Maryland-Minnesota football recap: Score, analysis for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

Maryland beat Minnesota by a score of 31-24 on Saturday, September 30 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Terps were able to bounce back after a loss to UCF to hand P.J. Fleck his first loss as Minnesota’s head coach.

A 34-yard Ty Johnson touchdown run gave Maryland the lead with just over a minute left, and Maryland’s defense came up with a turnover to secure the win.

Maryland-Minnesota football: Live updates, score

Final score: Maryland 31, Minnesota 24. A J.C. Jackson interception in the final minute clinched things for the Terps.

(Q4, 1:10) Maryland 31, Minnesota 24: Maryland takes a lead on this run from Ty Johnson. Minnesota has one minute to tie it back up.

(Q4, 3:54), Maryland 25 Minnesota 24: Minnesota ties it back up at 24 on a 1-yard Shannon Brooks run. This game is going down to the wire.

(Q4, 11:11), Maryland 24, Minnesota 17: Maryland takes the lead back on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jake Funk.

(Q3, 5:19) Maryland 17, Minnesota 17: Conor Rhoda completes a 7-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lingen, and we’re tied up again.

(Q3, 9:50) Maryland 17, Minnesota 10: Minnesota is unable to convert a field goal attempt, so Maryland takes over.

Start of the third quarter: Minnesota starts with the ball at its own 37 after a kick return .

Henry Darmstedter hits a 51-yard field goal to give Maryland a 17-10 halftime lead.

(Q2, 0:55), Maryland 14, Minnesota 10: Emmit Carpenter sinks a 41-yard field goal.

(Q2, 5:17), Maryland 14, Minnesota 7:Max Bortenschlager connects with D.J. Moore on a 27-yard touchdown to give Maryland the lead.

(Q2, 9:50): Minnesota 7, Maryland 7: Josh Woods picks up an interception off a tipped pass to halt a Minnesota drive in the red zone.

(Q2, 12:18): Minnesota 7, Maryland 7: Rodney Smith rushes in from one yard out to tie the game up.

(Q1,  2:44), Maryland 7, Minnesota 0: Maryland. Terps score on a 7-yard run by QB Max Bortenschlager to take the lead.

(Q1, 7:23): Maryland went for a fake field goal. It did not work.

We have liftoff. Maryland starts with the ball.

Here’s where we’ll post our updates and analysis throughout the game.

Minnesota-Maryland football: time, channel, live stream

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.

Weather: Mostly sunny, high of 69.

TV channel: FOX Sports 1.

Live stream link: It’s on Fox Sports Go.  This link will take you to the right place

Radio info: 105.7FM in Baltimore and 980AM in D.C.,  Sirius channel 135 and XM channel 195.

Maryland-Minnesota football odds, picks

The line: Minnesota -13

Over/Under: 43

Maryland-Minnesota game preview

Minnesota is looking to keep rolling in Fleck’s first season at the helm. Maryland is looking to stop the bleeding after a 38-10 loss to UCF during which the Terps were not at all competitive. Here are three things to watch for:

After losing two quarterbacks to torn ACLs, will Maryland be able to get anything going through the air?

Maryland’s 2017 team is starting to resemble its 2012 one in a very specific way. That year, Maryland lost all four of its quarterbacks to season-ending injuries and was forced to start a linebacker at quarterback before the end of October. This year, Maryland lost Tyrrell Pigrome to an ACL in its season-opener against Texas, and after freshman Kasim Hill didn’t miss a beat filling in, he too suffered a torn ACL in Week 4. Maryland’s now down to fourth-stringer Max Bortenschlager, who was 15-for-26 in relief of Hill against UCF. He missed open receivers, and is not the running threat Pigrome and Hill are. Third-stringer Caleb Henderson has been on the mend with a leg injury all season, so Bortenschlager is Maryland’s only healthy scholarship quarterback right now.

Minnesota hasn’t really played anyone yet. This could be the first game resembling a test for the Gophers.

Minnesota has aced every test on its schedule so far. Thing is, none of those tests tell us that much about the Gophers. They only beat Buffalo 17-7 in Week 1, but a slow start under a new coach is understandable. Then Minnesota walloped Oregon State 48-14 in Week 2 and thumped a good Middle Tennessee State team 35-3 in Week 3. Maryland looked much better than those teams in Weeks 1 and 2, but after those quarterback injuries, it’s unclear how much of a challenge the Terps will present. Minnesota’s had a bye week to prepare for them, too.

Minnesota doesn’t give up explosive runs. Maryland needs explosive runs to survive. Who will win out?

If Maryland’s going to have a shot in this one, it’ll need to get some long jaunts from Ty Johnson at running back to go along with a semblance of a passing game. Johnson went into last week averaging 15.1 yards per carry in two games, but UCF held him to just 25 yards on 11 carries. Maryland’s offensive line shoulders much of the blame for that performance too, as it was overpowered by UCF’s front. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s strength is on defense. The Gophers are seventh in the country in Defensive IsoPPP, a stat that measures how well a defense does at limiting explosive plays. And that’s only one part of a defense that has excelled in 2017. As noted above, that has come against less-than-amazing competition, but this is a scary front that could bottle up Maryland’s running backs.

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