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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Maryland Terrapins Pick & Prediction OCT 30TH 2020

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In this hurry-up of a season the Big Ten Conference is playing over the next seven weeks, there's no time for losing streaks, something Minnesota and Maryland are keenly aware of heading into Friday night's prime-time meeting in College Park, Md.

Both squads -- Minnesota (0-1) and Maryland (0-1) -- are eager to reverse Week One's fortunes.

No. 13 Michigan pummeled Minnesota 49-24, as the Golden Gophers were missing some key pieces from last year's 11-2 team that won seven conference games for the first time ever. Coach P.J. Fleck didn't want to make excuses after the Wolverines clawed the team, but the once-mighty 2019 defense was missing seven starters from a year ago. In addition, two offensive linemen and some key special-teams figures also sat out with injuries or unspecified issues on top of graduation losses.

"It's 2020, everybody's playing with what you have," said Fleck, whose team dropped from No. 21 to out of the AP Top 25 poll. "Some (absences) are worse than others, but there's no excuses whatsoever. ... That's hard, but the other guys got to step in, to step up."

Minnesota's real issue Saturday was the Michigan defense, which seemed to set up shop in the Gophers' backfield. The Wolverines had five sacks of quarterback Tanner Morgan and on the back end kept star receiver Rashod Batemon out of the end zone, though the pro prospect still had nine catches for 101 yards.

The rebuilding Minnesota defense also struggled, and saw the Wolverines score five first-half touchdowns and miss a couple of field goal attempts as they marched up and down the field. Minnesota yielded 481 total yards in the game.

Maryland, which lost its season opener for the first time in 11 years, didn't fare any better at resurgent Northwestern. The Wildcats took the Terrapins 43-3, rolling up 325 yards rushing and 537 total yards.

Maryland looked good early with Alabama transfer quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa taking the Terps right down the field for a field goal and an early lead. But a couple of interceptions and Maryland's inability to slow the Wildcats turned the tide.

The Terrapins couldn't keep up, mustering just 201 total yards (4.1 per play), 14 first downs and Tagovailoa's three picks.

"Obviously, this is still his first career start in college and so he made some mistakes," said Maryland coach Mike Locksley. "He's one of those players that he doesn't make the same mistake twice so I would expect that he'll continue to improve."

As should the entire team, which has only seven scholarship seniors and over 50 new faces on the roster this season. Receivers Dontay Demus Jr., with four catches for 41 yards, and Jeshaun Jones, who had five grabs for 37 yards, got off to good starts. Senior running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, who sat out the first week as part of a suspension from last season, could be back this week.

On the other side, Minnesota tailback Mohamed Ibrahim ground out 140 yards on 26 carries and had two touchdowns. He's sure to attract a lot of attention from a Maryland defense led by linebacker Chance Campbell, who had 15 total tackles at Northwestern.

The Terrapins have lost eight straight games, dating to last year, all in conference. They will travel to Penn State Nov. 7.

The Gophers, who have won 15 of their last 20 games, travel to Illinois that day.

--Field Level Media

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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Maryland Terrapins

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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Maryland Terrapins

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 76 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Jeshaun Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
    • Passer: Taulia Tagovailoa
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
    • Rusher: Mohamed Ibrahim
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 39 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
    • Rusher: Taulia Tagovailoa
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 8 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
    • Passer: Taulia Tagovailoa
    • Pass Receiver: Jake Funk
  • Period 2
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Mohamed Ibrahim
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Mohamed Ibrahim
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Mohamed Ibrahim
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Brock Walker
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 39 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Autman-Bell
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
    • Passer: Tanner Morgan
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 19 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
    • Rusher: Jake Funk
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 51 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joseph Petrino
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Passer: Taulia Tagovailoa
    • Pass Receiver: Dontay Demus Jr.
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
  • Period 5
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Rusher: Taulia Tagovailoa
    • Conv Kicker: Joseph Petrino
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 2 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Brock Walker
    • Rusher: Seth Green
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Purdue W 31 - 34
  • Iowa L 35 - 7
  • @Illinois W 41 - 14
  • @Maryland L 44 - 45
  • Michigan L 49 - 24
  • @Auburn W 31 - 24
  • Wisconsin L 38 - 17
  • @Northwestern W 38 - 22
  • @Iowa L 19 - 23
  • Penn State W 26 - 31
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • @Penn State W 35 - 19
  • Minnesota W 44 - 45
  • @Northwestern L 3 - 43
  • @Michigan State L 16 - 19
  • Nebraska L 54 - 7
  • @Ohio State L 14 - 73
  • Michigan L 38 - 7
  • @Minnesota L 10 - 52
  • Indiana L 34 - 28
  • @Purdue L 14 - 40

Next Games

  • @Wisconsin(11-24-18) W 37 - 15
  • @Indiana(11-10-18) L 32 - 34

Last Meetings

  • Golden Gophers @ Terrapins 44-45
  • Terrapins @ Golden Gophers 10-52
  • Golden Gophers @ Terrapins 13-42
  • Terrapins @ Golden Gophers 31-24
  • Golden Gophers @ Terrapins 31-10

Last Injuries

Maryland Terrapins

  • Lawtez Rogers

    Personal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rogers was unavailable for the previous game due to a personal matter, and it remains to be seen if he will return to face Indiana on Saturday.

