Maryland beats Rutgers 31-13 to become bowl eligible

Rutgers' Isaiah Wharton, left, breaks up a pass intended for Maryland's Levern Jacobs during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Ty Johnson ran for 168 yards, Teldrick Morgan returned a punt 83 yards for a score and Maryland finally became bowl eligible by beating Rutgers 31-13 Saturday.

After losing four straight by a combined 191-49 score, the Terrapins (6-6, 3-6 Big Ten) took the lead for good in the opening minute and cruised to the finish.

With its sixth win, Maryland will end its initial season under coach DJ Durkin by playing in a bowl game for only the fourth time since 2008.

Rutgers (2-10, 0-9) finished its first year under Chris Ash with nine consecutive defeats. The Scarlet Knights were outscored 360-86 in Big 10 games.

The Terrapins led 21-7 at halftime and finished with 318 yards rushing. Senior quarterback Perry Hills, who missed last week's loss to Nebraska with a shoulder injury, returned to go 9 for 15 for 96 yards.

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