When Maryland football coach Joe Bugno walks off the field at halftime of its season finale
A Maryland football team that beat No. 3 Michigan State at home for the first time in its history in a season finale on Thursday will have its worst loss since 1998.
The Terrapins won 31-28 in overtime in the Big Ten championship game, and Maryland’s last victory over the Wolverines was in the 2006 Rose Bowl, when they lost by a touchdown to the Michigan Wolverines.
Bugno was given the final two minutes of the game, which was the first of the season, to give his players a little rest.
Maryland was on a 10-game winning streak when the Wolverids pulled away, and that streak was broken in the third quarter.
But Maryland coach Joe Flacco was able to get some help from his defense in the second half, forcing three turnovers and forcing three fumbles, and his defense gave the Terrapin offense the ball back.
“I think we have to do a better job of being more aggressive,” said Maryland head coach Chris Ash.
“They are playing great football.
They are playing really good, and it was great to see a little bit of that.”
Michigan State’s Chris Borland also had two interceptions.
Michigan State linebacker Brandon Bair made three tackles, including one sack, and wide receiver Deon Lacey had two receptions for 17 yards.
The Wolverines led 23-3 at halftime.
After Michigan State scored touchdowns on the first two possessions of the second quarter, the Terps scored on the third to go up 22-0.
Michigan was led by a pair of running plays from senior wide receiver Marlon Brown, who had seven carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, and junior quarterback Connor Cook.
The two had some trouble throwing the ball, and the Wolverins had a few big plays.
Michigan scored the game’s first touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cook to Deon Leal.
That gave the Wolverid defense a first down, and they went ahead 16-0 on a 2-yard run by freshman running back Christian Ponder.
After a long, slow drive that began on Michigan State territory, the Wolveriders came right back to the Terp’s 22-yard line and kicked a 39-yard field goal to put the game away.
“We made some big plays,” Michigan running back Deionte Jones said.
“That was a big play.”
It was the Terrors second straight loss.
The Badgers beat them by four points in the season opener in December.
Maryland will now try to win the Big 10 title.
The Spartans lost to Kansas State in the conference championship game.