Maryland Vs. Miami: 35-Yard Leonard Hankerson Touchdown With 37 Seconds Left Gives Hurricanes A 26-20 Lead

The Terps fought hard against Miami on the road, but a late touchdown by wide receiver Leonard Hankerson handed Maryland a tough 26-20 loss.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Terps' Final Drive Comes Up Short, Hurricanes Win 26-20

This felt like a game the Maryland Terrapins would find a way to win. They got two huge interceptions from senior linebacker Alex Wujciak. They played a Miami Hurricanes team that constantly beat themselves, whether it was penalties or burning all three of their timeouts in the third quarter. But in the end, they couldn't find a way to pick up the big ACC road win they needed, falling 26-20.

The star of the game was Miami's true freshman quarterback Stephen Morris. Morris gave Miami the lead with 37 seconds left, finding wide receiver Leonard Hankerson deep for a 35-yard touchdown. On the play before that, he scrambled 16 yards on 3rd and 11 to keep Miami's drive alive. He did throw two interceptions, but when it mattered most, he came up big. 

The Terps made things interesting at the end. Wide receiver Adrian Canon had a 26-yard catch and run to get the ball to the Miami 42-yard line, and Kevin Dorsey caught a 12-yard pass two plays later with six seconds left to give Maryland one more chance. Quarterback Danny O'Brien lofted the ball up to Canon in the end zone, but he dropped it as he was hit hard by a Miami defensive back. The play wouldn't have held up anyway because Canon stepped out of bounds and was the first player to touch it.

Overall, Miami had 503 yards of total offense, compared to just 252 for the Terps. Penalties and turnovers kept Maryland in it, but they were outclassed today. O'Brien completed just 9 of 28 passes on the day, and only Davin Meggett was able to get anything going on the ground.

Maryland falls to 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the ACC, while Miami's win gives them the same exact record.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Leonard Hankerson Catches 35-Yard Touchdown To Give Hurricanes The Lead

It looked like Maryland would come away with this game when punter Travis Baltz boomed a 62-yard punt to push Miami back to their own 18-yard line. Miami had three minutes and no timeouts, making a game-winning drive tough. But somehow, they got it done. 

True freshman Stephen Morris found wide receiver Leonard Hankerson behind the defense for a 35-yard touchdown, giving Miami a 26-20 lead with less than a minute left in the game. Morris delivered a beautiful pass, and the Hurricanes converted a two-point conversion to give Miami the six-point lead.

Two plays made a difference on this drive. First, Maryland committed a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty that brought the ball to midfield. Then, on third and 11, Morris scrambled for 16 yards and got out of bounds, setting up Hankerson's touchdown.

Maryland has just one timeout left and 37 seconds to somehow get a game-winning touchdown.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Penalties Keep Miami Off The Board As Terps Grab 20-18 Lead

Defense and penalties have been the story of the second half.

Late in the third quarter the Terrapins and Hurricanes traded intereceptions as Miami held onto their slim lead. Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak, the next in the long line of Terrapin linebackers headed to the NFL, grabbed his second interception of the game. Wujciak scored on an interception in the first half, and he looked to be headed to the end zone again, but was tackled at the Miami 17-yard line. Just when you thought that the Terrapins were poised to take the lead though, an underthrown pass by Danny O'Brien was intercepted by Miami safety Ray Ray Armstrong in the end zone.

Early in the fourth quarter, it was Miami's defense again that appeared to put the Hurricanes farther in front. The Hurricanes sacked O'Brien, forcing a fumble. The ball was recovered by Marcus Robinson and returned all the way in for the score. But, as has been typical with Miami this season, the touchdown was called back for a penalty. Apparently a facemask penalty was called prior to the fumble.

Maryland was able to capitalize on that critical error. Backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson entered for O'Brien for just one play, and completed a first down to give the Terrapins the ball inside Miami's 10-yard line. That was about it for the visitors though. O'Brien re-entered the game and threw two incompletions. The team then turned to Travis Baltz, who kicked Maryland into a 20-18 lead.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Matt Bosher Field Goal Give Hurricanes 18-17 Lead

The Terrapins looked to be in trouble at the beginning of the second half. Miami started with the ball and was having no trouble moving the ball on the ground. Two long runs however were erased due to penalties, and the Hurricanes were forced to punt the ball away.

