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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
 
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)

Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:54 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

MD threw for 348 yards.  I am fairly certain that 300 of them were not from bubble screen passes.  I am not sure if MD will be a dominant team or not, but I do know MD 1-0 and The U 0-1.  Go Terps!!




Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:50 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

marylands uniforms are so ugly



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 7:17 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

The Canes right now are not top notch, not even close.
And they won't be for quite a long time now that their top recruiter/recruiting tool is in jail.......



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:56 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Seriously??????? First off the hurricanes had 5 starters missing. The constant 1yrd bubble pass will not work with top notch teams. They had pretty much 1 long passing play of 52 yrds. The Canes right now are not top notch, not even close. The Canes were in it till the end. Maryland is not close to being a dominant team. I don't know if you posted this when you were drinking but you sound rediculous with your statements.
Big deal!!  How many players was LSU missing when they whupped Oregon?  So Miami was missing a few including their QB, so what?  Good teams win no matter what and Miami hasn't been a good team in a LONG time.  Maryland whupped your Canes, so get over it.  If they could have kept it going in the redzone it would have been much worse:  48-24 or so.  If Maryland beats FSU this year, they will win their division and face whoever, likely VT in the ACC CG--that's pretty close to being dominant.  Look at their schedule and how they played today without your Green and Orange blinders and tell me who's going to beat them?





Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:14 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Seriously??????? First off the hurricanes had 5 starters missing. The constant 1yrd bubble pass will not work with top notch teams. They had pretty much 1 long passing play of 52 yrds. The Canes right now are not top notch, not even close. The Canes were in it till the end. Maryland is not close to being a dominant team. I don't know if you posted this when you were drinking but you sound rediculous with your statements.

Maryland top 30-35 in rankings this year!



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:00 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

While everyone continues to talk about the new Terrapin unis, the Terps meanwhile used a potent passing attack to sustain long drives up and down the field on the Canes.  If they can iron out their red zone efficiency a bit, they will be a tough team to handle this year.


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