Maryland hires Alabama coordinator Mike Locksley as coach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its football coach Tuesday night, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program's recent history.
Maryland takes final shot at bowl eligibility vs Penn State
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — No matter how Maryland fares in the regular season finale against No. 15 Penn State, it won't change the pride that interim coach Matt Canada feels about how his players have performed under extremely difficult circumstances.
The death of teammate Jordan McNair, two external investigations involving the football program and the dismissal of head coach DJ Durkin combined to make this a season an emotional roller coaster for the Terrapins.
No. 9 Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland 52-51
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace.
Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it — one way or another.
A gutsy decision by Maryland interim coach Matt Canada did not achieve the desired results, and the Buckeyes avoided one of the most stunning upsets in this college football season by squeezing out a 52-51 victory in overtime on Saturday.
More angst at Maryland: QB Hill out for season with torn ACL
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — During a harsh season in which the Maryland football team has been forced to deal with an array of setbacks — none worse than the death of player Jordan McNair — the Terrapins have repeatedly showed their resiliency.
Bowl hopes for Maryland, Indiana could rest on next game
The glaring numbers put everything in perspective this weekend.
Indiana coach Tom Allen and Maryland interim coach Matt Canada know their teams desperately need momentum heading into the season's final month and understand how crucial the outcome of Saturday's game could be.
The winner could be bowl-bound. The loser may be relegated to a longer-than-expected offseason and both coaches know it, even if they choose to downplay the significance of how everything adds up in this game.
For Maryland’s interim coach, the future is 1 day at a time
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada faces an uncertain future, despite keeping the football team together and forging a winning record amid the chaos surrounding the program.
Michigan St stuffs Maryland after tumultuous week for Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A tumultuous week for Maryland ended with a sobering defeat.
Michigan State capped a rough stretch for the unsettled Terrapins football program, using a stout defensive performance to secure a 24-3 victory on Saturday.
The Terrapins (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) managed only 100 yards and nine first downs for interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
Maryland turns focus to Michigan State during ongoing saga
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's frayed football program turns its attention to a game after a tumultuous week in the midst of a surreal season that seems to have little immediate hope of achieving a sense of normalcy.
Leake scores 4 TDs to help Maryland beat Illinois 63-33
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland opened up its passing game and fortified an already formidable running attack with seldom-used Javon Leake.
The result was a feel-good 63-33 rout over Illinois, one that was definitely worth singing about well into Saturday night.
"The locker room, we're in there singing that (Maryland fight) song, those guys are excited," interim coach Matt Canada said. "We found a way to win. We played good on offense, good on defense, good on special teams."
Illinois, Maryland matchup could come down to ground game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When Illinois and Maryland meet on the football field for the first time Saturday, they will find the similarities in the teams run deep — with emphasis on the word "run."
Led by junior Reggie Corbin, who averages 7.89 yards per carry, Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 226.1 yards rushing per game. Maryland, behind the versatile Ty Johnson, is one notch back with 219.9.
For Big 10 coaches, mum’s the word on being bowl eligible
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Garnering the six wins necessary to become bowl eligible is a goal of every Big Ten coach.
Once a team gets there, the feat is celebrated. Until that happens, most coaches have no desire to discuss the possibility.
Canada shoulders blame for sputtering Maryland offense
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada came up with all sorts of reasons why the Terrapins' offense has been extremely inconsistent.
After talking Tuesday about the harsh wind in the game against Iowa, the Hawkeyes' ball control and the failure to get star running back Ty Johnson involved, Canada finally conceded, "We had a bad game, and ultimately it's on me."
Surprising Maryland excels under unusual circumstances
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When he first got the job as Maryland's interim football coach, Matt Canada decided it would be best to handle the uncertainty of the position one day at a time.
The days turned into months. Now, with the Terrapins are halfway through their schedule, Canada's status — and approach — remains unchanged.
"Right now, as a football program we're working as hard as we can do the best job we can today," Canada said Tuesday. "Tomorrow, we'll see what tomorrow is."
Hill throws 3 TD passes as Maryland beats Rutgers 34-7
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — After watching Maryland ring up 34 points and 379 yards, Terrapins interim coach and offensive coordinator Matt Canada pulled a reverse and spoke glowingly about the defense.
And why not? Maryland picked off five passes, yielded only 179 yards and took a shutout into the final minute of a 34-7 rout of Rutgers on Saturday.
"We played exceptionally well and unbelievably well on defense," Canada said. "On offense, we scored enough points to win the game."
Maryland faces Rutgers at ‘special’ homecoming for Terps
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada expects this to be a "special" homecoming for Maryland, for reasons that extend beyond what happens on the field in a matchup with Rutgers.
Playing the dual role of interim coach and offensive coordinator, Canada has kept the Terrapins (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) in contention for a bowl bid during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair.
Maryland employs QB shuffle in effort to fix passing game
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland interim coach Matt Canada has used both his quarterbacks in all five games this season, jockeying between Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome in an effort to get more production from an offense that has relied heavily on the run.
Both quarterbacks run well, yet neither has distinguished himself as the passer the Terrapins (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) desperately need.
Maryland’s biggest challenge so far: No. 15 Michigan on road
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Following a victory over Minnesota and a refreshing week off, Maryland is poised to take its initial plunge into the Big Ten East.
The Terrapins (3-1, 1-0) are on the road Saturday against No. 15 Michigan, one of four teams in the East Division ranked in the Top 25.
"Jump in the deep water with the big sharks, right?" interim coach Matt Canada said Tuesday. "That's what you want to do. You want to play the best and you want to be around the best."
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Maryland blasts previously unbeaten Minnesota 42-13
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — During a season unlike any other, the Maryland football team has showed its mettle by responding positively to a variety of challenges.
Playing for a fallen teammate under an interim coach, the Terrapins came out Saturday looking for a bounce-back victory and got it, walloping previously unbeaten Minnesota 42-13.
Rolling up 432 yards and playing turnover-free football, Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) looked nothing like the team that lost badly to Temple one week earlier.
Minnesota, Maryland launch Big Ten play with heavy hearts
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland and Minnesota open Big Ten play Saturday sharing an unwanted bond: Both are mourning the loss of a teammate.
The Terrapins (2-1) have dedicated their season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who died of heatstroke two weeks after collapsing during a conditioning drill on May 29.
Maryland seeks 3-0 start under Canada in matchup with Temple
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada's success as Maryland interim football coach can be attributed in part to his prowess as an offensive coordinator.
While Canada is earning high marks for bringing the players and coaching staff together under trying circumstances, his main contribution to the Terrapins' 2-0 start is designing an attack that's averaging 39.5 points and 486 yards per game.
Maryland finds way to win during decidedly ‘unique’ season
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland has started what the Terrapins interim coach describes as a "unique" season unbeaten and is garnering votes in the Top 25 poll while playing for fallen teammate Jordan McNair and without head coach DJ Durkin.
After opening with an upset of then-No. 23 Texas and using a big second half to beat Bowling Green 45-14 last week, the Terrapins open their home schedule Saturday against winless Temple.
Maryland, No. 5 Ohio State use game day as welcome escape
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After enduring a harrowing summer of scrutiny and change, Maryland and No. 5 Ohio State finally got to play a football game.
It was a welcome respite. As a bonus, both Big Ten teams fashioned a victory worth savoring.
Playing under interim coach Matt Canada, Maryland launched a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair with a 34-29 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Maryland stuns No. 23 Texas 34-29 for interim coach Canada
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — It was one of those rare occurrences when the sequel proved even more impressive than the original.
Maryland emerged from a trying offseason with an emotionally charged 34-29 upset of No. 23 Texas on Saturday, shaking off a lengthy weather delay to provide Matt Canada a satisfying victory in his debut at the Terrapins' interim coach.
No. 23 Texas seeks revenge in another opener vs Maryland
No. 23 Texas (7-6 last season) vs. Maryland (4-8) at Landover, Maryland, noon ET (FS1)
Maryland interim coach Canada juggles many tasks in new role
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Canada is plenty busy, and he has been for days.
As interim coach of the Maryland football team, Canada is not just putting in a game plan for Saturday's opener against No. 23 Texas. He is also fulfilling his duties as offensive coordinator and, most importantly, making sure the players stay focused during a season dedicated to fallen teammate Jordan McNair — a season that will start with head coach DJ Durkin on leave and the subject of an investigation.