Scores

Final

Maryland 20

(6-3, 3-2 Big Ten)

Miami (FL) 26

(6-3, 4-2 ACC)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
MD 0 17 0 320
MIA 6 9 3 826

Top Performers

Passing: S. Morris (MIA) - 286 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Miller (MIA) - 22 CAR, 125 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Benjamin (MIA) - 5 REC, 127 YDS

In his first college start, Stephen Morris makes Miami a winner

Associated Press

MIAMI -- True freshman Stephen Morris threw for 286 yards in his first college start and hit Leonard Hankerson for a 35-yard score with 37 seconds left Saturday, rallying Miami past Maryland 26-20.

The touchdown capped an 82-yard drive that began with 3:06 left and Miami trailing 20-18. The Hurricanes overcame 10 penalties, including one that negated a defensive score, and two blown extra-points.

Morris had an interception returned for a touchdown but finished 18 for 30 and led an offense that outgained Maryland 504-254. He was filling in for Jacory Harris, sidelined last week by a concussion.

The Hurricanes (6-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept alive their slim hopes in the league race and became bowl-eligible by beating the Terrapins (6-3, 3-2). Maryland drove to Miami's 30 before Danny O'Brien's pass into the end zone was incomplete on the final play.

A touchdown for Miami by Marcus Robinson on a 55-yard fumble return was negated when teammate Sean Smith was flagged for grabbing a face mask. Five players later, Maryland's Travis Baltz kicked a 23-yard field goal with 9:19 left for a 20-18 lead.

On the winning drive, Morris converted a third-and-11 situation with a 16-yard scramble. On the next play, he threw deep to Hankerson, who pulled away from two defenders and caught the ball over the shoulder just before crossing the goal line.

"Great throw, great catch, I'll take that," Miami coach Randy Shannon said.

Lamar Miller ran for the 2-point conversion.

The Hurricanes had possession for nearly 37 minutes, but mistakes hurt them. A botched hold foiled their first extra-point attempt, and Joe Vellano blocked the second try. A season-long problem of penalties persisted, and the Hurricanes used up all of their second-half timeouts in the third quarter.

Linebacker Alex Wujciak scored on a 60-yard interception return for the Terrapins, but they had trouble moving the ball. Freshman O'Brien started 1 for 10 and finished 9 for 28 for 134 yards.

O'Brien did hit Kevin Dorsey near the pylon for a 42-yard score.

Wujciak stepped in front of the intended receiver on a throw over the middle, made the interception and benefited from blocking that left two Hurricanes shaken up. The 250-pound middle linebacker sprinted untouched to the corner of the end zone to give Maryland a 14-6 lead.

Wujciak made another interception in the third quarter to give Maryland the ball at the Miami 17, but O'Brien was intercepted in the end zone by Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Morris' first completion was a deep throw to Travis Benjamin for a 53-yard gain. That set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Miller for a 6-0 lead.

The Terrapins had a first and goal at the 2 in the second quarter, but backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson lost 8 yards after fumbling a snap and they had to settle for a field goal.

Maryland missed four tackles on a 47-yard reception by Benjamin that set up a Miami field goal. Benjamin finished with five catches for 127 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
MIA
1st Downs1525
Total Yards254504
Passing158286
Rushing96218
Penalties7-5610-100
3rd Down Conversions3-129-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers12
Possession23:1836:42

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien9/281344.811
Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Morris18/302869.512

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett9707.8037
Scott9303.3012
Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller221255.7122
James10515.1110

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dorsey36321.0142
Smith33511.7013
Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Benjamin512725.4053
Hankerson46616.5135

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDMIA
TD06:09Lamar Miller 8 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 06
SECOND QUARTERMDMIA
TD14:52Kevin Dorsey 42 Yd Pass From Danny O'Brien (Travis Baltz Kick) 76
TD11:38Alex Wujciak 60 Yd Interception Return (Travis Baltz Kick) 146
TD07:14Mike James 2 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 1412
FG03:21Travis Baltz 27 Yd 1712
FG00:36Matt Bosher 33 Yd 1715
THIRD QUARTERMDMIA
FG05:16Matt Bosher 31 Yd 1718
FOURTH QUARTERMDMIA
FG09:19Travis Baltz 23 Yd 2018
TD00:37Leonard Hankerson 35 Yd Pass From Stephen Morris (Lamar Miller Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2026