The Maryland Terrapins were on a roll to start their 2019 college football season. In their first two games, they outscored their opponents 142-20. Maryland was expected to roll once again today against the Temple Owls, but the Owls had other plans. They forced the Terps to play their type of game which was a slow, low scoring game. Temple took a 7-2 lead into halftime and kept Maryland off balance the entire game. While Maryland regained the lead and led 15-13 heading into the fourth quarter, Temple quarterback Anthony Russo hit Kenny Yeboah for a 7-yard touchdown pass to take a 20-15 lead. The Owls sacrificed a safety to end the game as Russo intentionally ran out of the end zone to keep from giving the Terps the chance of pulling off a miracle.
Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson wasn’t on his top game today. He went 15-for-38, 183 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Anthony McFarland Jr. was the top performer offensively for the Terps with 132 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Javon Leake added 57 yards on the ground game on just eight carries. Tight end Tyler Mabry caught the touchdown pass and Dontay Demus Jr. led the team with 42 receiving yards on three receptions. Senior DB Antoine Brooks Junior had a game-high 13 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Anthony Russo went 20-for-37 for 277 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick in the win for the Owls. He looked impressive at times including a 29-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Wright and a 79-yard score to Jaden Blue. He finished the day with five catches for 132 yards. Temple’s running game was almost equal between Re’Mahn Davis and Jager Gardner. Davis had 92 yards on the ground on 16 carries, while Gardner had 16 carries for 82 yards. Sophomore defensive tackle Ifeanyi Maijeh had two sacks. Harrison Hand led the team with ten tackles and had a pick.
Usually, the team that turns the ball over the most in a tight game ends up losing the game. That wasn’t the case for the Owls. Temple committed three turnovers to just one for Maryland. The Owls took Jackson off his game and slowed the pace of the game since the Terps are really good at blowing a game wide open with a few big plays. The Temple defense did an excellent job at not allowing any big plays. They did give up two runs over 30 yards, but Maryland just didn’t have anything for them through the air. Temple is now 2-0 and plays Buffalo next Saturday in a game that could get very exciting early. Maryland drops to 2-1 and will take a week off to prepare in playing Penn State.