It went down to the wire, but Maryland was able to secure a victory in the first game of the Randy Edsall era. Two defensive scores caused by Cameron Chism and a high-tempo offensive attack executed by Danny O’Brien led the Terps to the win over the Miami Hurricanes, 32-24 Monday night.
Danny O’Brien completed 31 of 44 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown in a screen-oriented attack that reminded many of James Franklin’s offense last year, albeit with a much faster pace. Cameron Chism forced two turnovers, Joe Vellano recovered two fumbles, Davin Meggett ran for 92 yards on 21 rushes, and Kevin Dorsey caught eight passes for 124 yards.
The Terps took the lead early on a ten yard touchdown pass from O’Brien to slot receiver Ronnie Tyler. After two Maryland field goals and a short Miami score, a 41-yard Lamar Miller dash gave the Hurricanes a 14-13 lead.
Right before halftime, Chism forced a Mike James fumble that Joe Vellano recovered, and the defensive tackle rumbled 30 yards to the end zone for a score, giving the Terps a six point lead headed into the half.
The back-and-forth affair continued, as another short Miami touchdown and three field goals (two by Maryland, including one to take the lead with 1:39 left after a botch job earlier in the quarter) made it 26-24 Maryland. With the Hurricanes driving down the field, Stephen Morris threw an ill-timed pass right into the hands of Chism, who returned it 54 yards for the game clinching score.
We’ll have more on this tomorrow, including our impressions of each unit (SPOILER ALERT: offense good, defense bad, special teams bad). But rest easy, folks. Maryland could have easily given this game away, but walked out of College Park with a good win.
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