Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
From the opening whistle until the final minute ticked off the clock, it safe to say that Maryland did nothing but dominate the Hoosiers on the way to a 44-17 victory behind another stellar performance by Taulia Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa, seemed to have his way at will with Indiana in the first quarter and he 21-3 edge was more of setting the tone of what he is capable of at any point in the game.
“We talked earlier in the week about enjoying wins, and we’re going to enjoy this one,” Maryland coach Michael Locksley said. “So whatever questions you all ask me, I ain’t going down a negative rabbit hole with you all. We’re 5-0, 4-0 at home, 2-0 in the Big Ten, and I couldn’t be prouder of this team.”
Tagovailoa’s five touchdown passes were one shy of the school record, set by Frank Reich in his famous comeback victory over Miami in 1984.
For the Hoosiers their overall offense seemed a bit overwhelmed at times in the game and some of their efforts to make a play on fourth down late in the game were a stretch. Their 17 points basically came in garbage time in the fourth quarter.
Indiana quarterback Tayven Jackson threw for 113 yards with an interception. Brendan Sorsby relieved him and threw two touchdown passes in the final quarter.
“We have to evaluate everything and find a way to score points, but we also have to play better defense,” Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said. “The start of the game defensively was very poor and very frustrating. Too many explosive plays.”