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go­ing into this game, be­cause of the style of play they had on of­fense, we would have lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Go­phers con­trolled pos­ses­sion for nearly 43 min­utes, run­ning 76 plays to just 46 for the Terps, out­gain­ing Lock­sley’s team 498 yards to 210, in­clud­ing 321 yards rush­ing on 54 car­ries com­pared to just 79. Min­nesota was 7 of 11 con­vert­ing on third down, to just 2 of 11 for Mary­land.

“They con­trolled the tempo, so it was up to us to get off the field on de­fense, which we didn’t do,” Lock­sley said. “We gave up [more than] 300 yards rush­ing, that tells the story for us. We haven’t given up more than 200 yards rush­ing in a game. I thought we got out­phys­i­caled to­day up front. Any­time there’s a dif­fer­ence of 42 min­utes pos­ses­sion to 17, it doesn’t bode well for you.”

Said red­shirt sopho­more run­ning back An­thony McFar­land Jr., who re­turned from miss­ing last week’s game with a sprained an­kle to rush for 38 yards on 10 car­ries: “Shouts out to Min­nesota. They played harder than us to­day. They were the bet­ter team. They were more dis­ci­plined. A lot of times when we get down and take th­ese tough losses, it’s be­cause we beat our­selves. We’ve got to give our­selves a chance to be in the ball­game.”

The loss was the fifth in the past six games for Mary­land (3-5, 1-4) and all but wiped out any chance of reach­ing a bowl game in Lock­sley’s first year. Win­ning its 10th straight game dat­ing back to last sea­son, Min­nesota (8-0, 5-0) will have a week off be­fore host­ing No. 6 Penn State. The Terps will host No. 19 Michi­gan (5-2, 3-2 Big Ten) Satur­day.

“This team is not go­ing to give up, ob­vi­ously it’s dis­ap­point­ing to see us play the way we did to­day,” Lock­sley said. “Where I thought we took some steps for­ward last week to not play­ing to the cir­cum­stances of the game. The tipped ball on the first drive re­sults in an in­ter­cep­tion and the flood gates kind of opened up. Last week I thought we bat­tled a lit­tle bet­ter and didn’t play to the sit­u­a­tion. To­day I didn’t see that.”

Said fifth-year se­nior of­fen­sive line­man El­lis McKen­nie (McDonogh): “That’s some­thing the lead­er­ship on this team has to take, you can put that on us. We have to make sure that the team can stay fo­cused no mat­ter what the score of the game is. Whether that’s prepa­ra­tion through­out the week, know­ing that we’re trust­ing of the game plan or just in the game mak­ing those type of ad­just­ments and not fo­cus on the score of the game and just keep play­ing. “

STACY BENGS/AP

Min­nesota wide re­ceiver Seth Green, left, cel­e­brates with Brevyn Spann-Ford af­ter scor­ing a touch­down against Mary­land on Satur­day.

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