College Sports

Edsall to have 'discussion' about quarterback situation

COLLEGE PARK — When the Maryland offense returned to the field almost midway through the fourth quarter after another Bowling Green touchdown made the Terps' deficit 41-27, it was backup quarterback Caleb Rowe standing at the line of scrimmage, not starter Perry Hills.

The Terps offense had stagnated while Bowling Green took the lead after an interception by Hills on the previous drive. So coach Randy Edsall put in Rowe in hopes the senior could help lead a comeback.


Rowe, seeing his first action since Maryland's loss to Ohio State on Oct. 4, 2014, threw three passes in the waning moments of Maryland's 48-27 loss. One was completed to wide receiver Malcolm Culmer for a 17-yard gain. The other two were intercepted.

After the game, Edsall was noncommittal about Maryland's quarterback situation.


"We'll sit down and watch the film and have a discussion about what we'll do moving forward," Edsall said.

Hills finished the day 15 of 30 for 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also led the Terps with 94 rushing yards, including a 36-yard run, and didn't take a sack for the second straight game.

But he wasn't helped by his receivers.

Culmer dropped two passes on Maryland's opening drive, and tight ends Derrick Hayward and Avery Edwards each couldn't pull in passes they had their hands on in the third quarter. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo also had two drops.

After the game, Hills said Edsall hadn't told him anything about his position on the depth chart moving forward.

Rowe entered the preseason after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last October in practice after the Ohio State game. He was the second-string quarterback behind C.J. Brown last season and performed well in spots, including passing for 198 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Brown at Indiana last September.

At times during August's three-way competition between Hills, Rowe, and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman, Edsall said Rowe was in third. Rowe looked shaky in an open scrimmage, and Edsall praised Hills for being able to command the huddle and manage the game.

Against Richmond, the Terps were seven of 12 on third-down conversion attempts and scored on five of their six trips to the red zone. On Saturday, Maryland was three of 12 on third down and reached the Bowling Green red zone once.


Edsall expects to have some clarity on the situation Sunday.

"We'll meet [Sunday] and we'll come up with what we want to do next week and how we want to proceed," Edsall said. "But we're leaving too many plays on the field, so we'll address those things and see where we want to go.

Weather delays second half

With Maryland leading Bowling Green 13-6 at halftime, inclement weather rolled through College Park with lightning within 10 miles. So the stands at Byrd Stadium were evacuated and the game entered a weather delay. Soon enough, a 55-minute delay was tacked on to the normally 20-minute halftime for a 75-minute delay.

After halftime, the game was all Bowling Green, with the Falcons outscoring the Terps 42-14 in the second half. Edsall and the Terps maintained that the extended halftime didn't have an impact on their second-half performance.

"It does stink because you're kind of sitting there for a long time, not being warmed up and things like that," quarterback Perry Hills said. "But it really shouldn't matter that much."


On the first play of the second half, Bowling quarterback Matt Johnson hit wide receiver Robbie Rhodes on a tunnel screen for a 64-yard gain down to the Maryland 18-yard line. And while Falcons kicker Tyler Tate missed a 34-yard attempt, it set the tone for the half.

Johnson went deep again on Bowling Green's next possession and hit wide receiver Roger Lewis for a 58-yard touchdown pass, beating Maryland cornerback Sean Davis to tie the game 13-13.

"That still doesn't play a factor, man," defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said. "It shouldn't matter if we had to wait an hour, two hours. We still got to go out there and be disciplined and execute."

Cornerback Will Likely's muffed punt, which led to another Bowling Green score, also happened in the third quarter, and Bowling Green's 17-play, 99-yard drive to take a 27-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, began with 4 minutes, 50 seconds left in the quarter.

"It wasn't different from any other halftime," right guard Andrew Zeller said. "It was just a little bit longer. I don't think it hurt us as a team. Everybody kept the energy up when we were in there. We were ready to come back out."

Terp Tidbits


Ngakoue's three sacks set a career high. It marked the first time a Maryland player had three sacks since Andre Monroe had three at Virginia Tech on Nov. 16, 2013. … Maryland's offensive line hasn't allowed a sack in two games. … Middle linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. had a career high 13 tackles, including nine solo stops. Davis had a team-high 14. … Outside linebacker Jalen Brooks had his first career interception in the third quarter. … Defensive end Jesse Aniebonam made his first career start and finished with five tackles.