As the Terps did last week against Syracuse, the offense got going early with three first down plays in a row, the first being to Deon Long and the other two being long runs for Brandon Ross. After failing to get the ground game going a week ago, it was evident offensive coordinator Mike Locksley wanted to get it going early and often.
The first drive would stall in Hoosier territory, however, but kicker Brad Craddock would connect on a field goal to give the Terps an early 3-0 lead.
The Hoosiers are known for their up-tempo, running-style offense, and the Terps did a solid job on the first drive of the game. After a couple of first downs, the defense stood strong against a couple of passes and a run to the outside. Sean Davis had his nose in on two of the plays, displaying his range from the safety position, as he has all season.
After a Terps three-and-out, the Hoosier offense got another crack at it, and they began to move the ball down the field, getting inside of the red zone. The defense would hold strong from there, forcing a field goal attempt by the Hoosiers. With three minutes left in the first quarter, the Terps were tied with the Hoosiers 3-3 in their first Big Ten game.
As the first quarter wound down, the Terps found themselves in a 3rdand 17, seemingly resigned to punting. Brandon Ross would prove otherwise, breaking a tackle to break open a long run to gain the first down, extending the drive into the second quarter.
That long third down conversion would be just what the offense needed, as they would move the ball down the field, eventually culminating in a CJ Brown touchdown run to take the lead 10-3.
The following Hoosiers possession would also produce points following a long kick return and positive passing plays, getting the offense inside Maryland territory, setting up for a 48-yard field goal.
Indiana has had struggles with field goals this season, missing a couple against Missouri last week, but Griffin Oaks would come through, making his second field goal of the day to make it 10-6 in Maryland's favor.
Welcome to the party, Stefon Diggs! On the ensuing drive, Diggs took a wide receiver screen for 37 yards and finished the drive off with a 29-yard touchdown catch, and the Terps found themselves with a 17-6 lead with 8:50 left in the half.
Maryland would force a stop on the next possession, but that would be wiped out by a roughing the punter call on Shane Cockerille (yes, a quarterback got a roughing call). However, the defense would make another stop, especially after a 50-yard touchdown run by Tevin Coleman was called back, giving Maryland the ball once again.
The offense would take advantage and gain three more points to extend the lead to 14 with just over two minutes left in the half. To that point, Maryland had out gained Indiana 261-139 in total offense, with the time of possession being fairly even.
On the final possession of the half, the Hoosiers tried what appeared to be a long-shot field goal from 58 yards, and Oaks nailed it down the middle, sending the game into half, 20-9 in favor of Maryland.
Cole Farrand was one of the bright spots of the first half, flying around the field while collecting 11 tackles.
The defense came out and forced a big three-and-out to start the second half, handing the ball back to the offense, but this time, with a different quarterback. CJ Brown did not start the second half due to an injury he suffered in the first half, so Caleb Rowe took to the field to lead the Terps offense. Rowe delivered a few beautiful passes to move the ball in Hoosier territory, but would ultimately punt to end the series.
Following another Indiana three-and-out, Caleb Rowe went to work, and it would result in points. Rowe hit Diggs and Long for big chunks of yards, with the drive being capped off by a 36-yard touchdown on a swing pass to Brandon Ross. With eight minutes left in the third quarter, Maryland was in control 27-9.
The Hoosiers would move the ball into Terrapin territory on their ensuing drive, but facing a fourth and one, they were stuffed by Cole Farrand on a run up the middle, handing the ball back to the Terps with a big lead.
Another Maryland punt gave the ball back to Indiana, and even with a long run by Tevin Coleman, the Hoosiers failed to score points as Oaks missed a 54-yard field goal.
From there, the Terps would take advantage and after driving the ball down to the thirty yard line, Rowe hit Juwann Winfree for his first touchdown of his young career to extend the lead to 34-9, seemingly putting the nail in the coffin.
With eleven minutes left in the game, Indiana drove down the field, aided by a couple of penalties by Maryland and scored their first touchdown of the game with the Terps lead then being 34-15.
Fro there, the Terps would go into their "four minute offense" to kill some time, and they did. The drive took the clock down to six minutes and culminated in another field goal by Craddock, extending the lead to 37-15.
And as Will Likely always seems to do, he makes an interception on the following drive, giving the ball back to the offense to kill some clock. The Terps killed the clock down to under two minutes, handing the ball back to the Hoosiers with 1:16 left on the clock.
The Terps dominated the game start to finish, out-gaining the Hoosiers 442-302. This is the first win in the Big Ten for Maryland.