Wisconsin easily topped Maryland on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in a 38-13 Big Ten win. Find the score and a running entry of live updates below.
Wisconsin was ranked No. 5 in the AP Poll and is now undefeated at 7-0. Maryland is 3-4 overall after its third straight loss. The Badgers are 3-0 all-time against the Terrapins with the win.
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Wisconsin-Maryland live updates, score
Final score: Wisconsin 38, Maryland 13. Wisconsin scored a late field goal, not that it’ll much matter for the final result. This was a comfortable Badgers win, through and through.
Wisconsin 35, Maryland 13 (Q4, 9:10): Badgers fullback Austin Ramesh bullies his way into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run. This has been a pretty workmanlike performance from Wisconsin, as the Badgers have led wire-to-wire. But Wisconsin continues to get the job done, which is what matters most.
Wisconsin 28, Maryland 13 (Q3, 0:29): Terrapins kicker Henry Darmstadter hits an impressive 45-yard field goal to keep his team in the game. That was a 13-play, 57-yard drive. If Wisconsin can respond with a score on the next possession, however, this game likely will be wrapped up.
Wisconsin 28, Maryland 10 (Q3, 6:50): Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager tosses a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Taivon Jacobs. The Terrapins were aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Badgers cornerback Nick Nelson. It’s a start for the Maryland offense, but the Terrapins will need much more to stay in this game.
Wisconsin 28, Maryland 3 (Q3, 11:15): Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook throws an 18-yard touchdown pass to receiver A.J. Taylor, and this game appears to be all but over. Hornibrook now has completed 14 of 20 passes for 197 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Wisconsin 21, Maryland 3 (Q3, 12:10): Wisconsin announces that linebacker Chris Orr is out for the rest of the game with a right arm injury. That means even more will be expected the rest of the game from T.J. Edwards and Ryan Connelly at inside linebacker.
Wisconsin 21, Maryland 3 (Q2, 0:05): Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone missed a 39-yard field goal wide left. Wisconsin is unable to come up with points after snagging a turnover late in the first half. Still, the Badgers did enough to establish a comfortable lead entering halftime.
Wisconsin 21, Maryland 3 (Q2, 0:25): Andrew Van Ginkel forces a fumble on the kickoff return, and Joe Ferguson recovers the ball. Wisconsin will have yet another chance to score before halftime. This game is quickly turning into a laugher for the Badgers.
Wisconsin 21, Maryland 3 (Q2, 0:32): Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook hits tight end Zander Neuville for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Hornibrook has responded nicely since his interception. For the game, he has completed 10 of 13 passes for 132 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Wisconsin 14, Maryland 3 (Q2, 1:49): Badgers linebacker Chris Orr is questionable to return with a right arm injury. Orr has 2 tackles in the first half.
Wisconsin 14, Maryland 3 (Q2, 10:02): Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor practically walks into the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run. Badgers running backs coach John Settle held Taylor out for most of that drive because he fumbled on the previous drive. But he polished it off to give the Badgers a two-score lead.
Wisconsin 7, Maryland 3 (Q2, 14:52): Maryland kicker Henry Darmstadter makes a 23-yard field goal to put the Terrapins on the board. Wisconsin’s defense did its job considering Maryland took over at the 5-yard line.
Wisconsin 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 0:19): Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor fumbles the ball away at Wisconsin’s own 5-yard line. That’s the second turnover of the first quarter for Wisconsin — and the 13th turnover this season. This has been a recurring problem all season. Once again, it will be up to the Wisconsin defense to bail out the offense.
Wisconsin 7, Maryland 0 (Q1, 5:33): Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook throws his sixth interception since Big Ten play began. Hornibrook was intercepted by Maryland’s Josh Woods this time. This is developing into a pattern, and Hornibrook needs to fix it before it costs the Badgers in a big game.
Wisconsin 7, Maryland 0 (Q1: 12:18): Badgers outside linebacker Garret Dooley put a monster hit on Maryland QB Max Bortenschlager to force a poor throw. Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards was right there to intercept the pass and return it 54 yards for a touchdown. That’s as good of a start at Wisconsin could have asked for today.
10:28 a.m.: Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis won’t play against Maryland today because of a leg injury. That should provide more of an opportunity for receiver Kendric Pryor. Without Davis and Jazz Peavy, Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook will have to look for other options on the field.
10:26 a.m.: Here are my 3 keys to the game, as well as a score prediction and some injury updates.
9:38 a.m.: Eight players are listed as out for the Maryland game with injuries, including wide receiver Jazz Peavy, running back Chris James and defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. The Badgers have done an excellent job all season of finding players capable of contributing despite injuries. Tailback Rachid Ibrahim could earn more third-down opportunities in place of James, and Garrett Groshek has demonstrated he can make plays as well.
8:35 a.m.: Wisconsin’s football team has arrived for its game against Maryland. Check out our video of the Badgers exiting the team bus:
Wisconsin-Maryland football picks, odds
The line: Wisconsin -24
Over/under: 50 1/2 points
Wisconsin and Maryland have played only twice since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2014, and the Badgers have won both matchups.
In 2014, Wisconsin dominated Maryland 52-7 at Camp Randall Stadium. Badgers running back Melvin Gordon carried 22 times for 122 yards with 3 touchdowns. Each of his touchdowns came in the first half as Wisconsin took a 24-0 halftime lead. Wisconsin also made good use of a two-quarterback system that featured Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy.
Stave completed 9 of 15 passes for 155 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in his second consecutive start. Wide receiver Alex Erickson and tight end Sam Arneson each caught a touchdown pass. McEvoy led Wisconsin on two touchdown drives and ran for a 60-yard touchdown to give Wisconsin a 45-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Wisconsin held Maryland to 175 yards of offense, which was 227 below the Terrapins’ season average.
When the teams last played in 2015, Wisconsin won a closer-than-expected 31-24 game in College Park, Md. Stave completed 15 of 24 passes for 188 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Wisconsin was tied 17-17 at halftime and had only 94 yards of total offense. The bulk of that yardage came on a fake punt, when outside linebacker Joe Schobert rushed for 57 yards.
Wisconsin took a second-half lead when Alec Ingold scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Stave’s 7-yard touchdown pass to tailback Dare Ogunbowale helped the Badgers squeeze out a victory.
This season, Maryland is 3-3 with road victories against Texas and Minnesota. Maryland lost 62-14 on the road against Ohio State and 37-21 against Northwestern. Despite those losses, the Terrapins have been one of the better scoring teams in the Big Ten. Maryland ranks fourth in the league in scoring offense (31.7 points per game) behind Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State. However, the Terrapins have the worst scoring defense in the league (36.5 points per game).
Maryland’s offense is down to its third-string quarterback with Max Bortenschlager. Maryland already has lost quarterbacks Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill for the season due to knee injuries.
Wisconsin counters with a defense that has been dominant for long stretches of play, particularly with their backs against the wall. Wisconsin’s defense has taken over in “sudden change” situations 11 times this season, following 5 fumbles, 5 interceptions and a blocked punt. Wisconsin has allowed opponents to convert just 4 of those 11 opportunities into scores — 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals. The Badgers’ defense has outscored opposing offenses 18-17 in the second halves of games this season.
Senior outside linebacker Leon Jacobs was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his part in Wisconsin’s 17-9 victory last week against Purdue. He finished with 9 tackles and grabbed a red-zone interception in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
Wisconsin’s offense will continue to ride freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who earned his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award after rushing for 219 yards against Purdue. Taylor leads the Big Ten in rushing and ranks No. 3 nationally at 164.3 yards per game. He also has scored a league-high 10 rushing touchdowns.
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