Rapid Reaction: Maryland dominates Kent State as Terps remain undefeated
Final score: Maryland 37, Kent State 16
Brief recap: This game was never in doubt. Maryland opened up a 24-9 lead in the first half and then cruised to a 37-16 victory after the break. Taulia Tagovailoa was excellent again, throwing for 384 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Key player: Who else? It has to be Tagovailoa, who continues to prove he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten. He has over 300 passing yards in three of Maryland’s four games this season, with the lone exception coming in a blowout win over Howard. He was effective in this game even without much production from Rakim Jarrett, who caught just one pass for six yards.
Key moment: Tayon Fleet-Davis scored a touchdown 12:03 left in the second quarter to make it a 21-6 game. That capped a 3-play, 74-yard drive and the Terps never looked back. Fleet-Davis added one more touchdown in the third quarter to punctuate a very effective day for him on the ground.
Key stat: 2-for-6 — that’s what Kent State’s offense was on 4th down in this game. Kent State moved the ball efficiently vs. the Terps, totaling 458 yards on the day. But the Golden Flashes weren’t able to finish drives often enough, and that showed up on the score board.
What it means: Maryland is now 4-0 and remains amongst the Big Ten’s undefeated teams. The Terps clearly have something going in Year 3 under Mike Locksley and will look to move to 5-0 next week against Iowa.