CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard area aim as time expired to prefer Maryland over Illinois 20-17 on Friday evening.
But the rating didn’t come easy for the Terrapins (3-0, 1-0 Enormous Ten) of their convention opener.
In a sport simplest described as ordinary from beginning to entire, the in general explosive Terrapins constantly had distress in opposition to a fancy Illinois protection. Taulia Tagovailoa handed for 350 yards (32 of 43) nonetheless used to be held to simplest one passing touchdown.
“We had faith in Joe,” Tagovailoa acknowledged. “He makes these kicks daily in observe. It used to be his time to shine.”
Tayon Rapid-Davis carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards for Maryland. He also caught the lone touchdown pass from Tagovailoa.
Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters, in his first birth up since being injured early in the first sport of the season in opposition to Nebraska, used to be effective nonetheless clearly rusty for Illinois (1-3, 1-1). He used to be 10-of-26 passing for 185 yards and had one interception.
Josh McCray carried the ball eight times for 60 yards and had a 38-yard touchdown bustle for the Illini. Scuttle Brown carried 14 times for 57 yards. Receiver Casey Washington had a 30-yard touchdown bustle.
The game bought attention-grabbing on the first drive of the third quarter. Tagovailoa marched the Terrapins down the area to cap a drive with a 2-yard touchdown bustle by Rapid-Davis to have the ranking 10-3 Maryland. Illinois then went three and out, nonetheless Maryland fumbled the ball on its next drive at the Illinois 7 that averted what regarded as if it would be a definite ranking.
Illinois then achieve together a great eight-play drive capped by McCray’s 38-yard touchdown bustle.
McCray and Brown would every disappear the game in the 2nd half of with injuries, which severely hindered the Illinois offense.
Illinois coach Bret Bielema acknowledged McCray used to be taken to a local medical institution nonetheless had no change on his situation.
The Illini took the lead in the fourth quarter, after a chain of fumbles and turnovers by each groups, when Washington recovered a fumble by teammate Reggie Adore III and scampered 38 yards into the finish zone.
Maryland answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to Rapid-Davis to tie the ranking at 17.
Illinois couldn’t achieve together a drive late in the game, and Maryland took revenue of a short area following an Illinois punt from its maintain finish zone that helped location up Petrino’s sport-a hit kick.
The principle half of featured impressive defensive play by each groups. The Illinois secondary used to be in particular complex, and Tagovailoa had a laborious time discovering birth receivers down area.
“Credit rating to Maryland, obviously they did satisfactory in the finish to must rating,” Bielema acknowledged. “I belief our guys on a short week did pretty a couple of loyal preparation and bought to where we’re looking out to be. Defensively, I belief we came out and did some things in the first half of to limit their opportunities offensively. Sadly, we stalled out in some crimson areas.”
It used to be a fancy loss for an Illinois team clearly ready for a superior opponent, while Maryland ought to mute maintain itself fortunate to flee with a rating.
Maryland: Hosts Kent Grunt on Sept. 25
Illinois: Travels to Purdue for one more Enormous Ten matchup on Sept. 25.
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