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QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:28 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 11:40 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

MARYLAND WON. The first game of the ACC season featured the conference's newest coaches as Randy Edsall and Al Golden each made their debut on Monday night. Maryland and Miami braved through rain and injury issues before Terrapins' sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien connected on a couple of deep passes late in the fourth quarter to set up Nick Ferrara with the game-winning 30-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining. Senior cornerback Cameron Chism iced it with a pick-six to give Maryland the 32-24 win.

WHY MARYLAND WON: The Terrapins offense looked potent in year one under new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, picking up 499 total yards against the Miami defense. Early in the game they got it done with a fast-paced offense that kept the depleted Hurricanes defensive unit on their heels. But red zone inefficiency resulted in five different drives only producing 12 points (4 field goals and a 23-yard miss by Ferrara).

WHEN MARYLAND WON: Maryland could have put this game away early, but the inability to capitalize in the red zone gave Miami enough of an opportunity to hang around until the bitter end. Trailing 24-23 with less than 4:00 remaining, it was the ACC Rookie of the Year O'Brien who connected with Kevin Dorsey on a 52-yard go route to set up the game winning field goal.

WHAT MARYLAND WON: A hard-fought conference win against one of the ACC's toughest opponents. Many doubters wondered how the Terps would perform with a new coaching staff and several key players missing from 2010's 9-win campaign. Davin Meggett stepped up as the new starting running back and delivered a 92 yards of downhill running while Kevin Dorsey took over Torrey Smith's role as O'Brien's favorite target with 8 catches for 124 yards. The Terps have some issues to address in the red zone, but it was a great start for a team looking to continue the momentum from a year ago.

WHAT MIAMI LOST: Al Golden was pleased with his team's ability to withstand Maryland's fast start and continue to fight through the game. But he will not be pleased with the penalties and costly turnovers that continue to nag this group of Hurricanes. Miami was 119th in the nation in turnovers a year ago, and on Monday two turnovers directly cost the Hurricanes 14 points. Without the pick-six or fumble returned for a touchdown Miami might have escaped with a win.

THAT WAS CRAZY: The uniforms. They are…something. (via @jose3030)

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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:24 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Can't wait to see the more color road uniforms. To take issue with a previous poster, I, neither, hate nor love the uniform, but I'm all for ditching the plain drab out-dated uniforms. Not saying there isn't a place for tradition, but teams should at least mix in some "new-school" with the old. Props to Maryland.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:09 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Wow... I totally respect the fact that they based the uniform design on the state of Maryland flag, but those uniforms are simply hideous!  I'm guessing that they will be 'short lived'...  I'm not opposed to different looks, such as what Oregon does from week to week, but Maryland's new uni's simply don't blend together at all.  I also have to admit, I'm a bit of a traditionalist- love the classic look of a uniform such as Penn State... do your talking with your play!  And no, I'm not a big Penn State fan...



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:02 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

I couldnt agree more, Under Armour keeps stepping its game up and showed it last night! Im a proud alum this morning!



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:51 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

If the Ducks can wear outrageous uniforms, then I think it is awesome that Under Armour has taken the initiative to design so many interchangable "contemporary" uniforms for the Terps.  New coach, new schemes, new uniforms and better results.  What more could an alum ask for?



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:50 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

I agree with you fully! Love the new uni's!



Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:49 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

I Love the Maryland Unifiorms. Fear the Turtle!



Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:23 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

The new uniforms are a true tribute to the MD flag which in my opinion is the coolest and most unique in the entire country. Taking the players names off the back of the jerseys was a nice touch too. Its brilliant marketing to spark a new era with a new coach here in College Park. As for the game, I like the up-tempo offense under the control of Danny O'Brien who is quite impressive and poised as a true sophomore. The always porous MD defense played with a lot of heart and stepped up when they needed to make a play. Missing players or not, Miami is still as talented and athletic as any team in the country so the Canes and their fans can stop making excuses! This is what happens when you allow jerks like Nevin Shapiro around your program. Sick uniforms, good win, GO TERPS!



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:01 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Great costume (I mean uniform); if you are a court jester!Sealed



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:45 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

You either LOVe the uni's or HATE them. I happen to like them because they stand out, but it seems I am in the minority. The use of the Botany cross makes the uni's totally unique and is truly distinctive of the state. 



Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:40 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

The helmet is the worst..  I think if they just wore their normal helmet the uni would be so bad...


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