- The Washington Times - Monday, November 2, 2020

After becoming the first Maryland football quarterback to eclipse 300 passing yards since 2013, Taulia Tagovailoa earned Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday, sharing the award with Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

Tagovailoa helped the Terrapins jump out to an early lead, then orchestrated a 17-point fourth quarter comeback against Minnesota on Friday night. He finished with 394 yards and three touchdowns through the air and another 59 yards and two scores on the ground — including the game-winning touchdown in overtime, diving to reach the pylon.

The sophomore transfer from Alabama struggled in his Maryland debut, throwing three interceptions in a season-opening loss to Northwestern. But his Week 2 jump delivers hope of stability at a position that has often been defined by its instability in College Park.

Tagovailoa became the third Big Ten player in the last 20 seasons to throw for at least 350 yards and three touchdowns and add two rushing scores in a single game. In 2018, former Ohio State and current Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins also compiled a stat line that dominant — and it came at Maryland’s expense, a 52-51 win for the Buckeyes in overtime.

 



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