ANNAPOLIS, Md. —
Despite the loss, Maryland had its first winning season since 2010 and finished with more victories than in Edsall’s first two years combined.
“I think this season really helped us as we leave the ACC and enter the Big Ten,” Edsall said.
Brandon Ross rushed for 116 yards for Maryland, and C.J. Brown went 14 for 24 for 197 yards. Although the Terrapins amassed 391 yards, they converted only two of 14 third-down tries.
“We kept hurting ourselves with penalties, little things that were not helping us on first and second down which were creating unmanageable third downs,” Brown said. “There wasn’t anything they did that we hadn’t seen before.”
After a whirlwind first half that produced 30 points and 24 first downs, the teams settled into a defensive struggle in the third quarter. Each of the first four possessions ended in punts, but on the last one Marshall pinned the Terrapins on their own 1.
In the same situation earlier in the game, Maryland ran three times for 2 yards and punted. This time, the Terrapins put together a 17-play drive that included a pair of fourth down conversions and lasted for 7 minutes, 44 seconds. The 99-yard march ended with a 2-yard pass from Brown to tight end Dave Stinebaugh, giving Maryland a 20-17 lead with 14:56 left.
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