COLLEGE PARK, Md. — William Likely set a Big Ten record with 233 yards in punt returns, Brandon Ross ran for career-high 150 yards and one touchdown as Maryland rolled to a season-opening 50-21 victory over Richmond on Saturday.
Perry Hills threw two touchdown passes for the Terrapins, who scored 37 straight points after falling behind 14-13 in the second quarter.
Likely returned eight punts, including a 67-yarder for a touchdown that made it 43-14 with 10:30 remaining. He had another return of 47 yards.
The 5-foot-7 junior also had two kickoff returns for 63 yards, giving him 296 yards in kick returns for the afternoon.
Ross averaged 8.3 yards per carry and put Maryland up 29-14 with a 21-yard TD run early in the third quarter. He eclipsed his previous career high of 149 yards before the quarter ended.
Making his first start since 2012, Hills completed 12 of 21 passes for 138 yards and an interception. The junior wasn’t exceptionally sharp, but he didn’t have to be because the Terrapins totaled 341 yards on the ground.
Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta went 18 for 30 for 220 yards. The Spiders mustered only 56 yards rushing, and Lauletta was sacked four times.
After Maryland took a quick 10-0 lead, Richmond went ahead 14-13 on a 4-yard run by Lauletta with 10:35 left in the second quarter.
Hills then directed a 12-play drive that produced a field goal by Brad Craddock, and a 37-yard touchdown catch by Malcolm Culmer made it 22-14 at halftime.
Ross scored the only touchdown of the third quarter, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Wes Brown made it 36-14.
Maryland then forced a punt, and Likely weaved his way through the Richmond defense before getting to the left sideline and diving into the end zone.
His 233-yard performance on punt returns broke the record set by Nile Kinnick of Iowa in 1939.
With the victory, Maryland improved to 5-0 in openers under coach Randy Edsall. The Terrapins have won six straight season openers and 11 of 12.
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