PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Perry Hills threw two touchdowns and ran for one to help Maryland beat Temple 36-27 Saturday.
Embarrassed by the Owls in a 31-point loss last season, the Terrapins (2-0) nearly blew a 23-point lead at halftime. Hills had all three of his scores in the half to help Maryland race to a 26-3 lead. The Owls stormed back in the second half but ran out of time and big plays.
Maryland played nothing like the team that squeaked out a 7-6 win last week against Football Championship Subdivision team William & Mary. The Terrapins' 12 first downs in the first half were one less than they had all of last week. They outgained the Owls by 145 total yards in the first half.
The Owls (1-1) were sloppy and out of sync in a game where they were 10-point favorites.
C.J. Hammond had a 62-yard TD catch for the Owls.
|MD||Brad Craddock 45 yd FG|
|TEMPLE||Brandon McManus 36 yd FG|
|MD||Matt Furstenburg 22 yd pass from Perry Hills (Brad Craddock kick)|
|MD||Marcus Leak 32 yd pass from Perry Hills (Brad Craddock kick)|
|MD||Perry Hills 11 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)|
|TEMPLE||Kenneth Harper 1 yd run (Brandon McManus kick)|
|MD||Brad Craddock 26 yd FG|
|TEMPLE||C.J. Hammond 62 yd pass from Chris Coyer (Brandon McManus kick)|
|TEMPLE||Brandon McManus 40 yd FG|
|TEMPLE||Jalen Fitzpatrick 35 yd pass from Chris Coyer (Brandon McManus kick)|
|MD||Justus Pickett 7 yd run (Brad Craddock kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||7-16||4-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||47||144|
|Punt Return Yds||34||0|
|Time of Poss.||33:33||26:27|
|MD: Justus Pickett 21-69, Wes Brown 7-50, Stefon Diggs 2-17, Perry Hills 15-14, Team 3--6|
|TEMPLE: Chris Coyer 17-53, Matt Brown 10-31, Kenneth Harper 6-10, Jalen Fitzpatrick 4-2, Team 2--44|
|MD: Perry Hills 11-21-190-0|
|TEMPLE: Chris Coyer 7-18-178-1|
|MD: Marcus Leak 3-90, Stefon Diggs 3-59, Justus Pickett 2-4, Matt Furstenburg 1-22, Kevin Dorsey 1-8, Wes Brown 1-7|
|TEMPLE: Jalen Fitzpatrick 2-64, Ryan Alderman 2-20, C.J. Hammond 1-62, Alex Jackson 1-26, John Christopher 1-6|
|Maryland||5th Atlantic Coast Atlantic||3-5||7-5|
|Temple||10th American Athletic||1-7||2-10|