Maryland (3-0, 0-0 B1G) at #4 Michigan (3-0, 0-0 B1G) September 24, 2022
12:10 pm EDT
COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland football team will open Big Ten play on Saturday, Sept. 24 as the Terrapins (3-0) travel to No. 4 Michigan (3-0). The game, set to kick at Noon, will be broadcast on FOX and the Maryland Sports Radio Network.
GAME 4 STORYLINES
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
QB Taulia Tagovailoa has established himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the country, currently standing third in the nation in completion percentage (77.3), 13th in passing efficiency (180.7), 14th in total offense (316.3), 15th in passing yards per game (298.3) and 24th in completions per game (22.67).
Tagovailoa was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after a 27-for-31, 391 yard, 5 TD (4 passing) performance in a 56-21 win over Charlotte. The redshirt junior’s 87-percent completion percentage was the best in program history with a minimum of 15 attempts. This mark’s Tagovailoa’s second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award (11/1/20), becoming the first Terp to win the award twice.
The Ewa Beach, HI native rewrote the Maryland record books in 2021, setting five program records. The All-Big Ten honoree reached the top of the Maryland single-season record book in passing yards (3,860), completions (328), completion percentage (69.2%), touchdowns (26, tied with Scott Milanovich, 1993) and 300-yard passing games (7).
In his third season as a Terp, Tagovailoa stands first in program lore in career completion percentage (68.9%), second in career 300-yard passing games (9), third in career passing touchdowns (39), third in career completions (471) and fourth in career passing yards (5,766). Tagovailoa became the quickest Maryland quarterback ever to eclipse the 5,000 career yards mark in the season opener against Buffalo.
In the Terps last game vs. SMU, true freshman linebacker Jaishawn Barhamtotaled 12 tackles (seven solo), the most by a Maryland true freshman since long-time NFL linebacker D’Qwell Jackson also had 12 (10 solo) on August 31, 2002 vs. Notre Dame.
Barham has started in all three games for the Terps, standing second on the team with 16 tackles (nine solo) and tallying a sack and pass breakup.
DB Beau Brade had an outstanding game vs. SMU, totaling 15 tackles (seven solo), an interception, a forced fumble and two pass breakups, the first Big Ten player to have 15 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble since at least 1998 and the first FBS player since USC’s Talanoa Hufanga (12/12/20 vs. UCLA).
Brade is also the first Terp with 15 tackles and an interception since Tre Watson on October 20, 2018, against Iowa.
DB Jakorian Bennett led all Power Five players with 16 pass breakups last season. In 12 games played, Bennett had 13 pass breakups and three interceptions, for an average of 1.3 pass breakups per game.
The senior had five games with at least two pass breakups, tied for the third-most in the country. Bennett’s 16 pass breakups were the most by a Terp since Domonique Foxworth had 22 in 2002.
In Week One against Buffalo, Bennett recorded five pass breakups, the most by a Terp since Tino Ellis also had five against Minnesota in 2018. Bennett’s five breakups were the second-most by any player in the country in Week One, only trailing Joey Porter Jr. of Penn State, and its tied for the second-most by any Big Ten player since 2015.
Bennett now has 21 pass breakups since the beginning of 2021, the most in the country.
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RB Roman Hembyhas had an electric start to the 2022 season, currently standing third in the nation in yards per carry, averaging 9.19 yards per rush, only trailing Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton (11.13) and East Carolina’s Keaton Mitchell (9.29).
Hemby has two runs over 50 yards (70 vs. Buffalo, 50 vs. SMU), tied for the second-most such runs in the country, only trailing Singleton (Penn State).
The redshirt freshman was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in Week One after a seven-carry, 114-yard, two-touchdown performance vs. Buffalo, including a 70-yard touchdown run, Maryland’s longest in three years. Hemby starred yet again in last week’s win vs. SMU, rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries (9.4 ypc) and catching four passes for 62 yards.