COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Members of the Maryland Terrapins jump into the student section before the start of the Terrapins game against the Miami Hurricanes at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Miami Vs. Maryland: Terps Win Battle Against Canes, Lose The Fashion War

When wearing uniforms that make them look like a fifth-grader's Maryland flag project, the Terps are officially undefeated. Maryland used two defensive scores to ice their 32-24 victory over the depleted Miami Hurricanes Monday night.

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Miami vs. Maryland: Terps Hold Off Depleted Canes, Win 32-24

Nick Ferrara kicked a go-ahead 32-yard field goal with 1:39 to play, as Maryland held off a depleted Miami team, 32- 24, in their season and ACC opener.

The Hurricanes were driving after Ferrara's field goal and advanced near midfield, but the Terrapins' Cameron Chism intercepted Stephen Morris' pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown with 39 seconds left.

A missed extra point gave Miami a slim chance to tie the game, but Maryland's defense held to secure a victory in the debut of Randy Edsall.

Edsall left Connecticut this winter after 12 seasons to become head coach at Maryland (1-0, 1-0 ACC), replacing Ralph Friedgen and taking over a team that went 9-4 last season.

Miami (0-1, 0-1) also debuted a new head coach in Al Golden, who left Temple to accept the Hurricanes vacancy. However, he walked into controversy, as an investigation into the activities of former booster Nevin Shapiro led to the suspension of eight players, including starting quarterback Jacory Harris.

 

 

For further reading, news, discussion and more visit Miami blog The 7th Floor and Maryland blog Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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Miami vs. Maryland: Both Teams Come Out Scoring In Second Half

Trailing 20-14 after the half, the Miami Hurricanes took the opening possession of the second half against the Maryland Terrapins and went 62 yards on 9 plays to take a 21-20 lead.

Stephen Morris led the charge for the Canes, completing multiple passes for big gains and driving Miami down the field quickly. He completed the drive with a five-yard run into the endzone.

Not to be outdone, Maryland went on a 14-play drive of their own. It included a 4th-and-1 conversion at the Miami 28 that moved the Terps even closer. Even so, they were only about to muster a Nick Ferrara field goal from 28 yards out to make it 23-21 Maryland.

Maryland QB Danny O'Brien is already 30-of-40 for 265 yards, TD and an INT. With three minutes left in the third, there's still plenty of time for him and both offenses to keep racking up stats.

For further reading, news, discussion and more visit Miami blog The 7th Floor and Maryland blog Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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Miami Vs. Maryland: Halftime Score Doesn't Reflect Terps Dominance

The Maryland Terrapins owned nearly everything about the first half of their season opener against the Miami Hurricanes. And yet, until the final minute they didn't even own the score board itself, which is probably owned by Under Armour. 

Miami is down only 20-14 at the break despite being outgained by 130 yards, and of course that's all Gary Crowton's fault. Well, not really. While the Terps have used a full suite of screen passes, three Danny O'Brien passes from within the five yard line wound up tipped or intercepted.

This game could very easily feature a three-touchdown edge for the Terps already, and if not for a freak play, Miami would be winning. Maryland dfensive lineman Joe Vellano ripped the football right out of Lamar Miller's hands as the first half came to a close, rumbling in for the touchdown.

For further reading, news, discussion and more visit Miami blog The 7th Floor and Maryland blog Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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Miami Vs. Maryland Score: Ugly Terps Pretty On Offense, Lead 10-0

The Maryland Terrapins may be dressed up like both the Montagues and Capulets at the same time, but new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has put together a competent attack early on. The Terps have produced 220 yards worth of offense in under 16 minutes, and without two red zone shortages (a Danny O'Brien interception and a stop that led to a field goal) they'd be up very big already.

Sure, they're playing a Miami Hurricanes team that's without approximately 87 defensive linemen, but still.

O'Brien has 156 yards passing already, with that touchdown going to Ronnie Tyler and the yardage high belonging to Kevin Dorsey so far. Current Miami starter Stephen Morris has completed two of four for 32 yards, which has been more than half of Miami's offense.

Those uniforms are marvelous, and I feel a little sad for Maryland fans trying to talk themselves into these things being good for recruiting. That's a Nike thing.

For further reading, news, discussion and more visit Miami blog The 7th Floor and Maryland blog Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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Miami Vs. Maryland: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Nevin Shapiro scandal looms large over the Miami Hurricanes as they try to take down new coach Randy Edsall's Maryland Terrapins in the season opener.

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Maryland Football Counters, Suspending D.J. Adams, Cody Blue For Miami Game

Two Maryland players suspended for Monday's season opener after violating team rules, bringing total number of suspensions for game to 10.

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Eight Miami Football Players Suspended, Must Repay Benefits

The Miami Hurricanes' strategy of declaring about a dozen players ineligible to encourage the NCAA to come to a quick decision on which ones can and can't play: well, it happened. Tuesday, the NCAA announced* eight of those players must repay benefits they received from crooked booster Nevin Shapiro -- no, they won't have to repay Shapiro. It will all go to charity.

Those eight players will all serve varying suspensions, ranging from one to six games.

The one-game club lists QB Jacory Harris, WR Travis Benjamin, DL Marcus Forston, DL Adewale Ojomo and LB Sean Spence. DB Ray-Ray Armstrong and DL Dyron Dye will miss four games, while DL Olivier Vernon must sit for all six. Yeah, that's a whole lot of defensive linemen missing significant time, 

At least there aren't very many big games in that first four, right? Just the conference opener against Maryland and incoming Ohio State. Oh man. Vernon will also miss games against Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

* And just in case you had any doubts about Shapiro's claims, the NCAA cites some very specific dollar amounts in there. "Approximately $738," son!

For more on Shapiro's claims and the NCAA investigation into Miami football, stay with this StoryStream. To check in with Miami fans, head over to The 7th Floor.

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