Terps Outlast Indiana to End 3-Game Slide
Ty Johnson of the Terrapins stiff arms a defensive player for a big gain. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, MD - The month of October has not been kind to the Maryland Terrapins. After enduring three straight losses, Maryland (4-4, 2-3) was finally able to bust through and earn a 42-39 win over Indiana (3-5, 0-5) to climb back to .500 on the season.  The Terrapins showed resiliency, battling back from 14-0 to outlast the Hoosiers.

"There was a lot of back and forth, a lot of momentum swings," Terrapins coach DJ Durkin said.
 
Maryland and Indiana combined for 828 yards and 53 first downs on153 plays in a track meet. Despite the gaudy overall offensive numbers, the Maryland defense stuffed the Indiana ground game, holding the Hoosiers to 73 yards rushing and the special teams also contributed coming up with a timely 82-yard kickoff return and converting a blocked punt into a touchdown.

Maryland quarterback Matt Bortenschlager attempted just 16 passes but completed 10 of those for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

The win marked Maryland’s first win over the Hoosiers since 2014 (Maryland’s first-ever Big Ten win.

"I'll be transparent: What they do stresses our athleticism in spots," Indiana head coach Tom Allen said after the game. "Their speed makes it hard on us. I'm just being honest."

Indiana opened the game with a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to go up 7-0. The Hoosiers got a little help from the Terps who committed a drive-saving offsides penalty that erased a sack on third-and-10.  On the very next play, quarterback Peyton Ramsey hit Simmie Cobbs for a 34-yard score.

Bortenschlager and the Terps offense’s opening drive wasn’t as successful. The sophomore out of Indiana threw his third interception on the season to Tony Fields on the third play from scrimmage. Fields returned the turnover 34-yards to set up Indiana’s second score in as many drives. Ramsey completed his second touchdown to Cole Gest to put the Hoosiers up 14-0.

Already down 14-0 in the first quarter, the Terps got a spark from an unlikely source—the Maryland defense. Saftey Darnell Savage picked off Ramsey in Indiana territory and returned it to the 14-yard-line. Lorenzo Harrison ran in on one play to put Maryland on the board.

When not assisted by Maryland penalties, the Indiana offense stalled. The Hoosiers were forced to punt on their next possession, placing Maryland at its own 3-yard-line with 44 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Two plays later, running back T Johnson was tackled in his own endzone for a safety.

Savage made his second big play in as many quarters when he blocked an Indiana punt and returned it 16-yards for Maryland’s second touchdown of the game. After another Ramsey touchdown toss, this one to Luke Tillman to grab a 23-14 lead, Bortenschlager threw back-to-back touchdowns in under four minutes to put Maryland up for the first time, 28-23.

Bortenschlager found Taivon Jacobs on a 14-yard throw for his first touchdown of the game and then tossed a short 2-yarder to D.J. Moore for the junior wideout’s eighth touchdown on the season. Moore now leads the Big Ten in touchdowns and is tied for fourth-most in a single-season in Maryland history with Dan Bungori (1971). Moore set up the score catching a 33-yard pass and drawing a pass interference a few plays later to put the Terps at the Indiana 2-yard-line. The big play receiver led the Terps with four receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown

Indiana scored 13 unanswered points to open the second half. Indiana’s first score was set up by yet another Maryland penalty, this time a roughing the passer that put Indiana at the Maryland 11-yard-line.  Ramsey was hurt on the play and would shuffle in and out of the lineup the rest of the game. Quarterback Richard Lagow found tight end Whop Philyor for the touchdown on the ensuing down.

Ramsey finished with 279 yards on 31-of-41 passing with three touchdowns and one interception. Indiana didn’t lose much with him out of the game however as Lagow threw for 131 yards on 12-of-21 passing with two touchdowns in a backup role.

Maryland special teams stepped up yet again en route to 14 unanswered points by the Terrapins. Ready to receive the ball after Indiana tacked on a field goal to go up 33-28, Javon Leake returned the ensuing kickoff 82-yards to the Indiana 18-yard-line to put the offense in prime scoring position. Freshman running back Jake Funk, out of Gaithersburg, rushed for his first touchdown from one yard out and followed that score up with another one-yard touchdown on Maryland’s next possession to put the Terps up 42-33.

Maryland will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to face rival Rutgers this Saturday. Maryland has won the last two matchups between the teams. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
 
Photo Gallery  - Maryland Terrapins vs. Indiana Hoosiers
 
Terrapins Ty Johnson is shown wearing a throwback uniform against Indiana during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Testudo runs across the field prior to kick off against Indiana during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
The Terrapins wore a throwback uniform as they take on Indiana during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins JC Jackson takes down Cole Gest of the Hoosiers. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Maryland Pride flag is unfurled in the stands. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Hoosiers Luke Timian tries to avoid a tackle. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins DJ Moore hauls the ball in for a touchdown. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Ty Johnson of the Terrapins stiff arms a defensive player for a big gain. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
The view from the nose bleed seats. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins Javon Leake found some running room for a big gain. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins Jake Funk celebrates a touchdown. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins DJ Moore hauls in a pass for a big gain. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
The Terrapins bench goes wild late in the game. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Terrapins Jake Funk leaps in the endzone for touchdown. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
Max Bortenschlager fo the Terrapins is flushed out of the pocket. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
The Terrapins heads to the ocker room after winning the game. Maryland defeated Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
DJ Moore is all smiles after a victory over Indiana 42-39 during homecoming game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box