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Maryland at Purdue: Battle of the backup quarterbacks

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Maryland at Purdue: Battle of the backup quarterbacks

Maryland was given a much-needed shot of confidence with a 48-7 blowout win over Rutgers last week. They hit the road again on Saturday for another conference opponent, as the Terps (3-2) face the Purdue Boilermakers (1-4) on Saturday (12 p.m.).

Here are four things to know for Saturday’s game

Both teams will be playing their backup QB

Tyrrell Pigrome will start at quarterback for the Terps on Saturday after Josh Jackson suffered a high-ankle sprain against Rutgers. Jackson has not been completely ruled out, but if he is not healthy enough to start, it seems doubtful he will be healthy enough to play.

There are still two reasons why Maryland fans should be optimistic. First, Pigrome is not your typical backup. This is not a guy with three career pass attempts suddenly being thrust into the lineup. Pigrome has 28 games worth of experience, 100 completions in 177 pass attempts and 14 total touchdowns.

Second, Purdue is in the exact same boat. Starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar underwent surgery to repair a broken clavicle on Sept. 30 and is out six-to-eight weeks. That means the reins to the offense have been taken from a fifth-year senior and given to redshirt freshman Jack Plummer.

In three games, Plummer has completed 49 of his 97 attempts for 545 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

To make matters worse, Purdue will also be without star receiver Rondale Moore for the second straight week.

Expect Maryland’s offense to be run-heavy

OK, so this is true every week, but Pigrome changes the dynamic a bit. When Jackson is under center he is supposed to give the Terps more of a passing threat. Yes, he has been inconsistent at times this season, but there is no doubt that he is the better passer than Pigrome. With Pigrome in, the pretense of trying to force the pass to establish the run is essentially gone. Pigrome is a better runner than a passer giving the Terps one more rushing weapon, but if Pigrome ends up throwing the ball 25+ times because Purdue is stacking the box, that is ultimately not going to help Maryland. If they are going to win this game, they are just going to have to run over the Boilermakers' defense.

The good news for the Terps is that they may be able to do just that. They are going up against a Purdue defense that ranks 78th in the nation giving up 162.8 yards per game on the ground.

The Terps will need to establish some passing threat just to keep Purdue honest, but this matchup sets up well for Maryland’s offense even without Jackson.

Purdue has one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation

Out of 130 FBS teams, the Boilermakers rank 129th in rush yards per game with just 50.8. That makes Purdue the second-worst rushing offense in the nation.

Considering the Boilermakers are already coming into this game without their starting quarterback and star wide receiver and its offensive line gave up 10 sacks last week to Penn State, just how does Purdue intend to move the ball?

Purdue is going to look good

Even if this game sets up to be an ugly one for Purdue’s offense, they at least are going to look sharp with some awesome uniforms.

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Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

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Daryl Dike's incredible goals leads UVA to the national championship game

It's never too late for a beautiful strike.

In the national semifinals between Virginia and Wake Forest, Hoos' leading scorer Daryl Dike, scored a goal for the ages. 

Dike tracked this ball perfectly and buried it past Andrew Pannenberg on his first touch.

Dike wasn't done there, stretching the lead to 2-0 with this beauty of a header:

Next up for UVA is the national championship title game Sunday, December 15th at 6 p.m., where they'll face off with Georgetown in Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Two more Georgetown players transfer out of program as Hoyas remain in turmoil

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Two more Georgetown players transfer out of program as Hoyas remain in turmoil

Freshman Myron Gardner and junior Galen Alexander are the latest players transferring away from Georgetown. 

Gardner and Alexander are the two other Hoyas, along with former Georgetown player Josh LeBlanc, who received restraining orders from a Georgetown student back in September. The restraining orders stemmed from an incident involving sexual assault, harassment and a subsequent burglary.

Alexander, who also played at Jones County Junior College and LSU, announced his decision on Twiter. In the announcement, he criticized the university for their handling of the incident and lack of support. He also professed his innocence of the allegations he is facing. 

"I have been publically shamed, threatened, and criminalized. I have been falsely accused and targeted by the media and my peers of crimes I did not commit. My character has been defamed and that needs to be cleared up more anything else. Very soon it will come to light that I am innocent and had nothing to do with the false allegations," Alexander wrote.

"In light of the situation, the University has allowed me to become a target and subjected to unfair treatment, with little or no support."

Playing in all nine games this season, Alexander averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds a game in just over 12 minutes a contest. This included considerable playing time in their wins over Oklahoma State and SMU after the allegations were made public. 

This is not the first time controversy has followed Alexander. While at LSU he only played in 9 games before being dismissed by coach Will Wade for disciplinary reasons.

Gardner told the Washington Post of his decision just hours before Alexander's announcement.  He will enter the transfer portal after scoring 25 points through eight games in his first collegiate season. 

As a result of these transfers, the Hoyas have seen four players leave their program in 11 days. LeBlanc and James Akinjo, who was not a part of the initial incident, announced their intent to transfer back on Dec. 2.

Only nine scholarship players remain on the Georgetown roster with over two-thirds of the season remaining.

Already the team was facing an identity issue for the allegations of their players. While all the players are now removed from the program, it is clear they were upset with how the university handled the situation. Either way, it is a bad look. 

In the aftermath of the complaints, Georgetown lost a high-value transfer from D.C. 

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