The Maryland football team celebrated another victory in the Music City Bowl, defeating Auburn with a final score of 31-13. The Terps' win marked their third consecutive bowl victory, a first in program history. In addition, Maryland achieved back-to-back seasons with eight wins for the first time since 2002 and 2003.
The success of the team was not solely reliant on their star quarterback, Taulia Tagovailoa, who opted to skip the bowl game to focus on his NFL prospects. Instead, backups Billy Edwards Jr. and Cameron Edge stepped up and delivered impressive performances. Edwards, a redshirt sophomore who transferred from Wake Forest, and Edge, a redshirt freshman, combined for 10 completions, 283 yards, and three touchdowns. Edwards even became the first Terps quarterback to have a touchdown pass and run in a bowl game since 2004.
Coach Mike Locksley expressed his satisfaction with the quarterbacks' performances, acknowledging that there were teaching moments throughout the game. He recognized their growth and the resilience of the team as a whole.
In the first half, Edwards and Edge led the offense to an explosive start, scoring three touchdowns in the first 12 minutes. The team's 21-0 lead in the first quarter set a new bowl record for the most points scored in that period. The offense slowed down in the second half, but the defense picked up the slack, with Glendon Miller returning an interception for a touchdown and other players making key defensive plays.
The victory over Auburn further solidified Maryland's place in the college football landscape. With their continued success, the Terps are building a promising future for the program. The team, under the leadership of Coach Locksley, is determined to bring football glory to the school and their fans.
Despite the challenges faced and the improvements to be made, the win against Auburn was a testament to the team's resilience and dedication. Every player stepped up and contributed to the victory. The Maryland football program has shown once again that they are a force to be reckoned with on the gridiron.
Congratulations to Coach Norris and the entire Maryland football team on their remarkable performance and another well-deserved bowl victory.