Late Terp Rally Comes Up Short In Loss To Gophers

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October 15, 2016 || Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium || Noon

COLLEGE PARK, Md. --  Maryland tried to rally late with a field goal and touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Minnesota got a late interception return for a touchdown to pull away for a 31-10 win at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Terps broke through with a 10-play, 57-yard scoring drive early in the fourth quarter that was capped off by a 32-yard field goal from Adam Greene. Freshman Tyrrell Pigrome rushed for 26 yards on the drive.

Minnesota answered back with a touchdown to take a 24-3 lead just a minute and a half later on a 70-yard touchdown run by Rodney Smith.

The Terps got into the end zone with 5:42 left in the fourth when Pigrome connected with D.J. Moore on an 11-yard scoring strike. The 10-play, 87-yard drive was highlighted by a 20-yard run by Ty Johnson and a 31-yard completion to Teldrick Morgan.

Maryland’s defense forced the Gophers to punt, giving the Terps a chance to make it a one-score game late in the fourth. But Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. sealed the game for the Gophers when he took a deflected pass back 82 yards with 1:08 to go, making it a 31-10 game.

Senior Levern Jacobs totaled a career-high 10 receptions for 82 yards. It marked the most catches for a Terp since Stefon Diggs had 10 receptions against Stanford on Dec. 30, 2014.

Senior defensive tackle Azubuike Ukandu recorded a career-high nine tackles in his first start of 2016.

The Terps return to action next week when they host Michigan State at Maryland Stadium. The game, set to kick off at 7:30 p.m., can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.