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Game balls: which Terps performed best in the win over 'Cuse?

The special teams and defense shined once again for Maryland.

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Ed. Note: These are game balls given out by us, not by the team.

Offensive game ball: Marcus Leak

C.J. Brown tuned in his best week throwing against Syracuse, but if you take away Brandon Ross' 90 yard sprint and a few of Marcus Leak's acrobatic catches, Maryland may have been on the losing side of that game. Leak went and attacked the ball. Leak was on the receiving end of a beautifully thrown ball from Brown in the first quarter to get the scoring started. He then made one of the best catches for the Terps all year when Brown lofted a ball up and Leak stole an interception from the corner, coming up with a big 45-yard play.

Defensive game ball: Will Likely

There is little doubt that Will Likely is most deserving of the game ball this week, especially after being awarded Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Likely recorded nine tackles, one for loss, and had an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown. It's his second straight game with an interception, and the sophomore corner now has found his way into the end zone more times than star receiver Stefon Diggs.

Special Teams game ball: Brad Craddock

Automatic Craddock is proving he is worthy of his nickname once again, sailing making four extra points and two field goals including a 44 yarder. The junior kicker is perfect on the season, completing seven of seven field goals and making all of his 18 extra point attempts. After hitting 84 percent of his kicks last season, Maryland has a lot of confidence in Craddock.