By Ethan Cadeaux
Entering Saturday’s noon contest against the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers, Maryland football had the opportunity to do something they had not done in 67 years: defeat a top 5 team on the road.
That streak is at least going to last a little while longer. Saturday afternoon proved to be more of the same in what is coming close to a lost season for the Terrapins, as they never really stood a chance against the Badgers, falling 38-13.
The Badgers leaned heavily on their freshman star running back Jonathan Taylor, who caused problems for the Maryland defense all afternoon long. Taylor carried the ball 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided defeat.
Maryland’s offense, which heavily relies on star receiver D.J. Moore, was unable to get the junior going all day. He finished with three receptions for just 44 yards.
The quarterback play for the Terps was sloppy once again, as sophomore Max Bortenschlager threw a pick-six on the Terps opening drive. T.J. Edwards took the sophomore’s pass 54-yards the other way for a Badgers touchdown.
Wisconsin kept the gas pedal on the entire first half, as Maryland’s only score came on a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Terps fell down 28-3 early in the third quarter and was unable to amount any sort of comeback.
Bortenschlager finished 13-30 for just 125 yards, with one touchdown in addition to the early interception.
The closest the Terps cut the lead was to 15. After Bortenschlager found Taivon Jacobs from 10 yards out midway through the third quarter. The Terps added another field goal late in the third quarter.
But the Maryland offense was nonexistent in the fourth quarter, and the Badgers answered the 10-0 Maryland run with a 10-0 run of their own.
Things don’t get much easier for the Terps, as a tough Indiana team travels to Maryland Stadium next Saturday for the Terps’ homecoming contest.