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GAMEDAY College Football

Maryland 31, Northwestern 24

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Even without Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland can still strike quickly.

Roman Hemby ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns, including a sensational 75-yard sprint with 3:22 remaining that gave the Terrapins a 31-24 victory over Northwestern.

The Terps (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) overcame the absence of Tagovailoa, the standout quarterback who aggravated a knee sprain last weekend. This is the earliest they've become bowl eligible since 2001, when they did it on Oct. 11.

It wasn't easy. Northwestern tied it at 24 with 3:34 remaining on a 9-yard scoring run by Andrew Clair. On the first play of Maryland's next drive, Hemby slipped through a hole on the left side and outran everyone, eluding three defensive players who dove at his ankles for the touchdown that put the Terps back in front.

"We saw the front that we wanted, and I just came through the mesh, and the linemen got their blocks, the wide receivers worked to the secondary to get their blocks," Hemby said. "I just had to run and beat two people, and I was able to outrun their angles."

Brendan Sullivan's deep pass was intercepted by Maryland's Beau Brade with 3:02 to play.

Billy Edwards Jr. - who helped Maryland win at Indiana last weekend after Tagovailoa was carted off - threw for 166 yards and a TD against Northwestern.

The Wildcats (1-6, 1-3) led 17-7 late in the second quarter, but they dropped their sixth straight game since winning the opener against Nebraska in Ireland.

Evan Hull ran for 119 yards and caught a touchdown pass for Northwestern.

Edwards was under constant pressure in the first half and had to scramble out of trouble quite a bit. The Terps were unable to turn first-and-goal from the 2 into a touchdown near the end of the first half. They settled for a field goal and trailed 17-10.

An interception by Dante Trader Jr. early in the third quarter set Maryland up near midfield, and Hemby's 18-yard scoring run eventually tied the game. The Terps took a 24-17 lead later in the quarter on a 30-yard touchdown strike from Edwards to Rakim Jarrett.

Maryland had a chance to take a two-score lead in the fourth, but a drive that took 6:15 off the clock produced no points when Chad Ryland missed a 46-yard field goal. The Terps had second-and-1 from the 5, but a fumbled snap resulted in an 8-yard loss, and then Edwards took a sack for a loss of 15 that made the field goal much longer.

Northwestern then drove the other way to tie it at 24.

Maryland had scored on its first possession in every game this season - the only FBS team that could still make that claim. That streak ended Saturday, and Northwestern took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Sullivan.

The Terps tied it on Hemby's 14-yard touchdown, but the Wildcats scored the next 10 points and went up 17-7 on a 10-yard scoring pass from Sullivan to Hull with 4:50 left in the half.

THE TAKEAWAY

Northwestern: It was a decent effort by the defense, even accounting for the fact that Maryland's backup quarterback was playing. But the Wildcats eventually gave up the big play on the ground.

"Defensively, I thought we played well except for a handful of plays," coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

Maryland: Edwards played fine, making plays with his legs and avoiding any turnovers, and Hemby picked up the slack offensively with Tagovailoa out.

"We saw a bunch of young guys step up and play big, and it starts with our quarterback," coach Michael Locksley said. "Billy came in and really did a tremendous job of leading us and doing the things he's been coached to do."

QB MATCHUP

It was the first start for both Edwards and Sullivan. Both were threats to run the ball when they weren't able to find open receivers.

Sullivan passed for 143 yards.

"Just being comfortable in the pocket was huge today. Using my legs when I needed to instead of just relying on them and scrambling around when I didn't have to," he said. "That was the biggest thing I improved upon. It was fun being out there. We obviously didn't get the result we wanted to but it was fun playing football and getting my first start."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NWMD
NW TD 2:54 Brendan Sullivan 1 yd run (Adam Stage kick) 7 0
Second Quarter NWMD
MD TD 13:43 Roman Hemby 14 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 7 7
NW FG 10:25 Adam Stage 24 yd FG 10 7
NW TD 4:50 Evan Hull 10 yd pass from Brendan Sullivan (Adam Stage kick) 17 7
MD FG 0:08 Chad Ryland 20 yd FG 17 10
Third Quarter NWMD
MD TD 10:21 Roman Hemby 18 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 17 17
MD TD 1:07 Rakim Jarrett 30 yd pass from Billy Edwards Jr. (Chad Ryland kick) 17 24
Fourth Quarter NWMD
NW TD 3:34 Andrew Clair 9 yd run (Adam Stage kick) 24 24
MD TD 3:22 Roman Hemby 75 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 24 31
Team Stats
  Northwestern Maryland
First downs 24 25
  Rushing 14 15
  Passing 6 7
  Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Efficiency 9-14, 64% 8-16, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 46-215 50-257
Passing Yards 143 166
Return Yards 29 47
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-24-2 18-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--7 4--27
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 31.7 44.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-0
Penalties - Yards 8-67 8-80
Time of Possession 27:10 32:50
Northwestern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Sullivan 18 24 143 1 2
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Edwards Jr. 18 28 166 1 0
Northwestern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Hull 20 119 6.0 0
B. Sullivan 13 53 4.1 1
A. Clair 5 27 5.4 1
C. Porter 4 11 2.8 0
M. Washington 1 4 4.0 0
B. Kirtz 1 3 3.0 0
A. Tyus III 1 0 0.0 0
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hemby 24 179 7.5 3
B. Edwards Jr. 16 66 4.1 0
C. McDonald 7 18 2.6 0
R. Brown 1 1 1.0 0
Northwestern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Washington 6 72 12.0 0
E. Hull 4 31 7.8 1
D. Navarro III 4 18 4.5 0
M. Lang 2 17 8.5 0
G. Hooper Price 1 5 5.0 0
A. Tyus III 1 0 0.0
0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Jarrett 8 82 10.3 1
C. Dyches 1 28 28.0 0
R. Hemby 2 14 7.0 0
C. Dippre 2 14 7.0 0
J. Copeland 1 11 11.0 0
J. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
R. Brown 1 4 4.0 0
D. Demus Jr. 1 4 4.0 0
T. Felton 1 4 4.0 0
Northwestern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Trader Jr. 1 23
B. Brade 1 0
Northwestern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Akers 3 95 31.7
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 4 178 44.5
Northwestern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Navarro III 1 6 6.0
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Northwestern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Hull 1 23 23.0
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Smith Jr. 3 24 8.0
Northwestern Missed FG
Player Length
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length
C. Ryland 46




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