Terps vs Rutgers Quarterly Report

TSR's Ben Worsley gives a quarterly report for the Maryland vs Rutgers game.


SUMMARY: The first quarter was full of big plays. Quarterback Chris Turner was picked off by Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery on his very first attempt, and Lowery returned it for a score. But Turner would come back with a 45-yard completion to receiver Torrey Smith, which led to a 38-yard field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Rutgers returner Joe Lefeged almost broke free for a touchdown but was taken down at Maryland's 47 yard line. Maryland would regroup and keep the score at 7-3 going into the second quarter.

KEY PLAY: On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Turner was picked off by Antonio Lowery, who returned it for a touchdown.

KEY PLAYER: Chris Turner threw a pick for a touchdown on his first attempt but rebounded with a 45-yard strike to Torrey Smith on the next possession that led to a Maryland score.

KEY STAT: After rushing for 72 yards in the first quarter last week against Middle Tennessee, Da'Rel Scott was held to just six.


SUMMARY: After a Rutgers chip shot field goal at the start of the quarter, Maryland tied it at 10 with a 3-play, 68-yard drive capped off by a 24-yard touchdown to receiver LaQuan Williams. Meanwhile, Maryland's defense suffocated Rutgers quarterback Domenic Natale, knocking him to the turf several times and forcing backup Jabu Lovelace to come in for a few plays. One Turner pick and Rutgers botched fake field goal later, Maryland would take a 13-10 lead into the locker room, thanks to a 34-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.

KEY PLAY: Despite Rutgers' early momentum, Maryland kept itself in the game with a 24-yard touchdown pass to seldom-used receiver LaQuan Williams at the 13:26 mark.

KEY PLAYER: Chris Turner went 7-for-11 with 113 yards and a touchdown, as well as 19 yards and two crucial first downs with his feet.

KEY STAT: In the first half, Maryland had 166 passing yards, as opposed to Rutgers' mere 24.


SUMMARY: Maryland's defense had a big stop midway through the quarter, keeping Rutgers from the end zone on four straight running plays inside the 10 yard line. But Chris Turner struggled mightily, throwing a pick and fumbling in Maryland's end zone which led to a Rutgers touchdown, the lone score of the quarter. To add insult to injury, Smith, Turner's top target who had four catches for 112 yards, injured his leg and did not return. Rutgers headed into the final quarter with a 17-13 lead.

KEY PLAY: A whiffed block by running back Davin Meggett allowed Rutgers to sack Chris Turner, who fumbled the ball in the end zone and gave Rutgers a go-ahead touchdown with 2:59 to play.

KEY PLAYER: In his worst game of the season, Chris Turner threw for just 29 yards and turned the ball over twice in the third quarter.

KEY STAT: The sloppy third quarter featured two turnovers and only 63 yards of offense for both teams combined.


SUMMARY: The wheels came off in the fourth quarter for Maryland. Rutgers extended its lead to seven with a 37-yard field goal, but iced its victory later in the quarter with a 29-yard touchdown run by Rutgers running Joe Martinek. After punting the ball away, Maryland saw its dim hopes vanish after a 61-yard touchdown run by Martinek. In the end, Rutgers came away with a 34-13, dropping Maryland to 1-3 on the season.

KEY PLAY: Joe Martinek's 29-yard scamper into the end zone with just more than five minutes to play made it 27-13 and all but sealed the victory.

KEY PLAYER: Joe Martinek single-handedly put the game away for Rutgers, rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the quarter.

KEY STAT: Maryland turned the ball over five times, accounting for 20 Rutgers points. Rutgers had no turnovers.

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