BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Following an injury to Taulia Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter, Billy Edwards Jr. stepped in and led a game-winning drive to lift Maryland past Indiana 38-33 on Saturday.
After getting hit as he threw a pass, Tagovailoa was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury with just over 14 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Tagovailoa had been the Terrapins’ main source of offense, throwing for 270 yards with two touchdowns and running for another score.
In his place, Edwards entered the game with Maryland down 27-24 and immediately started making plays, scrambling for 10 yards on his first touch of the day. Although the initial drive ended in a punt, Maryland quickly got the ball back after forcing an Indiana punt. A 31-yard run by Edwards got Maryland inside the Indiana 5-yard line and two plays later, Roman Hemby punched in the go-ahead score with just over five minutes left on the clock.
On the ensuing Indiana possession, Connor Bazelak completed a short pass to Coby Andison but he was quickly met by Fa’Najae Gotay who forced a fumble that was recovered by Maryland. The Terrapins added an insurance touchdown when Edwards ran it in himself from 3 yards out.
Edwards finished with no completions on three attempts but ran the ball five times for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Maryland: Tagovailoa’s health and availability over the coming weeks will be paramount for the Terrapins to remain competitive through their difficult November schedule.
Indiana: The Hoosiers’ offense continued to struggle when it mattered most, struggling in the fourth quarter on Saturday after failing to score in the second half in each of its last two games. Down by four with 5 1/2 minutes left, Indiana had the ball with a chance to put together a go-ahead drive, but a fumble on the second play of the drive allowed Maryland to take possession and bleed the clock.
Maryland: Returns home to host Northwestern on Saturday.
Indiana: Travels to Piscataway, New Jersey for a matchup with Rutgers.