The Maryland Terrapins trounced their border-rival the Virginia Cavaliers 42-14 much to the delight of the fired-up student section before 37,041 at SECU Stadium.
Down 14-0 in the first quarter, Maryland had the student section on Black-Out Game Night, bewildered in black, as the Terps were favored by nearly 17 points.
But just like that, Terps kick returner freshman speedster #19 Braeden Wisloski caught the ensuing kickoff veered to the left and found a crease along the sideline and sprinted past the Virginia tacklers returning the kickoff 98-yards for a touchdown making the score 14-7 with 4:03 to go in the first quarter.
The student section went insane.
Maryland then proceeded to score 35 straight points to complete the blowout and improving to (3-0).
The offense, which gained 461 yards and scored in each quarter, was led by All-Big Ten selection senior quarterback #3 Taulia Tagovailoa who finished the game 19-30 for 342 yards and one touchdown.
They were led in rushing by junior #23 Colby Mcdonald who gained 75 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown. His one-yard scoring run completed a six play 56-yard drive and made the score 42-14 with 5:58 remaining in the game and was the black cheery on top of this Terp’s Black-Out Night Victory Sundae.
By the way, the black cherry is a fruit that changes from a deep red color to a jet-black fruit in the early Fall and so is the perfect sundae topping for this not-quite-Fall game.
Their leading receiver was senior #6 Jeshaun Jones who finished with five catches for 96 yards including a beautiful 64-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline from Tagovailoa that made the score 21-14 with 9:47 to go completing a six play 85 -yard drive in the third quarter and the rout was on.
Cavalier freshman quarterback Anthony Colandrea helped the Terps as he finished 23-39 for 263 yards with three interceptions and one fumble.
Each interception led to a Maryland touchdown, two by running back #24 Roman Hemby (9 carries, 23 yards) and one by #7 Antwain Littleton II (9 carries, 28 yards) and his two-yard scoring dash completed a three play 30-yard drive with 10:25 to go in the fourth quarter making the score 35-14.
The Maryland defense, which recovered from giving up two easy first quarter touchdowns, caused four turnovers and was led by #4 defensive back Tarheeb Still who had two interceptions.
With Maryland ahead 21-14, Virginia, at the Maryland 12-yard line, was driving but with 14:50 to go in the game Still intercepted Colandrea in the Maryland endzone stopping the Virginia scoring drive.
His second pick with 9:24 to go ended another Cavalier comeback and led to another Maryland touchdown.
Defensive lineman senior #93 Tre Colbert also shined on defense with three tackles, one for a loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. #11 senior Ruben Hyppolite II led the defense with six tackles, five solo.
Virginia was led in rushing by Perris Jones who gained 37 yards on nine carries and scored one touchdown.
Their leading receiver was Malik Washington who caught nine passes for 141 yards in a losing effort for the (0-3) Cavaliers.