play it again

August 31, 2008|By Jeff Barker

Maryland 14, Delaware 7

What went right:: New starter Da'Rel Scott and freshman Davin Meggett (right), running behind an offensive line far healthier than last season, led a ground game that accumulated 271 yards. Energetic free safety Terrell Skinner and linebacker Alex Wujciak set the tone for a defense that held Delaware to 8 passing yards midway through the second quarter and 128 overall.

What went wrong:: Maryland's passing game began solidly but bogged down in the second half with just 20 yards and two interceptions. Three missed field goals made for anxious moments late in the game.

Defining moment: : Skinner's game-clinching interception capped a day during which he had six tackles. Maryland ran out the clock with two first downs after the pick.

What it means:: A win is a win. But pulling the starting quarterback - coaches said Jordan Steffy hurt his thumb - is a worrisome sign for a team seeking stability at the position.

Up next:: On Saturday, the Terps (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) travel to Middle Tennessee State, which lost, 31-17, to Troy on Thursday.

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