4 TDs for Leake as Terps roll

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Mary­land 63

Illi­nois 33

COL­LEGE PARK (AP) — Javon Leake rushed for three touch­downs and scored on a 97-yard kick­off re­turn, Kasim Hill had the best pass­ing game of his ca­reer, and Mary­land rolled past Illi­nois

63-33 Satur­day.

Leake is the first Mary­land player to score four TDs in a game since D.J. Adams in the 2010 Mil­i­tary Bowl. Leake, a sopho­more, fin­ished with 140 yards rush­ing, in­clud­ing scores of

64, 27, and 43 yards.

The vic­tory left the Ter­rap­ins (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) one win short of be­com­ing bowl el­i­gi­ble, no small feat for a team that was rocked by the death of of­fen­sive line­man Jor­dan McNair and is play­ing un­der in­terim coach Matt Canada since Au­gust.

Reg­gie Corbin ran for

155 yards and a touch­down for the Fight­ing Illini (3-5,

1-4). Illi­nois had yielded 158 points dur­ing a three-game skid, and its streak of forc­ing a turnover in 21 con­sec­u­tive games came to an end.

Leake’s kick­off re­turn and

64-yard run, along with two touch­down passes by Hill, pro­vided Mary­land with a 28-9 half­time lead. The Ter­rap­ins tacked on three touch­downs in the third quar­ter, in­clud­ing a 27-yard run by Leake and Hill’s third touch­down pass.

Hill was re­moved from the game late in the third quar­ter with the score 4919. He went 11 for 19 for a ca­reer-high 265 yards, and his three TD passes tied a ca­reer best.

Play­ing Illi­nois for the first time, Mary­land set a school record for most points in a Big Ten game since join­ing the con­fer­ence. The Terps fin­ished with 712 yards in of fense.

It was a re­demp­tive per­for­mance for a team that mus­tered only 115 yards one week ear­lier in a 23-0 loss to Iowa. Canada, the team’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, is serv­ing as in­terim coach for DJ Durkin, who is on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the cul­ture of the pro­gram.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan soon af­ter the death of McNair, who col­lapsed on the

prac­tice field and died of heat­stroke in June.

De­spite of the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the pro­gram, Mary­land has al­ready ex­ceeded its win to­tal (4) from last year.

WAT­SON DIS­QUAL­I­FIED Mary­land line­backer Tre Wat­son was dis­qual­i­fied in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter be­ing called for tar­get­ing.

Wat­son leads the Terps in tack­les and is tied for the team lead in interceptions, but this is the sec­ond time he’s been booted for tar­get­ing.

Wat­son played three sea­sons for Illi­nois be­fore com­ing to Mary­land this year. He was ejected for ap­ply­ing a hel­met-to-hel­met hit on Rivers af­ter the quar­ter­back threw a pass.

JOHN­SON OUT

John­son, Mary­land’s lead­ing rusher, missed the sec­ond half with a leg in­jury. He ranks fourth on the team ca­reer list with 2,597 yards.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Illi­nois: The Illini have a bad de­fense, plain and sim­ple, espe­cially when un­able to force turnovers.

Mary­land: Well, for one game at least, the Ter­rap­ins proved they can pass as well as throw. That should be an as­set in up­com­ing games against Michi­gan State, Ohio State and Penn State.

UP NEXT

Illi­nois hosts Min­nesota, which de­feated In­di­ana 38-31 Satur­day for its first Big Ten win of the sea­son.

Mary­land faces vis­it­ing Michi­gan State (5-3, 3-2), which de­feated Pur­due 23-13 on Satur­day.

AP PHOTO

Mary­land run­ning back Javon Leake rushes past a group of Illi­nois de­fend­ers for a touch­down in the first half Satur­day in Col­lege Park.

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