Terps Offense Explodes in Rout
D.J. Moore of the Terrapins tries to extend the play after a catch. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, MD—Coming into Saturday afternoon’s game following last week’s win over then-No. 23 Texas, the spotlight was undoubtedly on the Maryland Terrapins football team and its freshman quarterback Kasim Hill. And the Terps response was resounding.

Maryland (2-0) crushed Towson (1-1) in a 63-17 blowout at Maryland Stadium. 63 points is the most the Terps have scored since 1954, in a 74-13 win over Missouri. A week ago Hill, the former four-star prospect from St. John’s College High, was thrown into the fire against Texas after sophomore Tyrell Pigrome went down in the second half with a knee injury. In that game, Hill came in and completed all three of his pass attempts and ran in for the game-clinching touchdown.

“I don't think anything surprises me,” said sophomore offensive lineman Terrance Davis Jr. “Kasim has been cool and calm since he's gotten here, so when Pig went down we knew he was going to step right in and do the job well and that's what he did.”

Hill followed up his debut performance by completing his first eight passes against the Tigers and capping a 3-minute, 7-play, 62-yard opening drive with a touchdown pass to D. J. Moore on a 9-yard slant. Maryland would go on to score 21 points on its first three possessions and looked every bit the part of a top ranked team offensively.

“Happy with our team and the way they came out,” said Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. “They really had the right mindset for this game. Come out and start fast and we were able to do that.”

The Tigers weren’t going away without a fight. Led by its own freshman quarterback, Ryan Stover, Towson responded to the Terps explosion with a solid 11-play, 81-yard drive ending in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Stover to 6’4” freshman wide receiver Jabari Allen.

Stover led the Tigers on the ground accounting for 52 of his teams 99 yards on 13 carries and finished with 210 yards on 21 of 36 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Terps Darnell Savage Jr. notched his second career INT and first career touchdown, taking a Stover miscue 75 yards into the endzone.

Maryland finished with 534 yards on just 54 plays. Hill contributed 163 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 16 passing and 41 yards on the ground. Moore was the recipient of most of Hill’s targets and snagged seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Hill connected with Moore for a 34-yard score on the second drive that took only four plays. Junior running back Ty Johnson got going on the third drive, taking a 74-yard run to the house for his first touchdown of the game. The Maryland offense exploded for 21 points on a total of 12 plays against the Tigers in the first quarter and showed no signs of let up against the overmatch Football Championship Subdivision Towson squad.

“We count explosive plays always because that is a big factor in the game. Those are big swings in field position,” said Durkin. “The big plays that end up in touchdowns are the ones that everyone remembers. Those guys give us the chance to do that. Explosive plays come from players often times more than coaching.”

Johnson also scored on a 46-yard run in the third quarter tofinished the Terrapins’ scoring with a 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

“It was a good win for us. We came out and really started team down the field on that first drive and making good decisions with the ball. We wanted to come out and get some good throws in with him and he certainly did that.”

Maryland football is now 2-0 and has scored 114 points in its first two games this season. Even after wins over ranked—Texas and Towson, the Terps are still on the outside of the AP top 25. Interestingly enough, after finishing 30th in the poll last week with 45 points, and despite a 46-point win over Towson on Saturday, the Terps actually moved down a spot. Maryland is currently ranked No. 31.

We’re 2-0 with a bye early in the season, not many byes usually in week three, but that’s what it is. We have to improve with UCF coming here in a couple weeks,” said Durkin. “We know they’re an extremely talented team so we’re going to have play our best game so far to get to 3-0.”

After a bye week, the Terrapins host Central Florida on Sept. 23, a team they beat in OT last year.
 
Written by Teddy Owusu
 
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D.J. Moore of the Terrapins evades a defender. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
D.J. Moore scores a touchdown in the first quarter. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Freshman quarterback Kasim Hill runs the Terrapins offense. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
D.J. Moore breaks a tackle for a big gain. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
The Maryland Pride flag is unfurled during the first half of the game. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Towson's defensive backs have a tough time tackling Terrapins Ty Johnson. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Towson's Trey Gilmore is upended by a Terrapin defensive back. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Towson's QB Ryan Stover is sacked for a loss. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Kasim Hill of the Terrapins hands the ball to RB Lorenzo Harrison. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Taivon Jacobs of the Terrapins is tackled just short of the end zone. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins JC Jackson tries to strip the ball from Towson's Jabari Greenwood. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Freshman quarterback Kasim Hill unwinds for a pass. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins Jake Funk finds the end zone for a touchdown. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
D.J. Moore of the Terrapins tries to evade a defender. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
D.J. Moore of the Terrapins tries to evade a defender. Maryland routed Towson 63-17 during home season opener at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box