COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) After watching Maryland ring up 34 points and 379 yards, Terrapins interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada pulled a reverse and spoke glowingly about the defense.
And why not? Maryland picked off five passes, yielded only 179 yards and took a shutout into the final minute of a 34-7 rout of Rutgers on Saturday.
"We played exceptionally well and unbelievably well on defense," Canada said. "On offense, we scored enough points to win the game."
A Rutgers touchdown with 43 seconds remaining ended Maryland's bid for its first shutout since a 37-0 win over West Virginia on Sept. 21, 2013.
"We have a great defense, we have a great offense," declared Johnson, who had 121 yards on the ground by halftime.
Rutgers (1-6, 0-4) lost its sixth straight. Freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski was pulled late in the third quarter after going 2 for 16 for 8 yards and four interceptions.
"When you struggle to run the ball and protect the quarterback, and you struggle to get open against man-coverage and make turnovers, it's going to be tough to win the game," Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. "We've got to figure out something offensively to move the ball consistently and score some points." >> Read more
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