By the Numbers: Maryland's offense torched Illinois on Saturday
What a difference a week makes.
Just seven days after being held to 115 yards of offense and putting a bagel on the scoreboard in a 23-0 loss to Iowa, Maryland put together one of its best offensive performances in recent memory. The result was a 63-33 victory over Illinois and a 5-3 record.
That’s right, the Terrapins sit just one win away from bowl eligibility with four games remaining.
Maryland’s offensive numbers from Saturday’s win over the Illini were spectacular. Here’s a breakdown of just how dominant Matt Canada and the Terrapins were this weekend:
712: Total yardage gained by the Terrapins. It was their largest output of the season and most yards in a single game since 1982.
80: Conversion rate on third down. The offense succeeded on 12-of-15 third down attempts against the Illini.
63: The point total was the highest ever for Maryland in a B1G game. It’s also the most points scored since a 63-17 win over Towson last season. It’s the largest point total against an FBS team since 1954.
34.3: Yards per play for running back Javon Leake. He had 274 all-purpose yards in the win.
10.32: Maryland’s average yards per play on offense. Yes, the Terrapins averaged a first down per play against the Illini.
9: Average yards per carry. They were impossible to stop on the ground.
7: Number of 40-plus yard plays Maryland had against Illinois. Several of those resulted in touchdowns.
5: That’s how many players rushed for at least 50 yards against the Illini. Simply incredible.
3: The Terrapins punted just three times on Saturday.
0: Maryland didn’t have any turnovers against the Illini, one of the best teams at getting takeaways in the B1G.