xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

The good and the bad from the Terps' 38-31 win over Iowa

Maryland beat Iowa, 38-31, Saturday to improve to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Here is what went well and what did not from a Terps perspective during that game:


THE GOOD

Advertisement

Quarterback C.J. Brown

As Maryland coach Randy Edsall said during his weekly conference call on Sunday, the Terps would not have won Saturday without Brown.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Brown has been inconsistent as a passer throughout the season and was not perfect Saturday, finishing 12 of 23 for 120 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

However, Brown ran for 99 yards on 21 carries, made some big plays to extend drives and help set up Maryland scores, and he would have had better numbers as a passer if not for wide receiver Marcus Leak dropping what would have been a 47-yard touchdown.

Brown looked good Saturday, and Maryland is going to win some more games the rest of the way if he continues to play like that and can stay healthy.

Brown also further displayed his toughness, returning from an upper trapezius injury to lead the Terps to a late scoring drive.

Advertisement

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs

Diggs had nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown.

His 53-yard catch-and-run late in the third quarter pushed Maryland's lead to 24-14.

Diggs also picked up 12 yards on two carries.

The Terps' resiliency

Maryland was down by 14 midway through the fourth quarter, had to play a quarter with third-string quarterback Perry Hills after Brown got injured, and the Terps needed to survive a late Iowa comeback attempt.

They did, overcoming everything that happened to come away with a 38-31 win over an Iowa team that was previously 5-1.

It was the first time the Terps had battled back from a 14-point deficit to win since Nov. 27, 2010.

"We're a resilient bunch," Brown said. "I think we're a special group, and we're going to fight until the end."

The defense

Iowa scored two touchdowns early and had 112 yards of total offense through two drives. After that, the Terps held Iowa without another point until late in the third quarter.

Following the Hawkeyes' second touchdown, 12 of Iowa's next 13 drives ended without producing points.

The Hawkeyes gained a total of just 148 yards on those 13 possessions.

Maryland nose tackle Darius Kilgo, who got the Terps' defensive game ball, was great and finished with six tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Defensive end Andre Monroe had six tackles, a tackle for a loss and a half-sack despite working some against Iowa star left tackle Brandon Scherff.

The Terps also got some big plays from outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (seven tackles, a sack and a forced fumble), outside linebacker Matt Robinson (seven tackles and three pass breakups) and cornerback Will Likely, who had an interception he returned 45 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter.

Other players had standout moments too.

And while Iowa put up some yards and points late after the Terps were up 38-21, the Hawkeyes averaged just 3.7 yards per carry, and quarterback Jake Rudock was a modest 18 of 32 for 173 yards with a touchdown and an interception through 55 minutes of action.

The Terps finished with four sacks.

The win

Maryland is back on track after losing, 52-24, to Ohio State in its previous game, and this was a good win over a team that entered 5-1 and is consistently one of the better teams in the Big Ten.

The Terps are also now one of just six teams in the Big Ten to be 2-1 in the conference or better, including one of only three in the East Division.


THE BAD

Punt Nate Renfro

Renfro was bad against Ohio State, and he averaged just 37.8 yards on nine punts against Iowa.

One went only 19 yards. Another — at a key moment of the fourth quarter — sailed well out of the end zone for a touchback despite the ball being snapped from Iowa's 38-yard line.

Injuries

Robinson and running back Brandon Ross both left with injuries and did not return to the game. Brown was hurt as well, but he later returned.

Production from the running backs

While Maryland finished with 212 rushing yards, Terps running backs put up lackluster numbers for a fifth straight game.

Jacquille Veii, who sees time at both wide receiver and running back, picked up 33 yards and a touchdown on two carries.

Other than Veii, Maryland only got 35 yards on nine carries from Ross and just 19 yards on eight carries from Wes Brown, an average of 2.4 yards per rush.

Wide receiver Deon Long

Long finished without a catch and saw only minimal action during the second half, as Edsall was apparently unhappy with Long's effort at times.

"We have a lot of confidence in our receivers," Edsall said. "And it's just like any position. If guys aren't playing up to the level of the expectations that we have for them, then we've got guys around here that we feel can go in and do a really good job. …

"Around here, guys are going to have to play hard all the time. If you don't, there's other guys that we feel comfortable with putting in the ballgame that will go in there and earn the right to get out there and get reps."

Kickoff coverage team

Maryland has allowed some decent-sized returns on kickoffs in recent games and allowed a 46-yard kick return Saturday.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement