(Luis M. Alvarez — AP)

Hills was 11 for 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns, exhibiting marked improvement from his collegiate debut, when he was intercepted three times at home against William & Mary.

Those two touchdowns — a 22-yard over-the-shoulder fade to tight end Matt Furstenburg and a 32-yard deep pattern to Marcus Leak after the Owls secondary bit on play-action — plus an 11-yard sneak after Hills dropped the snap in shotgun, had the Terps up 26-3 at halftime.

And after Temple climbed back into the game, chopping the lead down to 29-27 deep into the fourth quarter, Hills converted consecutive third downs, first on an 8-yard route to Kevin Dorsey, and second on a 38-yard completion to Stefon Diggs that put the Terps inside the red zone.

Three plays later, Justus Pickett punched it in from seven yards to provide the final margin of victory. On that play, Coach Randy Edsall said, Hills “read it beautifully” on a called triple option after the Owls blitzed on both edges.

“Perry’s got to continue to get better,” Edsall said Saturday. “He’ll be a work in progress throughout the year, but I think that with a rookie quarterback or freshman quarterback that’s what you’re going to have. But as long as you make those steps each and every week, that’s what you’re looking for, and he made steps again today.”

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