Maryland (4-2, 1-2 B1G) at Indiana (3-3, 1-2 B1G) October 15, 2022
3:35 p.m. EDT
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland football team returns to the road on Saturday, Oct. 15 as the Terrapins (4-2, 1-2 B1G) travel to Indiana (3-3, 1-2 B1G). The Big Ten East game, set to kick off at 3:30 p.m., will be broadcast on ESPN2 and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.
GAME 7 STORYLINES
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
QB Taulia Tagovailoa has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, currently top-25 in the nation in completion percentage (74.1), completions per game (24.3), passing yards (1,731), total offense (303.2) and passing efficiency (161.3 ). Tagovailoa currently has the fifth-best single season completion percentage in FBS history.
Last week against Purdue, Tagovailoa completed 26-of-38 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns, elevating to second all-time in Maryland history in completions (549), passing yards (6,602) and touchdowns (44). Tagovailoa only stands 102 completions, 700 yards and six touchdowns from setting the program’s passing records in those categories. With a 300-yard game against Purdue (315 yards), Tagovailoa now stands alone at the top of the all-time 300-yard game ranks in Terrapin history. He is also first all-time in career completion percentage (69.2) and passing efficiency (152.0).
Tagovailoa currently ranks third in the nation with a 74.1 completion percentage, trailing only Michigan’s JJ McCarthy (78.3) and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson (74.8). His 69.3 career completion percentage is currently fourth among all active FBS quarterbacks, trailing only Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (72.2), Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (71.5) and Coastal Carolina’s Grayson McCall (70.7). He also ranks top-20 among all FBS quarterbacks in passing yards per game (239.4), completions per game (19.9) and passing efficiency (152.0).
The Terps have only allowed seven points in the third quarter this season, tied for the fifth-lowest amount in the FBS this season (Marshall & Minnesota: 0; Illinois & Michigan: 3). The Terps have outscored opponents 27-7 in the third quarter this season and held five-of-six opponents (SMU) scoreless.
The Terps have had 10 different players record at least one sack so far this season, tied for the fifth-most in the nation, only trailing Bowling Green (13), Cincinnati (12), Illinois (11) and USC (11). MISTER Henry Chibueze and LB Durell Nchami lead the way with two sacks, while LB Jaishawn BarhamMISTER Anthony Booker Jr.DB I drink BradMISTER Greg China-RoseMISTER Quashon FullerDB Gavin GibsonMISTER Taizse Johnson and DL Kellan Wyatt all have one.
IB Jaishawn Barham has 34 tackles through four games this season, the fourth-most of any FBS freshman, only trailing FIU’s Demetrius Hill (43), Washington State’s Jalen Hicks (31) and South Carolina’s Nick Emmanwori (37). Barham was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week this past week after tallying five tackles (four solo), two sacks, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery against Purdue, only the third Terp freshman in the last 12 years to have two- plus sacks in a game (Ruben Hyppolite vs. Penn State in 2020 & Andre Monroe vs. Wake Forest in 2011).
DB Jakorian Bennett leads the FBS in passes defended since the beginning of the 2021 season with 26 (16 in 2021, 10 in 2022) and has the second-most career passes defended per game of any active FBS player (1.3), only trailing Old Dominion’s Tobias Harris . Bennett has 24 pass breakups and four interceptions over his career as a Terp, with 26 of them coming since the beginning of last year.
Bennett is the only player in the FBS this season to have two games with four-plus passes defended (five vs. Buffalo & four vs. Purdue). His five against Buffalo (9/3) were the most by a Terp since Tino Ellis in 2018 and tied for the second-most by any Big Ten player since 2015. This past week against Purdue, Bennett added three pass breakups and his first interception of the season, his seventh career game with at least two passes defended.
In 12 games played last season, Bennett had 13 pass breakups and three interceptions, for an average of 1.3 pass breakups per game. The senior had five games with at least two pass breakups, tied for the third-most in the country. Bennett’s 16 pass breakups were the most by a Terp since Domonique Foxworth had 22 in 2002.
just for kicks
K Chad Ryland set the Big Ten record for most consecutive field goals made with a 43-yarder in the third quarter of the win against Michigan State. The senior tied Maryland’s Brad Craddock (2013-14) and Ohio State’s Mike Nugent (2001-02) as part of a streak which spanned 14 games between October 2, 2021 and October 1, 2022.
The Eastern Michigan transfer, who made 56-of-74 kicks as an Eagle, is eight-for-10 in 2022 to start his Terrapin career, the second-best field goal percentage of those with double digit attempts in the Big Ten (Charles Campbell, Indiana).
At No. 4 Michigan (9/24), Ryland made a 52 and 53 yard field goal, the first Maryland kicker to have two 50-plus yard makes in a single game in program history and the first to record two field goals of 45 -yards or more since Brad Craddock did so at Indiana on September 27, 2014. Ryland is also the first Big Ten kicker to accomplish this feat since Emmitt Carpenter of Minnesota had two in 2016 against Purdue (11/5).
Ryland hit a 51-yarder against Michigan State (10/1) to give him three 50-plus yard makes on the season, already tied for the most in program history (Nick Novak, 2002). The senior’s 53-yarder at #4 Michigan was the fourth-longest in program history and his 52-yarder was tied for the fifth-longest in Terrapin lore. Through only five games this season Ryland has three-of-the-13 longest field goals in program history. Ryland has the most 50-plus yard makes in the country, tied with Missouri’s Harrison Mevis.
high powered offense
Maryland has scored points on their opening drive of every game this season, the only team in the FBS to do so. The Terps have scored touchdowns against Buffalo, Charlotte, Michigan State and Purdue and field goals against SMU and Michigan.
The Terps have scored at least 27 points in each of its last eight games dating back to last season against Rutgers (11/27), the longest streak in program history.
Maryland is currently 12th in the nation and second in the Big Ten, only trailing No. 2 Ohio State in yards per play, averaging 6.99. Maryland has 2,770 total yards (1,828 passing & 942 rushing) on 396 plays and has averaged at least 4.9 yards per play in each game this season. As an offense, Maryland currently ranks top-20 in the nation in completion percentage (73.8), red zone offense (95.2), fourth down conversion percentage (72.7) and passing offense (304.7).
The Terps have 10 plays of over 40 yards this season, tied for eighth-most in the nation and second-most in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 2 Ohio State. RBs Roman Hemby and Antwain Littleton II each have two rushes of over 40 yards and three different Terps (Jacob Copeland, Corey Dyches and Rakim Jarrett) each have a reception of over 40 yards, with Copeland tallying two. Maryland has four rushes of over 50-yards this season, the third-most in the nation, only behind Alabama (six) and Kansas State (five).
RB Roman Hemby has the third-most yards from scrimmage of any FBS freshman, totaling 595 through five games, only trailing Cal’s Jaydn Ott (636) and Ole Miss’ Quinshon Judkins (632). Hemby has 395 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards, including rushing for 151 yards on 16 carries and added four catches for 62 yards against SMU (9/17) becoming the first Terrapin in the last 25 years to have 150+ rushing yards and 50+ receiving in a range.