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QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:28 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 11:40 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

MARYLAND WON. The first game of the ACC season featured the conference's newest coaches as Randy Edsall and Al Golden each made their debut on Monday night. Maryland and Miami braved through rain and injury issues before Terrapins' sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien connected on a couple of deep passes late in the fourth quarter to set up Nick Ferrara with the game-winning 30-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining. Senior cornerback Cameron Chism iced it with a pick-six to give Maryland the 32-24 win.

WHY MARYLAND WON: The Terrapins offense looked potent in year one under new offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, picking up 499 total yards against the Miami defense. Early in the game they got it done with a fast-paced offense that kept the depleted Hurricanes defensive unit on their heels. But red zone inefficiency resulted in five different drives only producing 12 points (4 field goals and a 23-yard miss by Ferrara).

WHEN MARYLAND WON: Maryland could have put this game away early, but the inability to capitalize in the red zone gave Miami enough of an opportunity to hang around until the bitter end. Trailing 24-23 with less than 4:00 remaining, it was the ACC Rookie of the Year O'Brien who connected with Kevin Dorsey on a 52-yard go route to set up the game winning field goal.

WHAT MARYLAND WON: A hard-fought conference win against one of the ACC's toughest opponents. Many doubters wondered how the Terps would perform with a new coaching staff and several key players missing from 2010's 9-win campaign. Davin Meggett stepped up as the new starting running back and delivered a 92 yards of downhill running while Kevin Dorsey took over Torrey Smith's role as O'Brien's favorite target with 8 catches for 124 yards. The Terps have some issues to address in the red zone, but it was a great start for a team looking to continue the momentum from a year ago.

WHAT MIAMI LOST: Al Golden was pleased with his team's ability to withstand Maryland's fast start and continue to fight through the game. But he will not be pleased with the penalties and costly turnovers that continue to nag this group of Hurricanes. Miami was 119th in the nation in turnovers a year ago, and on Monday two turnovers directly cost the Hurricanes 14 points. Without the pick-six or fumble returned for a touchdown Miami might have escaped with a win.

THAT WAS CRAZY: The uniforms. They are…something. (via @jose3030)

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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:20 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Tuche'  



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:18 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Ill be sure todo that the next time Maryland asks for Federal tax dollars, i.e. my tax dollars.  Your missing the point, and your wrong about tax dollars going to the athletic departments.  Sorry friend, there is no justification for spending hundreds of thousands on 30 unform combos when there is only 12 games.  wouldnt you rather seen tuition go down?



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:14 am
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

you obviously are not a student of history.  Read up on the Roman empire some time.  To the point that "you would know that ZERO tax dollars go towards the uniforms" your falling into the trap of buying the nonsence argument that tax money is not directly responsible for this type of garbage when in fact it all comes from the same pool of money at the end of the day.  Come on, get your head out of the gutter.  I am not us bashing I love this country, I did several years of service for it.  Applications and and advertising?  The average D,F,W rate for college universities is over 60% for freshman!!  At Michigan State its 70% Dont tell me about the quality of education and how great it is.  Look at any department of Labor and statistics graph and you understand what I am talking about. 

Feel free to educate yourself on the facts before you spread this Anti-athletic, hippie, biased, factually incorrect rant. 



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:56 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

What are talking about..... if you knew anything about college football you would know that ZERO tax dollars go towards the uniforms...... and things like "your stupid football program" bring in thousands of more applications... advertising for the school... check all the application levels of schools that win...  that increases the quality of your students and increases the quality and reputation of the university..

And buy the way, you can drop the US bashing, "The United States has seriously lost its way when this kind of crap is important"... Have you heard the World Cup or the Olympics?????  Are you from planet Earth??  If you think this issue is a problem you have to say the entire planet has a problem...  The new Libyain National Council brokered a deal with Addidas to have their World Cup team play a qualifying game with Egypt.... those two countries have a little more to worry about then we do...


Feel free to educate yourself on the facts before you spread this Anti-athletic, hippie, biased, factually incorrect rant.



Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:45 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

how are you desimated when you return 15+ starters? learn your MAC football homeboyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:04 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

athletic budgets aren't paid by State money.  Coaches' salaries, uniforms, travel, etc. are paid for from ticket sales and contributions.  If you're donating a bunch of money to the Maryland program, you can complain about how they spend their money.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:29 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

For God sake this is whats important to you?  Please go post an opinion on the Martha Stewart page.  These universities are just pizzing away your tax dollars, and you excited about it.  



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:25 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

Have we all lost our minds!!!!

Students and the parents of students should be infuriate and outraged by this. THIS IS WHAT YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED ON!!! In a time when Maryland, and every other state has record unemployment universities are charging 5 and 10 times the rate of inflation every year while the quality of that education is going into the toilet. These universities thinks its okay to blow their share of your property tax on 30 different uniform combinations for their stupid football programs. I love football, college in particular, but I have had it with this nonsense. The United States has seriously lost its way when this kind of crap is important.  Did anyone notice that the Maryland program hasnt changed.  They skirted by a desimated Miami team.




Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:16 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

If maryland would not have stalled in the redzone some many times the score would have been way worse. Good job turps, tOSU is going to make sure MIA starts the season 0-2.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:27 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Maryland 32, Miami 24

An excellent win for the Terps. As to the uniforms-- take a cue from Oregon, who paired with Nike in 1996 to introduce a series of avant-garde uniforms that pushed the boundaries of traditional taste.  Its all good from a publicity standpoint, and the attention tends to feed the competitive fires and winning expectations. Style creating substance. Ceratinly has worked for the Ducks. 


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