Hills had his knee extended and bent backward when he tried to make a tackle after throwing his seventh interception of the season deep in Wolfpack territory. Hills planted his knee into the Byrd Stadium turf going for cornerback David Amerson, but got leveled by linebacker Rickey Dowdy. Dowdy was whistled for a block in the back penalty, but the damage was done. Hills exited on the back of a cart, wincing in pain.
In the locker room, Hills begged team trainers to tape up the knee and let him return. Instead, Devin Burns took over and nearly engineered a fourth-quarter comeback, before third-stringer Caleb Rowe set Maryland up for a 33-yard field goal that Brad Craddock clanged off the left upright.
Hills, a true freshman from Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School, had started every game for the Terps this season after C.J. Brown tore his ACL during preseason workouts.
Hills has completed 97 of 169 pass attempts (57.4 percent) in seven games this season for 1,336 yards and eight touchdowns.