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Maryland football jumps out to early lead, holds on to defeat Michigan State, 31-9

Maryland football had gotten better as games went on to begin this season — slow starts had been its identity. But that flipped Saturday in its Big Ten opener at Michigan State.

The Spartans’ first drive resulted in an ill-advised Noah Kim interception — one of two forced Maryland takeaways in the opening half and five in the game — and the Terps returned the favor with a nine play, 45-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown catch by Sean Greeley, a linebacker.

Maryland scored on each of its next two drives, extending its lead to 21-0 not even halfway through the second period.