Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
After what could have been called one of the most disappointing losses in Terps history last week, this week Randy Edsall vowed for changes to his line-up and demeanor for the game for USF, well it worked as the Terps forced the Bulls into miscues late in the game helping them back on their feet with a much needed victory.
With Caleb Rowe leading the way, the Terrapins overcame a variety of mistakes of their own on Saturday in a 35-17 victory over South Florida.
Rowe was named the starting quarterback in the wake of a 21-point loss to Bowling Green last week. Despite mishandling the ball at times, the junior provided enough big plays on his 33 passes to help the Terrapins (2-1) finish with 411 yards in offense.
”He did some very good things out there,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. ”But as a quarterback, you can’t throw three picks. Those picks led to their points. And some of the things in the huddle weren’t as crisp as they needed to be. So there’s still a whole lot of things he needs to do to get better.”
South Florida (1-2) also had its share of miscues – including two turnovers, a dropped potential touchdown pass, a holding call that wiped out a touchdown run and a personal foul penalty that erased a fourth-quarter first down when the score was 28-17.
”I thought our guys would play better than we did,” coach Willie Taggart said. ”We left a lot of opportunities out there. We left a lot of plays out there, and we had a lot of costly penalties that killed some drives and cost our football team. In all, we just didn’t play winning football.”