BALTIMORE—The University of Maryland rebounded from a big loss at Michigan to rout Rutgers 34-7 in a Big 10 home football game Oct. 13.
The defense led the way with five interceptions but the offense got help from quarterback Kasim Hill throwing three touchdown passes while Ty Johnson posted 132 yards rushing.
Maryland improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Rutgers (1-6, 0-4) now has dropped four straight games.
The Terps raced to a 24-0 halftime lead, thanks to a 65-yard touchdown run from Johnson plus two touchdowns from Hill. He then threw his third in the third quarter.
Interim Coach Matt Canada really liked how his defense played, especially ending three consecutive drives with interceptions in the second half.
“I was really excited for our defense,” Canada said. “I mentioned last week that I’m like a cheerleader for our defense. They did a great job.”
Canada likes where his team is at right now including dealing with all the off-the-field attention the program has received this season.
“We’re sitting here, we’re 4-2 and I’m really, really, really proud of our players and how hard they played and how they stick together,” Canada said. “I cannot emphasize it enough.”
Norman, Redskins top Carolina
Josh Norman took a lot of criticism in the past week, but he turned everything around on Sunday when helping the Washington Redskins to a 23-17 victory over his former team, the Carolina Panthers.
Norman picked off one pass, forced a fumble and made four tackles to help the Redskins (3-2) to the victory and back to the top of the NFC East. The cornerback had a poor game against the Saints last week as quarterback Drew Brees torched the Washington defense and Norman got benched.
This time, though, Norman changed things around. He had not intercepted a pass since 2016 (19 games overall) but for this game, he had a big day.
“I played within the defense and played within myself,” Norman told the Associated Press after the game.
Quarterback Alex Smith helped as he threw two touchdown passes. Adrian Peterson ran for 97 yards in the Washington win.
Bulldogs hold on for win over Trojans
Quarterback Amir Hall threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns as Bowie State University held off Virginia State University 20-15 in the Bulldogs’ Homecoming game on Oct. 13.
Bowie State (5-2 overall, 3-1 in CIAA, 1-1 in North) held a 20-9 lead going into the fourth quarter but Virginia State (3-3, 1-1) tried to rally. The Trojans, though, came up short.
The Bulldogs held a 6-2 halftime lead – Virginia Union’s only score came on a safety following a bad punt snap – before scoring twice in the third quarter. Montez Clay got both touchdowns, the first being a 2-yard catch early in the period, and later on a 22-yard reception from Hall for the score.
That gave Bowie State a 20-2 lead before Virginia State rallied. Quarterback Cordelral Cook scored on a 11-yard run later in the third quarter that made it 20-9.
Then, in the fourth quarter Daniel Reid scored on a 1-yard run with three minutes left. That cut the lead to 20-15, but Virginia Union could do no more as the Bulldogs held on for the victory.
Bowie State takes to the road once more this weekend for its eighth game of the season when it meets Virginia Union on Oct. 20 at 1:05 p.m.