GAMEDAY College Football

Maryland 56, Charlotte 21

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Taulia Tagovailoa wasn't happy with himself after failing to throw a touchdown pass in Maryland's season opener.

He made up for it in Week 2 - and then some.

Tagovailoa threw for 391 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and the high-powered Maryland Terrapins defeated the Charlotte 49ers 56-21.

Tagovailoa connected on TD passes of 39 and 45 yards to Jacob Copeland and 14 and 16 yards to Jeshaun Jones in the first half as the Terrapins scored touchdowns on their first five possessions to build a 35-14 lead. The redshirt junior also ran for a score in the second half.

"I feel like we made most of our opportunities count, not just myself but our O-line, our receivers and tight ends," Tagovailoa said. "And we won the game, that's the biggest thing."

Antwaine Littleton ran for a 59-yard touchdown and Colby McDonald scored on a 49-yard burst as Maryland outgained Charlotte 617-388.

"It was efficient, which is what we want to see out of our offense," Locksley said. "I thought (Tagovailoa) played really well. "A week ago he came into the locker room and didn't feel like he played well because he didn't throw any touchdowns. ... Today he did a really good job with the ball location on the deep shots."

Third-string quarterback Xavier Williams threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Charlotte (0-3). Williams was pressed into his first college start with Chris Reynolds and James Foster out with injuries.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Tagovailoa used his elusiveness to extend plays, completing 20 of his first 21 passes for 305 yards and four TDs before throwing an interception in the end zone with 1 minute left in the first half.

By then, the damage had already been done.

The Terrapins were able to get whatever they wanted early on through the air and on the ground, needing only 4 minutes, 37 seconds to score their first four touchdowns.

Charlotte coach Will Healy pulled out all of the stops, calling for an onside kick, a double-reverse pass and going for it repeatedly on fourth downs in an effort to steal some points.

But he could do little to stop the bleeding on defense.

"These dudes are different and I think they are a top 10 team in the country offensively," Healy said. "They are really, really good and they exposed us. There wasn't a whole lot of bright spots for us besides the pick at the end of the first half. So it's hard to gain confidence playing those dudes."

Copeland, who finished with four catches for 110 yards, twice got behind the defense for wide-open scores on post routes helping the Terrapins roll up 403 yards of offense at halftime, averaging 12.6 yards per play.

There was a scary moment early in the third quarter after Tagovailoa sprinted out to his right and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run before slipping on the artificial surface and grabbing his right leg.

"Throughout the drive I was cramping and then I had to run the ball," Tagovailoa said. "Everything just locked up. I'm happy I got in the end zone before it did."

He was taken to the locker room for an IV and returned a short while later jogging on the sideline and waving to Maryland fans.

"To keep it PG, I was like, 'holy ...," Locksley said when he saw his QB go down.

But Tagovailoa returned for one play - a 25-yard pass completion - before leaving the game for good.

THE TAKEAWAY

Maryland: The Terrapins are 8-1 against nonconference opponents overall under Locksley. Tagovailoa appears to be picking up where he left off last season when he broke five school records, throwing for 3,860 yards while completing 69.2% of his passes. The Terrapins have a brutal schedule coming up beginning later this month at Michigan, but certainly look formidable on offense after scoring TDs on seven of their first eight possessions.

Charlotte: The 49ers defense is a mess. Charlotte came into the game having allowed a combined 84 points to Florida Atlantic and William & Mary, an FBC team, and were overpowered by the bigger Terrapins. They've now allowed 140 points in three games. "We are close on a lot of plays," Healy said. "If just some of those can go our ways." Healy said he should know by mid-week if Reynolds will be able to return at QB for next week.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MDChar
MD TD 13:10 Jacob Copeland 39 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 7 0
Char TD 5:58 Grant DuBose 11 yd pass from Xavier Williams (Antonio Zita kick) 7 7
MD TD 5:28 Jeshaun Jones 14 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 14 7
MD TD 1:18 Antwain Littleton II 59 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 21 7
Second Quarter MDChar
Char TD 14:25 Victor Tucker 19 yd pass from Xavier Williams (Antonio Zita kick) 21 14
MD TD 12:55 Jacob Copeland 45 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 28 14
MD TD 4:47 Jeshaun Jones 16 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 35 14
Third Quarter MDChar
MD TD 6:48 Taulia Tagovailoa 4 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 42 14
MD TD 3:28 Colby McDonald 49 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 49 14
Fourth Quarter MDChar
MD TD 12:55 Octavian Smith Jr. 17 yd pass from Billy Edwards Jr. (Chad Ryland kick) 56 14
Char TD 7:49 Victor Tucker 5 yd pass from Trexler Ivey (Antonio Zita kick) 56 21
Team Stats
  Maryland Charlotte
First downs 26 24
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 18 12
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-9, 78% 5-18, 28%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 4-7, 57%
Rushes-Yards 28-193 28-96
Passing Yards 424 292
Return Yards 23 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 30-34-1 28-52-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 1--6
Punts 1 4
Punts-Average 45 45.8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-48 4-40
Time of Possession 28:46 31:14
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 27 31 391 4 1
B. Edwards Jr. 3 3 33 1 0
Charlotte Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
X. Williams 19 35 191 2 0
T. Ivey 9 16 101 1 0
G. DuBose 0 1 0 0 0
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. McDonald 4 61 15.3 1
A. Littleton II 1 59 59.0 1
R. Hemby 9 29 3.2 0
R. Brown 8 27 3.4 0
R. Jarrett 1 10 10.0 0
T. Tagovailoa 2 6 3.0 1
B. Edwards Jr. 2 3 1.5 0
Charlotte Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Byrd 11 38 3.5 0
C. McEachern 10 34 3.4 0
X. Williams 4 29 7.3 0
T. Ivey 2 -1 -0.5 0
E. Minter Jr. 1 -4 -4.0 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Copeland 4 110 27.5 2
J. Jones 6 71 11.8 2
T. Felton 2 43 21.5 0
C. Dyches 2 34 17.0 0
R. Hemby 3 29 9.7 0
D. Demus Jr. 2 29 14.5 0
L. Haughton Jr. 1 25 25.0 0
R. Jarrett 3 21 7.0 0
A. Littleton II 1 17 17.0 0
O. Smith Jr. 1 17 17.0 1
R. Brown 1 15 15.0 0
C. Dippre 3 12 4.0 0
S. Knotts 1 1 1.0 0
Charlotte Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Spencer 4 98 24.5 0
G. DuBose 8 73 9.1 1
V. Tucker 10 67 6.7 2
J. Reynolds 1 17 17.0 0
K. Blake Jr. 1 16 16.0 0
C. McEachern 1 8 8.0 0
Q. Patten 1 7 7.0 0
S. Byrd 1 4 4.0 0
T. Blount 1 2 2.0 0
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Charlotte Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Francisco 1 0
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 1 45 45.0
Charlotte Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rice 4 183 45.8
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jones 1 4 4.0
Charlotte Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Banks 1 19 19.0
Charlotte Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Byrd 2 38 19.0
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length
Charlotte Missed FG
Player Length




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