Fifth string quarterback Ryan Brand made his first career start in Maryland’s 35-10 loss to Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
“I can’t say enough about how our offense and defense keeps competing. Ryan Brand, a guy that started the year a fifth string quarterback, started against one of the best defenses in the country did well for the most part,” Durkin said. “There were drives we should have finished and we say all the time ‘when we turn the ball over, it’s hard to win games’ and we did that.”
Brand, who started in place of Max Bortenschlager, went 16-34 with 136 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Brand’s first collegiate touchdown came in the third quarter when he found wide receiver Taivon Jacobs for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
“I was trying to take it one play at a time and one drive at a time,” Brand said. “I tried not to think about the scoreboard as much.”
Michigan used a strong second quarter to separate itself from the Terps. The Wolverines scored three touchdowns in four minutes to take a 28-0 lead going into halftime.
Running back Chris Evans, who finished with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, ran one-yard into the end zone. Maryland was called for illegal motion after recovering a fumble on a punt, which led to Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters’ 33-yard touchdown pass to Zach Gentry.
Maryland didn’t put points on the board until the final seconds of the third quarter when senior kicker Henry Darmstadter converted a 20-yard field goal.
Terps’ running back Lorenzo Harrison tallied 81 yards on 12 attempts, while junior Ty Johnson rushed for 71 yards and reached the 2,000-yard career milestone.
“When playing a good defense, there are not a lot of big holes,” Harrison said. “You just got to stay patient and take advantage when the opportunity arises.”
The Terps struggled on third down as they went 3-16. However, Maryland managed to go 3-4 on fourth down conversions.
Maryland outscored the Wolverines 10-7 in the second half and kept them scoreless in the third quarter.
“We all came together and said ‘the game is not too far out,’ ” Harrison said. “We started making plays on both sides of the ball.”
The road ahead for the Terps doesn’t look easy as they face Michigan State next week before ending the season at home against Penn State on Nov. 25.