NCAAF Game Recap - Nebraska at Maryland
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:30 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Nov 23, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Nebraska (5-6)

17

17

10

10

54

Maryland (3-8)

0

0

0

7

7

Nebraska rips Maryland 54-7 to remain in bowl pursuit
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:30 PM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) It had been seven weeks since Nebraska had a victory to savor, so the Cornhuskers unapologetically celebrated each touchdown with exuberance and happily romped off the field in the rain after the final whistle.

Better yet, the Cornhuskers' first win since Oct. 5 kept alive their hope of salvaging a disappointing season by becoming bowl eligible.

Utilizing the skills of multi-faceted quarterback Adrian Martinez and an opportunistic defense, Nebraska pummeled Maryland 54-7 Saturday to end a four-game skid.

The Cornhuskers' long wait for their fifth victory included a pair of bye weeks and wore heavily on the patience of second-year coach Scott Frost. Against Maryland, however, the ball bounced Nebraska's way in the form of four fumble recoveries.

"We're overdue to get some breaks," Frost said. "I know we got some tipped balls and some turnovers. Those things can happen when you're on a roll."

The result was a feel-good victory that could have a lasting impact. If Nebraska beats Iowa at home on Friday, the Cornhuskers will become bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

"We're going to do everything we can to try to get ready for a really good team," Frost said. "A win today gives us a chance."

Playing for the first time in Maryland, the Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) bolted to a 17-0 lead and coasted to the finish. Along the way, they high-fived and hugged each other and danced in the end zone.

"I was really happy with the team just having the enthusiasm they had, playing for each other," Frost said. "This team could have shut it down, turned it off, stopped caring, stopped playing hard. They're not doing that."

Martinez ran for 94 yards and a score and went 16 for 25 for 194 yards and two touchdowns, both to JD Spielman. He was taken out in the third quarter with the score 44-0.

The defense deserves some credit, too. Maryland (3-8, 1-7) could muster only 206 yards and nine first downs in its sixth straight defeat.

It took a 58-yard touchdown run by Javon Leake with 3:13 remaining to ruin Nebraska's bid for its first shutout since a 33-0 rout of Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

That took nothing away from an uplifting, overdue victory for the Cornhuskers.

"It gave me hope," defensive tackle Darrion Daniels said. "It put us in a position where we have an opportunity to extend our season."

Maryland has absorbed many a lopsided loss during coach Mike Locksley's first season, but this one might be the most embarrassing given that the Cornhuskers had previously won only once on the road.

The Terrapins lost two quarterbacks to injuries along the way, Tyrrell Pigrome (lower body) and Lance LeGendre, who separated a shoulder.

Three fumbles by Leake and some untimely penalties ruined Senior Day for the Terps.

"The thing that continues to sit in my craw is the fact that it's us hurting us," Locksley said. "We had four turnovers, a bunch of penalties on special teams that kind of broke the back of our team early in the game. You don't win games when you beat yourselves."

It started early when Leake lost a fumble on Maryland's first offensive play to set up a 6-yard run by Dedrick Mills.

Martinez scored on a 1-yard run for a 14-0 lead after the Terrapins were called for a personal foul on a Nebraska punt.

It was 17-0 when Spielman caught a 25-yard touchdown pass after two Terps tipped it in the end zone. A 16-yard toss from Martinez to Spielman helped the Cornhuskers go up 34-0 at the break, tying their largest halftime lead ever in a Big Ten game.

Spielman finished with seven catches for 104 yards, becoming the first Nebraska player to have three seasons of 800 yards receiving. He started the day receiving an IV for the flu, Frost said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers finally played to their potential for the first time since September, and if they keep it up against Iowa they will be going bowling in December.

Maryland: This might be the nadir of a brutal season under Locksley. Losing to Ohio State 73-14 and Penn State 59-0 is one thing, but a 44-point loss to Nebraska at home on Senior Day is just humiliating.

"Definitely," Locksley said. "We had 16 seniors who have been through a lot during their time here, and for us to not play to our ability (hurts)."

GETTING HIS KICKS

With kicker Barret Pickering out with a health issue, walk-on Matt Waldoch made his debut at Nebraska and handled the job perfectly. He made all three of his field goal tries - each from 29 yards - and went 4 for 4 on PATs.

UP NEXT

Nebraska: Playing on Black Friday for the 30th consecutive year, the Cornhuskers will seek to snap a four-game losing streak against Iowa.

Maryland: The Terrapins close the season at Michigan State, which blanked Rutgers on Saturday and can become bowl eligible by defeating Maryland.

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Passing

Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Martinez 25 16 64.0 2 194 30 1 97.8
L. McCaffrey 5 3 60.0 0 32 28 0 78.8
MD Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. DeSue 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
J. Jackson 12 4 33.3 0 33 12 0 42.4

Rushing

Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Martinez 10 94 9.4 30 1
L. McCaffrey 10 83 8.3 15 1
MD Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Leake 8 80 10.0 58 1
A. McFarland Jr. 10 35 3.5 13 0

Receiving

Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Hickman 1 0 0.0 0 0
J. Spielman 7 104 14.9 28 2
MD Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Cobbs 1 12 12.0 12 0
D. Demus Jr. 1 12 12.0 12 0

Fumbles

Neb F FL
J. Spielman 1 0
MD F FL
J. Leake 3 3

Returning

Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Belt 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
J. Spielman 0 - 0 0 1 10.0 0 10
MD KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
R. Lewis 3 14.3 0 27 0 - 0 0
J. Leake 2 12.5 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 2 106 53.0 60
MD Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Spangler 5 209 41.8 49

Takeaways

MD Int Yds InTD
N. Cross 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Neb MD
Points For 54 7
Total Yards 531 206
Rushing Yards 305 149
Passing Yards 226 57
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/30 7/21
Turnovers 1 4
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 4/4
First Downs 31 9
Penalties - Yards 1/10 4/40
Time Of Possession 58:58 2:02
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/3
Punts - Average Yards 2/53 5/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Neb MD
Neb 3:10 TD Dedrick Mills 6 yd run (Matt Waldoch kick) 7 0
Neb 9:21 TD Adrian Martinez 1 yd run (Matt Waldoch kick) 14 0
Neb 11:32 FG Matt Waldoch 29 yd FG 17 0
2nd Quarter Neb MD
Neb 0:50 TD JD Spielman 25 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Matt Waldoch kick) 24 0
Neb 11:06 TD JD Spielman 16 yd pass from Adrian Martinez (Matt Waldoch kick) 31 0
Neb 15:00 FG Matt Waldoch 29 yd FG 34 0
3rd Quarter Neb MD
Neb 4:46 FG Matt Waldoch 29 yd FG 37 0
Neb 12:39 TD Rahmir Johnson 1 yd run (Matt Waldoch kick) 44 0
4th Quarter Neb MD
Neb 2:50 FG Harrison Martin 18 yd FG 47 0
Neb 9:50 TD Luke McCaffrey 3 yd run (Matt Waldoch kick) 54 0
MD 11:47 TD Javon Leake 58 yd run (Joseph Petrino kick) 54 7

Game Information

Stadium: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium, College Park, Maryland
Attendance: 34,082
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