Maryland aims to stay unbeaten vs. road-tested Kent State

After quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa helped engineer a late comeback over Illinois to keep Maryland undefeated, the Terrapins will return home Saturday to close out their nonconference schedule against Kent State in College Park, Md.Maryland (3-0) got by the Fighting Illini 20-17 Friday night on a last-second field goal by Joseph Petrino at Champaign, Ill. The Terrapins trailed by a touchdown until 2:13 to play.Tagovailoa said the adversity “could do great things for us” as the season develops.”We played together as a team,” Tagovailoa said. “As an offense we felt like we didn’t play our best game, but I think the one thing that helped us through is our brotherhood and playing for each other.”It helps the second-year starting quarterback that Maryland boasts two of the Big Ten’s most productive receivers. Dontay Demus Jr. leads the league with 112.7 receiving yards per game, while Rakim Jarrett, a former five-star recruit, ranks sixth at 86.3. Demus and Jarrett’s combined 597 total receiving yards represent the second most of any duo in the Power 5 conferences, according to Maryland.Demus and Jarrett are dynamic with the ball in their hands, Kent State coach Sean Lewis said.