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Five interceptions figure prominently in Maryland’s romp against Rutgers
COLLEGE PARK – Interim Maryland coach Matt Canada often says he doesn’t care much for stats. As he said going into Saturday’s homecoming game against Rutgers, “Stats are for losers.” Except for when his team is the winner. Even Canada conceded after the Terps blew out the Scarlet Knights, 34-7, before an announced crowd of 32,995 at Maryland Stadium that he didn’t mind his team’s defensive stats that complemented the offense he was hired to run.
On top of senior running back Ty Johnson’s 132 rushing yards — including a 65-yard touchdown run — and redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill’s three touchdown passes were the defense’s five interceptions that inspired Canada most.
Canada, who last week referred to himself as a “cheerleader” for the defense, said he didn’t know the defense had five picks — Maryland’s most in a single game since a seven-interception showing against Duke in 1998 — until he came off the field after the game.
“They were around the football. When you’re around the football, good things happen,” Canada said. “We had a couple of deflections. … That’s great defense, but it’s great team football. Really, really proud how hard our guys are playing and our defense is doing a great job. They played really well See TERPS, page 9