Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
After the Terps saw their starting quarterback go down with an injury last week, they came into the game against a 1-5 Northwestern knowing that they were coming off a bye-week and hungry for a victory. The Wildcats took the Terps down to the wire, but in the end, there was not enough time left after the Terps took it to the house to make it a 31-24 game.
The Terps move to 6-2 for the first time since 2010 and reach bowl eligibility at the earliest date since 2001 (Oct. 11).
Billy Edwards Jr., a redshirt freshman who had never before started a college game, possibly made his biggest play of his Maryland career as his late drive against Northwestern on Saturday ended up being the game winner.
With the score tied at 24 late in the 4th quarter, Edwards’s had one job, get the ball down the field quickly. His hand off to Roman Hemby ended up being a 75-yard run for the final score of game.
“He was on fire,” Edwards said of Hemby. “It made my job a lot easier.”
After Hemby’s go-ahead touchdown, junior safety Beau Brade grabbed an interception to halt Northwestern’s hopes of tying the game.
The Terps will have a week off before returning to action and it is likely that Tagovailoa will be ready to make a start and carry the load with some big games coming up in the tail end of their schedule.