Quick start carries Terps

UM opens 16-0 lead in 1st quarter

Lattimore runs for 111 yards, 2 TDs

Maryland 26 Fla. International 10

September 09, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter

MIAMI -- While Maryland awaited its 7 p.m. kickoff against Florida International yesterday, the Terps lounged in the Biscayne Bay Marriott, watching their next opponent - No. 3 West Virginia - on television.

Despite an unproductive day on offense in their own game, the Terps never trailed and left the Orange Bowl with a 26-10 win, but Maryland running back Keon Lattimore didn't hesitate when asked how much better the Terps will have to play Thursday night against the Mountaineers.

"Without a doubt," Lattimore said, "a whole lot better."

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What went right -- Maryland's defense made two interceptions, both of which led to touchdowns, and a muffed punt by Florida International led to a Maryland field goal.

What went wrong -- Maryland had only one drive of more than 30 yards out of its 14 possessions.

Defining moment -- Cornerback Kevin Barnes intercepted a pass with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter and returned it 21 yards to the Florida International 14-yard line, setting up the touchdown that sealed the win.

What it means -- Maryland has the 2-0 record it wanted heading into Thursday night's game against West Virginia, but it didn't have the offense it will need to beat the Mountaineers.

Up next -- The Terps (2-0) host No. 3 West Virginia (2-0) at 7:45 p.m. Thursday in an ESPN-televised game. The Mountaineers were 48-23 winners over Marshall yesterday.

HEATHER A. DINICH

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