Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 34 Maryland 28

Game Wrap and Reaction: Indiana 34 Maryland 28

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle) 

Opponent: Maryland Terrapins

Location: Saturday October 19th, 2019 College Park, Maryland

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Terrapins play annually in the Big Ten’s East division.

What The Game Meant: We had labeled this game as a potential swing-game for the Hoosiers way back in the spring. It turned out to be just that. Indiana and Maryland are forming a solid rivalry on the gridiron playing fourth-straight one score games.

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Indiana Defense Finishes the All-Too-Familiar Game

Indiana Defense Finishes the All-Too-Familiar Game

Written by: Nate Comp (@NathanComp1)

The stage was set just as it had been so many weeks and so many seasons before.

With just four minutes to play in the fourth, Indiana’s defense trotted back onto the field clinging onto a 3-point lead. After being picked apart in the first half, their adjustments had worked in the second. The missed tackles and penalties had diminished, and suddenly the Maryland offense was stalling.

But we’ve seen this before, right? Surely the defense would revert back to its bad habits of the first half and leave Indiana heading home with an all too familiar defeat.

As former Indiana coach Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend.” This time was different.

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Five Takeaways From Indiana's 34-28 Triumph Over Maryland

Five Takeaways From Indiana's 34-28 Triumph Over Maryland

Written by Andrew Walker

In an absolutely nail-biting victory, the Indiana Hoosiers football team squeaked out a victory against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday 34-28. Indiana walked into Maryland as a 6.5-point favorite, and almost covered. Overcoming adversity will undoubtedly be one of Indiana Football’s most talked about attributes after the season is over, whatever the outcome may be. This victory wasn’t without its downsides, so let’s take a look at some of the ups and downs of Indiana’s fifth win on the season. 

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Hoosiers Offense Rallies Behind Peyton Ramsey in 34-28 Win

Hoosiers Offense Rallies Behind Peyton Ramsey in 34-28 Win

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

It wasn’t pretty, but the Hoosiers pulled off a narrow victory on the road over Maryland, 34-28. In a game and situation Indiana has historically come up short, this Saturday afternoon was different. IU out-gained Maryland 520 yards to 383 and dominated time of possession 35.5 minutes to 24.5. The Hoosiers were efficient, completing 29-of-41 passes as a team for 8.1 yards-per-pass to go along with 186 rushing yards on 32 attempts (good for 5.8 yards-per-carry). Despite losing quarterback Michael Penix to an undisclosed injury early in the game, Indiana did enough to hang on for the win. The Hoosiers advance to 5-2 on the season, one win away from bowl eligibility.  

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Indiana Has a Chance to Buck a Trend and Score a Culture Building Win at Maryland

Indiana Has a Chance to Buck a Trend and Score a Culture Building Win at Maryland

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Over the last 10 to 15 years of Indiana University football fans and media alike have been labeling big games (against ranked opponents) as chances for the IU football program to score “program changing” wins. Personally, I don’t buy into any single victory as “program changing” and recent history has shown that to be true. Indiana needs a program changing season, however Saturday’s matchup against Maryland is a chance for the football Hoosiers to take the next logical step in building their football program.

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Game Day Primer: Indiana at Maryland

Game Day Primer: Indiana at Maryland

Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Game 7 Primer – Maryland

What: Indiana (4-2) at Maryland (3-3)

Where: Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. You can also listen to the game on the IU Radio Network with the legendary Don Fischer on the call.

Series History: The new Big Ten East rivals have faced each other five times with one matchup each season beginning in 2014. The past three games have been close with Indiana winning 42-36 in 2016, Maryland prevailing 42-39 in College Park in 2017 and IU winning 34-32 last season in Bloomington.

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Indiana’s Keys to Victory Over Maryland

Indiana’s Keys to Victory Over Maryland

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

The Indiana football squad looks ahead at the second half of the 2019 season, their next matchup being a pivotal one against Mike Locksley and the Maryland Terrapins. Heading to College Park 4-2, this year’s Hoosiers have a chance to prove themselves, and this time the odds are not against them—barely. If Indiana wants to pocket a victory over Maryland, here’s what they need to focus on.

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Inside the Numbers: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Maryland Terrapins

Photo by: Sarah Miller/hoosier huddle

Photo by: Sarah Miller/hoosier huddle

Written by Andrew Walker (@andrew_jw17)

The Indiana Hoosiers football team is coming off of a statement win against a Rutgers football team that hasn’t won a Big Ten game since 2017. That 35-0 win propelled the Hoosiers to a 4-2 record heading into College Park, Maryland on Saturday. The Hoosiers are set to play the Maryland Terrapins at 3:30ET, so let’s take a dive inside the numbers in preparation for Saturday’s game. 

