Maryland football bounced back Saturday with a 34-7 [insert action verb that implies “lopsided win”] over Rutgers. The Terps didn’t need to do much to beat an imploding Scarlet Knights team that’s making headlines for going 2-of-17 passing with five interceptions, but Maryland did more than enough.
Interim head coach Matt Canada, quarterback Kasim Hill, running back Ty Johnson and safety Darnell Savage took the podium to discuss the win.
Interim HC Matt Canada is flanked by Ty Johnson, Kasim Hill and Darnell Savage after the Terps obliterate Rutgers. https://t.co/Yq0ujPLYD2— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) October 13, 2018
During the win, Ty Johnson became the fourth Maryland player to total over 4,000 career all-purpose yards, joining LaMont Jordan, Torrey Smith and Stefon Diggs. Johnson downplayed the accomplishment when asked about it—“I don’t really pay attention to it that much; my mom’s really the one that pays attention to that,” he said—but Canada later spoke glowingly of the senior running back.
“Obviously he’s a humble young man. ... In the history of Maryland football, only four players have had 4,000 total yards, and he’s one of those guys?” Canada said. “So a great honor for him and a great honor for our football team and an offense doing a good job.”
The Terps ran for 290 yards as a team, their third time with at least that many this season. It was Maryland’s passing game that raised more questions entering the week, and while Kasim Hill had some lowlights on Saturday, he also threw for a career-high three touchdowns.
“After every single game, you always go back and watch the film and learn from the things that you could’ve done better,” Hill said. “There’s always things that you can do better, but after every game, I want to have that feeling of winning, and we had that feeling today and that’s the best feeling that you can have.”
The Terps are now 4-2 halfway through the season, equaling their win total from all of last year. Maryland visits Iowa next weekend and will turn its attention to the Hawkeyes in short order, but for the moment has a Homecoming victory to celebrate.
“We’re gonna enjoy it tonight—I promise,” Canada said. “And we’re gonna enjoy it tomorrow with our players because they deserve to enjoy a win and have nothing else bother them. They need to be happy. They deserve it. And then we’re gonna come back and we’re get to work tomorrow night as coaches, we’re gonna work all day Monday, they’re gonna go to class, and on Tuesday this one’s over.”