Scores

Final

Maryland 26

(2-0, 1-0 away)

FIU 10

(0-2, 0-1 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 8, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
MD 16 0 0 1026
FIU 0 7 0 310

Top Performers

Passing: J. Steffy (MD) - 135 YDS

Rushing: K. Lattimore (MD) - 17 CAR, 111 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Hinton (FIU) - 1 REC, 49 YDS, 1 TD

Maryland 26, Fla. International 10

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Keon Lattimore ran for 111 yards and two early touchdowns, and Maryland held off pesky Florida International 26-10 on Saturday night.

Jordan Steffy completed 18 of 25 passes for 135 yards and Lance Ball had a 1-yard scoring run with 53 seconds left to seal the win for Maryland, now 2-0 for the fourth time in Ralph Friedgen's seven seasons. The Terrapins host No. 3 West Virginia Thursday night.

Moses Hinton caught a 49-yard TD pass from Wayne Younger for Florida International (0-2), losers of 14 straight games -- the second-longest current drought in major college football behind Duke, which saw its winless skein extend to 22 with a 24-13 defeat at Virginia earlier Saturday.

FIU put a major scare into Maryland last season, losing 14-10 when the Terrapins intercepted a pass near the goal line on the game's final play.

This one wasn't easy for the Terps, either -- who scored 10 fourth-quarter points off a pair of FIU turnovers.

Lattimore is the brother of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who starred at Miami before entering the NFL. Lattimore has fond memories of seeing Lewis play at the Orange Bowl, the Hurricanes' home field that FIU is using this season while its own stadium is remodeled.

Now, he's got memories of his own.

Lattimore had a 42-yard run on Maryland's first play, and he scored from 1 yard out to make it 9-0. The scoring started with a safety on a botched FIU punt 26 seconds into the game.

FIU went three-and-out on its next possession and Lattimore came through again, this time with a 14-yard TD to make it 16-0 with 8:13 left in the quarter.

A big play helped FIU get back into the game.

Off play-action, Younger found Hinton down the left sideline for the first score in Mario Cristobal's era as FIU coach. Cristobal -- in dress pants, white shirt and tie -- thrust his fists into the air and slapped whomever was within reach in celebration.

FIU got within 16-10 early in the fourth on Chris Abed's 42-yard field goal. But Lionell Singleton fumbled a punt return away deep in FIU territory with 12:27 left, setting up Obi Egekeze's 36-yard field goal that restored Maryland's nine-point lead.

Younger -- who was 8-for-22 for 81 yards -- was intercepted by Maryland's Kevin Barnes with 3 minutes left, essentially ending the upset bid.

FIU plays Miami next Saturday, a rematch of last year's game that was marred by a bench-clearing brawl and led to 31 players getting either suspended or dismissed from their respective teams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
FIU
1st Downs148
Total Yards270163
Passing13581
Rushing13582
Penalties6-333-11
3rd Down Conversions6-171-10
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers03
Possession35:2724:33

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Steffy18/251355.400
Florida InternationalC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Younger8/22813.712

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lattimore171116.5242
Ball12403.3115
Florida InternationalCARYDSAVGTDLG
Younger8425.3014
Ned6325.309

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heyward-Bey44812.0024
Ball33110.3023
Florida InternationalRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hinton14949.0149
Ned3155.0010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDFIU
SF14:34Ball Through End Zone 20
TD12:17Keon Lattimore 1 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 90
TD08:13Keon Lattimore 14 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 160
SECOND QUARTERMDFIU
TD08:52Moses Hinton 49 Yd Pass From Wayne Younger (Chris Abed Kick) 167
FOURTH QUARTERMDFIU
FG14:05Chris Abed 42 Yd 1610
FG10:53Obi Egekeze 36 Yd 1910
TD00:53Lance Ball 1 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 2610