COLLEGE PARK, MD — The Terps (3-0) turned a key Dante Trader Jr. interception in the fourth quarter into a touchdown, putting them ahead of SMU (2-1) for good in a 34-27 victory.
The two teams went punch-for-punch all game with neither able to create much separation until Maryland broke the 27-27 tie when Taulia Tagovailoa connected with Corey Dyches with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs had a chance to even it up, but the Terps forced an incompletion from Mordecai with 46 seconds left to seal the game.
The Terps were boosted by several momentum-swinging plays by the defense throughout the night to keep the potent Mustang offense in check. Maryland forced two interceptions, one fumble, three turnovers on downs and one missed field goal. Beau Brade, who had the Terps’ other interception piled up a career-high 15 tackles, the most by a Terp since 2020.
The game saw 959 yards of total offense as the Terrapins gained 439 while the Mustangs had 520.
With the win, the Terps have won five straight games, dating back to last season, for the first time since 2015-16. Maryland is also 3-0 for the second year in a row, setting up a huge showdown with No. 4 Michigan in Ann Arbor next week for FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff Game.
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