The Maryland offense took the field for only three plays though before Miami was able to get back to work. Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien was sacked on third down and the Terrapins punted as well.

Travis Baltz's punt netted Maryland only 32-yards though, and Miami got right back to business on the ensuing possession. The Hurricanes methodically drove the ball down inside Maryland's 20-yard line, before falling prey to penalties once again. The drive stalled at that point, but kicker Matt Bosher, who had struggled earlier in the contest, converted a 32-yard field goal attempt to put the Hurricanes back on top. The home team now leads 18-17

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Hurricanes Get A Field Goal To Cut Terps' Lead To 17-15 At Halftime

Miami's special teams have been a real problem for them today against Maryland, with two missed extra points. This time, though, the unit came through. Matt Bosher nailed a 34-yard field goal with less than a minute in the first half, cutting Maryland's lead to 17-15.

It looked like Maryland would get a key stop on this drive. Miami had third and 13 deep inside their own territory, but quarterback Stephen Morris found Travis Benjamin for a first down and much more. Thanks to some poor Maryland tackling, Benjamin was able to dance for a 48-yard gain down to the Terps' 20-yard line. Luckily for the Terps, Alex Wujciak broke up Morris' pass on third and six, forcing the Miami field goal.

Morris has now completed 7 of 12 passes for 162 yards and one interception. He's clearly erratic, but he also has a strong arm and can make plays on the move. Miami has really killed the Terps on the ground, with 133 yards rushing. As for the Terps, quarterback Danny O'Brien is struggling, completing just five of 16 passes on the day. Wujciak's interception return has been the difference.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Travis Baltz's 27-Yard Field Goal Gives Terps 17-12 Lead

Maryland was able to respond to Miami's score, which is good news for them. The bad news is that they were only able to get a field goal. On third and goal, wide receiver Adrian Canon dropped Danny O'Brien's fade route, forcing the Terps to settle for a 27-yard Travis Baltz field goal. They now lead Miami 17-12.

Two big runs set up Maryland's score. First, fullback Taylor Watson rumbled for 15 yards to get the ball to midfield. Then, tailback Davin Meggett got a seam and raced forward for 37 yards, cutting the ball back to the left side to pick up extra yardage. Danny O'Brien then converted a key third down inside the red zone with an 11-yard pass to Da'Rel Scott, but the drive stalled after Jamar Robinson checked in and mishandled the snap on second and goal. On third down, O'Brien tried throwing a fade route to Canon, but Canon dropped the pass, forcing Maryland to settle for Baltz's 27-yard field goal.

Miami will now get the ball back on their own 20-yard line with three minutes and 21 seconds left in the half. You have to wonder if this was a missed opportunity for Maryland, especially if Miami can come out and have a good drive.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Hurricanes Respond As Mike James Scores From Two Yards Out

It didn't take long for the Miami Hurricanes to respond to Alex Wujciak's big interception return. Stephen Morris and the Hurricanes moved the ball up the field quickly, and running back Mike James punched it into the end zone from two yards out. However, once again, Miami wasn't able to complete the extra point, as Maryland blocked the kick to preserve a 14-12 lead.

The big play on the drive came when Morris lofted the ball up to Danny Byrd for a 26-yard completion that got the ball down to the Maryland five-yard line. It looked like Maryland could have come up with the interception, but the ball went just over the outstretched arms of the Maryland defensive back. Two plays later, James scored from two yards out, diving to get the ball over the plane.

Maryland did make a huge play on the extra point. Joe Vellano snuck through the line and blocked the kick, maintaining Maryland's 14-12 lead. Miami has now failed to complete five extra points this season. 

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Alex Wujciak Intercepts Stephen Morris, Returns For Touchdown

The heart and soul of the Maryland Terrapins is senior linebacker Alex Wujciak. He's a two-time all-ACC player, and he's the emotional leader of the entire team. So it's only fitting that Wujciak made the big play that completely turned the tide of this game against Miami.

Wujciak stepped in front of the Miami receiver and picked off Stephen Morris' pass, returning it 60 yards for a touchdown to give Maryland a 14-6 lead. Morris was looking for the first down, but Wujciak read his eyes and jumped in at the perfect time. It's the second interception return of Wujciak's career, and it gives Maryland a major edge in this key ACC showdown.

