would score on the resulting drive after the interception and, in fact, would score the next 31 straight points to take a 38-21 lead.
Mistakes were an issue for the Terps as an unsportsmanlike penalty from Maryland on 3rd down would extend Minnesota's opening drive of the second half that would ultimately result in a touchdown. On the very next drive, Maryland running back Peny Boone would fumble in the end zone which Minnesota recovered to prevent the Terps from getting any points on the long drive.
Maryland's defense had no answer for the Golden Gophers' rush attack for much of the game and running back Mohamed Ibrahim took advantage with 207 yards and four touchdowns. He scored each of Minnesota's first four touchdowns of the game.
Luckily for Maryland, he could not keep up that momentum in the second half.
It's been a long time since we have seen Maryland's offense look this explosive.
The Terps' 21 points in the first quarter are the most Maryland has scored in the first quarter of a Big Ten game since Nov. 21, 2015.
Tagovailoa's game also snapped a lengthy drought for the Terps who had not seen a quarterback throw for over 300 yards since Oct. 12, 2013.