The Maryland Terrapins improved to 2-0 Saturday night, demolishing in-state rival Morgan State, 62-3.
The first quarter went about as well as possible for the Terps. On Morgan State's first drive, defensive tackle Joe Vellano got through the line twice, recording a sack on 3rd and 8. Wide receiver Emani Lee-Odai partially blocked the Bears' kick, and the Terps started their first drive of the game on the opposing 33.
Maryland was able to drive down the field easily at the beginning of the drive, getting productive runs from quarterback Jamarr Robinson, wide receiver Ronnie Tyler (who was employed as a running back in a wishbone formation throughout the game), and running back Da'Rel Scott. Eventually, Robinson was able to roll out to the right on a 2nd and goal play, finding Torrey Smith in the end zone for a five-yard score.
After another three-and-out for the Bears, the Terps went to work again, this time from their own nine. Smith gained 12 years on a screen play thanks to a great block by wide receiver LaQuan Williams. Later in the drive, Adrian Cannon scored a 19-yard touchdown on a screen after another effective block from Williams. Williams and Tyler came up with big blocks throughout the game, and showed their versatility.
"I think the more things that our guys can do well - run, catch, block - the more it's going to help us," offensive coordinator James Franklin said. "I think our wide receivers were able to think back to last week, being able to block and understanding that was their role for that game and having a great attitude about it. Those are the type of kids we have."
"Our slots, LaQuan, Ronnie, Kerry [Boykins] all of them did a great job," Smith said. "They got down and got [the defenders] out of the way which allowed us to get to the outside and be playmakers. We've definitely got to credit them with those big plays there."
As the game quickly got out of hand, more and more second and third-team players entered the game for Maryland. Backup quarterback Danny O'Brien came in and played extremely well, throwing for three touchdown passes on his first three completions as a Terrapin quarterback.
However, both O'Brien and third string quarterback C.J. Brown suffered injuries, as O'Brien left the game with a sprained ankle (severity unknown) and Brown broke his collar bone. Brown is expected to be out for eight weeks.
Human pinball D.J. Adams came into the game late and excelled, rushing eleven times for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Furstenburg caught three passes for a team-high 48 yards and one touchdown, while true freshmen Matt Robinson and David Mackall tied for the team lead in tackles with seven.
We'll have more stories on the game tomorrow.
Terps Blow out Morgan State, 62-3
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