Terps rout Indiana, 37-15, in first Big Ten Conference test

Maryland outgains Hoosiers 442-302

September 27, 2014|By Matt Zenitz | Baltimore Sun Media Group

BLOOMINGTON, IND. — — Chants of "Let's go Maryland" began to break out at Indiana's Memorial Stadium around the midpoint of the fourth quarter.

Most of the Hoosiers fans had already cleared out by that point.

The Terps will face some great challenges in the coming weeks. But Maryland was dominant in its first conference game as a member of the Big Ten, beating Indiana, 37-15, just a week after the Hoosiers upset No. 18 Missouri.

Indiana (2-2) entered Saturday as four-point favorites. But the Terps (4-1) led by 18 by the early part of the third quarter and never led by less than that the rest of the way.

"I thought this was our most complete game we've played to date," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said.

Terps starting quarterback C.J. Brown did not play during the second half after suffering a sprained left wrist during the second quarter.

However, backup quarterback Caleb Rowe stepped in for Brown and completed 12 of 18 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions during the second half.

Rowe had a 36-yard touchdown pass to running back Brandon Ross that pushed Maryland's lead to 27-9 early in the third quarter and then threw a 30-yard touchdown to freshman wide receiver Juwann Winfree early in the fourth quarter that put the Terps in front, 34-9.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs had six catches for 112 yards and a touchdown for Maryland. Fellow wide receiver Deon Long had nine catches for 105 yards.

The Terps also got 61 yards on just six carries from Ross as well as the 36-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

To Edsall, this was as good as Maryland's offense has looked at any point this season.

The Terps have weapons on offense and had some good moments offensively during their first four games. But unlike previous games, the offense was good from start to finish Saturday, even after Brown was injured.

Maryland scored on four of its first five possessions in the first half and then got points on three of its first five possessions in the second half.

"We had more consistency today," Edsall said, "and we utilized a lot of different weapons today."

But the Terps' defense was possibly even more impressive than the offense.

Maryland was facing an Indiana team led by standout running back Tevin Coleman that entered Saturday averaging 33.7 points per game.

However, the Terps held the Hoosiers to just nine points through three-plus quarters, and Indiana finished with just 332 yards of total offense.

"We practiced hard, and we knew the zone was one of their top run plays, and I think it was a little discouraging them a little bit because we were calling out the plays that they were about to run every time," said Maryland inside linebacker Cole Farrand, who had 19 tackles. "The film study helped. Everyone knew what was going on, and I think that's what led to us having such a good defensive game."

Coleman ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. But he averaged just 3.8 yards per carry aside from a 43-yard run he broke during the second half.

Maryland also limited quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who had thrown for 599 yards in the Hoosiers' previous two games, to just 14 of 37 passing. Sudfeld finished with 126 yards passing, did not throw a touchdown and was intercepted by Terps cornerback Will Likely.

"To hold that offense to the number of points that we did, to their least amount of yards … to keep [Coleman] in check, my hats off to our kids," Edsall said.

Maryland will face another test next week when it hosts No. 22 Ohio State in College Park.

But the Terps are 1-0 in the Big Ten, and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson now has a game ball to put in a trophy case in College Park to commemorate the Terps' first conference win as a member of the Big Ten.

Edsall presented Anderson with the game ball as he walked off the field, and Anderson was still holding the ball as he watched Edsall's meeting with the media later on.

"This was real important," Ross said. "It was the first game in the Big Ten, and it was our goal all week to come out strong and to just show other people that we can play in this conference because there were a lot of doubters. But looking back on it now, this feels good.

"We're the first Maryland team to ever get a Big Ten win. But most importantly, I'm just glad that we're 1-0 in the conference."

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