Rout by Michi­gan gives Terps QB Rowe his chance

Baltimore Sun - - WEATHER - By Don Markus don.markus@balt­ twit­­sprof56

ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Mary­land quar­ter­back Caleb Rowe has spent much of his fi­nal sea­son buried on the depth chart, find­ing him­self be­hind not only fel­low fifth-year se­nior Perry Hills but true fresh­man Tyrrell Pi­grome.

An in­jury to­ward the end of pre­sea­son camp had con­trib­uted to Rowe’s de­mo­tion, as did a his­tory of un­forced in­ter­cep­tions un­der for­mer coach Randy Ed­sall that had con­tin­ued in the spring after the ar­rival of new coach DJ Durkin and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Walt Bell.

But with Hills forced out of Satur­day’s game at Michi­gan Sta­dium in the sec­ond quar­ter with an undis­closed in­jury, and the Terps al­ready down 21-0 in what would turn into a 59-3 de­feat by the third-ranked Wolver­ines, Rowe found him­self on the field.

Hav­ing seen Pi­grome’s in­abil­ity to throw down­field when he came off the bench at Penn State and started for an in­jured Hills in a 31-10 home loss to Min­nesota last month, Durkin called on Rowe.

“I thought he gave us the best chance for what the game plan was,” Durkin said later.

Said Rowe: “We’re never out of the game. We’re al­ways fight­ing to the very end. I don’t think any­body was doubt­ing that we could come back. We just had to ex­e­cute a lit­tle bet­ter. We left a lot of plays on the field.”

Sopho­more wide re­ceiver D.J. Moore said after the game that he didn’t see the play on which Hills got in­jured — it came when Hills was hit after com­plet­ing a 19-yard pass to Moore — but had full con­fi­dence that Rowe could do the job.

“When Caleb came in, he just filled the role real good and just tried to lead us to the vic­tory,” Moore said.

Rowe would fin­ish his first ex­tended op­por­tu­nity of the sea­son com­plet­ing 12 of 23 passes for 203 yards. While a cou­ple of his passes were dropped, Rowe’s pen­chant for throw­ing al­most un­forced in­ter­cep­tions resur­faced — twice.

In both in­stances, Rowe gave the ball up in the face of min­i­mal pres­sure, the first time with only Michi­gan de­fend­ers in the area. Both passes were picked off by Wolver­ines safety De­lano Hill. But there were also in­stances where Rowe made the kind of throws that Hills and Pi­grome haven’t.

“Ob­vi­ously a cou­ple of times he put the ball in harm’s way, which we’ve got to work through and get over, but I thought he did a good job throw­ing the ball down­field and kept us mov­ing, too,” Durkin said after the game.

Said Rowe: “I think [we] just shot our­selves in the foot a lit­tle bit.”

will ar­rive by this week­end and usher in an arc­tic blast of air. Tem­per­a­tures on Satur­day will be more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of De­cem­ber with blus­tery winds cre­at­ing even lower Ac­cuWeather RealFeel(r) tem­per­a­tures.

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