Despite missing their starting quarterback and running back, the Maryland Terrapins overcame a slow first half and their defense held late to give them one final chance to win the game. With 2:49 left the Terps took over after Indiana took a six point lead following a field goal. Tyronne Pigrome and the Maryland offense moved the ball a bit, but he missed on a deep pass and Indiana came down with the interception. Indiana kneeled the clock out to take the 34-28 win.
The Hoosiers got a big performance from last year’s starting signal caller after Michael Penix Jr went down in the second quarter. Peyton Ramsey went 20-of-27 for 193 yards and a touchdown, he also ran for 47 yards. Stevie Scott III got going in the second half, finishing with 109 yards and two touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts.
Maryland was led by a career day from running back Javon Leake, he had 158 yards on 23 attempts and two touchdowns. Pigrome had a solid night outside of the late interception with 210 yards and two touchdowns in the air, completing 17-of-27 of his passes.
Indiana’s passing attack was impressive, but one of the reasons they were able to execute it so well is they dictated the terms at times by spreading the Terps defense out. Locksley said as much following the game and cited his defense’s adjustment in the second half which is how his team got back in the game. The Hoosiers just executed better late, it was that simple.
Maryland struggled to execute late, turning the ball over twice. The first was when Leake had the ball ripped out by Juwan Burgess, but Maryland held and only surrendered a field goal. The second was the deep ball from Pigrome that was inaccurate. Locksley talked about him and his staff having to do a better job of getting the guys ready, but also mentioned that good teams don’t beat themselves.
The Terrapins are trying to get to that place, it’s a process and doesn’t happen quickly. Up next, they travel to Minnesota before returning home to host Michigan.
Adjustments. Maryland’s staff has done a solid job this season of adjusting things on both sides of the ball as needed in game. This was another example as the defense tightened up considerably in the second half.
Air Attack. The Hoosiers passing attack was impressive, they had several guys on the perimeter that were able to win in one-on-one situations. Both Penix Jr and Ramsey showed good pocket presence and patience letting things unfold downfield before choosing to use their legs, even then they kept their eyes downfield.
Leake and Scott III. Both starting running backs put on a show, really taking on the workload at times to keep the chains moving and hitting a couple of home runs as well. Both backs averaged at least six yards a carry in this one.