The Maryland football team trailed Minnesota 7-0 with two minutes left in the first half of Saturday’s game. The Terps just needed to get to halftime, and perhaps they could make the necessary adjustments to create some offense and become a participant in the game.
It didn’t quite work out that way.
Minnesota marched down into the Terps’ red zone and scored easily on a 17-yard screen, as Shannon Brooks took the ball in almost untouched.
“We’re supposed to have that guy covered, but we lost our eye control,” Maryland head coach DJ Durkin said after the game.
With the way Maryland was playing, a two-touchdown margin seemed gigantic. The Terps reached the end zone once on the day, in the fourth quarter. By then, it was too late.
This scenario echoed a similar situation from Maryland’s defeat at Penn State a week prior, when a 45-yard Saquon Barkley rushing touchdown right at the end of the half turned what could have been a 17-14 deficit into 24-14. The Terps couldn’t recover in either game, and now they’re 4-2.
In other news
Minnesota out-rushed the Terps, which isn’t ideal.
Maryland’s defense did what it needed to, but its offense didn’t. I broke that down in our stock report.
Four takeaways from Maryland’s loss, by Roman Stubbs.
Anthony Cowan could provide a change of pace for Maryland basketball, writes Josh Stirn.
Maryland Madness provided a glimpse at the Terps’ new players, by Jordan Katz.
Here’s recent three-star Maryland commit Dazz Newsome weaving for a pick-six: