PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mario Merrills ran for three touchdowns,
leading Maryland to a 38-7 victory over winless Temple on Saturday.
Sam Hollenbach passed for 228 yards and ran for a score as the
Terrapins (4-2) overcame a sluggish start and handed Temple (0-6)
its fifth loss of more than 25 points.
Umar Ferguson scored Temple's only touchdown.
The Owls, who joined the Mid-American Conference for the 2007
season, haven't made a positive impression on their new league.
Temple has been outscored 297-63 in its first season since being
kicked out of the Big East Conference.
It won't get easier for the Owls, who host No. 9 Miami next
Maryland hardly started out like the same team that beat
then-No. 19 Virginia 45-33 last week. The Terrapins trailed 7-3
after the first quarter; turned the ball over on downs once; lost
one fumble; and had an interception in the end zone one play after
a touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty.
But Maryland ran off 35 straight points, starting with Merrills'
6-yard TD run in the second quarter. Merrills scored from the 1 to
make it 17-7 right before halftime, and ran in from the 2 on the
Terrapins' first possession in the third quarter for a 24-7 lead.
Hollenbach scored on a quarterback sneak to put Maryland ahead
31-7. Merrills, seeking his fourth TD run, was stopped at the 1 for
no gain on the previous play.
Bruce Perry, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles' practice
squad, was the last Maryland player to run for three TDs, doing it
against Wake Forest in November 2003.
Maryland's Dan Ennis missed a 38-yard field-goal attempt in the
third quarter, snapping his string of 11 straight successful kicks.
After Antwon Burton recovered a fumble by wideout Danny Melendez
at Maryland's 38, Owls quarterback Mike McGann needed eight plays
to lead Temple into the end zone. Ferguson's score came two plays
after McGann connected with Jamel Harris on a 23-yard pass and a
roughing-the-passer penalty put the ball at the 6.