The search for a Big Ten victory continues for the Maryland football team.
Wisconsin used a strong second half to dispel the Terrapins 31-24 on Saturday.
Maryland didn’t score a single point and only gained 47 total yards before their final drive in the second half. Quarterback Perry Hills couldn’t get things going on the ground, which was evident in the fact that cornerback Will Likely led the team with 56 rushing yards.
Maryland did score one of their two touchdowns on the ground.
After punting on their first drive of the second half, Wisconsin put together an eight-play drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown run from Alec Ingold.
Maryland was forced to punt on four of their six possessions in the second half. Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, who played late in the game, threw an interception to Tanner McEvoy on one of the drives.
In place of Corey Clement, Ogunbowale rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon.
Maryland did come out playing with a purpose after the opening kickoff.
On their first defensive series, the Terrapins held Ogunbowale in check and Denzel Conyers nearly intercepted a Stave pass on third down.
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Maryland did a decent job of defending the run against the Clement-less Badgers. The Terps only yielded 3.1 yards-per-carry on the day.
On their ensuing series, Maryland engineered a four-play drive that featured mostly running plays. Running back Wes Brown capped it off with a seven-yard touchdown run to give the Terps a 7-0 lead with 9:17 remaining in the first quarter.
However, it appeared that this turn of events woke up the Badgers.
Wisconsin scored 14 consecutive points thanks to a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown from Natrell Jamerson and a Ogunbowale touchdown on the ground. Ogunbowale’s touchdown came after a fake punt run from Joe Schobert, which netted 57 yards.
After a 28-yard field goal from Rafael Gaglianone with 7:05 remaining in the second quarter, Maryland subbed in Shane Cockerille for Perry Hills. Hills had thrown an interception on the previous drive that allowed the Badgers to get three points.
Just before halftime, Maryland made their move to get back into the game. Hills connected with freshman wideout D.J. Moore on a 40-yard touchdown in which Moore just broke the plane. Moore’s touchdown tied the game at 17 with just 49 ticks remaining in the first half.
Despite trailing 31-17 for most of the second half, Rowe connected with Levern Jacobs on a 27-yard touchdown on a crossing pattern.
Maryland played a very tough Wisconsin team and were right there in the end. The Terps will have three more chances to gain a Big Ten win before the season comes to a close.