For Maryland football, loss to Indiana hurts in more ways than one

For Maryland football, loss to Indiana hurts in more ways than one

Kasim Hill left the game after suffering a leg in midway through the second quarter. (Doug McSchooler / Associated Press) (Doug Mcschooler / AP)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Down by 16 points in the third quarter, mostly thanks to a multitude of turnovers, the Maryland Terrapins climbed back ahead of Indiana with bowl eligibility on the line.

Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, filled in for injured Kasim Hill, led the offense down the field to score and take a one-point lead with about five minutes left in the game. But Indiana responded with a Field goal, giving the Terps 2 minutes 32 seconds to attempt a game-winning drive.

"Matt Felt like we were going to win," said Matt Canada, Maryland's interim head coach and offensive coordinator.

But the game was decided by another Maryland deal, this one with 52 seconds left. Pigrome, who had been throwing up to Maryland in the game, fumbled at midfield to seal a 34-32 defeat. The Terps have not won a Big Ten road game since September 2017.

Marya's chances to defeat Marya's chances to defeat Indiana starts to slip away with a pair of turnovers in the second. First, Hill underthrew a deep pass to Dontay Demus for an interception, and then Tayon Fleet-Davis fumbled the ball. Both turnovers led to touchdowns. In the third quarterback, Maryland fumbled again, which led to an Indiana field goal.

Maryland played Hill in the second quarter. Pigrome finished the game in a street clothes on the sideline. Pigrome completed 10 of 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Anthony McFarland said: "As soon as he was in, he got everybody going," Anthony McFarland said. ". , , I feel like he was in a beautiful game of snow.

Canada did not update on Hill after the game.

Maryland (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) who has just finished three bowl games since Ralph Friedgen's final year as Maryland's coach in 2010, will not play Ohio State or Penn State in its last two games. Reaching six wins could be Canada's best case to become the permanent coach.

When they put it on Ohio State, "linebacker Tre Watson said after the loss. "I know Michigan State was not favored when they beat Penn State in their place. We'll have similar opportunities to do those things against both teams. "

Unlike this season, Maryland's offense efficiently drove down the field through much of the game, recording 542 yards of offense. However, the Terps struggled to finish drives, committing four turnovers and settling for four field goals.

On the opening drive, Maryland had a false start on a first-and-goal play, and that drive ended with a field goal. On the Terps' next possession, Hill missed an open receiver in the end zone on the third floor, and the team again had to leave the field with three points.

"Those are the points you've got to make," Canada said.

Since the opener against Texas, all of Maryland's games – wins and losses – had at least 21 points. But on Saturday, the Terps had to play a close game. Indiana (5-5, 2-5), but they finally could not overcome their mistakes.

Maryland's defense had a chance to stop the Hoosiers as the home team. Indiana's game-winning field goal. The Terps gave up a 27-yard run and then a few more short runs.

"We had an opportunity as a defense and something in our control," Watson said. "Unfortunately, we failed. I feel responsible for this. That makes it even more tough, especially knowing the offense has been doing so well, moving the ball down the field and then just a tough play happens. "

Ty Johnson, who missed the last game with a calf strain, played early in the morning. Javon Leake, who scored on a 27-yard run two plays after his 47-yard kickoff return, so had to go to the loose room with an injury later in the game.

In her absence, McFarland, a redshirt freshman, had 29 carries for 210 yards, both career highs, becoming the first freshman in the history to pass the 100-yard mark in three games. Hey, broke Maryland freshman records for rushing yards in a game and in a season.

"If we do not win, nothing I mean anything to me," McFarland said. I have a lot of touchdowns. I care about winning more than anything. "

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