Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
We have seen our share of wild college football games, but today’s Big Ten match-up of cellar dwellers of the Terps and Hoosiers had so many different variations of crazy, we are not sure how to fully describe how the Terps pulled out a 42-39 victory, but we will sure try.
So what was the big X Factor for the Terps today? Enter Sophomore running back Jake Funk, who drove through the Hoosiers defense for two rushing touchdowns when the Terps most needed them late in the fourth quarter and ultimately helped the build a lead that the Hoosiers were unable to move the ball far enough down the field with their back-up quarterback at the helm.
One of the biggest turning points in the game for the Terps came when they were trailing 16-7 in the second quarter, when Darnell Savage blocked an Indiana punt and ran untouched for a 16-yard score cutting the deficit to 16-14 at the half.
The mental mistakes for the Terps were also a key in the Hoosiers staying in the game. A big play for the Hoosiers came when Maryland was called for having 12 men on the field, when the Hoosiers were buried deep in their own territory at the 27-yard line. The Terps could not find a way to hold on the next two plays and on 3rd and 8, Ramsey hit Simmie Cobbs, then again hit Luke Simian with 23-yard touchdown.
“There was a lot of back and forth, a lot of momentum swings,” Terrapins coach DJ Durkin said.
On offense, Indiana got the most out of both its quarterbacks. Peyton Ramsey went 31 for 41 for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and backup Richard Lagow passed for 131 yards and two scores.