Despite nice stats, 30-17 setback leaves McCall feeling incomplete

MARYLAND NOTEBOOK

QB completes 19 of 29, enjoys new pass plan

September 17, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - It was a bittersweet afternoon for Maryland quarterback Calvin McCall yesterday.

McCall bounced back from a disappointing season opener against Temple to complete 19 of 29 passes for 215 yards and score on a 1-yard run against West Virginia.

But it was in a 30-17 losing effort, so he didn't take much satisfaction in his stats, especially after his potential go-ahead touchdown was ruled short on a quarterback sneak with 6:38 left in the fourth quarter.

"It was nice personally for me to come back like this," McCall said. "I love the way our passing game is designed this year. I have a lot of options on the pass.

"But I couldn't really enjoy it with all the calls that went against us."

McCall's favorite receiver yesterday was Guilian Gary, who caught seven passes for 96 yards. McCall also threw four passes to redshirt freshman tight end Jeff Dugan, and he hit LaMont Jordan and Scooter Monroe three times each.

Jordan wanted ball

When Jordan was asked if he wanted the ball on the fourth-and-inches call near the goal line when McCall tried a quarterback sneak, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound senior said, "Sure, anytime you're supposed to be the go-to guy on a team, you want the ball on that play. I would have loved to try it."

But Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden never wavered from his decision to go with McCall on the play.

Siljkovic gets chance

There were a lot of surprised people on the Maryland side of the field when Vanderlinden called on backup kicking specialist Vedad Siljkovic to try a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter instead of senior Brian Kopka.

The Terps could have gained some early momentum with a 3-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter but Siljkovic's kick sailed wide right. Kopka has been a steady if not spectacular kicker for the Terps throughout his career and seemed a little upset about not getting the opportunity.

"That was my call all the way," Vanderlinden said. "Vedad has been strong from 45 yards and longer, so I went with him."

Lines collapse

While the offensive line failed again to provide many holes for Jordan, the defensive line allowed West Virginia to roll up 276 yards net rushing, and the front four never did get to quarterback Brad Lewis, who completed 14 of 22 passes for 165 yards.

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