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Maryland Edges Nebraska in Last-Second Field Goal at Memorial Stadium

LINCOLN, Neb. – In a closely contested Big Ten matchup at Memorial Stadium, the Maryland Terrapins narrowly defeated Nebraska with a last-second field goal, securing a 13-10 victory on Saturday afternoon. This outcome leaves both teams at 3-4 in the Big Ten, with Nebraska now standing at 5-5 overall and Maryland improving to 6-4.

Game Highlights:

  • Maryland’s Key Player: Terrapin kicker Jack Howes was crucial in Maryland’s win, scoring all their second-half points, including the decisive 24-yard field goal as time expired.
  • Nebraska’s Third Quarter Rally: The Huskers overcame a 7-0 halftime deficit, scoring 10 points off two Maryland turnovers to lead 10-7 going into the fourth quarter.
  • Defensive Efforts: Nebraska’s defense, known as the Blackshirts, limited Maryland’s offense to 384 total yards and forced three turnovers.
  • Costly Turnovers: Nebraska’s offense struggled with five turnovers, the most critical being Chubba Purdy’s late-game interception, thwarting a potential scoring opportunity.

Key Moments:

  • Purdy’s Drive: Nebraska’s third quarterback, Chubba Purdy, led an impressive 90-yard drive but his end-zone interception on 3rd and Goal with just over 3:30 left proved costly.
  • Defensive Stands: Nebraska’s Ty Robinson recovered a fumble forced by Javin Wright, while Omar Brown’s earlier forced fumble led to Janiran Bonner’s game-tying touchdown early in the second half.
  • Field Goal Exchange: Tristan Alvano’s 38-yard field goal had given Nebraska a brief lead before Maryland’s late-game tying and winning field goals.

Quarterback Carousel:

  • Heinrich Haarberg started but struggled with accuracy and an interception.
  • Jeff Sims took over, completing 8-of-13 passes for 62 yards but also faced turnover issues.
  • Purdy showed promise on his drive but ultimately fell short due to the interception.

Offensive Stats:

  • Nebraska’s Rushing Game: Led by Emmett Johnson with 84 yards on 17 carries, Nebraska accumulated 183 rushing yards.
  • Passing Efforts: The Huskers had a total of 86 passing yards across three quarterbacks.

Maryland’s Standouts:

  • Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa led with 283 passing yards and added 27 rushing yards.
  • Receivers Jeshaun Jones and Tai Felton contributed significantly in the air, with Jones earning 86 yards and Felton scoring a touchdown.
  • Running Back Roman Henby topped Maryland’s ground game with 74 yards.

Defensive Highlights:

  • Javin Wright’s Interception: Wright’s pick and forced fumble were defensive highlights for the Huskers.
  • Robinson and Gifford’s Impact: Robinson made 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, while Gifford had seven tackles.

Looking ahead, Nebraska aims to bounce back in their next Big Ten road game against Wisconsin in Madison, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff next Saturday, with live coverage on NBC.

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