Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
After a complete let down last week against Temple, the Terps had a lot of thinking to do over the last week what they would need to change prior to facing Big Ten opponent and 3-0 Minnesota. What ever the week of thoughts for Coach Matt Canada and his crew, it worked as they dominated a team that was averaging 31 points coming into the game with a 42-13 victory over the Gophers.
” I took the blame for how we played last week, said Terps Head Coach Matt Canada. “We made a lot of mistakes in that game and I told the guys we have to find a way to make up for those and today we did exactly what we talked about on both sides of the ball.”
From the onset of this game, the Terps commanded the game with a huge touchdown in the opening minutes of the game to take a 7-0 lead and show the Gophers an offense they had not seen in their three previous games of the season.
Ty Johnson had a breakout game for the Terps rushing for 123 yards on 11 carries and a huge 81 yard touchdown run that became the longest of his career and the fourth longest in Maryland history.
Kasim Hill finally was able to shake a little bit of the rust to lead the Terps with an efficient 10 for 14 on 117 yards and a huge 54-yard touchdown pass to Junior DJ Turner.
The Terps again came up with a defensive touchdown and a huge interception in the fourth quarter in the end-zone that spelled the end for the Minnesota hopes of any comeback in the final 5:00 of the game.
“I think we proved we are a good football team with some talent in this league. We are going to use the motivation from this game going in the next couple of weeks on the road and see what we can do to get us to where we really need to be,” said Canada.