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Recap: Canes Come Up Short

Recap: Canes Come Up Short

Sept. 5, 2011

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Drenched in a mixture of sweat and rain, Randy Edsall spoke excitedly about winning his first game asMaryland’s head coach.

Anyone who knows Edsall wouldn’t be surprised to know that he took none of the credit for the Terrapins’ 32-24 victory over short-handed Miami on Monday night.

“It’s not about what I did. It’s what the kids did,” Edsall said. “All I tried to do is come in and get them to believe that they could push themselves further than maybe they thought. They bought into the team concept.”

There were plenty of heroes for the Terrapins in this Atlantic Coast Conference duel. Nick Ferrara kicked a 32-yard field goal to put Maryland ahead 26-24 with 1:39 left, Danny O’Brien threw for 348 yards and a touchdown, and defensive back Cameron Chism played a part in two touchdowns.

Edsall, formerly of Connecticut, was hired in January to open a new era of football at Maryland.

The Terrapins emerged from the locker room with new white uniforms patterned after the state flag. They wore wild helmets spashed with red and white on the left side and black and yellow on the right, and the pattern continued to the shoulders.

As decreed by Edsall, there were no names on the back.

And, as he preached, Maryland used a team effort to win.

“It was an unbelievable experience because we were under so much pressure with the new coaching staff and with Friedgen gone,” Ferrara said. “It was amazing to see how we could come together as a unit and win.”

Miami was playing its initial game under Al Golden without eight suspended players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and defensive linemen Marcus Forston and Adewale Ojomo.

“We had enough talent to win tonight. We just didn’t do it,” Golden said. “I thought we were ready to go. We made too many mistakes. You make that many mistakes, you can’t win.”

Stephen Morris capably filled in for Harris, going 19 for 28 for 195 yards and running for a touchdown. But on a fourth-and-4 in the final minute, the sophomore threw an interception that Chism took 54 yards to put the game out of reach with 39 seconds remaining.

The Hurricanes struggled defensively, too.

Maryland amassed 311 yards and 19 first downs in the first half alone and finished with 499 yards, including 92 yards on 21 carries by Davin Meggett.

“We had enough (players) on this trip to win this game,” Golden said. “But you can’t give up that many yards, no matter who is in the game.”

The seesaw contest came down to the closing minutes. Soon after O’Brien completed a 52-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey down the right sideline, Ferrera entered only one series after missing from 23 yards out. This one, however, was right down the middle.

Chism then provided the clincher.

A year ago, O’Brien went 9 for 28 for 134 yards in a 26-20 loss to the Hurricanes. In this one, he was 31 for 44–including 19 for 26 for 228 yards after only four series.

But Maryland couldn’t put the finish on several impressive drives. The Terrapins got to the Miami 11 or closer on six occasions, yet they scored only one touchdown and twice came away with nothing.

The Hurricanes took a 21-20 lead early in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Morris. Maryland regained the lead when Ferrara kicked his third field goal to end a 14-play drive.

The pattern ended when Miami received three penalties, including two straight for delay of game, and had to punt.

O’Brien began moving the Terps in a march that bridged the third and fourth quarters. In the middle of the drive, a rain that began at halftime picked up in intensity.

Stats |Photo Gallery |Notes

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Miami 0 14 7 3 24
Maryland 7 13 3 9 32

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 28 18
Rushing 1st Downs 9 8
Passing 1st Downs 19 8
Net Yards Rushing 151 172
Rushing Attempts 44 40
Avg Per Rush 4.4 4.3
Rushing TDs 0 3
Net Yards Passing 348 195
Cmp-Att-Int 31-44-1 19-28-2
Avg Per Attempt 7.9 7.0
Avg Per Completition 11.2 10.3
Passing TDs 1 0

Individual Stat Leaders
Passing Leaders
  Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Lng
D. O’Brien 31-44-1 348 1 52
S. Morris 19-28-2 195 0 37

Rushing Leaders
Miami No Yds TD Avg
  L. Miller 18 119 1 6.6
  M. James 12 34 1 2.8
  D. Meggett 21 92 0 4.4
  D. O’Brien 6 37 0 6.2

Receiving Leaders
Miami No Yds TD Lng
  A. Hurns 4 69 0 37
  T. Streeter 4 55 0 19
  K. Dorsey 8 124 2 52
  M. Furstenburg 4 68 0 24


Maryland managed to get a first-and-goal at the Miami 5, but could get no closer before Ferrara’s field goal try sailed off to the right.

Morris then directed a 67-yard march that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Jake Wieclaw for a 24-23 lead with 4:01 remaining. Miami converted a fourth-and-1 on the drive and benefited from a questionable defensive holding call on Chism.

That, however, would be the Hurricanes’ final surge.

The Terrapins led 20-14 at halftime. After blowing a 10-0 advantage, Maryland moved back in front when Chism caused Mike James to fumble and defensive lineman Joe Vellano lumbered 30 yards for a score.


Lamar Miller Allen Hurns
Vaughn Telemaque Stephen Morris

Game Notes

  • It was 74 degrees at kickoff with 91 percent cloud cover and 99 percent humidity. Winds were coming out of the North at 1 mph.
  • Five Hurricanes registered eight tackles on the night – Mike Williams, Vaughn Telemaque, JoJo Nicolas, Brandon McGee and Ramon Buchanan.
  • Freshmen Denzel Perryman and Anthony Chickillo each recorded multiple tackles in their first career games. Perryman finished with three tackles and Chickillo with two.
  • Seventeen players made their first appearance as Hurricanes Monday night: Thurston Armbrister, Dalton Botts, Thomas Finnie, Andrew Swasey, Gionni Paul, David Thompson, Jake Wieclaw, Mike Williams, Clive Walford, Denzel Perryman, Anthony Chickillo, Phillip Dorsett, Ben Bruneau, Olsen Pierre, Jalen Grimble, Clive Walford and Darius Smith
  • Five players made their first career starts: TE Clive Walford, DE Marcus Robinson, DT Darius Smith, MLB Jimmy Gaines and CB Mike Williams
  • Sophomore wide receiver Allen Hurns recorded his first career reception, a 16-yard strike from Stephen Morris in the opening quarter
  • Redshirt sophomore running back Lamar Miller rushed for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Miller’s touchdown run of 41 yards gave the Canes their first lead of the night in the second quarter, 14-13.
  • Allen Hurns and Tommy Streeter each hauled in a team-high tying four passes. Hurns finished with 69 yards receiving, while Streeter finished the game with a career-high 55 yards
  • Running back Mike James scored the first touchdown of the Golden Era on a one-yard rush up the middle in the second quarter.
  • Junior defensive back Andrew Swasey made his first tackle, as well as the first tackle of the game for the Hurricanes on kickoff coverage to start the game.
  • Vaughn Telemaque intercepted the third pass of his career, picking off Danny O’Brien in the back of the end zone and stopping a potential Maryland scoring drive late in the first quarter.
  • Miami falls to 1-2 against Maryland since joining the ACC.
  • Junior kicker Jake Wieclaw connected on his first career field goal attempt from 30 yards out to put the Canes out in front, 24-23, in the fourth quarter.