Mis­takes doom Terps at Michi­gan

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nica­tions and those things fall back on me. We’ve got to find a way to get them fixed in crit­i­cal times against good teams,” Canada said. “That’s my fault and I’ll take the blame for that, but we will get it fixed, and we’ll get it fixed be­fore we play an­other foot­ball game.”

In the first half of that next game, Sat­ur­day at home against Rut­gers, the Terps will be with­out two de­fen­sive play­ers be­cause of tar­get­ing penal­ties against Michi­gan.

Line­backer Tre Wat­son, who en­tered tied for the Big Ten lead in tack­les per game, and re­serve de­fen­sive back Rayshad Lewis were ejected in the third quar­ter.

“It’s a tremen­dous loss; I can’t com­ment on that. I have an opin­ion, but I can’t com­ment on that,” said Canada, fill­ing in for head coach DJ Durkin, who has been on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave since Au­gust. “I know I’m just sit­ting up here be­cause of the sit­u­a­tion, but I do know that rule that I can­not com­ment.”

Of­fen­sively, the Terps man­aged just 11 first downs and racked up 107 yards on penal­ties in the Big Ten East rout. Michi­gan (5-1, 3-0) out­gained Mary­land, 291 yards to 42, in the first half. Over­all, the Wolver­ines had 465 yards to Mary­land’s 220.

“They’re fast, they flow very fast, very dis­ci­plined,” sopho­more run­ning back Tayon Fleet-Davis said of Michi­gan. “All the guys al­to­gether are very strong. It’s a good de­fense.”

Michi­gan set a phys­i­cal tone early, as All-Amer­i­can line­backer Devin Bush Jr. hit red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Kasim Hill with a crush­ing rough­ing the passer penalty on the Terps’ first play from scrim­mage.

The bright spot for Mary­land came early as Ty John­son took a first-quar­ter kick­off 98 yards down the left side­line for a touch­down to give the Terps a 7-3 lead.

How­ever, Canada lamented how the swing forced the Mary­land de­fense back on the field.

“The bless­ing and the curse of the spe­cial teams or de­fense scores, your de­fense has to go back out on the field. And our de­fense had to play a lot of snaps in the first half,” Canada said af­ter his team ran 17 plays be­fore half­time com­pared to 44 for Michi­gan.

Two pos­ses­sions af­ter John­son’s kick­off re­turn, Michi­gan went on an 11-play, 95-yard drive that was capped by Ben Mason’s 1-yard touch­down run for a 10-7 lead. The Wolver­ines rolled from there.

Michi­gan would score 24 straight points un­til Terps run­ning back Javon Leake ran for a 1-yard touch­down with 11:28 re­main­ing.

Af­ter the game, Canada twice brought up his team’s first drive of the sec­ond half.

Down 17-7, the Terps com­mit­ted three penal­ties in the first four snaps. Tight end Avery Ed­wards and guard Sean Christie, both se­niors, were flagged and Mary­land was called for an il­le­gal for­ma­tion, forc­ing a punt that set up a Michi­gan field goal.

On the team’s sec­ond drive of the third quar­ter, John­son fum­bled the kick­off, re­cov­ered it and then ran out of his end zone, get­ting tack­led at the Mary­land 2-yard line.

“We weren’t as­sign­ment-sound,” Canada said. “With mis­takes and the no-tal­ent is­sues that we had, the penal­ties and things that we had, it just puts you in a bad spot.”

Terps backup quar­ter­back Tyrrell Pig­more closed the scor­ing with a late 5-yard touch­down.

Michi­gan quar­ter­back Shea Pat­ter­son com­pleted 19 of 27 passes for 282 yards and three touch­downs in the win. The ju­nior Ole Miss trans­fer evaded pass rush­ers and made plays on the run through­out the game, in­clud­ing a pass through the Mary­land sec­ondary to for a 22-yard touch­down where Lewis and Dar­nell Sav­age Jr. col­lided.

“He’s a good run­ning quar­ter­back,” Mary­land de­fen­sive back An­toine Brooks Jr. said. “He works real well work­ing out of the pocket. We tried to keep him in the pocket, but a good quar­ter­back made good plays.”

Karan Hig­don ran for 103 yards on 25 at­tempts for the Wolver­ines.

Hill was 5-for-10 pass­ing for 62 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion, only the fourth turnover of the sea­son for the Terps.

John­son, who also had a kick­off re­turn for a touch­down last sea­son at Ohio State, was held to 3 yards rush­ing on five car­ries and left the game in the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury.

Canada said he ex­pected John­son to be OK, as the Terps are al­ready deal­ing with the loss of run­ning back Lorenzo Har­ri­son III to a torn ACL.

Sav­age had an in­ter­cep­tion of Pat­ter­son late in the first quar­ter. Ear­lier in the game, Sav­age was jumped over by Mason.

The start of the game was de­layed a lit­tle over an hour be­cause of light­ning in the area.

Still, 109,531 fans were in at­ten­dance at “The Big House.”

Mary­land will host Rut­gers on Sat­ur­day in a matchup of two of the three un­ranked teams in the seven-team Big Ten East.

Rut­gers (1-5, 0-3) lost, 38-17, to Illi­nois on Sat­ur­day.

TONY DING/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Michi­gan full­back Jared Wan­gler cel­e­brates his 7-yard touch­down re­cep­tion in the fourth quar­ter with tight end Zach Gen­try on Sat­ur­day.

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