The Maryland Terrapins got steamrolled 59-3 by the #3 Michigan Wolverines at the Big House, in Ann Arbor Michigan.
“Credits off to the Michigan team as a whole,” Maryland linebacker Shane Cockrell said in the postgame press conference. “They played together, played physical. They just came out and they deserve it.”
Michigan set the tone with their first possession, a 10-play, 91-yard drive capped off by a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Wilton Speight to wide receiver Amarah Darboh.
Speight had a career day with 362 yards passing and three touchdowns – two through the air and one on the ground.
The banged-up Terps defense struggled to corral a balanced and explosive Wolverine offense, which passed, ran, and trick-played their way down the field at will.
“The defense that we play, it requires everyone to be fundamentally sound, to be knowing what they’re doing, to play for each other,” Cockrell said. “At times, you know, I feel like we left a little opportunities out there.”
In the first half alone Michigan gained 402 yards on 34 plays, compared to Maryland’s 190 yards on 31 plays.
Both teams played turnover-free football in the first half.
Maryland and Michigan both committed six penalties, for 46 yards and 62 yards respectively. False starts and illegal formation penalties routinely derailed the Terp’s fast-paced offense.
A bleak outlook got bleaker for the Terps when senior starting quarterback Perry Hills went down injured with 9:07 left in the second quarter – he would not return, and was replaced by senior quarterback Caleb Rowe.
“When Caleb came in he just filled the role. He filled the role real good,” Maryland wide receiver DJ Moore said in the postgame press conference.
Rowe went on to complete 12 of 23 passes for 203 yards, but threw two interceptions.
Michigan scored a touchdown on every offensive possession in the first half. Maryland was held scoreless.
“The strength of this Maryland team is their running backs,” ESPN field analyst Todd McShay said early in the first quarter.
Despite a meager 78 rush yards, the Terps’ running backs, especially Lorenzo Harrison and Ty Johnson, looked like the brightest part of the offense. Both backs ran hard, breaking tackles and fighting for extra yards.
Maryland got the ball to begin the second half, ran a few plays and then turned the ball over via a Rowe interception – there were no Terps anywhere near the pass.
“I threw it off my back foot,” Rowe said in the postgame press conference. “It was just a bad play on my part… It was my fault.”
On the ensuing drive the Terps forced Michigan to kick a field goal, a first for the Maryland defense.
After Michigan converted the field goal and kicked off, Maryland went on a six-play, 30-yard drive that ended with an incomplete pass on 4th-and-11.
Michigan regained possession, drove 51 yards and then got stuffed by the Terps defense.
The Terps began the fourth quarter down 45-0, but started with the ball after a Michigan touchdown courtesy of a 1-yard run by running back De’Veon Smith.
Maryland converted their first possession into points, driving 55 yards before settling for a 37-yard field goal by Adam Greene.
The Wolverines converted two drives into field goals before scoring another touchdown via a 9-yard TD pass from backup quarterback John O’Korn to Kekoa Crawford: Michigan 59, Maryland 3.