2017 Maryland Terrapins Football Team
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2017 Maryland Terrapins Football Team
2017 Maryland Terrapins football
Maryland Terrapins logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
2017 record4-8 (2-7 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWalt Bell (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorAndy Buh (2nd season)
Base defense4-2-5
Home stadiumMaryland Stadium
(Capacity: 51,802)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Maryland Terrapins football team represented the University of Maryland during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Terrapins played their home games at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Maryland and competed in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland celebrated their 125th anniversary of the program that was established in 1892, when the University of Maryland, College Park was still known as the Maryland Agricultural College. They were led by second-year head coach D.J. Durkin. They finished the season 4-8, 2-7 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for sixth place in the East Division.

Schedule

Maryland announced its 2017 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2017 schedule consisted of 6 home, 5 away and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Terrapins hosted Big Ten foes Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern, and Penn State, and traveled to Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Maryland played Rutgers in Bronx, New York at Yankee Stadium.[1]

The Terrapins hosted two of the three non-conference opponents, Towson from the Colonial Athletic Association, Central Florida (UCF) from the American Athletic Conference and traveled to Austin, Texas to face Texas from the Big 12 Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 212:00 p.m.at No. 23 Texas*FS1W 51-4188,396
September 912:00 p.m.Towson*BTNW 63-1737,105
September 233:00 p.m.UCF*
  • Maryland Stadium
  • College Park, MD
FS1L 10-3833,280
September 3012:00 p.m.at MinnesotaFS1W 31-2443,511
October 74:00 p.m.at No. 10 Ohio StateFOXL 14-62107,180
October 143:30 p.m.Northwestern
  • Maryland Stadium
  • College Park, MD
ESPN2L 21-3738,325
October 2112:00 p.m.at No. 5 WisconsinFOXL 13-3878,058
October 283:30 p.m.Indianadagger
  • Maryland Stadium
  • College Park, MD
BTNW 42-3935,144
November 43:30 p.m.at RutgersBTNL 24-3135,221
November 113:30 p.m.No. 21 Michigan
  • Maryland Stadium
  • College Park, MD
BTNL 10-3544,325
November 184:00 p.m.at No. 22 Michigan StateFOXL 7-1770,216
November 253:30 p.m.No. 12 Penn State
  • Maryland Stadium
  • College Park, MD (rivalry)
BTNL 3-6649,680
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries

at Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 14 16 7 14 51
#23 Longhorns 7 7 20 7 41

Maryland spoiled Texas coach Tom Herman's debut by upsetting the Longhorns, 51-41. The Terps got off to a rough start, with quarterback Tyrell Pigrome throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the Terps' first offensive drive of the game. But after that, Maryland scored 27 unanswered points. Texas did come back and got to within three points, but were never able to regain the lead.[3]

Maryland's Ty Johnson rushed for 132 yards on 12 carries, while D.J. Moore caught seven passes for 133 yards. Johnson, Pigrome, Kasim Hill, and Jake Funk all had rushing touchdowns, and Moore and Taivon Jacobs each had a receiving touchdown.[4] The game also featured several non-offensive touchdowns. In addition to the pick-six by Texas, each team returned a blocked kick for a touchdown, and Texas also returned a punt for a touchdown.[3]

While Pigrome had to leave due to an injury in the third quarter, true freshman quarterback Kasim Hill took over for Maryland and performed well, leading the Terps to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. When it was all finished, Maryland had completed its first win over a ranked opponent since 2010.[3]

During the game, Maryland lost two key players to injury. Starting quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome was lost for the season after tearing his ACL, and senior defensive end Jessie Aniebonam will miss "several months" due to a fractured ankle.[5]

Towson

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 7 0 10 17
Terrapins 21 7 21 14 63

Maryland's first home game of 2017 saw the Towson Tigers, Maryland's lone FCS opponent this season, visiting College Park. This game marked the first start of true freshman QB Kasim Hill, and he performed very well, completing 13 of 16 passes for 163 yards with no interceptions. Maryland jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead after the first quarter and ended up scoring nine touchdowns against Towson. It was the first time in Maryland history that the team has started a year by scoring at least 50 points in each of its first two games.[6]

