Taulia Tagovailoa led the Terrapins to their first victory of the season, totaling five touchdowns, including the team’s only overtime score. Former Alabama star’s younger brother Tua Tagovailoa, Taulia and Maryland took the lead with the possession, but received an assist to the win through an extra point missed by the first-year kicker of Minnesota Redshirt Brock Walker.
The Terps hit first in overtime with a Tagovailoa 2-yard touchdown that was set up by a pass interference call into the end zone against wide receiver Jeshaun Jones. Maryland followed that up with a usual extra point.
The Golden Gophers then responded with a 2-yard Seth Green touchdown that was set up by a pass interference call into the end zone against Chris Autman-Bell. Unfortunately for Minnesota, he didn’t follow Maryland’s lead and missed the extra point that would have forced a second overtime.
After a rough start against Northwestern, Tagovailoa had his breakout game, totaling 394 yards on 26 of 35 passes with five total TDs (three assists). He led the Terps’ offense to 17 straight points in the fourth quarter after losing 38-21 in the first three periods – the first college football team to do this this season.
The quarterback wasn’t the only one to stand out on the night for Maryland, as his pitchers and receivers also showed. Jones and Dontay Demus Jr. each racked up over 100 receiving yards and one touchdown, while running back Jake Funk rushed for an incredible 221 yards and found the end zone once. It’s also worth noting that on the other side, Mohamed Ibrahim of Minnesota ran for an impeccable 207 yards and four touchdowns.