Rutgers beats error-prone Maryland 34-13Sep 26, 2009 - 10:57 PM By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Editor
COLLEGE PARK, Md.(AP) -- George Johnson recovered a Maryland fumble in the end zone to give Rutgers the lead, and the Scarlet Knights also scored on an interception return Saturday in a 34-13 victory over the bumbling Terrapins.
It was the third straight win for Rutgers (3-1), which took advantage of five Maryland turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble by senior quarterback Chris Turner.
The Scarlet Knights outscored the Terrapins 24-0 in the second half. Touchdown runs by Joe Martinek of 29 and 61 yards in the final five minutes turned a close game into a blowout.
The Terrapins have committed 13 turnovers in four games and are 1-3 for the first time since 1997.
The Scarlet Knights couldn't have gotten off to a better start. On the first play from scrimmage, Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery picked off a Turner pass in the flat and took it 36 yards into the end zone.
Down 13-10 in the third quarter, Rutgers took over at the Maryland 17 after an interception by Billy Anderson. Although the drive was extended when the Terrapins were called for pass interference on third-and-11, Jordan Brooks was stuffed by Alex Wujciak on fourth down from the 1.
But it wasn't long until Maryland gave away the ball again, and this time it resulted in a Rutgers touchdown. Turner fumbled in the end zone when hit by blitzing safety Joe Lefeged, and Johnson smothered the ball with 2:59 left in the quarter.
Minutes later, a fumble by Terps running back Da'Rel Scott was recovered by Rutgers on the Maryland 41, setting up a field goal for a 20-13 lead.
After Maryland failed on a fourth-and-3 from the Rutgers 49, Martinek capped a three-play drive with a 29-yard touchdown run to clinch it was 4:53 left.
The Scarlet Knights played without freshman quarterback Tom Savage, who sustained a head injury in last week's game against Florida International. He was replaced by fifth-year senior Dom Natale, who went 4 for 12 for 42 yards.
But Natale didn't throw an interception, and the Scarlet Knights didn't lose a fumble, either.
Despite doubling Rutgers' yardage (200-95) in the first half, Maryland led only 13-10 at the break.
After Lowery's interception return, Turner immediately completed a 45-yard pass to Torrey Smith to set up a field goal.
It was 10-3 before Maryland moved 68 yards in three plays - a 40-yard completion to Smith, a 4-yard run and a 24-yard touchdown pass from Turner to LaQuan Williams.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
--- --- --- --- -----
RUTGERS 7 3 7 17 34
MARYLAND 3 10 0 0 13 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: RUTGERS - TD, ANTONIO LOWERY 36 YD
INTERCEPTION RETURN (SAN SAN
TE KICK), 0:13. RUTGERS 7-0
MARYLAND - FG, NICK FERRARA 38 YD, 2:43.
2ND QUARTER: RUTGERS - FG, SAN SAN T
Sep 26 5:31 PM
MARYLAND 13 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Sep 26 5:31 PM
MARYLAND 13 3:30 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rutgers 34, Maryland 13 4th - 3:30Sep 26 5:21 PM
MARYLAND 13 4:53 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rutgers 27, Maryland 13 4th - 4:53Sep 26 5:13 PM
MARYLAND 13 12:48 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Rutgers 20, Maryland 13 4th - 12:48Sep 26 4:52 PM
MARYLAND 13 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 26 4:47 PM
MARYLAND 13 2:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Rutgers 17, Maryland 13 3rd - 2:59Sep 26 4:39 PM
MARYLAND 13 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 26 3:45 PM
MARYLAND 13 0:09 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Rutgers 10, Maryland 13 2nd - 0:09Sep 26 3:43 PM
MARYLAND 10 13:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Rutgers 10, Maryland 10 2nd - 13:36Sep 26 3:13 PM
MARYLAND 3 14:56 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Rutgers 10, Maryland 3 2nd - 14:56Sep 26 3:07 PM
MARYLAND 3 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 26 3:04 PM
MARYLAND 3 12:17 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Rutgers 7, Maryland 3 1st - 12:17Sep 26 2:41 PM
MARYLAND 0 14:47 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Rutgers 7, Maryland 0 1st - 14:47Sep 26 2:34 PM
- Taking note: Ash brings bits of Bielema and Meyer to Rutgers May 12
- Ash bringing order back to Rutgers' scandal marred football Apr 25
- Durkin takes the offensive in 1st spring with Maryland Apr 16
- Is a revenue gap keeping top coaches away from G5 schools? Apr 15
- Big Ten East loses top stars, but new ones are set to emerge Apr 14
- Fast track: Early enrollment now common in college football Apr 9
- Judge rules NCAA must go to trial in football death Apr 7
- Maryland hires Andy Buh as its next defensive coordinator Apr 5
- Chris Ash opens first spring practice at Rutgers as coach Mar 24
- Comeback trail: Chubb, Russell among rehabbing spring stars Feb 24
- Maryland, Virginia Tech set 4-game series for 2026-29 Feb 17
- 'Right fit' is the sell in B10 recruiting, sideshow or not Feb 5