The Terps thoroughly dispatched the Hokies, earning their first bowl victory since 2010.
After four years at Maryland, Mike Locksley's Terps are bowl eligible.
The Terps were outclassed throughout the game, unable to get their elusive sixth win.
The Terps will face No. 8 Michigan in their final home game of the season in hopes of making a bowl game for the first time since 2016.
The Terps had multiple opportunities deep in the Spartans' territory, but often came away empty-handed in a game Maryland played from behind in its entirety.
The Terps have been able to get positive results from lower-tier competitors, but are still wanting for a landmark victory.
The Terps reached 3-0 for the first time since 2016 in pulling out a scrappy, ugly victory over the Fighting Illini.
The kicker nailed the winner in his third attempt of the night from 32 yards out, bringing the Terps to 3-0 for the first time since 2016.
"Good players aren’t afraid to make mistakes," coach Mike Locksley said.
The Terps were without Taulia Tagovailoa, Chance Campbell and Ayinde Eley, among others.