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NCAA Game Summary - Miami-Florida at Maryland



(Monday, September 5th)

Final Score: Maryland 32, Miami-Florida 24

College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Nick Ferrara kicked a go-ahead 32-yard field goal with 1:39 to play, as Maryland held off a depleted Miami team, 32- 24, in their season and ACC opener.

The Hurricanes were driving after Ferrara's field goal and advanced near midfield, but the Terrapins' Cameron Chism intercepted Stephen Morris' pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown with 39 seconds left.

A missed extra point gave Miami a slim chance to tie the game, but Maryland's defense held to secure a victory in the debut of Randy Edsall.

Edsall left Connecticut this winter after 12 seasons to become head coach at Maryland (1-0, 1-0 ACC), replacing Ralph Friedgen and taking over a team that went 9-4 last season.

The Terps were also wearing new uniforms that reflected the state flag and featured two distinctly different patterns.

Miami (0-1, 0-1) also debuted a new head coach in Al Golden, who left Temple to accept the Hurricanes vacancy. However, he walked into controversy, as an investigation into the activities of former booster Nevin Shapiro led to the suspension of eight players, including starting quarterback Jacory Harris.

Morris, a sophomore, filled in for Harris admirably. He completed 19-of-28 passes for 195 yards and was intercepted twice, with both picks coming late in rainy conditions.

He and running back Lamar Miller helped the Hurricanes take the lead late in the fourth quarter with an extended drive. Miami was down 23-31 when it took over at its own 20-yard line with 12:26 to play, and progressed down the field, converting a fourth down and two third downs.

The Hurricanes benefited from a holding call to convert one of the third downs, and found themselves faced with a 3rd-and-8 at the Maryland 19.

Morris completed a pass to Asante Cleveland, but for only six yards. Jake Wieclaw converted a 30-yard field goal to give Miami a 24-23 edge with 4:01 to go.

However, Maryland quickly grabbed the lead thanks to its sophomore quarterback, Danny O'Brien. His 52-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey brought the ball deep into Miami territory, but his 3rd-and-9 run later in the drive was stopped two yards short, leading to Ferrara's kick.

Morris and Miami then went back to work. He converted a 3rd-and-15 with a 17- yard pass to LaRon Byrd, bringing the ball to the Hurricane 45. But the drive stalled, and on fourth down Chism hopped in front of a throw along the sideline and ran it back for a score.

Despite the missed extra point, Maryland easily held on to the lead.

O'Brien completed 31-of-44 passes for 348 yards, including a 10-yard TD strike to Ronnie Tyler on the game's opening drive.

Ferrara made it a 10-0 game with a 24-yarder a few minutes into the second quarter, but the Hurricanes responded with a touchdown. Mike James capped a seven-play, 60-yard drive with a one-yard plunge.

After Ferrara made another kick -- of 29 yards -- Miller gave the Hurricanes the lead with a 41-yard touchdown run with 4:04 left in the half. But Miami gave it back in the final minute.

Chism forced a James fumble, which Joe Vellano recovered and returned 30 yards for a score. The touchdown came with 47 seconds left and put Maryland up 20-14 at the break.

Morris' five-yard run briefly put Miami back on top five minutes into the third quarter, but Ferrara's 28-yarder five minutes later had the Terps leading again.

09/06 00:30:42 ET


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