The Terps ended their nonconference schedule taking down the Golden Flashes on the backs of Taulia Tagovailoa, Tayon Fleet-Davis and Dontay Demus.
Tagovailoa has 956 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and no interceptions in the season's first three games.
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.
The tight end and quarterback have connected for two red-zone touchdowns in two games.
Coach Mike Locksley emphasized the importance of his squad playing to their own standards and not to the opponent.
"Good players aren’t afraid to make mistakes," coach Mike Locksley said.
With capacity restrictions lifted, the Terps have enjoyed an advantage as fans pack campus venues.
Going into his third season as head coach, Locksley wants to see his team move forward as his program grows.