Terps notes: Marcus Leak emerges, team gets some luck

September 08, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Notes from Maryland's 36-27 victory over Temple:

* A player who emerged Saturday was sophomore wide receiver Marcus Leak. He caught a 32-yard touchdown reception in the first half.

In the second half, he made a leaping, 39-yard catch on a third-and-17. He outjumped a pair of Temple defenders.

It was the sort of grab you haven't seen much from Maryland since the days of Torrey Smith and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Leak appears to be a gifted and physical enough receiver to snatch passes away from defenders in heavy traffic.

* Did Maryland get some luck Saturday? Sure it did. But that doesn't mean the Terps didn't earn the victory over Temple.

Ahead by just two points in the fourth quarter, the Terps closed the game with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Then Demetrius Hartsfield picked off a Chris Coyer pass to seal the deal.

But, yes, Maryland benefitted from good fortune:

* Temple twice snapped the ball over the head of quarterback Chris Coyer, with the second miscue resulting in a safety.

* Maryland kicker Brad Craddock hit the upright on a field goal, but the kick bounded the right direction and was good.

* Maryland quarterback Perry Hills received a low snap with the Terps ahead 19-3. He picked it up, hesitated momentarily --  then ran 11 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.

Quote of the day (from my game story) is from Hills after getting a gash on his forehard: “I’m used to getting head-butted and stuff like that from wrestling and taking a lot of slams.”

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