Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard self-discipline aim as time expired to spice up Maryland over Illinois 20-17 on Friday night time.

But the win didn’t come simple for the Terrapins (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) of their convention opener.

GREAT DEFENSE

The first half featured spectacular defensive play by each groups. The Illinois secondary was considerably sturdy, and Tagovailoa had a difficult time discovering open receivers down self-discipline.

“Credit to Maryland, obviously they did enough in the end to execute to win,” Bielema mentioned. “I thought our guys on a short week did a lot of good preparation and got to where we want to be. Defensively, I thought we came out and did some things in the first half to limit their opportunities offensively. Unfortunately, we stalled out in some red areas.”

THE TAKEAWAY

It was a tricky loss for an Illinois group clearly prepared for a superior opponent, whereas Maryland ought to ponder itself fortunate to flee with a win.

UP NEXT

Maryland: Hosts Kent State on Sept. 25

Illinois: Travels to Purdue for yet one more Big Ten matchup on Sept. 25.