Terps ground game falters late

Friedgen had wanted to run out the clock with slim lead

November 06, 2010|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Head coach Ralph Friedgen said he hoped to run out the clock with Maryland leading by two points with 5:22 left in Saturday's game with Miami.

It didn't work out as the coach envisioned. Davin Meggett rushed three times but could not make a first down, and the Terps punted the ball back to Miami.

Trailing 20-18, the Hurricanes then drove for the touchdown that put them ahead to stay, 26-20.

Meggett rushed for 70 yards on nine carries in the game, including a 37-yarder. But he could only manage eight yards on that important series.

"They were out of timeouts and I felt like if I could get it under three minutes, we'd probably win the football game," Friedgen said. "The other thing I didn't want to do is turn it over down there and, with them having no timeouts, if we throw an incompletion, I'm helping them. In a perfect world, I would have loved two first downs, took a knee and went home."

There was 3:06 remaining when Miami took over and began its seven-play drive led by freshman quarterback Stephen Morris.

"Stephen started on the 18-yard-line coming out and making plays, using his feet," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "He stayed poised."

Said Friedgen: "For our players, it was bad for them because they played their hearts out."

Robinson fumble costly

Maryland continued its quarterback rotation against Miami, mostly using Danny O'Brien but inserting backup Jamarr Robinson for occasional plays — with mixed results.

Friedgen was asked about inserting Robinson in the second quarter. The Terps led, 14-12, when Robinson entered the game for one play with the ball at the Miami 2-yard-line.

The ball came loose and Robinson recovered at the 10 — an eight-yard loss. Travis Baltz kicked a field goal two plays later to make it 17-12.

"He said he never got the snap," Friedgen said. "I'll have to look at it on tape."

Robinson passed for 24 yards in the game, completing both of his two attempts.

Wujciak moving up

With his two interceptions, linebacker Alex Wujciak now ranks second in career interception return yards with 238.

He trails only Tom Brown, who had 275 yards (1960-62).

Wujciak, who returned one of his interceptions for a 60-yard touchdown on Saturday, is one of just five Maryland players with two interception returns for touchdowns.

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