Welcome back for the Young Terps postgame show, where we break down what went right and wrong in Maryland’s 31-24 loss to Michigan, and what it means for the rest of the season and program.
“I’m also proud of the way our team fought. I’m not up here to celebrate a moral victory at all, but you know what, to have a breakthrough win, our team played the script to a tee except the finish. And to me, down 20 and we still had a chance to win, our team continued to fight. We knew that we would have to take their best. We withstood the onslaught early in the first half,” head coach Mike Locksley said postgame. “Going in at halftime, we knew that coming out and scoring early and getting a three and out to get us back in the game, and we were able to do it. When you play a champion like Michigan, you’ve got to understand, they won’t give it to you and our guys need to continue to understand that we’re going to have to go take it.”
Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa accounted for all three turnovers in the loss, while it was Billy Edwards Jr. punching in all three touchdowns on the tush push. Maryland clawed back from an early 16-3 deficit and were able to find success through the air, while Beau Brade led the way on defense with a team-high 11 tackles including ten solo. Brade and the defense held up in the second half, holding Michigan to just 95 yards and three-and-outs in half of their possessions in the second half.
But late blunders, and a questionable call late, put the game into focus as Michigan escaped with the win and making the Terps winless against the Big Ten elite in 2023. What does that mean as the fans evaluate the success of the season? We give our takes and more.