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Terps Use USF Miscues to Bounce Back with Victory, 35-17

Story By: Richard Thomas

Photos By: Sol Tucker

College Park, MD–

USF had problems at quarterback late in the Fourth Quarter helping the Terps to a 35-17 victory.
USF had problems at quarterback late in the Fourth Quarter helping the Terps to a 35-17 victory.

After what could have been called one of the most disappointing losses in Terps history last week, this week Randy Edsall vowed for changes to his line-up and demeanor for the game for USF, well it worked as the Terps forced the Bulls into miscues late in the game helping them back on their feet with a much needed victory.

With Caleb Rowe leading the way, the Terrapins overcame a variety of mistakes of their own on  Saturday in a 35-17 victory over South Florida.

Rowe was named the starting quarterback in the wake of a 21-point loss to Bowling Green last week. Despite mishandling the ball at times, the junior provided enough big plays on his 33 passes to help the Terrapins (2-1) finish with 411 yards in offense.

”He did some very good things out there,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. ”But as a quarterback, you can’t throw three picks. Those picks led to their points. And some of the things in the huddle weren’t as crisp as they needed to be. So there’s still a whole lot of things he needs to do to get better.”

South Florida (1-2) also had its share of miscues – including two turnovers, a dropped potential touchdown pass, a holding call that wiped out a touchdown run and a personal foul penalty that erased a fourth-quarter first down when the score was 28-17.

”I thought our guys would play better than we did,” coach Willie Taggart said. ”We left a lot of opportunities out there. We left a lot of plays out there, and we had a lot of costly penalties that killed some drives and cost our football team. In all, we just didn’t play winning football.”


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