After a 79-0 rout of Howard, the Terps are back in action Saturday at noon with its first big test of the season at home against No. 21 Syracuse, one of the best teams in the ACC.
The Terps impressed on both sides of the ball last week against Howard. The star performer on offense was Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson who threw for 245 yards on 15 of 24 passing to go along with four touchdowns. Jackson also recorded an impressive 203.2 passer rating, which ranked second in the Big Ten behind Justin Fields of Ohio State (203.4). The Maryland quarterback was also third in the conference in total QBR at 80.7 behind Fields (92.8) and Illinois’s Brandon Peters (81.6).
The rushing game was also impressive for Maryland with redshirt junior Jake Funk and junior Tayon Fleet-Davis leading the way with 79 yards a piece. Funk also scored a touchdown as well as star running back Anthony McFarland Jr., who had two trips to the end zone.
On the defensive end, it was Sam Okuayinonu, a junior, who led the way with seven tackles and a sack. Ayinde Eley also starred for the Terps defense with six total tackles and one tackle for loss. Highly touted Ohio State transfer Keandre Jones joined the party as well with four tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Terps will need another strong effort on both sides of the field if they hope to knock off its first ranked opponent at home since 2010 (38-31 defeat of NC State). On defense, the Terps will need to contain Syracuse’s star senior running back Moe Neal, who recorded 89 yards and two total touchdowns in the Orange Week 1 win at Liberty. And Maryland’s offensive line will have its hands full up against one of the best defensive lines in the country.
The Terps trail the Orange 15-19-2 in the teams’ overall series. Maryland won the last matchup between the two programs 34-20 back in 2014.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Maryland: 1-0 (0-0 Big Ten)
Syracuse: 1-0 (0-0 AAC)
All-time series: Syracuse leads 19-15-2
Odds: Maryland is a 1.5-point favorite
How to watch and listen
Saturday, Sept. 7, noon (ET); Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park
TV: ESPN (Mark Jones, play-by-play; Dusty Dvoracek, analyst; Olivia Dekker, sideline analyst)
Radio: 105.7 FM (Balt.) / 980 AM (DC), TuneIn Radio App, Sirius 105 / XM 202 (Johnny Holliday, CJ Brown and LaMont Jordan)