For the second game of the season, a weather delay halted a Maryland football game. In the Terrapins’ season opener against Texas, thunderstorms in the area resulted in an 86-minute stoppage in play.
Thunderstorms pushed kickoff for Maryland’s road game at No. 15 Michigan to 1:11 p.m., a 71-minute delay.
Even with the late start, Maryland came out with its best effort in the first quarter, holding Michigan to three points, forcing a Shea Patterson interception and receiving a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown from running back Ty Johnson.
But little offense and two second-half ejections for targeting plagued Maryland (3-2, 1-1) in a 42-21 loss to Michigan (5-1, 3-0).
Defensive back Rayshad Lewis was tossed for targeting in the third quarter after leading with his helmet on a tackle. Later in the quarter, inside linebacker Tre Watson left the game after leading with the crown of his helmet on a blindside hit to wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Both players will miss the first half of Maryland’s home game against Rutgers next Saturday.
Michigan went for it on 4th-and-1 deep in Maryland territory in the first quarter, but Maryland’s defensive line got good penetration and Watson sliced through to stop Michigan short.
Maryland responded to a 34-yard field goal from Michigan with a 98-yard kickoff touchdown return from Johnson to take a 7-3 lead. On the ensuing drive, Maryland’s pass rush forced Patterson to his left. He forced a pass downfield, which was tipped and intercepted by safety Darnell Savage, Jr.
The Terrapins took a four-point lead into the second quarter, but it would be the last time that Maryland held a lead. After being pinned at their 5-yard line, Patterson led a six-play, 95-yard drive in six minutes, which was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run from Ben Mason.
Before the end of the half, Michigan extended its lead to 17-7 with a 12-play, 64-yard drive in which Patterson found wide receiver Ronnie Bell for a 22-yard score. Savage and Lewis were in coverage but crashed into each other, which sprung Bell for the touchdown.
While Maryland’s defense held up at times against Michigan, the offense didn’t have much luck, gaining 220 yards in the game to Michigan’s 465.
After bouncing back against Minnesota two weeks ago, quarterback Kasim Hill struggled against a top-ranked Wolverine defense. Hill completed 5 of 10 passes for 62 yards and an interception.
A 31-yard field goal on Michigan’s first drive of the second half created a 20-7 lead. Earlier in the drive, officials reviewed a Lewis tackle and ruled that he targeted with his helmet. By rule, Lewis, who had extensive action at corner in the game, was ejected.
On Michigan’s next drive, Watson was ruled for targeting on a blindside hit to Peoples-Jones and ejected as well. Peoples-Jones was checked for a concussion but returned to the game a few plays later and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass to push the score to 27-7.
Maryland didn’t reach 100 yards on offense until a minute into the fourth quarter, when the Terps executed a 15-play, 75-yard drive. A 1-yard touchdown run from running back Javon Leake gave Maryland its first offensive score.
Michigan responded with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jared Wangler on the ensuing drive; a successful 2-point conversion attempt gave the Wolverines a 35-14 lead.
On the next drive, defensive back Brandon Watson picked off a Hill pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 42-14.
A late 5-yard touchdown run from Tyrrell Pigrome made the score 42-21 before Michigan ran the clock out.
Maryland returns to College Park next Saturday for its Homecoming game against Rutgers. Kickoff is set for noon.