Maryland beat 15 penalty kicks in a 34-27 win over SMU

COLLEGE PARK, MD (AP) – It was a game that unfolded largely as advertised: Taulia Tagovailoa and Tanner Mordecai – two talented quarterbacks who lead explosive but flawed teams – demonstrated their ability to move the ball quickly and effectively as they avoid fouls.

Mordecai passed for more yards and more touchdowns, but he also ran the ball three times.

Tagoviloa threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Corey Desch with 7:30 remaining, and Maryland held out for a 34-27 win over SMU on Saturday night. Roman Hempey ran for 151 yards and fell to Terrapin, who rounded out 15 penalties.

“We didn’t play our best football today. Let’s not get it wrong. A lot of mistakes, a lot of penalty kicks, a lot of transitions,” Maryland coach Michael Locksley said. “But it was against a really good team. … to find a way to win, we needed a match like this.”

Mustangs (2-1) had three out of five turnovers in the game, and lost the ball on touchdown Maryland 9 when Mordecai’s fourth pass flew into the end zone high with 2:31 remaining.