It was quite the day for college football programs, and football in general, in the DMV on Saturday. You could probably say it’s the most decorative nine-hour stretch on the gridiron in our area’s existence.
Let’s run it down for you:
At 4:59 p.m. … Maryland polished off its first win over a ranked opponent in seven (!) years with the 51-41 victory over host No. 23 Texas (the last time the Terps did this, I was freshman in high school).
Not DMV natives, but Maryland natives accounted for 292 of the 482 total yards of offense and five of the seven touchdowns. Former Gilman (Baltimore) and St. John’s (D.C.) quarterback Kasim Hill came on in relief for an injured Tyrell Pigrome and completed all three of his passes for 44 yards. Hill also added a rushing touchdown to put the Terps up 44-34 with 7:36 to play. Fort Hill grad (Cumberland, Md.) Ty Johnson did his thing, going for 132 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. DeMatha grad Lorenzo Harrison contributed 45 yards on the ground and Damascus grad Jake Funk sealed the deal with a 12-yard scoring dagger, which put the Terps up by 17 with 2:08 to go. Former Duval linebacker Antoine Brooks gobbled Texas’ momentum with a 71-yard return off a blocked field goal, padding Maryland’s cushion to 21-7 early in the second quarter.
This goes to show that #TheMovement isn’t just an over-hyped hashtag to catch the attention of local recruits, but now the reason for on-field success and the program’s return to national relevance.
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) September 3, 2017
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) September 3, 2017
At around 7 p.m. … Bowie State, with the “number one offense” at the Division II level — according to the program’s quarterback coach — burned Seton Hill for 599 yards of offense and a 41-point rout. The Bulldogs play on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. next Saturday against Winston Salem at Bowman Gray Stadium …
Bowie state with the number one offense in Division 2 wins 48-7 https://t.co/9GJRgRBCOv
— Coach Nyema Washington (@NyemaWashington) September 3, 2017
At 10:16 p.m. … Towson topped cross-city foe Morgan State in a renewed rivalry dubbed the Battle for Greater Baltimore. The Tigers travel next door to College Park on Saturday to face the Terrapins. Seneca Valley (Germantown, Md.) grad Adrian Platt ran for seven yards on three carries …
— Towson Football (@Towson_FB) September 3, 2017
At 10:57 p.m. … James Madison, the reigning FCS national champions, kept its dominance ablaze in the 34-14 win over East Carolina. Running back Cardon Johnson, a Virginia native, went buck wild, zapping the Pirates for 265 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. That’s 15.6 yards per carry, for those keeping track …
At 12:18 a.m. … Alright, this is when things get crazy. Liberty, an FCS school that had a 2.2 percent chance of winning — according to ESPN’s FPI system — shocks national power Baylor, 48-45, in Waco, Texas. Virginia native Carrington Mosley rushed for 122 yards on 28 carries. It was considered as the biggest upset college football has seen in the last 10 years until…
Any given Saturday.
That's Liberty's first ever win against a Power 5 team. pic.twitter.com/osVgqaZyhJ
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 3, 2017
1:34 a.m. … The impossible became possible when Howard defied a 45-point spread against them to slip by UNLV in Las Vegas, 43-40, which became the biggest upset in college football history. Former University of Maryland defensive coordinator Mike London debuted in style as the head coach of the Bison, righting the ship for time being after the program went 2-9 last fall. Dunbar grad (Baltimore) LeLand Lassiter registered a team-high 11 tackles and Cam Newton’s little bro, Caylin Newton, exploded for 190 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while completing 15 of 26 passes for 140 yards a score.
Howard was a 45-point underdog at UNLV. Howard just beat UNLV.
That's the largest point-spread upset in college football history. pic.twitter.com/cbeyMDj5AZ
— ESPN (@espn) September 3, 2017
Cam Newton's brother Caylin is on a mission. pic.twitter.com/r4OHrj68LT
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 3, 2017
So, yeah, the DMV pulled off the two biggest upsets in college football history since 2007 …
— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) September 3, 2017
It’s a magical moment for sure, but when you break it down, it’s not surprising. The NCAA research department charted the percentage of athletes from each state recruited to play for a Division I college with data from 2013-16, and the DMV scored well in football. D.C. ranked fourth, Maryland placed fifth and Virginia checked in ninth.
Of the 394 combined players on rosters of Howard (D.C.), Liberty (Va.), JMU (Va.) and Maryland, 47.2 percent are from the DMV and 21.6 percent are from Maryland. Howard’s 84-man roster consists of 22 players from the DMV and 11 from Maryland. Liberty’s 96-man roster holds 27 players from the DMV and only one from Maryland. JMU’s 103-man roster is loaded with DMV recruits (73), with 64 from Virginia and nine from Maryland.
Maryland’s roster, meanwhile, is 58 percent DMV-bred (64 of 111), including 50 players from the Old Line State.
It’s also worth noting that 76 percent of Bowie State’s roster are Maryland natives (74 of 98).
Oh, and not to mention, Navy kick-started the year with a 42-19 dub over FAU on Friday night.
What a weekend. What a Saturday
Maryland 51, at Texas 41✅
Howard 43, at UNLV 40 ✅
Liberty 48, at Baylor 45 ✅
James Madison 34, at East Carolina 14 ✅
— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) September 3, 2017