The Maryland football team runs onto the field before its Oct. 27, 2018, game against Illinois at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Maryland. (Richard Moglen/The Left Bench)

Five Best Moments: Maryland’s 2018 Football Season

Article by Pierce Panagakos

The 2018 season for Maryland Football was filled with controversy surrounding the death of Jordan McNair, as well as disappointment as the Terps fell one win short of being bowl-eligible. However, there were some times that had Maryland fans hopeful for the future. Here are the best moments of Maryland Football this season.

Jeshaun Jones leads the Terps against Texas at FedEx Field

The Terps opened up the season by knocking off No. 23 ranked Texas at the home of the Redskins by a score of 34-29. Freshman wide receiver Jeshaun Jones recorded a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown, the first true freshman in college football to record all three in a single game since Marcus Mariota in 2012. The win gave the Terps reprieve following the death of Jordan McNair in the offseason.

Javon Leake’s offensive explosion vs. Illinois

Just seven days after a poor offensive showing against Iowa, Maryland returned to College Park and put up 712 total yards in a 63-33 win against the Fighting Illini. The Terps were led by sophomore running back Javon Leake, who scored a touchdown in every quarter, including a 97 yard kickoff return just over four minutes into the game. Leake became the first terp since 2010 to record four touchdowns in a game, and finished with 140 rushing yards on five carries. Additionally, he had 134 return yards on three kickoffs.

Terps blowout win vs. Minnesota on Parent’s Weekend

A week after a deflating loss at home vs. Temple, Maryland showed up big-time against the Golden Gophers in a 42-13 victory, as the stadium was filled with Maryland parents. Redshirt Freshman Running Back Anthony McFarland posted his second straight 100 yard game and scored twice for the Terps, giving the team its third win of the season.

Anthony McFarland goes off against Ohio State

Heading into the matchup as heavy underdogs against the Buckeyes, Maryland had one of the most memorable games of the season in its home finale despite losing in overtime. Anthony McFarland opened things up for the Terps by recording an 81 yard touchdown, and he followed that up just one offensive drive later by scoring a 75 yard touchdown. McFarland finished the game with two touchdowns and 298 rushing yards, just seven yards short of the single-game rushing yards record for Maryland.

Defense dominates against Rutgers

While Kasim Hill threw three touchdown passes and Ty Johnson added 132 rushing yards, the star of the show for Maryland was its defense against a struggling Rutgers team. The Terps came up with five interceptions and held the Scarlet Knights to only four first downs. The only thing that kept the terps from recording a shutout on their homecoming game was a late touchdown with 43 seconds remaining. Maryland came up with the big win 34-7.

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The Left Bench was launched in 2013 by five University of Maryland freshmen as a blog covering sports of all sorts. Since our beginning, the staff has grown and our focus has changed. Now, The Left Bench focuses heavily on high school athletics and recruiting while still staying true to what we started out covering: professional and college sports.