PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Maryland junior running back Ty Johnson scored a rushing and receiving touchdown for the first time in his career, but Rutgers mounted a fourth quarter rally to top the Terps, 31-24, Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Maryland (4-5, 2-4 B1G) held a 24-17 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but Robert Martin scored on a 10-yard run on the first play of the final stanza to tie the game.
Rutgers (4-5, 3-3 B1G) used a Gus Edwards 23-yard touchdown catch with 7:30 remaining to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
The Terps drove down the field late looking to tie the game behind the play of quarterback Ryan Brand, who replaced an injured Max Bortenschlager during the final drive of the game.
Brand led a 16-play drive that got the Terps down to the Rutgers 15, but Scarlet Knight cornerback Isaiah Wharton broke up a fourth-down pass to DJ Moore in the corner of the end zone.
Moore, who has caught a pass in 30 straight games, finished with eight receptions for 75 yards. Senior Taivon Jacobs posted career-highs in catches (7) and yards (97).
Sophomore running backs Jake Funk and Lorenzo Harrison III tied for the team lead in rushing with 61 yards each. Harrison had a two-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter that gave the Terps a 17-14 halftime advantage.
Sophomore Isaiah Davis paced the defense with a career-high 11 tackles.
Maryland returns to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium next Saturday to take on Michigan. The game is set to kick at 3:30 p.m.