GAMEDAY College Football

Maryland 34, Southern Methodist 27

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was a game that unfolded largely as advertised: Taulia Tagovailoa and Tanner Mordecai - two talented quarterbacks leading explosive-but-flawed teams - showed they could move the ball quickly and effectively when they avoid mistakes.

Mordecai passed for more yards and more touchdowns, but he also turned the ball over three times.

Tagovailoa threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dyches with 7:30 remaining, and Maryland held on for a 34-27 victory over SMU. Roman Hemby ran for 151 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins, who overcame 15 penalties.

"We did not play our best football today. Let's make no mistake about it. A lot of errors, a lot of penalties, a lot of turnovers," Maryland coach Michael Locksley said. "But it was against a really, really good team. ... To find a way to win, we needed a game like that."

The Mustangs (2-1) had three of the game's five turnovers, and they lost the ball on downs at the Maryland 9 when Mordecai's fourth-down pass to the end zone sailed high with 2:31 remaining.

SMU got the ball back one more time but turned it over on downs again near midfield with 46 seconds left. Mordecai threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Tagovailoa passed for 214 yards and two TDs, and he avoided any interceptions.

That's not to say the Terps played a clean game. Maryland trailed 20-17 at halftime, and the Terrapins (3-0) wasted an opportunity early in the third quarter after driving to the SMU 6. A touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Jeshaun Jones was wiped out by a holding penalty, and Jones was also called for unsportsmanlike conduct, putting Maryland in a third-and-goal situation back at the 31.

The Terps did manage a field goal to tie the game, but on SMU's next drive, they were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing the passer and pass interference. The Mustangs were poised to take the lead back, but a fumble by Mordecai inside the Maryland 5 ended that drive.

"I think Ray Charles could see he was down, but you have to hold onto the football," SMU coach Rhett Lashlee said. "You have to hold onto the football."

That miscue didn't end up being that costly. The Mustangs quickly forced a punt and took over at the Maryland 37. They took a 27-20 lead on a 7-yard scoring pass from Mordecai to Moochie Dixon.

SMU then got the ball back near midfield after a Maryland fumble, but a missed field goal kept the lead at seven, and the Terps drove to tie it on a 1-yard run by Hemby.

After an interception by Dante Trader, Maryland had a chance to take the lead. The Terrapins went for it on fourth-and-9 from the SMU 45. Dyches caught a pass a couple yards short, but he dragged linebacker Jimmy Phillips across the line to gain.

"That's the effort," Locksley said. "Our team's effort for three games has been exactly what we want out of our team."

Moments later, the touchdown by Dyches made it 34-27.

SMU led 13-3 in the second quarter after a 51-yard TD strike from Mordecai to RJ Maryland. Antwaine Littleton scored on a 1-yard run for the Terps, and after Mordecai threw an interception, Tagovailoa found Rakim Jarrett for a 48-yard touchdown to put Maryland momentarily ahead.

Mordecai's 13-yard TD pass to Austin Upshaw put SMU back in front with 2:42 left in the half.

THE TAKEAWAY

SMU: The Mustangs rolled up 518 yards of offense, but SMU's turnovers were awfully costly. This ends the Mustangs' streak of three straight seasons starting at least 5-0.

Maryland: The Terrapins had far too many mistakes, and the penalties in particular will catch up to them if they're not careful. But Hemby has been impressive this season, and the Maryland offense averaged 7.2 yards per play.

KEEPING DRIVES GOING

SMU went 10 of 21 on third down, which is part of the reason the Mustangs were able to finish with 30 first downs. Rashee Rice had 11 catches for 193 yards.

"I know we moved the ball up and down the field, but we didn't come away with enough points," Lashlee said. "They bent but didn't break plenty. When you run 96 plays and they run 61, you feel like that's going to be good for you. We're not being careless, but three turnovers killed us again."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SMUMD
MD FG 8:26 Chad Ryland 36 yd FG 0 3
SMU FG 4:37 Collin Rogers 27 yd FG 3 3
SMU FG 3:26 Collin Rogers 43 yd FG 6 3
Second Quarter SMUMD
SMU TD 14:53 RJ Maryland 51 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 13 3
MD TD 5:43 Antwain Littleton II 1 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 13 10
MD TD 4:30 Rakim Jarrett 48 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 13 17
SMU TD 2:42 Austin Upshaw 13 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 20 17
Third Quarter SMUMD
MD FG 11:34 Chad Ryland 41 yd FG 20 20
SMU TD 6:42 Moochie Dixon 7 yd pass from Tanner Mordecai (Collin Rogers kick) 27 20
Fourth Quarter SMUMD
MD TD 14:29 Roman Hemby 1 yd run (Chad Ryland kick) 27 27
MD TD 7:30 Corey Dyches 5 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Chad Ryland kick) 27 34
Team Stats
  SMU Maryland
First downs 30 16
  Rushing 7 8
  Passing 18 8
  Penalty 5 0
3rd Down Efficiency 10-21, 48% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 2-5, 40% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 42-151 38-225
Passing Yards 369 214
Return Yards 57 153
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-54-2 17-23-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--15 2--7
Punts 1 5
Punts-Average 38 50.6
Fumbles Lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 4-30 15-141
Time of Possession 31:23 28:37
SMU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Mordecai 29 54 369 3 2
Maryland Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Tagovailoa 17 23 214 2 0
SMU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Siggers 19 86 4.5 0
V. Gardner 5 22 4.4 0
T. McDaniel 5 19 3.8 0
T. Mordecai 9 18 2.0 0
C. Wheaton 3 4 1.3 0
T. Lavine 1 2 2.0 0
Maryland Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Hemby 16 151 9.4 1
T. Tagovailoa 13 51 3.9 0
A. Littleton II 5 15 3.0 1
C. McDonald 2 10 5.0 0
SMU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Rice 11 193 17.5 0
R. Maryland 1 51 51.0 1
J. Bailey 4 42 10.5 0
A. Upshaw 2 22 11.0 1
J. Kerley 1 22 22.0 0
M. Dixon 2 14 7.0 1
V. Gardner 4 11 2.8 0
D. Goffney 1 11 11.0 0
G. Haskin 1 7 7.0 0
T. Siggers 1 1 1.0 0
T. McDaniel 1 -5 -5.0 0
Maryland Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Jarrett 2 65 32.5 1
R. Hemby 4 62 15.5 0
C. Dyches 6 32 5.3 1
C. McDonald 1 17 17.0 0
C. Dippre 1 16 16.0 0
J. Copeland 1 13 13.0 0
D. Demus Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
J. Jones 1 4 4.0 0
SMU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Maryland Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Trader Jr. 1 23
B. Brade 1 13
SMU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bujcevski 1 38 38.0
Maryland Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Spangler 5 253 50.6
SMU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Dixon 2 39 19.5
J. Kerley 1 3 3.0
Maryland Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jones 1 12 12.0
SMU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Record 1 15 15.0
Maryland Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Felton 3 105 35.0
SMU Missed FG
Player Length
C. Rogers 49
Maryland Missed FG
Player Length




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