For a few hours on Saturday, a handful of Maryland defenders learned what it would be like to play a wide receiver.
In fact, Darnell Savage Jr. defensively defended the Terrapins with two interceptions getting more passes than anyone else in Rutger's attack.
The Terrapins registered a total of five interceptions, most in a game since 1998, en route to a 34-7 victory over Rutgers struggling.
Tino Ellis, Byron Cowart and Tre Watson also had an interception, while Maryland (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) celebrated Homecoming by holding the Scarlet Knights on eight passing yards. Rutgers start quarterback Artur Sitkowski threw four interceptions, compared to two completions, in 16 attempts. Backup Giovanni Rescigno was also intercepted on his only passport of the day.
"They are about football," interim coach Matt Canada said of Maryland's defense. "If you stand and watch, these things will not happen – if you chase the ball and you are around the ball, good things happen."
Maryland's defense kept Rutgers (1-6, 0-4) until the last minute goalless. His repeated turnovers and stoppages allowed his offensive to return to the field, where it scored more than 30 points for the fourth time this season.
Ty Johnson ignited the Terps' run game as he signed for a 65-yard touchdown for the game's first points in the final minute of the first quarter. The game accounted for more yards as the entire Maryland offensive had accumulated to this point. Later, Johnson ran across the width of the field and decided to find an opening for a significant profit, rather than succumbing to the crowd of defenders where he had originally gone.
When Johnson left the field after fanning the offense with nine For 132 yards, he has become just the fourth Maryland player notching at least 4,000 general-purpose yards for career. Johnson said he focuses on winning, not milestones. But he knows that his mother will remind him.
"I'll see my mother," Johnson said after the win. "She will probably hug me and be like 'oh my god.'"
Johnson led the group and Maryland continued its seasonal trend to use a run-heavy attack. Canada said earlier this week that it was not worried that the Terps overtaking offense would reach the final game in the Big Ten and No. 123 of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision programs. On days like Saturday, when the run was at 290 yards, playing with the iffy pass is irrelevant.
Maryland's quarterback, Kasim Hill, had an off-and-on performance. He overthrew receivers several times, sometimes when they were wide open, and completed 8 of 17 passes for 76 yards. But he also picked up a career-high three passing touchdowns to equate his total of the first five games of the season.
"There are always things that you can do better," said Hill. "I want to win after every game, and we have that feeling today, and that's the best feeling you can have."
Jeshaun Jones was one of those recipients who would end up with a pass but later he came up with an eight to 34-0-yard touchdown, his first since he figured out three in his notable university debut. Another of Hill & # 39; s touchdowns, this one 23-yard throw to Taivon Jacobs, came after a Rutgers defender got a hand on the ball and nearly caught an interception.
When the Terps reached the goal line after Johnson's move- In the run direction, Hill ran for a match and pointed to the middle of the end zone, leading Ryan Tayon Fleet-Davis back, who then hit a touchdown pass. Even as a defender approached, Hill made the right move, and his team profited.
Hill's only big mistake came in the second quarter when he fumbled for his release. But on Rutgers' later attacking game, Cowart broke the pass after Antoine Brooks Jr. tipped the ball. Before he broke his front cruciate ligament last season, Hill played only one complete game and parts of two others.
"Suddenly he should go out and be Joe Montana," said Canada. The quarterbacks understand this, they get too much debt and they get too much credit, he sometimes has to play better, but he also has some games today
Backup Quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome played at several points throughout the game, as he did throughout the season. Pigrome led the team to a 73-yard journey that led to a field goal that made it 27-0 in the third quarter. On this series, which only included runs, Pigrome had a carry for 23 yards. He finished the day with the completion of 1 of 3 passes for nine yards and five launches for 38 yards.
Rutgers & # 39; suffering started early in the game. Maryland followed his first touchdown with a long onside kick that crashed into Chance Campbell's hands, earning his offensive field position and eventually three points ahead of Joseph Petrino's 39-yard field goal four games later.
The Scarlet Knights They have not won since the season opener against Texas State, and only one of their six consecutive defeats has fallen less than 21 points. Maryland, which suffered a defeat in Michigan, has now reached its overall victories from last season.
"This dressing room was great," Canada said. "That's why we do what we do … We'll enjoy it tonight, I promise."