BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Down 16 points in the third quarter, thanks largely to a slew of turnovers, the Maryland Terrapins took the best of Indiana before the bowl was admitted.
Substitute quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome, who replaced injured Kasim Hill, led the field offensive to score and take a point in advance with about five minutes to play. But Indiana responded by scoring a goal, allowing the Terps 2 minutes 32 seconds to try to win.
"We felt like we were going to win," said Matt Canada, Maryland's interim head coach and offensive coordinator.
But the game was decided by another turnover from Maryland, this one to 52 seconds from the end. Pigrome, who had thrown precise passes to keep Maryland in the game, escaped the midfield to seal a defeat 34-32. The Terps have not won a match on the Big Ten Road since September 2017.
After opening the match with a promise (overtaking Hoosiers 169-12 with a 6-0 lead in the first quarter), Maryland's chances of defeating Indiana began to slip away with a pair of turnovers in the second. Hill first made a deep pass to Dontay Demus for an interception, then Tayon Fleet-Davis dropped the ball. Both turnovers led to touchdowns. In the third quarter, Maryland again escaped, which led to a field placement in Indiana.
Maryland played most of the game without Hill, who suffered a leg injury in the middle of the second quarter. Hill left the field but spent the second period dressed in street clothes while Pigromé finished the game. Pigromé completed 10 of 13 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown.
"As soon as he played, he made everyone play," said Anthony McFarland about Pigrome. "… I have the impression that Pig has had a hell of a game as soon as he arrives and I'm proud of him."
Canada did not hear from Hill after the match.
Maryland (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten), who has played only three cup games, since the last year of Ralph Friedgen as a Maryland coach in 2010, will not play in the playoffs unless to annoy the Ohio State or the Penn State in the last two games. Games. Achieving six wins could be Canada's best case for becoming a permanent coach.
"I know Purdue was not favored a few weeks ago when they placed him in Ohio State," said linebacker Tre Watson after the loss. "I know Michigan State was not favored when they beat Penn State for them. We will have similar opportunities to do these things against both teams. "
Unlike the previous season's defeats, the Maryland offense was effective for much of the match, recording a 542-yard offense. However, the Terps struggled to finish the lead, making four turnovers and scoring four goals.
In the first round, Maryland had a false start in a home and away match, which ended with a field goal. In the next Terps possession, Hill missed an open receiver in the end zone in third, and the team again had to leave the field with three points.
"These are points you have to score," said Canada, adding that late in the first half, one player went wrong in the match, which led to another attempt to place the opposing goalkeeper in the first half. fourth goal.
Since the first game against Texas, all Maryland games – wins and losses – had been decided by at least 21 points. But on Saturday, the Terps had to play a tight game. They performed well in their attempt to catch up with Indiana (5-5, 2-5), but they could not finally overcome their mistakes.
The Maryland defense had the chance to stop the Hoosiers while the home team received the ball five minutes from the end. The Terps gave way 27 km, then some other courts, which led to what became Indiana.
"We had a chance as a defense and it was under our control," Watson said. "Unfortunately, we failed. I feel personally responsible for part of that. This makes the situation even more difficult, especially as knowing that the offensive has gone well puts the ball back on the pitch and that a difficult game is occurring. "
Ty Johnson, who missed the last game due to a calf injury, played early Saturday then left with an injury, which, according to Canada, was different without specifying. Javon Leake, who scored 27 yards after returning from kickoff, scored two points after returning 47 yards. He also had to go to the locker room with a wound later in the game.
In their absence, redshirt rookie McFarland had 29 career runs for 210 yards, two career highs, and would become the first rookie in the program's history to reach 100 yards in three games. He also broke first-year records in Maryland for rushing yards in a game and a season.
"If we do not win, nothing I do does not mean anything to me," McFarland said. "No matter how many yards I have, the number of touchdowns. I want to win more than anything. "
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