Maryland football took care of business convincingly against the Towson Tigers in the Terps home opener. We present you with a complete recap and highlights from Terps football’s huge win.
Against the Towson Tigers, Hill had his first chance to show a Maryland football home crowd what he was capable of in a full start. Hill was a perfect 8-for-8, 94 yards and two touchdowns (both to D.J. Moore).
Sophomore offensive lineman Terrance Davis Jr. wasn’t surprised to see Hill do what he did in his first start at quarterback. Here’s what he had to say about the freshman’s performance:
"I don’t think anything surprises me. Kasim has been cool and calm since he’s gotten here, so when Pig (Tyrrell Pigrome) went down we knew he was going to step right in and do the job well and that’s what he did today."
Maryland football head coach D.J. Durkin said, in addition, that having someone like D.J. Moore as a go-to-guy for Kasim Hill makes things easier. Durkin said in detail:
"It helps when they break tackles and get some yards. It helps get the drive going. I think the best thing that helps Kasim is that offensive line. Those guys are a fun group to coach. They take pride in their work and are talented.When you look at the offense as a whole, they have done a great job rallying around Kasim and helping him through it. Not that he needs something special, but they all work together. When you can get a ball to a receiver and he can still gain five or seven yards that help to keep you on track offensively."
Moore finished the game with seven receptions 153 yards and three touchdowns. D.J. Moore was outstanding as he always seems to be, making play after play for Maryland football. Yes, it’s early in the college football season but If he is recognized as one of the top receivers in college football by season’s end, it won’t come as a surprise to Maryland football, coaches, fans or media.
Hill’s day ended with just over two minutes in the third quarter as Maryland was up on the Tigers 49-7 and Max Bortenschlager and Ryan Brand finished the game. Hill was 13-for-16, 163 yards, two touchdowns and added 41 yards on five carries.
Ty Johnson had 124 yards on five carries and two touchdowns.
Watching this game, Maryland was just too much for Towson in every area. Even though Towson won the time of possession battle in this game, that’s about the only thing they won. The Terps had 525 total yards and 358 of it came via the run game.
After freshman running Javon Leake came into the game and ripped off a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter, the Terps averaged over 10 yards a carry. Stats like these, realistically, Maryland football is not going to put up against better competition.
Defensively, Maryland now has co-leaders of the defense in Jermaine Carter Jr. (Seven tackles, two sacks against Texas) and Shane Cockerille (Seven tackles and one tackle for loss against Texas). They each combined for 15 tackles against Towson.
Durkin recognized the improvement of the defense between last season and this season in only two games and knows that the defense still has work to do to be consistent. He also spoke highly of Carter Jr. and his contribution.
Maryland may have gotten this win convincingly but the real strength of their schedule is coming after their bye week when they play the UCF Knights Sat., Sept. 23 and then their Big Ten conference schedule starts with an away game at Minnesota (Sept. 30) and games at Ohio State (Oct. 7) and home against Northwestern (Oct. 14).
Maryland Football vs. Towson Highlights
The Maryland Terrapins football team will stay in College Park, Md. as they host the University of Central Florida at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.