Tracking the Terps

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Schmuck: Maryland football shows big-play potential and something more important during difficult time — resilience

Who are these guys and where were they last week?

The Maryland football team thoroughly trounced undefeated Minnesota in its Big Ten opener Saturday at Maryland Stadium after being thoroughly trounced by winless Temple there seven days earlier. You figure it out.

This time, everything that could go right pretty much did. The Terps (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) broke off several big touchdown runs.

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Maryland notes: Steady performance by quarterback Kasim Hill leads to Terps' rout

Kasim Hill seemed more himself Saturday. The redshirt freshman quarterback didn’t hold onto the ball too long or overthrow his receivers, as he seemed to do more often than not the previous two weeks.

As a result, he was barely touched by Minnesota’s defense, getting sacked just once for a 1-yard loss.

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Maryland and Canada redeem themselves with resounding 42-13 win over Minnesota in Big Ten opener

If Maryland’s season-opening victory over then-No. 23 Texas was a statement game for the Terps after their long, tragic summer, then Saturday’s Big Ten opener might have been a statement for their interim coach and offensive coordinator.

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An empty canvas forces Maryland's Matt Canada to draw up plays more effectively

Matt Canada came to Maryland last January with both a reputation for being an offensive guru and a coaching vagabond, having worked at six schools in the previous eight years.

While Canada seemed to have a short shelf life at several stops, including a one-season stay at LSU and Wisconsin, his ability to call plays was rarely questioned.

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Five things to look for in Maryland football's Big Ten opener against Minnesota

The football matchups with Minnesota since Maryland joined the Big Ten have featured the road team winning the first two times, either as betting or at least perceived underdogs.

Two years ago, the Gophers came to College Park with redshirt sophomore quarterback Conor Rhoda making his first start and left with a resounding 31-10 victory.

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Now 3-0 for second straight year, Minnesota looks for different ending to season, against Maryland

A year ago, Minnesota’s 3-0 start seemed to be a sign that the magic first-year coach P.J. Fleck had performed in turning Western Michigan from Mid-American Conference doormat into a national story would continue immediately with the Gophers.

The team’s unbeaten season ended with a 31-24 defeat to Maryland, which upset Minnesota in Minneapolis behind third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager.

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