Maryland Terrapins vs Iowa Hawkeyes Recap


It is actually nice to be able to watch a full Maryland Terrapins game on ESPN instead of having to cling to College Goal Line for red zone plays. You can imagine my excitement as I discovered I’d be able to watch today’s game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in it’s entirety. Sidenote: I live for the little moments we treasure like for example explaining to my roommate that a Terrapin is actually a turtle and not a bird like all other teams in Maryland are named after.

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The Terrapins joined the Ben Ten Conference on July 1, 2014 after 62 years playing in the ACC as a founding member. I wanna make some joke in reference to the Jeffersons and “movin’ on up,” but you get the idea. The Big Ten is a considerable step up from the ACC, meaning a tougher schedule against better college football programs. Today’s contest against the Hawkeyes proved just that.

The Maryland Terrapins started off well by going ahead 17-10 in the second quarter. But then a promising season looked to be flushed down the drain as quarterback CJ Brown, who went 12 for 23 for 120 yards and two interceptions, lay motionless on the ground. Brown stood up and was helped off the field, although his condition was certainly in question.

But the Terps remained undaunted, even after Iowa recovered a late third quarter onside kick. Aided by a 53-yard touchdown reception by Stefon Diggs, an interception returned 45 yards for a touchdown by corner William Likely, and an eventual return to the field by Brown, the Terps rallied to hold off the Hawkeyes with a final score of 38-31, securing their second Big Ten victory.

After the game, an elated head coach Randy Edsall, who also impressively caught an incomplete pass on the sideline, summed it up perfectly,

"“I’m just so proud of our boys in terms of how they conducted themselves, how they handled themselves, how they kept a never say die attitude. They just kept fighting and fighting.”"

And that they did, moving to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten with what looks to be a promising season.