  • Tayon Fleet-Davis

    Personal
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Fleet-Davis has missed the past three games due to an off-field issue, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup Saturday against Indiana.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

  • Keonte Schad

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Schad has missed the past three games with an unspecified injury, and it is up in the air if he will suit up against Northwestern on Dec. 5.

  • Treyson Potts

    Knee
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Potts has sat out the last two games due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available Dec. 5 against Northwestern.

  • Brevyn Spann-Ford

    Foot
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Spann-Ford missed the previous game due to a right foot injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Dec. 5 against Northwestern.

  • Ky Thomas

    Arm
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Thomas missed the last game due to an arm injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Dec. 5 versus Northwestern.

  • Benjamin St-Juste

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    St-Juste has been held out of the previous two games with an injury to an unlisted location, and it has yet to be determined if he will play Dec. 5 versus Northwestern.

  • Clay Geary

    Undisclosed
    Ques Dec 5 | questionable

    Geary sat out the last game with an undefined injury, and it is unclear if he will face Northwestern on Dec. 5.

  • Rashod Bateman

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Bateman has decided to opt-out of the remainder of the season and prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

  • De'Vondre Campbell

    Calf
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Campbell departed the previous game due to a calf injury, and it is undetermined if he will compete against the Seahawks on Thursday.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Maryland Terrapins

Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 394 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores to lead Maryland to a wild 45-44 Big Ten Conference win over Minnesota Friday night at Maryland Stadium.

The sophomore quarterback was 26-of-35 passing, and his 2-yard run in the first overtime put the Terrapins (1-1, 1-1), who overcame a 17-point second-half deficit, ahead 45-38. Minnesota (0-2, 0-2) answered with Seth Green's 2-yard run but kicker Brock Walker pushed the extra point wide right to allow Maryland to snap an eight-game losing streak dating to last season.

Baltimore native Mohamed Ibrahim had career highs of 41 rushing attempts for 207 yards and he tied the school record with four touchdowns in a game. He looked like the game's big hero as he helped Minnesota rally from two touchdowns behind in the first half.

The two teams combined for 1,126 total yards, 675 by the Terrapins, including a career-high 221 yards rushing from redshirt senior Jake Funk on 21 rushes. Funk missed all of last season with a torn ACL. His 19-yard scoring run with just 3:38 to play capped the Terrapins' improbable comeback after Minnesota scored 31 unanswered points.

The Gophers trailed 21-7 following Tagovailoa's 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeshuan Jones at 2:24 of the first quarter, but Minnesota rattled off the next 21 points to lead 28-21 at the half, Ibrahim slamming in from one yard at 2:46 to provide that margin. It was 21-14 when defensive tackle DeAngelo Carter intercepted a deflected pass to set up Ibrahim's third short scoring run.

For the second straight game, Maryland drove for a score on the opening drive, this time Tagovailoa cashing in on an 8-yard pass to Funk for a 7-0 lead at 10:07, the culmination of an 11-play march. Tagovailoa escaped trouble in the backfield and dashed 39 yards for another score on the next possession. The sophomore quarterback rushed for 59 yards in addition to becoming Maryland's first 300-yard passer in a game since 2013.

It's the beginning of a big weeked for the Taovailoas with older brother Tua scheduled to make his first NFL start Sunday for the Miami Dolphins.

Tanner Morgan was an efficient 10-of-15 for 189 yards for Minnesota, including a 39-yard touchdown to Chris Autman-Bell to make it 35-21 at 11:54 of the third period.

Dontay Demus was Tagovailoa's top target with seven receptions for 101 yards, including a 25-yard score at 13:14 of the fourth quarter to make it 38-28, and start the comeback, the third largest in the fourth quarter (17 points) in the Big Ten since 2004.

Maryland travels to Penn State next Saturday, looking to snap a five-game losing streak to their nearest Big Ten brethren. Minnesota is at Illinois before the Gophers host back-to-back home contest against

--Field Level Media