Maryland falls to #19 Iowa, 23-0

Maryland had trouble keeping up on offense against the Hawkeyes.

October 20, 2018 - 5:40 pm

By: Gabrielle DiPaula

Iowa needed one win game to be bowl-eligible -- they got it. 

Maryland (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) lost to No. 19 Iowa (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) at Kinnick Stadium 23-0. Maryland’s defense held Iowa to just two field goals and a touchdown before halftime. This was a similar half against Michigan two weeks ago, when the Terps went into the half time with Michigan leading 17-7, holding the Wolverines to just a field goal in the first quarter.  

Several things that went wrong today. One of them being Derwin Gray, a fifth-year senior left tackle was called for four penalties in the entire game. A botched snap by Pigrome and overthrown passes by Kasim Hill will put you in the losing column. One pass was to Jahrvis Davenport and the other by Avery Edwards.  Maryland also still needs to work on the jet sweep, where they have consistently either have gained just feet or lost for several yards.

Maryland’s offense needs to go back to working on fundamentals to compete for the rest of the season. The total time of possession for the Terps was 19:05. Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley finished 11-of-22 for 86 yards, while Kasim Hill went 6-of-15 for 47 yards in a windy matchup at Kinnick Stadium. 

On a brighter note, both Tre Watson and Isaiah Davis had seven tackles apiece today. Watson has had 45 tackles this season and has the most tackles in the Big Ten Conference. Today, Watson also had his fourth interception of the season, against the Hawkeyes.    

With Maryland’s longest play being a 19-yard run from Anthony McFarland, they will have a lot of work to do to prepare for future Big Ten opponents: Ohio State and Penn State. Maryland’s offense needs to go back to working on fundamentals to compete for the rest of the season: not dropping passes and not overthrowing passes. Next week Maryland plays at home against Illinois at Maryland Stadium.

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