Terps Beat Nebraska

Timothy Earl December 16, 2023 Comments Off on Terps Beat Nebraska

On a windy 55-degree day the Maryland Terrapins beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 13-10 for the first time ever before 86,830 fans at Memorial Stadium.

With the score tied at 10-10 Nebraska drove to the Maryland 7-yard line. With a third and goal and 3:37 to go in the game the Cornhuskers were poised to take the lead.

Instead, quarterback Chubba Purdy threw an interception one of five turnovers created by the Maryland defense.

At his own 19-yard line Maryland senior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa drove his team 75 yards in 12 plays setting up the 24-yard Jack Howes game-winning field goal as time expired.

After making the game-winner Howes ran down the filed in true glee and his teammates ran after him to celebrate the victory giving Maryland a (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) record and with it bowl eligibility for the third straight season.

Tagovailoa led the Terps passing attack completing 27 of 40 throws to nine different receivers for 283 yards including a touchdown and an interception.

Roman Hemby led the rushing attack with 74 yards on 16 carries.

The Terps receiving attack was led by Tai Felton who caught five passes for 73 yards including a 53-yarder which set up his lone touchdown grab. Jeshaun Jones also shined catching five passes for 86 yards including a 43-yarder.

The defense was led by Dante Trader Jr. and Tarheeb Still who both had two interceptions. Still’s pick stopped Nebraska’s last scoring drive.

After their first three drives ended in punts the Terps drove 69 yards in two plays ending with a 16-yard scoring strike to Felton giving Maryland a 7-0 lead with 2:31 to go in the second quarter.

The first half ended with Maryland ahead 7-0.

After a Terps fumble the Cornhuskers went 27 yards in six plays ending with a 2-yard Janiran Bonner scoring run making the score 7-7 with 11:35 to go in the third quarter.

Turnovers for both teams was the theme of the day and after a Maryland interception Nebraska got in range for a successful Tristan Alvano 38-yard field goal making the score 10-7 with 8:26 to play in the third quarter.

A Nebraska fumble set up Maryland ‘s next scoring drive ending in a Howes 35-yard field goal making the score 10-10 with 12:42 to go in the game.

A Nebraska interception led to a Maryland fumble and then the last Nebraska interception set up the exciting finish.

Maryland racked up 384 total yards compared to 269 for the Cornhuskers. The Terps won the passing battle 283 yards to 86 for Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers won the rushing battle 183 yards to 101 for Maryland.

Still led the Maryland defense with seven tackles to go along with two picks. Trader had five tackles to go along with his two picks and Ruben Hyppolite II finished with six tackles.

Nebraska played three quarterbacks led by Jeff Sims who went eight for 13 for 62 yards and two interceptions.

Emmett Johnson led the Nebraska rushing attack with 87 yards on 17 carries.

Billy Kemp IV led the Nebraska receiving attack with two catches for 30 yards in a losing effort for the (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) Cornhuskers.