Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Maryland Terrapins Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 26th 2022

Stadium: Byrd Stadium College Park
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Since they began playing in the Big Ten in 2014, Maryland and Rutgers have had the misfortune of playing in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.

While Rutgers is 1-26 against the big three since it entered the league, Maryland has gone 3-22 against the perennial powers.

On Saturday, when Rutgers (4-7, 1-7) travels to Maryland (6-5, 3-5) for the Big Ten matchup in College Park, the teams will cap regular seasons in which they each went winless against the big three, though in much different fashion.

While Rutgers was hammered in all three of its meetings with the elites, including Saturday's 55-10 loss to No. 11 Penn State, Maryland played competitive games against two of the powerhouses, including No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in a 43-30 loss.

The Terps outgained the Buckeyes 402-401, with quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa -- 26 of 36 passing, 293 yards, two touchdowns -- comparing favorably to Buckeyes' Heisman Trophy candidate C.J. Stroud (18 of 30, 241 yards, one TD).

"You saw us go blow for blow with the team I consider one of the best in the country," Maryland coach Mike Locksley said.

While Maryland can show it has gained ground in its pursuit of the Big Ten's top dogs, it's tough for Rutgers to make the same claim. The combined score of the Scarlet Knights' losses to the big three was 156-37.

"As I said when I took the job, we are chasing a moving target and really we're chasing moving targets," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "We will get there."

Rutgers opened the season with three straight wins, but the Scarlet Knights' uncertain quarterback situation was presaged in their opening game as three different players took snaps from center on their first three plays from scrimmage.

Schiano recently has turned to the quarterback of the future, Gavin Wimsatt, who has received the majority of the snaps in the past four games. For the season, though, Wimsatt has completed 45.5 percent of his passes and has more interceptions (seven) than touchdown passes (five).

Maryland beat Rutgers 40-16 in last year's regular-season finale as Tagovailoa threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns.

- Field Level Media

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Maryland Terrapins Recap NOV 26TH 2022

Roman Hemby ran for three touchdowns and the Maryland defense held Rutgers to 120 yards and five first downs as the Terrapins celebrated Senior Day with a 37-0 shutout Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md.

Senior Taulia Tagovailoa completed 25 of 37 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown as Maryland improved to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten. The touchdown pass was the 50th for Tagovailoa as he became the program's all-time leader in the category.

Jeshaun Jones caught the scoring pass, a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, and finished with nine receptions for 152 yards, coming up big in the absence of top receiver Rakim Jarrett, who was out with an injury.

Rutgers (4-8, 1-8) generated little offense against the stingy Maryland defense as Gavin Wimsatt completed 5 of 13 passes for 48 yards. The Scarlet Knights came up empty on all 11 of their third-down conversion tries and never crossed the Maryland 45.

The Terps got off to a slow start, committing turnovers on two of its first three possessions. But Rutgers couldn't take advantage of either of Wesley Brown's fumble recoveries.

The Scarlet Knights went three and out after the first turnover and turned it over on downs after the second as Maryland's Anthony Booker Jr. lassoed Chris Long for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play.

On Maryland's ensuing possession, Hemby scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to cap a 53-yard drive.

Hemby's second touchdown, also a 1-yard carry, culminated an 82-yard march in the second quarter.

When Tagovailoa was shaken up late in the half, third-string quarterback Eric Najarian completed three of his first four passes for 37 yards to set up the first of three field goals from Chad Ryland as the Terps took a 17-0 halftime lead.

Hemby's third touchdown, on an 8-yard rush, finished off a 75-yard drive to open the second half.

Rutgers' only promising drive came in the third when Wimsatt and Johnny Langan hooked up on a 27-yard play. The Scarlet Knights reached the Terps' 46, but Ahmad McCullough snuffed out the uprising with a third-down sack.

--Field Level Media

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