COLLEGE PARK – In last season’s final game before Thanksgiving, the University of Maryland football team played in a competitive shootout against Ohio State, where both teams combined for 103 points.
But on Nov. 23, the exact opposite happened.
In their final home game of the year, the Terps (3-8) continued its season-long struggles against Nebraska, another Big Ten Conference opponent. Maryland could not generate much offense and was completely dominated by the Cornhuskers, losing the contest by the score of 54-7.
“Disappointed in our performance today for those 16 seniors that we honored,” said Maryland Head Coach Mike Locksley.
Things really got out of hand for Maryland early on when junior running back Javon Leake fumbled the ball and Nebraska junior safety Marquel Dismuke recovered the loose ball. It set up a 6-yard touchdown run from junior tailback Dedrick Mills to put the Huskers up 7-0, while a quarterback sneak from Adrian Martinez extended their lead.
Nebraska (5-6) scored a few more times to lead 34-0 at halftime, as the Terrapins did not have an answer to stop their conference foes.
The Huskers added 20 more points in the second half to lead 54-0 by the fourth quarter. Maryland finally got points onto the scoreboard with 3:13 remaining off a 58-yard rushing touchdown by Leake.
In the end, the Terrapins turned the ball over four times, went 5 of 14 on third-down conversions and converted nine first downs, while its defense did collect one interception.
Junior quarterback Josh Jackson went 4 of 12 for 33 yards but was sacked three times, while Leake rushed for 80 yards and one score on eight carries.
Nebraska, on the other hand, did pretty well, as they amassed 531 offensive yards (compared to Maryland’s 206) and earned 31 first downs.
Martinez went 16 of 25 for 194 yards and two touchdowns, while junior wide receiver JD Spielman made seven catches for 104 yards and two scores.
On the ground, Martinez had 95 yards and one touchdown, and freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey ran for 83 yards and a score. Mills and freshman running back Rahmir Johnson both found the end zone as part of the Cornhuskers’ victory.
Next week, Maryland will play its last regular-season game at Michigan State on Nov. 30 at 3:30 pm.