What happened and what mattered in the Maryland 34-7 win over Rutgers?
Maryland 34, Rutgers 7
There’s still no Maryland passing game, but the team didn’t need one with the way the defense played.
There’s REALLY no passing game for Rutgers.
Maryland’s Kasim Hill only completed 8-of-17 passes for 76 yards, but he threw three touchdowns, and Ty Johnson added 132 yards and a score. That looked like Patrick Mahomes and the Chief attack compared to Rutgers.
2 … of … 16. And overall, Rutgers completed 2-of-17 passes for eight yards and five picks.
There might have been a wee bit of a running game once the game was all but over, but the Scarlet Knight offense looked and played like it was just starting the season.
It’s mid-October. You just can’t have so many mistakes like this …
The Terps might have come up with plenty of pressure, and the defense was nearly perfect, but there’s no excuse for a Rutgers offense to finish with just 179 yards with five turnovers.
The team isn’t getting any better, and now, outside of a miracle, a Rutgers team that had the experience and the early schedule to think about going bowling before the season starts will probably get rolled by double digits the rest of the way.
And now, with this win, at 4-2, Maryland still has work to do. Beating Illinois at home is a must, but with at Iowa, Michigan State, at Indiana, Ohio State, and at Penn State left, it’s still going to be a fight.
But for this week, the Terps were fantastic.