WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Maryland is set to face No. 10 Ohio State when it lines up at Ohio Stadium Saturday at 4pm on FOX. This weekend’s matchup marks the first meeting in Columbus since 2015 when the Terps and then-No. 1 Buckeyes were tied, 21-21, midway through the third quarter before Ohio State pulled away late. Former Maryland quarterback Perry Hills ran for a Maryland quarterback record 170 rushing yards in the game.
- The Terps enter Columbus 1-0 in Big Ten play after defeating Minnesota on the road, 31-24, behind third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager. A number of key factors led to the victory, most notably Maryland limiting its turnovers (0) and converting 9-of-16 third down conversions while protecting Bortenschlager (zero sacks allowed).
- Maryland has won three games this season with three different starting quarterbacks, with Tyrrell Pigrome starting against Texas, Kasim Hill starting against Towson and Max Bortenschlager starting against Minnesota. Pigrome and Hill have since been ruled out for the season due to injury. Bortenschlager passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third in the Terps’ win over the Golden Gophers.
- Junior wide receiver DJ Moore caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season against Minnesota to move into a tie for fourth in Maryland history with Minnesota Vikings star Stefon Diggs (2012-14) at 14 career TD receptions. Moore is off to an incredible start in 2017, leading the Big Ten in virtually every receiving category: receiving touchdowns (5), receiving yards (403), receiving yards per game (100.8) and receptions per game (7.5).
- The Maryland defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in eight consecutive games dating back to 2016, with Nebraska’s Terrell Newby posting the most with 98 rush yards during the span on Nov. 19, 2016. Overall, the defense is allowing 131.8 rush yards/g in 2017, which ranks 48th nationally and seventh in the Big Ten - a far cry from last season when it ranked 99th nationally allowing 214.8/g.
- Junior running back Ty Johnson has racked up 738 rushing yards (123.0/g) over his last six games dating back to 2016, averaging 10.3 yards-per-carry during the span. Johnson has totaled six rushing touchdowns in those six games, while eclipsing the 100-yard mark in five games during the span.
BY THE NUMBERS: OFFENSE
0 - The Maryland offensive line was tremendous in the Big Ten opener, protecting third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager by not allowing a single sack. The protection allowed the signal caller to complete 64 percent of his 28 attempts against the Gophers without an interception. The run game was also impressive, rushing for 262 yards on a defense that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation allowing just 59 yards per game.
1 - Wide receiver DJ Moore has been spectacular through the season’s first four games, leading the conference in virtually every receiving category: touchdowns (5), yards (403), yards per game (100.8) and receptions per game (7.5). Moore has had at least seven catches in every game this season. Prior to 2017, he had never had more than six receptions in a game.
2 - Ty Johnson and DJ Moore currently represent arguably the nation’s top playmaking duo, ranking second (160.0/g) and third (146.3), respectively in all-purpose yards per game. They also rank eighth and 15th nationally, respectively. Johnson and Moore are the only teammates in the country in the top-25 in all-purpose yards per game.
4 - All four of sophomore quarterback Max Bortenschlager’s touchdown drives against Minnesota were at least 2 minutes and 40 seconds in length, with three being longer than 3:30. Bortenschlager’s ability to sustain drives is quite evident, as he has led the Terps to five of the six total 3:30+ drives this season (19 drives total). He also led the Terps to a fantastic 9-of-16 day on third downs against the Gophers.
5 - Junior wide receiver DJ Moore has caught five touchdown passes through four games, becoming the first Maryland player to achieve the feat since Torrey Smith in 2010. He is the first Maryland player in the last 35 years to catch a touchdown in each of the first four games to open the season. His six total touchdowns through four games is the most for a Terrapin receiver since Jermaine Lewis had six touchdowns in 1993.
8 - Junior running back Ty Johnson turned his eighth career 100-yard rushing game, and fifth in the last six games dating back to 2016, with a 130-yard effort at Minnesota. All eight of his 100-yard games have come in the last 14 games, with five against Big Ten opponents. Johnson capped off his fantastic day against the Gophers with a game-winning 34-yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining.
14 - Philadelphia native DJ Moore caught his 14th career touchdown pass against Minnesota, moving him into a tie with Stefon Diggs (2012-14) for fourth all-time in Maryland history. He is now chasing Greg Hill (1982-84) for third on Maryland’s career touchdown reception list (see chart below).
25 - Wide receiver DJ Moore currently leads Big Ten Conference with a reception in 25 straight games. It is the longest streak for a Maryland player since Torrey Smith finished his career with a 30-game reception streak from 2008-10. Moore currently has 11 touchdown catches over his last 17 games.
BY THE NUMBERS: DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS
1 - Sophomore Antoine Brooks, Jr., continued his excellent start to the season by forcing the first fumble of his career against Minnesota, storming into the backfield and hitting the Gopher running back. Brooks has been a big play machine in his first season as a full-time starter, ranking second on the team in tackles for loss (3.0) and totaling 14 tackles. The playmaker also had a 71-yard touchdown return on a field goal block against Texas.
2 - The Maryland defense notched two interceptions in the win against Minnesota, with Josh Woods catching the first of his career and JC Jackson sealing the victory with less than a minute remaining. The Terps now have five interceptions through four games - most in a four-game stretch to open a season since 2014.
4 - The Terps rank fourth in the Big Ten Conference with a +0.75/g turnover margin, winning the turnover battle in all three of its victories. Overall, they have totaled five interceptions and forced five fumbles (one lost) against just three interceptions and one forced fumble (zero lost). Last season, the Terps lost the turnover battle, 19-12, over the course of 13 games.
4 - Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. has totaled 4.0 tackles for loss through the first four games, including 2.0 in the win over Texas. Carter now has 27.0 tackles for loss in his career, which ranks tied for 13th in program history with Gurnest Brown (1979-82) and Demetrius Hartsfield (2009-12). Carter needs 5.0 more TFLs to crack Maryland’s top-10 in the category.
7 - Maryland has made a habit of jumping out to fast starts this season, outscoring its opponents 45-7 in the first quarter. In fact, the Terrapin defense has yet to allow a point in the opening frame as the lone touchdown came on a Tyrrell Pigrome pick-6 against Texas in the season-opener.
29 - Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. currently leads the Terps with 29 tackles on the season and appears poised to lead the team in the category for the third consecutive season. He would be just the fifth Maryland player to achieve the feat since 1969, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).
51 - Graduate transfer Henry Darmstadter came through in the clutch with a career-long 51-yard field goal as time expired in the first half against Minnesota last weekend. Darmstadter, who is Georgetown’s all-time kicking leader, had a previous long of 49 yards. It was the longest field goal for a Terps since Brad Craddock hit a 57-yarder against Ohio State in 2014. He has made a seamless transition into the lineup, including knocking down a Maryland record nine PATs against Towson in his Terrapin debut.
80 - The Maryland rush defense was stout against Minnesota, allowing just 80 yards on the ground in the game. It marked the third time in four games the defense has held its opponent under 100 yards rushing. Last year’s defense only held its opponent under 100 yards rushing once in 13 games, allowing 150+yards in 12-of-13.