GAMEDAY College Football

Maryland 31, Buffalo 10

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Roman Hemby ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard sprint in the first minute of the second half that helped Maryland pull away to a 31-10 victory over Buffalo.

On an otherwise uneven day for the Maryland offense, Hemby breezed through a gaping hole and raced untouched to the end zone for the team's longest run since 2019. That gave the Terrapins a 24-7 advantage after 39 seconds in the third quarter.

Antwaine Littleton also ran for two touchdowns for Maryland (1-0), and Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 290 yards. It was also a solid defensive showing for the Terrapins, who return a talented quarterback and an impressive group of receivers but still need to show they can stop top teams.

Buffalo (0-1) didn't give them much of a test. The Bulls were outgained 446-268.

Hemby, a redshirt freshman who had 17 rushing attempts last season, made the most of his seven carries in this year's opener. He scored on a 33-yard run in the first quarter, and then Littleton added a 2-yard touchdown in the second.

It was 17-0 when Buffalo scored its lone TD on a 19-yard run by Al-Jay Henderson. Then the Bulls stopped Maryland on fourth down in the final minute of the half to stay within 10 points.

That was one of a handful of moments when the Terrapins weren't quite clicking. Tagovailoa had an overthrown pass intercepted in Buffalo territory in the third, and later Rakim Jarrett dropped one of the Maryland's quarterback's nicest tosses of the day.

Still, the Terps never seemed like they were in much danger in this opener. Littleton's 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth made it 31-7.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buffalo: The Bulls played a turnover-free game and kept Maryland's receivers from making too many big plays, but Buffalo simply didn't move the ball well enough to threaten an upset.

Maryland: The passing game was a bit inconsistent, but the offensive line, which returns every starter, did a nice job. The Terrapins ultimately won this game about as comfortably as expected.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BuffMD
MD TD 12:24 Roman Hemby 33 yard TD run (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter BuffMD
MD TD 12:14 Antwain Littleton II 2 yard TD run (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 0 14
MD FG 6:30 Chad Ryland 45 yard field goal 0 17
Buff TD 3:03 Al-Jay Henderson 19 yard TD run (Alex McNulty Extra Point) 7 17
Third Quarter BuffMD
MD TD 14:21 Roman Hemby 70 yard TD run (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 7 24
Fourth Quarter BuffMD
MD TD 13:49 Antwain Littleton II 1 yard TD run (Chad Ryland Extra Point) 7 31
Buff FG 6:07 Alex McNulty 34 yard field goal 10 31
Team Stats
  Buffalo Maryland
First downs 18 16
  Rushing 9 3
  Passing 6 12
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-16, 31% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 38-108 26-149
Passing Yards 160 297
Return Yards 22 85
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-35-0 25-35-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-34 2-14
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-35 8-82
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Snyder 18 35 160 0 0
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 24 34 290 0 1
B. Edwards Jr. 1 1 7 0 0
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Washington 8 33 4.1 0
R. Cook Jr. 15 33 2.2 0
A. Henderson 4 27 6.8 1
C. Snyder 10 16 1.6 0
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hemby 7 114 16.3 2
A. Littleton II 6 34 5.7 2
R. Brown 4 6 1.5 0
C. McDonald 3 1 0.3 0
J. Copeland 1 -1 -1.0 0
B. Edwards Jr. 1 -2 -2.0 0
T. Tagovailoa 4 -3 -0.8 0
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Marshall 4 52 13.0 0
Q. Williams 3 28 9.3 0
J. Gassett 3 22 7.3 0
C. Harrity 2 19 9.5 0
R. Cook Jr. 2 16 8.0 0
M. Johnson 1 11 11.0 0
A. Henderson 1 4 4.0 0
R. Mangas 1 4 4.0 0
T. Borland 1 4 4.0 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Jarrett 6 110 18.3 0
J. Jones 4 70 17.5 0
C. Dyches 4 36 9.0 0
C. Dippre 3 30 10.0 0
D. Demus Jr. 3 23 7.7 0
O. Smith Jr. 2 12 6.0 0
T. Felton 1 8 8.0 0
J. Copeland 1 6 6.0 0
R. Brown 1 2 2.0 0
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Fuqua 1 23
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Baltar 7 317 45.3
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 4 204 51.0
A. Pecorella 1 33 33.0
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Williams 1 -1 -1.0
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Still 3 44 14.7
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Smith Jr. 1 41 41.0
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length
A. McNulty 49
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length




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