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Live updates, highlights and analysis as the No. 3 Wolverines look to stay undefeated against Maryland
Nov 18, 2023
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The Terps can’t take advantage of the stop. They get in third-and-8, but a false start puts them into a third-and-13, and the Wolverines bring pressure and get home. Mason Graham sacks Tagovailoa for a 10-yard loss. It’s Michigan’s third sack of the day.
Compounding matters is a terrible punt from Maryland’s Brenden Segovia. The 31-yard boot gives the Wolverines the ball at the Maryland 49 to start the drive with 8:37 left. The Terps defense needs to make a play to get the ball back quickly.
Maryland gets a stop
The Wolverines are down a couple players on the offensive line, and Maryland is taking full advantage of it. Inexperience leads to free blitzers.
END 3RD: Michigan 29, Maryland 24
Call your friends! Call your neighbors! Hell, get Connor Stalions on the phone, you know, assuming he isn’t already watching the game through your window. Michigan might be in trouble!
The Wolverines are in the midst of their toughest test of the season, leading Maryland by only five points after three quarters in College Park. Michigan led 23-10 at halftime, but Maryland opened the second half with a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 23-17. It then forced a three-and-out and momentum seemed to have flipped.
Then disaster struck. Taulia Tagovailoa threw an interception, and a few minutes later Michigan was back up two scores, but the Terps did not cave. They responded with another touchdown drive to cut the lead back to five, and now we enter the final 15 minutes with the Wolverines trying to avoid disaster.
Will the Big Ten title race and College Football Playoff picture be turned on its head today, or will the Wolverines survive and advance?
The Terps ain’t heard no bell
I’m not sure there’s a QB in the country with a wider disparity between their best throws and their worst throws than Taulia Tagovailoa. One minute he’s making the worst decision you’ve ever seen that leads you to question what you’re doing with your life watching this sport, and the next play he’s throwing a dime that bring an absolute tear to your eye.
Taulia hits a beatiful wheel route down the right sideline, and on the next play drops a beautiful ball in the bucket down the left sideline to Kaden Prather to set up a first-and-goal. Two plays later the Terps hit paydirt. It’s 29-24 with 16 seconds left in the third.
The upset alert could be off
With windy conditions in College Park, Michigan chooses to go for it on fourth-and-3 instead of kick a 43-yard field goal, and the decision pays off. Not only do the Wolverines convert the first down, but Semaj Morgan scores on a 13-yard run on the next play to extend Michigan’s lead late in the third.
Michigan’s two-point attempt is no good, though, so it’s 29-17 instead of 31-17.
This is what happens against a team like Michigan. If they leave the door slightly ajar you have to kick it down and play perfect. If you make a mistake like the one Taulia Tagovailoa did, the door slams shut quick. This game isn’t over yet, but Maryland’s shot at pulling off the upset just got a lot smaller.
Maryland blows a prime chance
Maryland has already scored more points against Michigan than any other team this season, and with their defense stymying the Wolverines offense in the second half, the Terps had a shot to take the lead. Unfortunately for them, Taulia Tagovailoa turned the ball over for the second time today, and a Mike Sainristil interception gives the Wolverines the ball in Maryland territory.