Maryland caps eight-win season with Duke’s Mayo Bowl title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Taulia Tagovailoa eclipsed 3,000 passing yards for the 2nd straight season, but it was Maryland’s defensive stress that stunted North Carolina Condition and helped the Terrapins hold on for a 16-12 victory in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl Friday afternoon.

Tagovailoa completed 19 for 37 passing for 221 yards, a landing and two interceptions. His 18th completion, a 30-yarder to tight conclusion Corey Dyches, place him above the 3,000 lawn plateau all over again — the fourth this kind of hard work in plan record. 

Dyches, Jeshaun Jones and Tai Felton all had 4 receptions every in the acquire, stepping up for the likes of Rakim Jarrett, Dontay Demus and Jacob Copeland, who opted out.

Maryland (8-5) results in being a back again-to-back again bowl champion for the very first time because 2002-03. It’s also the first eight-win period for the crew given that 2010’s 9-4 effort. 

Under a typically cloudy sky, the sport was a departure from the gaudy scores Maryland has been equipped to set up this year and in previous bowl video games. But a deliberate, incremental offensive effort and hard work coupled with strong defensive line strain held N.C. Point out (8-5) in check throughout the activity. Video game MVP Jakorian Bennett, in his final functionality as a Terrapin, sealed the earn with an interception on N.C. State’s closing generate with 2:28 remaining.

Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren had still left it a thriller who his starting up quarterback would be. Then, in advance of kickoff, word was that MJ Morris, who practiced all week after dealing with an personal injury in November, would get the nod . But that, much too, was a misdirect, as fellow freshman Ben Finley commenced and performed the full game. He completed 22 for 48, with 269 yards passing and two interceptions.

Lockley also prepared some quarterback misdirection of his individual. He despatched out reserve Billy Edwards Jr. for Maryland’s initial generate, had Tagovailoa lead the second, and employed equally of them on a later generate. It was Tagovailoa, although, as he has been for the previous two seasons, who was the chief for one more victory.

On Maryland’s to start with drive of the 2nd quarter, the offense set alongside one another its most complete effort and hard work to that issue. Tagovailoa labored the fade to perfection, acquiring Tai Felton down the right hashmarks for 26 yards on 3rd down to place Maryland at the Wolfpack 26. 

Functioning back Roman Hemby was a important aspect of trying to keep matters in rhythm on the travel, gaining 26 total yards on two rushes and a screen pass reception. But it was an additional fade on 3rd-and-14 from Tagovailoa that brought the Terrapins to life. 

This time, the comfortable-contact rainbow pass ended up in the left corner of the close zone, brought in with a sensational effort and hard work by receiver Octavian Smith Jr., who managed the ball and remained in-bounds. The 19-lawn score gave Maryland their first guide, 10-3.

N.C. Condition had matters rolling on their last travel of the initial fifty percent, with three straight completions of 12, 27 and 22 yards to attain the Maryland 2-yard line with significantly less than a minute to go. Finley would toss 3 incompletions, and the Wolfpack settled for their 3rd subject target. That was the closest they would get to the conclude zone.

Maryland’s protection held the line in the second fifty percent, with 5 of N.C. State’s 7 drives ending in punts. Their only details of the half came off Tagovailoa’s 2nd interception, which established them up on Maryland’s aspect of the 50 and led to a industry target.