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Maryland’s Perry Hills exits against Michigan after uncalled late hit

01 October 2016: Maryland Terrapins quarterback Perry Hills (11) in action against the Purdue Boilermakers at Capital One Field in College Park, MD. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire)
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Maryland Terrapins’ head coach D.J. Durkin will be heated at halftime after his starting quarterback was knocked out of Saturday’s game in the second quarter. Perry Hills was the victim of some chippy play from the Michigan Wolverines’ defense that has since taken the passer out of the game for the second half in what has been a blowout in Ann Arbor.

Wolverines’ defensive lineman Chase Winovich took out Hills with a late hit on a screen pass as the collision will have a major impact on the final two quarters of play. Now without their starter under center, the Terrapins face a big halftime deficit on the road that will have to be addressed by their backup.

Caleb Rowe will be the man tasked with Maryland’s comeback attempt with Hills now on the sideline. Rowe has plenty of experience as a fifth-year senior who has 394 passing attempts in his Maryland career. That experience will be needed for the rest of the game with the Terrapins in a big hole on the road to a Michigan team that has run up the score all season under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

With the Wolverines up 35-0 at halftime, Rowe needs to do some much-needed damage control for the Terrapins to avoid an embarrassment. The late hit to Hills is salt in the wounds on what will be the worst Saturday of the season for a Maryland program that has been on the rise for much of 2016 with a 5-3 record. Without Hills, Maryland could be headed for an even more lopsided score in the second half of a game that has been a laugher thus far.

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