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As welcome as Tate’s return was to teammates, it was at least a mild relief for himself after missing 11 games and almost a full year.

“Yeah, definitely,” Tate said. “I just felt comfortable. Football is like my release so all the emotion and everything is definitely sorted out on the field.”

NOTES: Redshirt freshman Brandon Ross rushed for 52 yards while making his college debut. The Terps have started three tailbacks (Ross, Justus Pickett and Albert Reid) in four games; Maryland used only three starting tailbacks in its previous 50 games entering the season.

Perry Hills’ 305 passing yards against West Virginia rank as the No. 2 single-game performance among Maryland freshmen. Danny O’Brien threw for 417 yards against N.C. State in 2010.

Redshirt freshman guard Andrew Zeller made his debut, working in on a few series at right guard in the second half.