GAMEDAY College Football

Maryland 20, Illinois 17

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift Maryland over Illinois 20-17.

But the win didn't come easy for the Terrapins (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) in their conference opener.

In a game best described as weird from beginning to end, the normally explosive Terrapins consistently had trouble against a tough Illinois defense. Taulia Tagovailoa passed for 350 yards (32 of 43) but was held to only one passing touchdown.

Tayon Fleet-Davis carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards for Maryland. He also caught the lone touchdown pass from Tagovailoa.

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters, in his first start since being injured early in the first game of the season against Nebraska, was effective but clearly rusty for Illinois (1-3, 1-1). He was 10-of-26 passing for 185 yards and one interception.

Josh McCray carried the ball eight times for 60 yards and had a 38-yard touchdown run for the Illini. Chase Brown carried 14 times for 57 yards. Receiver Casey Washington had a 30-yard touchdown run.

The game got interesting on the first drive of the third quarter. Tagovailoa marched the Terrapins down the field to cap a drive with a 2-yard touchdown run by Fleet-Davis to make the score 10-3 Maryland. Illinois then went three and out, but Maryland fumbled the ball on its next drive at the Illinois 7 that prevented what appeared to be a certain score.

Illinois then put together an impressive eight-play drive capped by McCray's 38-yard touchdown run.

McCray and Brown would each leave the game in the second half with injuries, which severely hindered the Illinois offense,

The Illini took the lead in the fourth quarter, after a series of fumbles and turnovers by both teams, when Washington recovered a fumble by teammate Reggie Love III and scampered 38 yards into the end zone.

Maryland answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Fleet-Davis to tie the score at 17.

Illinois couldn't put together an offensive drive late in the game, and Maryland took advantage of a short field following an Illinois punt from its own end zone that helped set up Petrino's game-winning kick.

The first half featured impressive defensive play by both teams. The Illinois secondary was especially tough, and Tagovailoa had a hard time finding open receivers down field.

Maryland athletics press release


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter MDIll
MD FG 10:43 Joseph Petrino 32 yd FG 3 0
Ill FG 1:27 James McCourt 25 yd FG 3 3
Third Quarter MDIll
MD TD 13:11 Tayon Fleet-Davis 2 yd run (Joseph Petrino kick) 10 3
Ill TD 6:15 Josh McCray 38 yd run (James McCourt kick) 10 10
Fourth Quarter MDIll
Ill TD 14:13 Casey Washington 30 yd run (James McCourt kick) 10 17
MD TD 2:13 Tayon Fleet-Davis 10 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Joseph Petrino kick) 17 17
MD FG 0:00 Joseph Petrino 32 yd FG 20 17
Team Stats
  Maryland Illinois
First downs 24 19
  Rushing 9 9
  Passing 15 7
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 2-10, 20% 8-17, 47%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 27-131 45-150
Passing Yards 350 185
Return Yards -2 33
Completions-Attempts-Int 32-43-0 10-26-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--18 6--53
Punts 6 7
Punts-Average 47.2 43.1
Fumbles Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-63 6-44
Time of Possession 29:09 30:51
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 32 43 350 1 0
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Peters 10 26 185 0 1
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Fleet-Davis 11 62 5.6 1
T. Tagovailoa 6 25 4.2 0
I. Jacobs 6 24 4.0 0
P. Boone 3 23 7.7 0
D. Jones 1 -3 -3.0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McCray 8 60 7.5 1
C. Brown 14 57 4.1 0
R. Love III 10 30 3.0 0
C. Washington 0 30 1
J. Norwood 4 4 1.0 0
B. Peters 9 -31 -3.4 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Demus Jr. 8 77 9.6 0
J. Jones 5 70 14.0 0
R. Jarrett 4 70 17.5 0
D. Jones 5 66 13.2 0
T. Fleet-Davis 6 44 7.3 1
C. Dyches 2 18 9.0 0
B. Cobbs 1 11 11.0 0
M. Fleming 1 -6 -6.0 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 2 54 27.0 0
I. Williams 2 47 23.5 0
J. McCray 1 40 40.0 0
D. Navarro III 3 27 9.0 0
C. Washington 1 9 9.0 0
D. Spann 1 8 8.0 0
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Cross 1 5
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Pecorella 4 196 49.0
C. Spangler 2 87 43.5
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Hayes 7 302 43.1
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Still 2 -7 -3.5
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Navarro III 3 11 3.7
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Navarro III 1 22 22.0
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length
J. Petrino 32
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
J. McCourt 26




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