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grad­u­ate trans­fer quar­ter­back Josh Jack­son, who made his first start since suf­fer­ing a sprained an­kle Oct. 5 at Rut­gers, Mary­land’s last win. “You can see progress. You can see us drive the field on a great defense, a very-well coached defense. Just lit­tle things we have to fin­ish. We’ll con­tinue to get bet­ter. A young team, we’ve just got to con­tinue to keep work­ing.”

Asked how he re­acted to his team get­ting down early again, Lock­sley said, “I try to prac­tice what I preach. I didn’t look at the score­board. Ob­vi­ously I’m dis­ap­pointed when the ball goes run­ning down the field on the first kick­off re­turn. It’s ‘so-what, now-what.’ We can’t fold the tent and the game is over.

“You just keep play­ing the game. As I told the guys, you don’t want to look up and worry about the score. Or worry about the cul­mi­na­tion of it un­til ze­ros [are] on the clock. I think that’s where I saw us make strides as a team to­day and that’s the stan­dard [to] which we’re go­ing to play around here.”

It was the fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games for Mary­land (3-6, 1-5), which now must play at No. 3 Ohio State next Satur­day. The only touch­down for the Terps came on their own 97-yard kick­off re­turn by ju­nior run­ning back Javon Leake in the fourth quar­ter. Michi­gan (7-2, 4-2) won for the fifth time in six games.

“Dis­ap­pointed ob­vi­ously with the score, the out­come of the game, but not with the ef­fort, which for me was some­thing I need to see from our team, and some­thing I didn’t see last week,” Lock­sley said, re­fer­ring to a 52-10 loss to the then-No. 17 Golden Go­phers.

“We took a step for­ward in terms of the type of ef­fort we need to play with for 60 min­utes. And play­ing with heart and play­ing with pride, and I saw that all the way to the end.”

Dead zone

In open­ing the sea­son with one-sided vic­to­ries over Howard and then-No. 21 Syra­cuse, Mary­land’s of­fense missed only one of 14 op­por­tu­ni­ties to score touch­downs in the red zone. Since then, the Terps are 8 of 18, in­clud­ing 0 for 3 against Michi­gan.

The first two trips came with Mary­land al­ready down 14-0., the third when the game was long over.

On the first, Jack­son was hit as he threw on third-and-7 from the Michi­gan 12, the wob­bly pass be­ing in­ter­cepted by Michi­gan se­nior safety Josh Metel­lus. On the sec­ond, Jack­son was sacked on third-and-10 from the 11, and sopho­more kicker Joseph Petrino missed a 37-yard field goal.

“The red zone, a cou­ple of plays, you don’t ex­e­cute, you don’t get any points,” said

Jack­son. “That’s our job, we can’t leave it on the kicker. On the pick, I guess I got to get the ball out a lit­tle faster. It’s just us, we’ve got to ex­e­cute bet­ter. We’ve got to see it and get the ball in the end zone.”

Af­ter get­ting in for just one se­ries last week, Jack­son played nearly the en­tire game. He fin­ished 9 of 20 for 97 yards, get­ting sacked four times. His re­turn came against a team he grew up root­ing for and where his fa­ther, Fred, was an as­sis­tant coach for 23 years.

Asked if there was any­thing spe­cial play­ing against the Wolver­ines, Jack­son said, “Yeah, I re­ally wanted this one. I grew up in Schem­bech­ler Hall, which is very im­por­tant to me. … I def­i­nitely wore that uni­form as a kid. Dad coached there my whole life. It was cool, but it ob­vi­ously means noth­ing that we lost.”

LeGen­dre im­presses

Per­haps the most in­trigu­ing part of the game for the Terps was the appearance of fresh­man quar­ter­back Lance LeGen­dre, a for­mer four-star prospect who signed with Mary­land on the sec­ond sign­ing day in Fe­bru­ary af­ter it was ru­mored that he was headed to Florida State.

LeGen­dre came in early in the game and ran a cou­ple of plays in the red zone and then fin­ished the game for Jack­son. He wound up rush­ing seven times for 45 yards, and had the Terps on the verge of scor­ing a late touch­down when time ran out.

“That’s a spe­cial guy right there,” Leake said. “I can’t wait for him to get go­ing. He’s a young guy, but he’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a great player for Mary­land one day.”

Spring­ing Leake

For the sec­ond time this sea­son and third time in his ca­reer, Leake had a kick­off re­turn for a touch­down. Leake, who had a 100-yard re­turn against Rut­gers this sea­son and an­other 97-yard re­turn against Illi­nois last sea­son, tied Tor­rey Smith for first place among Mary­land kick re­turn­ers in a ca­reer.

“It’s al­ways fun, know­ing you’re go­ing to go out with your broth­ers and they’re go­ing to block for you,” said Leake, who had just 38 yards rush­ing on seven car­ries. “You just try to make a play. It’s al­ways fun to do that, just take it to the house.”

When told that he tied Smith, Leake smiled.

“That’s crazy,” he said. “I used to watch all the GOATs, kick re­turn­ers that were here — Will Likely, Ty John­son, Tor­rey Smith. I just looked up to them guys and pic­ture my­self do­ing it be­fore I got here and it’s ac­tu­ally turned out well.”

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