Terps Shell Purdue
by Mike Mitchell
If you're not playing for a national championship, perhaps this is what a bowl game is for. Maryland found a little redemption in its 24-7 Champs Sports Bowl victory over Purdue.
The Terrapins ended the regular season with consecutive losses to Boston College and Wake Forest that knocked them out of the ACC Championship game. The bowl win had to help them feel a lot better about themselves.
Maryland played, perhaps, its best game of the year. Sam Hollenbach threw two touchdown passes on a 223-yard night. Lance Ball ran for 98 yards and Keon Lattimore added 86 as Maryland had the ball for nearly 40 of the game's 60 minutes.
Meanwhile, Purdue missed a field goal in the first quarter and fell behind 21-0 before scoring its only touchdown just seconds before halftime. On its first possession of the second half, the Boilermakers lost a fumble at the end of a 31-yard pass play. That seemed to kill their last chance at grabbing some momentum. For the game, Purdue managed just 21 yards rushing.
Purdue's third consecutive bowl loss dropped its record to 8-6. Maryland's third straight bowl win improved the Terps final mark to 9-4.
ACC teams have won each of the last four Champs Sports Bowls.