Terps Rebound with Gopher Route, 42-13
Terrapin's DJ Turner breaks a tackle for a touchdown. Maryland defeated Minnesota 42-13 during a game at the Capital One Field in College Park, MD on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Teddy Owusu/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, MD - A week after taking its first loss on the
 season, the embattled Maryland Terrapins (3-1) bounced back on Saturday to topple the previously unbeaten Minnesota Gophers (3-1) in a 42-13 victory. The Terrapins came out sharp, amassing 423 yards on offense with zero turnovers.
 
Minnesota had no answers for the Maryland rushing attack. Ty Johnson and freshman Anthony McFarland gashed the Gopher’s defense with Johnson rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and McFarland adding 112 yards and six touchdowns on just two carries.

Maryland’s offensive game plan looked much improved from last week’s 21-point loss to Temple. The Terrapins played with better balance and pace to go up 14-0 in the first quarter. Quarterback Kasim Hill had a modest afternoon throwing for 117 yards on 10-of-14 passing and one touchdown. However, it was a welcome improvement over last week’s outing where he threw for 56-yards and one interception.

Minnesota got on the board in the second quarter with a field goal to get within 14-3. Hill answered with a scramble and toss to DJ Turner who turned the short pass into a 54-yard touchdown. Maryland’s offense outgained Minnesota 288 to 109 and took a 21-10 lead into the half.

The Terrapins defense was effective at disrupting freshman quarterback Zach Annexstad throughout the game. Annexstad finished 14-of-32 for 169 yards and two interceptions. Tre Watson, who led the Terrapins with six tackles and a sack, intercepted Annexstad in the third quarter and returned it 36-yards for a touchdown to put the Terps up 28-10.

The Terps were penalized 10 times for 118 yards in the win. They will have to be much better after the bye week when the team returns to action at Michigan on October 6.