Northwestern came to College Park and exited with a 37-21 win over Maryland on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.
Maryland is 3-3 (1-2 Big Ten). Northwestern is 3-3 (1-2 Big Ten). Neither team has been ranked this season, though Maryland was on the cusp of getting into the AP Top 25 before last week’s blowout. This was Northwestern’s first trip to College Park, Md.
Maryland-Northwestern football score, live updates
Final score: Northwestern 37, Maryland 21.
Northwestern, aided by a crucial Maryland unsportsmanlike penalty, drove down for the final nail in the coffin, a 21-yard run by Northwestern RB Justin Jackson. With 1:54, you can call it. Northwestern’s going to take this one.
Northwestern adds another field goal. Wildcats lead, 30-21, with 10:32 left.
A Taivon Jacobs reception gets the Terps back on the scoreboard after a drought.
A Northwestern field goal extends the lead in the second half. Maryland’s going to have to show some fight, and soon.
Northwestern scores two touchdowns, and its 24-14 at halftime. Northwestern’s outgaining Maryland by a whole lot: 327-144.
Maryland strikes back on another touchdown for D.J. Moore. This one was impressive. It’s 14-10 Maryland.
D.J. Moore is an animal. pic.twitter.com/hgE13qwJnd
— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) October 14, 2017
Northwestern takes a 10-7 lead on a Justin Jackson touchdown to complete an 8-play, 71-yard drive with 9:35 left in the half.
Northwestern has the game’s second score, a 40-yard field goal from Charlie Kuhbander. Maryland leads, 7-3, with 12:45 left in the second quarter.
Maryland strikes first on a touchdown pass from Max Bortenschlager to D.J. Moore. Terps lead 7-0.
Bort to D.J. Moore for 6! pic.twitter.com/yfRLBeKaHb
— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) October 14, 2017
Down here we’ll post live updates throughout the Maryland-Northwestern game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET at Maryland Stadium.
Maryland-Northwestern football preview, picks
The line: Northwestern -3
Pick: Maryland 31, Northwestern 24
Maryland and Northwestern are in similar places in their respective conferences. The Wildcats have somewhat disappointed in the Big Ten West race so far, but have had a tough conference schedule, drawing Wisconsin and Penn State in their first two games. Still, an underwhelming Week 1 win over Nevada and a listless 41-17 loss to Duke don’t paint an excellent picture.
Maryland’s opening win over Texas was a surprisingly solid start to the season, but quarterback injuries have thrown the entire team for a loop. Sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome was Maryland’s starting quarterback to begin the season, but an ACL tear felled him in the third quarter of Week 1. Then freshman Kasim Hill suffered the same injury against UCF. It was a familiar refrain for a team that lost four quarterbacks and was relegated to starting a linebacker at quarterback in 2012. Then Max Bortenschlager went down with an undisclosed injury in last week’s loss to Ohio State. Caleb Henderson, a former 4-star recruit who transferred from North Carolina and sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, will end up starting if Bortenschlager can’t go against Northwestern.
Either way, Maryland’s going to need its running game to show up to win any game this season. There’s a common pattern in Maryland’s two losses. The Terps ran for 42 yards against UCF and 50 yards against Ohio State. That same stat against Texas, Towson and Minnesota: 263, 367 and 262 yards. While they can’t go 3-for-13 through the air like they did against Ohio State, its a strong running game that will get Maryland to victory against anyone. Ty Johnson, Lorenzo Harrison and Maryland’s other running backs have to run wild to get a win.
Northwestern’s attack is a bit more balanced. Clayton Thorson is a fairly talented quarterback, but he’s thrown 7 interceptions and been sacked 19 times. He’s completed 62 percent of his passes, but only for 5.4 yards per attempt. The Wildcats’ passing attack isn’t particularly explosive, and neither is their running game. Justin Jackson averages an unspectacular 4.2 yards per carry, but he’s been efficient enough to power Northwestern’s offense.
For Northwestern, this game is the first time the Wildcats play a team that is on their level. Wisconsin and Penn state are tough tasks for any Big Ten team that isn’t Ohio State or Michigan. Maryland and Northwestern are in the weird middle ground with Minnesota and Purdue in a league that has lacked a semblance of parity for years. Saturday’s game is a chance for fans to see two teams that actually deserve to be on the same playing field, so that’s exciting.
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