SU football one win away from a bowl game after 20-3 win over Maryland

The SU offense celebrates after a touchdown over Maryland

The SU football team moved one win closer to a bowl game on Saturday, defeating Maryland 20-3 in College Park. The Orange moves to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the ACC, while Maryland falls to 5-4 and 1-4 in the ACC.

The Orange took the opening kickoff and pounded the ball right down the field, going 80 yards in 16 plays. The highlight of the drive was a 22 yard completion from Terrel Hunt to Brisly Estime, who broke a tackle and got to the Maryland 8 yard line.

On 3rd and Goal, the Orange once again pulled out a trick play. Hunt hit Left Tackle Sean Hickey on the left flat area, which Hickey took for no gain, who then handed the ball off to Rob Trudo who took it to the Maryland one-yard line. SU went for it on 4th and one, which Jerome Smith punched it in to make it 7-0 Orange.

On the ensuing drive, Maryland drove the ball into Syracuse territory, but a Dyshawn Davis sack on C.J. Brown forced a Terrapin punt. After the Orange couldn't get much going on offense, Maryland once again drove into Syracuse territory. A C.J. Brown pass on 3rd and 9 fell incomplete, forcing a field goal from the Orange 24. But, Brad Craddock's 42 yard attempt sailed well left of the upright, averting the Maryland threat.

The two teams exchanged punts, and on the Orange's next possession Jerome Smith was tackled in the backfield by Andrew Monroe, who forced a fumble, which Alex Twine recovered, giving Maryland the ball on their own 36-yard line.

The SU defense stepped up once again, as Durell Eskridge intercepted a Brown pass in the end zone on 3rd and 10. With 6:00 minutes to play in the half, the Orange still held a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing Orange possession, Jarrod West made an amazing catch on the sideline to put the Orange in Maryland territory. But, one play later Terrel Hunt tried and failed to complete a pass to Ashton Broyld, a ball that was intercepted by William Likely.

After getting down to the Syracuse 36 yard line, C.J. Brown threw an interception of his own, Julian Whigham jumped an out route, giving the Orange possession once again, but SU was forced to a 3-and-out.

Maryland took over on their own 23 yard line, but the turnover bug bit once again. C.J. Brown completed a pass to Amba Etta-Tawo for 15 yards. Right when Etta-Tawo caught the ball, Darius Kelly delivered a big hit, forcing a fumble that Marquis Spruill recovered. The Orange took over, and Ryan Norton kicked a 34 yard field goal to give Syracuse the 10-0 lead at the half.

The Terrapins started the second half on their own 25, but drove the ball down the field, all the way to the Syracuse 37 yard line. But, C.J. Brown fumbled twice in a row, the second coming when he misplayed the shotgun snap, allowing SU linebacker Cam Lynch to recover. That led to a Ryan Norton 30 yard field goal, giving SU the 13-0 lead early in the third quarter.

The teams exchanged punts and the Syracuse penalties began to add up, as first they were penalized 15 yards for kick catch interference, then a pass interference call on the first play of the Maryland drive. Using the field position, Maryland worked to the Syracuse 5-yard line, eventually having Brad Craddock make a 23 yard field goal.

Each team would punt, and the Orange would have good field position on their next possession which they used to their advantage. After starting on their own 43 yard line, Terrel Hunt made a big play, using his legs to rush for 29 yards to the Maryland 23. Two plays later Jerome Smith would break free for 21 yards and his second touchdown of the game, making the score 20-3 Orange.

Terrel Hunt finished 15/24 or 140 yards and one interception. Jerome Smith had 25 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. In the losing effort C.J. Brown had 211 yards passing, but two interceptions as well.

The Orange outrushed Maryland 229-81. But, SU racked up several penalties, 12 for 115 yards while Maryland had just two penalties for 10 yards.