Maryland 36, Temple 27
Kicking Off: Maryland held on to beat Temple 36-27 to improve to 2-0 on the season … quarterback Perry Hills went 11 of 21 for 190 yards, two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown … running back Justus Pickett ran for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Stefon Diggs had 135 all-purpose yards on nine touches … the defense forced two early turnovers and was once again tough against the run, holding Temple to 52 yards on 39 carries.
Forced Turnovers Set Tone: Maryland’s defense set the tone right away by forcing a fumble on Temple’s first offensive play of the game. Joe Vellano forced the fumble by running back Matt Brown, and Demetrius Hartsfield recovered it. Then, on Temple’s second drive, Cole Farrand forced a fumble on third down that A.J. Francis recovered.
Defense Locks Down: The Terps held Temple to just 34 total yards and two first downs in the first half. Temple had just 28 rushing yards on 22 carries (1.3 ypc) and six passing yards as Maryland won the time of possession battle 16:21 to 13:39. The second half was more of the same as the Owls had just 24 rushing yards on 17 carries. For the game, Temple had just 52 rushing yards on 39 carries (1.3 ypc).
Leak Steps Up: Sophomore receiver Marcus Leak had three receptions for 90 yards, and two of them were big plays. Leak had a 32-yard TD reception to give Maryland a 17-3 lead in the second quarter; he also had a big momentum play in the third quarter. On a third-and-17, Leak caught a jump ball from Hills for a 39-yard reception, and Maryland went on to kick a field goal on the drive. The catch came right after Temple scored a TD as a result of a Maryland turnover right after halftime.
Showing Improvement on Offense: Maryland showed improvement on offense in week two of the season. The Terps’ 12 first downs in the first half nearly matched their total of 13 in game one against William & Mary. Maryland finished with 334 yards of total offense and 19 first downs.
Diggs’ Drive: Maryland’s first touchdown drive came in large part due to the efforts of Stefon Diggs. The freshman set up the drive with a 27-yard punt return that gave Maryland the ball at the their own 43. He then had a 12-yard rush and a 12-yard reception before Perry Hills hit Matt Furstenburg in the end zone on a beautiful pass for a 22-yard touchdown.
More Diggs: Despite a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, Diggs had a solid all-around game. He had nine touches for 135 yards, an average of 15 yards per touch (3 receptions for 59 yards, 2 rushes for 17 yards, 3 punt returns for 34 yards, 1 kickoff return for 25 yards). Diggs also had a 38-yard catch on third down with under 4:00 left in the game that setup a touchdown and helped preserve the win.
Safety: Maryland got its first safety in exactly five years when Temple’s center snapped it over the head of QB Chris Coyer and into the end zone in the second quarter. The Terps’ last safety came against FIU on Sept. 8, 2007.
Turnovers: The Terps were able to hold on to win despite losing the turnover battle for the second straight week. Maryland had four fumbles lost, while Temple lost two fumbles and threw an interception.
Tidbits: Brad Craddock’s 45-yard field goal in the first quarter was the first of his career … Perry Hills’ 22-yard TD pass to Matt Furstenburg early in the second quarter was the first of his career … Maryland’s 23 points in second quarter its most in one quarter since they had 28 on 10/30/10 vs. Wake Forest … when Temple QB Chris Coyer hit C.J. Hammond for a 62-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it represented the first points Maryland’s defense allowed this season that didn’t come off turnovers … with 73 all-purpose yards Justus Pickett surpassed 1,000 career all-purpose yards … the Terps finished with three sacks and seven tackles for loss … Cole Farrand had a game-high six tackles … A.J. Francis had a blocked field goal, sack and fumble recovery.