Ty Johnson rushed for 124 yards on only five carries, including two long runs for touchdowns (74 and 46 yards). Javon Leake, Jake Funk, Max Bortenschlager, and D.J. Moore also had rushing touchdowns. Moore led the receivers with 97 yards on seven catches, including two passes caught for touchdowns. Darnell Savage added a touchdown after he intercepted a pass thrown by Towson's Ryan Stover.[6]

Maryland had big plays all afternoon. Six of Maryland's eight touchdowns by the offense were for at least 20 yards, including two that were over 60 yards. Maryland also had a 75-yard touchdown on an interception return. Moore and Johnson, who both had big games against Texas and also against Towson, combined for five of the nine touchdowns. Freshman tailback Javon Leake make his debut for the Terps and also got in on the big play action, scoring a touchdown after a 61-yard rush.[7]

In the end, Maryland was far too much for Towson to handle, and the Terps ended up with a 63-17 victory.

UCF

1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 14 7 17 38
Terrapins 3 0 7 0 10

Maryland's last non-conference game of the season saw Central Florida visiting College Park. The previous year, Maryland and UCF had met in Orlando, with Maryland winning in double-overtime.[8]

Kasim Hill made his second start at QB for the Terps, but he would not stay in the game for long. In the first quarter during a QB scramble, Hill was injured, and was unable to put any weight on his right leg as he hobbled off the field with assistance. Sophomore QB Max Bortenschlager replaced Hill, but was unable to lead the Terps to victory. He finished 15 for 26 with 132 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.[9]

UCF lead 14-3 after the first half. Maryland's offense ended up being outgained 428-197 and was not able to mount any serious threat against UCF. Maryland converted only 2 out of 13 third down attempts.[9] The scoring was capped for the day when a Bortenschlager pass was picked off and returned for a TD by Mike Hughes. Central Florida ended up defeating Maryland by a final score of 38-10.[10]

at Minnesota

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 10 0 14 31
Golden Gophers 0 10 7 7 24

at Ohio State

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 0 0 7 14
No. 11 Buckeyes 20 21 14 7 62

Northwestern

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 21 3 10 37
Terrapins 7 7 7 0 21

at Wisconsin

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 3 10 0 13
No. 5 Badgers 7 14 7 10 38

Indiana

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 16 7 10 6 39
Terrapins 7 21 0 14 42

at Rutgers

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 7 10 0 24
Scarlet Knights 0 17 0 14 31

Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolverines 7 21 0 7 35
Terrapins 0 0 3 7 10

at Michigan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 0 0 7 7
Spartans 7 7 3 0 17

Penn State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Nittany Lions 14 17 21 14 66
Terrapins 0 0 3 0 3

Roster

Awards and honors

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Antoine Brooks Co-Special Teams Player of the Week September 4, 2017 [11]

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
D. J. Moore WR 1 24 Carolina Panthers
Jermaine Carter LB 5 161 Carolina Panthers

References

  1. ^ "2016-17 Big Ten Football Schedules Announced" (Press release). University of Maryland Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 Maryland Terrapins Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kendziora, Thomas (2 September 2017). "Maryland football upsets Texas, 51-41, in wild season opener". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Maryland vs. Texas - Box Score - September 2, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Kendziora, Thomas (5 September 2017). "Maryland football's Tyrrell Pigrome out for the season; Jesse Aniebonam out for 'several months'". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b Kendziora, Thomas (9 September 2017). "Maryland football cruises past Towson, 63-17, in home opener". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Kendziora, Thomas (9 September 2017). "Explosive plays key Maryland football to convincing win over Towson". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Maryland vs. UCF - Game Summary - September 17, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ a b Stubbs, Roman (23 September 2017). "Maryland throttled by UCF after Kasim Hill leaves game with injury". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Goldstein, Jared (23 September 2017). "Maryland football crushed by UCF, 38-10, for season's 1st loss". Testudo Times. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 4, 2017. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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