Story By: Andrew Lang
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
Today was all about the State of Maryland. Two schools, same state, but one team just much better than the other. Pretty safe to say that Towson has some work to do this season based on their lack of performance today. For the Terps, this is a great start and a place for them to build. Quite a few people, both students and alumni though this game would be a 50-10 rout, but it was much the opposite.
The Terps opened up the game with a quick first quarter touchdown at the 12:06 mark when Taulia Tagovailoa ran for 23 yds for a touchdown. Followed by a Maryland delay of game penalty, kicker Jack Howes tacked on the extra point for an early 7-0 lead.
Towson showed very little offense and mostly used the run against the Terps which proved to be very ineffective. This allowed for the Terps to jump out to a 21-0 first half lead.
The Tigers showed little or nothing again in the second half and finally got on the board with a 57-yard field goal with 3:20 remaining in the second quarter.
Maryland’s only real offense of the second half came on when Roman Hemby scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter.
Tagovailoa had 32 pass attempts in the first half and only one in the second before he was replaced by Billy Edwards Jr.
One notable takeaway from this game was that the Terps held have now three straight opponents without a touchdown, dating to last season. It’s the first time the Terps have accomplished that since they shut out Cincinnati, Clemson and Virginia to finish off an undefeated regular season in 1976.
“We had a lot going in the first half as some of you could see I got a bit heated at some of the calls very early on after the delay of game call, but it worked out a bit better for us after that said, Terps Head Coach Mike Locksley.
Next up for the Terps: Home Saturday Night against Charlotte.