D.J. Moore throws a thumbs up before a snap during Maryland's 35-10 loss to Michigan. (Joel Valley/The Left Bench).

Maryland football mauled by Michigan Wolverines

The Maryland Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) fell behind early and never recovered in their 35-10 loss to the Michigan Wolverines (8-2, 5-2) Saturday afternoon in College Park.

The Wolverines took advantage of a short-field two different times en route to a 28-0 halftime score, which the Terps couldn’t overcome.

“I feel like we beat ourselves,” safety Josh Woods said. “Credit to them, they’re a good team.”

Already down 14-0 early in the second quarter, Maryland failed to convert on a fake punt for a fourth-down conversion on their own half of the field and turned the ball over to the Wolverines. Michigan took just one play to score and gave the ball back to the Terps up 21-0.

Maryland’s offense faltered for a second straight drive and Wade Lees’ punt attempt was blocked, setting the Wolverines up with great field position for the second-straight drive. Michigan made quick work of the possession, scoring in two plays to go up 28-0.

“We were trying to make a play, we get stopped on the fake punt. We blew an assignment on a blocked punt, it was a short field,” head coach DJ Durkin said.

The Terps never recovered from the deficit, despite playing significantly better in the second half. In the third and fourth quarters, Maryland’s defense limited Michigan and the Terps outscored them 10-7. By the time the game ended, Maryland had outgained the Wolverines in both passing and rushing finished with 340 total yards to 305.

However, despite the Terps’ strong second half, they weren’t able to overcome their poor start. Even when their offense was moving early in the game, the Terps could not convert opportunities to points. They missed a field goal and quarterback Ryan Brand threw an interception in the Michigan end zone.

Brand, making his first start, threw for 136 yards at a 45 percent completion rate. He also threw his first touchdown as a Terp to Taivon Jacobs, who followed his strong showing at Rutgers with another good game. Brand added 31 yards rushing on five carries.

“There’s plenty of stuff to clean up and do better, but I like [Ryan’s] fight,” Durkin said. “He made some good throws, good decisions. Had some good runs.”

Durkin did also say that Brand needs to protect the ball better.

Jacobs finished the game with eight catches for 92 yards, while D.J. Moore showed off his versatility throughout the afternoon. He hauled in five catches for 37 yards and threw one 21-yard completion to Ryan Brand on a trick play. Moore also appeared in relief of Lees for one punt and recorded a tackle after an interception.

“D.J. can do a lot of things,” Durkin said. “He can throw passes, catch them, run the ball, punt.”

Maryland also added 180 yards on the ground, but despite the offense’s good numbers, the Terps were unable to consistently put together drives. The team went 3-of-16 on third down conversions in the loss.

Next week, Maryland travels to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans, who lost to Ohio state 48-3 earlier Saturday. The Terps will need to win their final two games to guarantee a bowl berth.

“It’s plenty of football left to be played,” Jacobs said. “We just like being the underdogs, don’t count us out because we’re still here.”

Jake Brodsky

Jake Brodsky

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Jake started writing for The Left Bench during the spring semester of his freshman year. He is from Rockville, Maryland and loves all things sports related. He is a fan of the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Orioles and has been following them closely since he was young. In addition to sports, Jake enjoys photography. He is currently a freelance photographer who works mostly Maryland and local high school sports. He is a journalism major.
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Jake started writing for The Left Bench during the spring semester of his freshman year. He is from Rockville, Maryland and loves all things sports related. He is a fan of the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Orioles and has been following them closely since he was young. In addition to sports, Jake enjoys photography. He is currently a freelance photographer who works mostly Maryland and local high school sports. He is a journalism major.