Hills’ mis­fires were crit­i­cal in loss to Hoosiers

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Don Markus

Game 6 Tues­day, 8:08 p.m. TV: Chs. 45, 5 COV­ER­AGE PG 3

BLOOM­ING­TON, IND. — Fifth-year se­nior Perry Hills came into Satur­day’s game at In­di­ana as the Big Ten Con­fer­ence’s most ef­fi­cient quar­ter­back af­ter what might have been his best per­for­mance for the Mary­land foot­ball team in a 28-17 vic­tory over Michi­gan State in Col­lege Park.

While his num­bers in a 42-36 loss to the Hoosiers at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium didn’t change that sta­tus — Hills leads the league in com­ple­tion per­cent­age (66.4) and ef­fi­ciency rat­ing (149.9) — he was in­volved in sev­eral plays that af­fected the out­come.

Af­ter com­plet­ing his first five passes, Hills Satur­day, 3:30 p.m. TV: ESPN Ra­dio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Line: Michi­gan by 291⁄

tried to go deep to se­nior wide re­ceiver Teldrick Mor­gan (Meade) down the mid­dle of the field. His pass was off tar­get, al­low­ing In­di­ana’s Marcelino Ball to make a bet­ter play on the ball.

Ball in­ter­cepted the pass, and the Hoosiers, al­ready up 6-0 af­ter their first pos­ses­sion, marched 91 yards in 10 plays to go up 13-0.

Early in the sec­ond quar­ter, Mor­gan found him­self in the mid­dle of the field with no In­di­ana de­fender within 10 yards of him. This time, with the wind at his back, Hills led Mor­gan too far, as a low-tra­jec­tory pass sailed well out of his grasp.

Though the Terps would con­tinue to drive down­field be­hind a se­ries of dou­bledigit-yard runs, with Hills walk­ing in from the 1-yard line, the over­thrown pass to Mor­gan il­lus­trated the prob­lems Hills had judg­ing the wind.

It hap­pened again early in the sec­ond half, when sopho­more wide re­ceiver D.J. Moore had a few steps on his de­fender. A too-late throw and un­for­tu­nate wind con­di­tions al­lowed the de­fender to bat the pass away.

“Usu­ally, Perry can get the ball out there, but to­day, when the wind hit it, the ball, like, slowed down,” said Moore, whose 23-yard touch­down catch right be­fore half­time had given the Terps a 21-16 lead. “That played a big fac­tor in the game.”

Said Mary­land coach DJ Durkin: “We had some shots down the field that we didn’t con­vert on that were there that would have opened [the game] a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. I’m sure there are some throws he would love to have back. We had some guys be­hind cov­er­age that would have been nice to hit.”

Hills fin­ished the game with more-thanre­spectable num­bers: 22-for-33 for 248 yards and two touch­downs (the sec­ond was a 5-yard pass to Mor­gan com­ing on an un­timed play at the end of the game) and one in­ter­cep­tion (an­other in the end zone was negated by a penalty on the Hoosiers Perry Hills throws a pass against In­di­ana. He fin­ished 22-for-33 for 248 yards and two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion, but fum­bled twice in the fourth quar­ter. that kept a scor­ing drive alive).

The two big­gest plays in the fourth quar­ter for Mary­land were a pair of fum­bles by Hills.

The first came when the pocket broke down and Hills tried to ex­tend a thir­dand-4 play at mid­field. As he got near the side­line, still look­ing to throw, Hills was hit by In­di­ana line­backer Mar­cus Oliver.

The ball, nearly scooped up by an­other In­di­ana player, rolled out of bounds for a 14-yard loss. The Hoosiers, lead­ing 29-24 at the time, drove from their 29 to the Mary­land 9 be­fore a 15-yard penalty and a 38-yard missed field-goal at­tempt kept the Terps in the game.

On Mary­land’s next se­ries, Hills wasn’t as lucky. Oliver hit him again, the ball popped loose and Oliver re­cov­ered. The Hoosiers started at the Mary­land 9, and 270-pound fresh­man Tyler Na­tee car­ried the ball twice for a touch­down.

Though Hills helped keep the game in­ter­est­ing by com­plet­ing a fourth-down pass to se­nior wide re­ceiver DeAn­dre Lane (Ca­tonsville) and fin­ish­ing off a 13-play, 65-yard drive by jump­ing over an In­di­ana de­fender at the goal line for a 5-yard touch­down, the Hoosiers sealed the game with a 52-yard touch­down run by re­serve quar­ter­back Zan­der Di­a­mont with 49 sec­onds left.

“I think the dif­fer­ence in the game prob­a­bly was the turnovers,” Durkin said. “We had two, they didn’t have any. That’s been our for­mula for win­ning. We got beat at our own game there.”

Asked to as­sess Hills’ per­for­mance, Durkin said: “Ob­vi­ously, there’s some things he could have done bet­ter. That’ll prob­a­bly al­ways be the case. Perry’s a com­peti­tor, he plays tough. He cer­tainly gives us a chance to win. He did a good job run­ning the of­fense. I thought we were pro­duc­tive of­fen­sively.”

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Aroldis Chap­man got eight outs in the long­est re­lief ap­pear­ance of his ca­reer and the Chicago Cubs held off Cleve­land, 3-2, on Sun­day night, cut­ting the In­di­ans’ lead in the World Se­ries to 3-2.

The Cubs won a Se­ries game at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945. They’ll try to ex­tend their sea­son in Game 6 at Cleve­land on Tues­day night when Chicago right-han­der Jake Ar­ri­eta, a for­mer Ori­ole, faces Josh Tom­lin.

Kris Bryant’s homer sparked a three-run burst in the fourth in­ning that gave starter Jon Lester and the Cubs the lead.

Carl Ed­wards Jr. re­lieved Lester to be­gin the sev­enth with a 3-2 edge. With a run­ner on sec­ond and one out, Chap­man was called in.

The hard-throw­ing closer hadn’t pitched in the sev­enth in­ning since 2012. Chap­man es­caped the jam, then shut down the In­di­ans for a save. Jose Ramirez home­red in the first in­ning, and Fran­cisco Lin­dor hit an RBI sin­gle in the sixth for Cleve­land. Los­ing pitcher Trevor Bauer went four in­nings, al­low­ing three runs on six hits with seven strike­outs.

ANDY LYONS/GETTY IM­AGES

Mary­land quar­ter­back Perry Hills is sacked in Satur­day’s game. The Terps lost to In­di­ana, 42-36, partly be­cause of turnovers by Hills.

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