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RHS Miller "Pick-Six" pumps Maryland bowl win

By Maryland Athletics
Posted 12/31/69

NASHVILLE, TN -- With a scintillating "Pick-Six" interception return for a touchdown on a first down pass in the second half by defensive back Glendon Miller, Maryland won its third bowl in a row – …

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RHS Miller "Pick-Six" pumps Maryland bowl win


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NASHVILLE, TN -- With a scintillating "Pick-Six" interception return for a touchdown on a first down pass in the second half by defensive back Glendon Miller, Maryland won its third bowl in a row – marking the first time in school history the Terps won bowls in three consecutive seasons – beating Auburn, 31-13, at the TransPerfect Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium on Saturday.

Miller, a redshirt junior who played wide receiver and safety at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park, FL under coach Matt Knauss, is a redshirt junior secondary specialist with one start in seven games last year and a full season of starts in 2023, returned a first down pass in the second offensive series of the third quarter by Auburn quarterback Payton Thorne 44 yards to paydirt to put Maryland up 31-7 after Maryland blasted away with a 21-0 first quarter. The 21-0 opening stanza was the best start in Maryland bowl history. Miller also had three tackles for the game.

The Terps, 8-5, conclude the year at 8-5 for the second year in a row, marking three consecutive winning seasons for the Terps for the first time since 2001-03 and back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2002-03. Auburn finishes their season at 6-7.

Both Terp quarterbacks had solid days. Starter Billy Edwards Jr., who was named the game's MVP, threw for 126 yards and a touchdown, along with his seventh rushing score of the season to go along with 50 yards on the ground. He became the first Maryland quarterback with a passing and rushing touchdown in a bowl game since Scott McBrien in the 2004 Gator Bowl.

Bowl History

The TransPerfect Music City Bowl is Maryland's 30th bowl appearance. The Terps are now 14-14-2 in bowl games.

Maryland won a bowl game in three straight seasons for the first time in program history with the win over Auburn on Saturday.

Miller's interception touchdown was the first pick-six for a Maryland player since 2018 when Ravon Davis did it against Ohio State.

Maryland's defense prevailed throughout the game with Rex Fleming causing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff after Miller's score that Perry Fisher recovered to give the Terps the ball in their territory.

Maryland defensive back Lavain Scruggs added another interception, the first of his career with punt coverman Sean Greely recovering a fumble on a Maryland punt, the fourth Tiger turnover of the day.

Miller finished his 2023 season with 33 tackles; 24 solos, three pass interceptions with five pass breakups.