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dis­ap­pointed in their ef­fort [but] re­ally dis­ap­pointed in our ex­e­cu­tion and us not tak­ing ad­van­tage of our op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Pi­grome made his share of big plays, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-long 61-yard touch­down run on a naked boot­leg in the sec­ond quar­ter. But he also made a crit­i­cal mis­take late in the first half, when a pass on sec­ond-and-1 from his team’s 34 was in­ter­cepted and re­turned 37 yards for a touch­down.

The pick-six — the third of Pi­grome’s ca­reer — put Mary­land (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) in a 16-point hole at half­time after it had twice cut its deficit to six. Pur­due (2-4, 1-2) never was threat­ened again. The vic­tory broke a three-game los­ing streak for the Boil­er­mak­ers.

“To have a touch­down called back for penal­ties, to have a dropped touch­down, the turnovers and then again on the de­fen­sive side of the ball not lim­it­ing the big plays — those are con­sis­tency is­sues that we’ve got to get fig­ured out,” Lock­sley said. “We will. The team has no quit. We’ll con­tinue to work to get these guys bet­ter with each week. We’ve got a lot of foot­ball left to be played.”

On Mary­land’s first pos­ses­sion, a po­ten­tial 50-yard touch­down pass from Pi­grome to sopho­more wide re­ceiver Don­tay De­mus Jr. was called back be­cause of a hold­ing call on ju­nior run­ning back Javon Leake. Pur­due then scored on its first two pos­ses­sions for a 13-0 lead.

On Mary­land’s fi­nal drive of the first quar­ter, what ap­peared to be a 21-yard touch­down pass on fourth-and-3 was dropped in the end zone by red­shirt sopho­more run­ning back An­thony McFar­land Jr.

“It was bad ex­e­cu­tion,” Leake said. “It was on us to start the game [bet­ter]. The penalty was on me. I’ve got to do a bet­ter job just get­ting my tech­nique down so I won’t get that call.

“We started mov­ing the ball a lit­tle bit but [got] bad penal­ties and the de­fense couldn’t get off the field. There’s a lot of things we’ve got to just cor­rect.”

Said Lock­sley: “We don’t need to help other peo­ple beat us.”

Pi­grome’s un­even day

Mak­ing only his fifth ca­reer start, Pi­grome’s lone win as a starter re­mains at then-No. 23 Texas in 2017, when he led the Terps to a big lead be­fore tear­ing an ACL in the sec­ond half.

On Satur­day, Pi­grome fin­ished 21-for-39 for 218 yards pass­ing and led the Terps with a ca­reer-high 107 rush­ing yards on 13 car­ries. But he was in­ter­cepted twice. Pi­grome be­came the first Mary­land quar­ter­back to rush for over 100 yards since Perry Hills did it against Iowa in 2015.

De­spite hav­ing the early touch­down called back, De­mus led the Terps with a ca­reer-high 10 re­cep­tions for 105 yards.

Pi­grome showed the in­con­sis­tency that has haunted him in the past, es­pe­cially with his pass­ing.

“The one thing I will say is that the kid will com­pete,” Lock­sley said about Pi­grome. “It’s hard to say ex­actly how he played. He made some plays with his feet, which we know Piggy is ca­pa­ble of. He made some good throws.

“The touch­down pass that was called back, he put the ball up there. He put some air un­der the ball and made a great throw on a deep ball. But then we do have the mis­cues with the in­ter­cep­tions.”

Asked how dif­fi­cult it was to play from be­hind the whole day, Pi­grome said, “It’s very tough, es­pe­cially when we keep beat­ing our­selves. I feel like we’ve got a great team. We can put our­selves in a great op­por­tu­nity, but when we shoot our­selves in the foot and get be­hind in the chains, that when it forces us to punt or when we turn the ball over.

“That fourth down to McFar­land, that’s like a turnover for us. I told him he’ll bounce back and I’ll al­ways come back to him.”

Pi­grome blamed him­self for the pick­six, think­ing safety Cory Trice was go­ing to turn one way when he jumped the route.

“That was on me,” Pi­grome said. “Try­ing to get some points be­fore the half, [I] forced the in­ter­cep­tion. It was my fault.”

Plum­mer’s ca­reer day

Mak­ing only his sec­ond ca­reer start in place of Sin­de­lar, who is out in­def­i­nitely with a bro­ken clav­i­cle, red­shirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Jack Plum­mer torched Mary­land’s de­fense for 420 pass­ing yards and three touch­downs, com­plet­ing 33 of 41 at­tempts.

Se­nior tight end Brycen Hop­kins caught 10 passes for 140 yards. Fresh­man wide re­ceiver David Bell, whose role ex­panded with Moore’s knee in­jury, caught nine passes for 138 yards and two touch­downs.

The of­fen­sive per­for­mance by Pur­due didn’t sur­prise Lock­sley.

“They’ve strug­gled to run the foot­ball, but the one thing you see on film is that they have the abil­ity [to score],” he said. “The quar­ter­back’s a good thrower. He puts the ball in good po­si­tion for his re­ceivers.

“If we’re go­ing to put pres­sure on peo­ple, we’ve got to get there, No. 1, and then No. 2, we gave up so many slant routes to­day. It just shouldn’t hap­pen based on lever­age and the way we want to play.”

On top of that, the de­fense that came into the game ranked 21st in the na­tion in third-down ef­fi­ciency (31.2%) let Pur­due con­vert 11 of 18 third-down op­por­tu­ni­ties. That in­cluded the first of Bell’s touch­downs on a third-and-20 from Mary­land’s 23, which set the tone for the windy af­ter­noon.

“The thing that was dis­ap­point­ing with the de­fense is that when we cre­ated some big plays on of­fense, I just felt we were a lit­tle lethar­gic [on de­fense],” Lock­sley said. “I didn’t see the same en­ergy that our de­fense has played with, es­pe­cially early in the game.”


Mary­land’s Deon Jones is too late to pre­vent Pur­due’s David Bell from div­ing into the end zone after catch­ing a pass Satur­day.

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