How Bonhomme got a safety against Maryland

BLOOMINGTON — As soon as Maryland brought its tight end in motion, D.K. Bonhomme knew what was coming.

The Terrapins had tried this before, with just under 9 minutes left in the second quarter, motioning a tight end toward the Hoosiers’ 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker. That tight end just barely scraped Bonhomme, overly anxious to get outside and lead the way for Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

How Maryland played it the first time was a mistake, as IU’s lightning-quick sophomore changed directions and burst toward the sideline, closing on Tagovailoa before he could even gain a yard on second-and-2. The second time the Terrapins motioned that tight end, early in the third quarter, their error was even more catastrophic.

Backed up on their own 4-yard line, the tight end came toward Bonhomme’s side. This time, the tight end’s path was even wider, not even bothering to touch Bonhomme. Tagovailoa, again, faked a handoff to his running back, but Bonhomme already knew.

He just darted for Tagavailoa.

“He ran wider, so I just knew it was going to be a bluff and the quarterback was going to keep it,” Bonhomme said. “It was my opportunity to make a play, and I just took it.”

By pouncing on Tagavailoa in the end zone, Bonhomme created a game-changing play, getting the Hoosiers a 9-3 lead on the safety, plus the ball back for another touchdown drive in a 27-11 win. This was also a shining moment for a young IU defender — a gifted Canadian who came a long way to make plays like this.

Born in Haiti, Di-Stephano Kervens “D.K” Bonhomme’s family moved to Montreal, Canada, when he was 5 years old. Then Ottawa at 15. He’s spoken French his whole life, only really beginning to hone his English in the last handful of years. He’s been a football player since the age of 6, but most of that was spent on Canada’s wider fields, positioned more as a defensive back.

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