that’s on coaching — that’s on me,” first-year coach Mike Locksley said. “I’ve got to get these guys to be able to play in critical situations and perform at [the] level they’re capable of in critical times.”
A pair of turnovers in the final minutes — a fumble by junior running back Javon Leake at his team’s 18-yard line with 2 minutes, 49 seconds remaining, which the Hoosiers converted into a field goal, and an interception by redshirt junior quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome a minute later — sealed Maryland’s fate and added to Locksley’s mounting frustration.
Calling it a “disappointing loss at home” while also crediting Indiana, Locksley said: “We made it a four-quarter game, something that we haven’t done around here this year, but [we] didn’t make the plays when we had opportunity. We had two drives there at the end to win the ballgame and we didn’t get it done.”
Of the turnovers, Locksley said: “Good teams don’t beat themselves and we continue to do so. I’ve got to get us fixed . ... As a coaching staff, we’ve got a find a way to get these guys to play to a level they need to play in critical situations to come away with wins.”
The late fumble by Leake, the first by the Terps this season, ruined an otherwise spectacular performance. With his role expanded by McFarland’s injury, Leake rushed 23 times for 158 yards — both career highs — and scored two touchdowns, including a 60-yard run in the second
Indiana wide receiver Donavan Hale reaches the end zone Saturday despite having Maryland defensive back Nick Cross draped on him.