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Maryland obliterates its opponent

The Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Josh Jackson threw four touchdown passes in his Maryland debut, backup Tyrrell Pigrome accounted for two scores and the Terrapins crushed Howard 79-0 Saturday in a record-breaking performance under first-year coach Michael Locksley.

With Jackson leading the way, Maryland scored 28 points in both the first and second quarters to shatter the school mark for most points scored in one half. The assault continued in the second half, with the only suspense being if the Terrapins would break the school record for points in game — 80 against Washington College in 1927.

Maryland’s third-stringers had a first and goal at the 4 in the closing minutes but couldn’t push the ball in.

The Terrapins finished with a 623-68 advantage in total yardage.

Jackson went 15 for 24 for 245 yards with TD throws of 26 , 4, 6 and 24 yards before sitting out the second half.

Jackson transferred to Maryland after an injury-shortened sophomore season at Virginia Tech. He is the key component of the Terrapins’ retooled attack under Locksley, who took over at Maryland after serving as Alabama offensive coordinator.

Pigrome threw a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and ran for a 22-yard score to make it 63-0.

The Terrapins’ defense also shined, limiting Howard to one first down before halftime while bottling up quarterback Caylin Newton, little brother of NFL star Cam Newton.

Newton went 3 for 11 for 23 yards, was sacked five times and did not play in the second half.

Punting was also a problem. Isaiah Moore had kicks of 14 and 3 yards, dropped the snap once and had a kick blocked for a safety.

This certainly wasn’t what coach Ron Prince was looking for in his first game as Howard’s coach. He can console himself in knowing that competing against teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference can’t possibly be as difficult as taking on a Big Ten school on its home turf.

Rutgers survives early scare

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — McLane Carter shook off an early interception — and three overall — to complete 21 of 31 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his Rutgers debut, leading the Scarlet Knights past UMass 48-21 in a season opener for both teams on Friday night.

UMass jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, looking poised for an upset in coach Walt Bell’s debut. After the Minutemen marched down the field on their opening 75-yard drive that ended in 20-yard pass from Randall West to Kyle Horn, Carter proceeded to throw an interception on the Scarlet Knights’ first possession. Cam Roberson ran 39 yards for a touchdown two plays later.

Elsewhere:

Illinois 42, AKRON 3: Illinois rolled over Akron while showcasing a new quarterback and a reinvigorated defense in a season opener. Illini quarterback Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, went 14 of 23 for 163 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while running for another touchdown. Peters rushed six times for 36 yards. Akron quarterback Kato Nelson was 10 of 24 with an interception for a Zips offense that struggled from the opening play.

INDIANA 34, BALL STATE 24: Stevie Scott III ran for two second-half touchdowns and Logan Justus made four field goals Saturday to help Indiana get past Ball State. The Hoosiers have won 14 of their last 16 season openers. Ball State has lost five of its last six overall and six straight against Big Ten foes and three in a row against the in-state Hoosiers. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had a roller coaster day in his starting debut. He led the Hoosiers to a field goal on their first possession and hooked up with Nick Westbrook for a 75-yard touchdown on the second series.

NEVADA 34, PURDUE 31: After trailing 24-7 at halftime, Carson Strong, the first freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Nevada since 1998, led the Wolf Pack to a victory late Friday against Purdue for the second win against a Big Ten team in program history. Nevada capped the comeback on a 56-yard field goal from freshman kicker Brandon Talton as time expired. The 17-point Nevada comeback tied the second largest comeback for the program since 1996. With the game tied and 32 seconds remaining, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw an interception to defensive back Daniel Brown. Nevada tied the game with 52 seconds left on Strong’s 20-yard pass to Elijah Cooks.

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