Interceptions

Indiana - two for 73 yards

It’s time that the Hoosier defense get more takeaways. I’ll say it. Last year, Indiana was No. 10 in total turnovers caused and No. 4 in fumbles caused in the nation. This year, the Hoosiers haven’t lived up to those insane numbers of a year ago. This week against Maryland is a chance for the Hoosiers to reclaim that top ten defensive mindset. Ballhawks Tiawan Mullen and Marcelino Ball have to be more of a factor in the turnover game.

Maryland - five for 47 yards

For Maryland, it’s not the number of interceptions that matters, even though it is slightly low— it’s the production the Terrapins can get off of those interceptions. Maryland’s defense is forcing takeaways well, but there can always be more. Forcing turnovers from Indiana this weekend will be tough for Maryland, but if they want to keep it close or stay ahead of the Hoosiers, turnovers would help tremendously.

Field goals

Indiana - 8/8

This won’t ever be a concern for the Hoosiers this season. Logan Justus is such a good marksman when it comes to kicking it through the uprights. When Justus takes the field, whether it be for a field goal or a PAT, it’s essentially assured that more points are about to be on the board. 

Maryland - 0/2

Maryland’s inability to make field goals is mind-boggling. Josh Petrino is in his second season as a Terrapin after kicking about 85% in field goals in 2018. After a mildly successful season in his freshman year, the Maryland Terrapins either A) don’t have a reliable kicker anymore, or B) haven't given Petrino enough opportunities in the kicking game. Who knows, maybe he’ll turn it around and go perfect from here on out. All jokes aside, if you’re a Maryland fan, it has to be a bit nerve-racking when Petrino steps up to boot. 

TFL

Indiana - 44 total, 7.3 per game

The Hoosier pass rush has steadily gotten more effective as the season has progressed. I mean, if that’s what you call 14 (fourteen) tackles for loss against Rutgers, I’d say they’ve gotten a lot better. The Hoosier pass rush even managed six tackles for loss against perennial top five team Ohio State. Keeping Maryland’s offense to as little yards as possible will be a big part of the Hoosier defensive plan on Saturday. 

Maryland - 50 total, 8.3 per game

The Terrapin defense is nothing to sneeze at either. Indiana will most likely have a tough time running the ball down Maryland’s throat, but might have some success on the outside since Maryland’s best cornerback, Tino Ellis, was just confirmed to be out for the season with a torn ACL. This is good news for Mike Penix and Stevie Scott alike if Indiana decides to run any screen passes or outside pitches. Also Maryland had 16 TFL in a 79-0 rout of Howard for their first game. Talk about a confidence builder. 

Matchup to Watch Week Eight: Indiana's Passing Game vs. Maryland's Pass Defense

Matchup to Watch Week Eight: Indiana's Passing Game vs. Maryland's Pass Defense

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

The Indiana Hoosiers will have a decisive advantage in one phase of the game when they travel to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins in a season defining swing game. That advantage comes in the form of the passing game for Indiana.

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Penix, Philyor Develop Trust Playing Fortnite, NBA2K

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Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix has thrown to junior wide receiver Whop Philyor more than any other man in Indiana’s talented receiving corps. When asked about their special connection after Saturday’s homecoming shutout, Philyor let us in on the key to preparing in their recent offensive dominance— the secret is Fortnite.

“We play Fortnite and NBA2K together. We watch film while we’re playing the game and talk about little things we could do to get us going,” Philyor explained. 

Fortnite, as in the shooter-survival game where players kill off zombie-like monsters, fighting to be the last man standing, has flourished a special kind of bond between the duo from Tampa, Florida.

“We trust each other on games and we trust each other on the field,” Philyor said. 

That trust has translated to the field since Penix’s bounce back from injury against Michigan State, to be a key on offense halfway through the season, 4-2 with a bowl bid in an arm’s reach. 

“He trusts me and I trust in him to run the right routes, Coach (DeBoer) putting us in the right situations and the offensive line holding up and allowing me to give him the ball,” Penix said. 

Both were forced to sit out with injuries much of the 2018 season— Penix with a torn ACL and Philyor with more than one injury, his high ankle sprain being the number one setback as a sophomore. With the injuries behind them, they’ve made quite the dominant duo.

“I think Mike does a really good job getting the ball out in front of him (Philyor), so when he catches it, he's moving and running away from the defenders,” Tom Allen said in Monday’s press conference.

In back-to-back games Philyor has shown out— totaling 24 catches for 324 yards between Michigan State and Rutgers matchups. His 6.8 grabs per game puts him tied for 10th in the Big Ten. Philyor is also one of two Big Ten receivers to end two games in double figure catches.

“Just neat to see him rewarded for that by getting a chance to make plays. And he's blocking his tail off. That's just the part I love. Works in the run game, on the perimeter game, and he's not very big, but there's a toughness to him and a competitive spirit him,” Allen said.

The combination of Penix’s arm and Philyor’s playmaking have become a weapon of destruction for Indiana’s opponents, and just in time for the series of road games that will make or break Indiana’s postseason potential.