It's also the latest big play for the Terps this season. As Patrick Stevens notes, Maryland has now outscored teams 73-7 on points off turnovers this season. Big plays are the major reason they are 6-2 this season.

Miami running back Lamar Miller, who has Miami's only touchdown, was injured on the play and walked off gingerly. It's not clear what caused the injury, but if he cannot return, that would be a huge loss for Miami. Miller has been running all over the Terps all day. 

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Kevin Dorsey Catches First Career Touchdown To Give Terps 7-6 Lead

The Maryland Terrapins have been trying to beat the Miami Hurricanes deep all game. They finally did it on the first play of the second quarter. Danny O'Brien lofted a beautiful pass to Kevin Dorsey, who reeled it in and stayed inbounds for a 42-yard touchdown, his first of his career.

O'Brien had tried to look for Torrey Smith a couple times, but the passes fell incomplete. This time, he got plenty of time and delivered a beautiful throw to Dorsey's outside shoulder. Dorsey was the only guy who could possibly catch the ball on the play, and he did so while staying inbounds and getting the ball across the plane for the touchdown. The play was reviewed, but the original ruling on the field was upheld.

The Terps now lead 7-6 after Travis Baltz hit the extra point. When Miami scored, they fumbled the snap on the extra point. That point could loom large later in the game.

Maryland managed to keep the drive alive twice on third down. First, O'Brien found Smith for 11 yards on a third and 10, and then he found Dorsey on the sidelines for a nine-yard gain on third and eight. Those plays set up the long touchdown pass.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Lamar Miller Scores From Eight Yards Out To Give Hurricanes A 6-0 Lead

It didn't take long for the Maryland Terrapins to realize they were playing a much better team than anyone they have faced in the ACC thus far. The Miami Hurricanes got a big 53-yard catch from Travis Benjamin to get deep into Maryland territory, and two plays later, redshirt freshman running back Lamar Miller punched the ball in from eight yards out to give Miami the lead. The Hurricanes botched the extra point snap, so they lead 6-0.

Miami had been moving the ball fairly well on the ground, which set up Benjamin's big catch. The Terps' coverage was a little late, and that was all backup quarterback Stephen Morris needed.

Maryland's offense thus far has been stuck in neutral. Quarterback Danny O'Brien has just completed one of his six passes, and Maryland receivers have already dropped a couple easy passes. The Terps got a break on their last possession when Miami was called for a roughing the punter penalty, but they were not able to take advantage. They will need to pick it up now as they take the ball from their own 25-yard line.

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Damien Berry, Miami's Leading Rusher, Out Saturday Against Terps

The Maryland Terps could catch a break if Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is not 100 percent for Saturday's ACC showdown. But the Terps definitely caught some good fortune when Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon ruled out running back Damien Berry for Saturday.

Berry is suffering from an undisclosed injury, but "has been banged up for about two and a half weeks," according to Shannon. Berry, a senior, leads the Hurricanes with 142 carries for 690 yards and four touchdowns. He had a season-low 42 yards on 11 carries against the Virginia Cavaliers last week. 

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Maryland Vs. Miami: '75 Percent' Chance Jacory Harris Sits Out With Concussion

This game on Saturday is by far the biggest game they will have played this season. On the road, against a very good team and in a position where they control their own destiny. A win against Miami would go a long way in helping the Terps gain some respect on the national level, and even in some of the polls. We never root for an injury here, but it would be a huge boon for Maryland if Jacory Harris isn't able to go. As of today, it seems like that is going to be the case.

Randy Shannon: "75 percent chance" Jacory Harris won't play against Terps. Harris didn't practice yesterday; not expected to practice today.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Harris still has a few days to recover before he has to be officially ruled out of the game, but 75 is a pretty high number. And nobody seems to be in a hurry to rush players back from concussions after the recent outrage over head injuries. Smart money is on Harris sitting out on Saturday, but again, nothing is set in stone.

Stephen Morris played pretty well in Miami's last game against Virginia, throwing for two touchdowns and running in for another. But he is just a true freshman (he had two interceptions as well) and his inexperience is something the Terps defense should be able to capitalize on.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown has done an excellent job drawing up exotic blitz schemes this season to put pressure on the opposing quarterback and this game should be an extension of that theme.

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Maryland Vs. Miami: Jacory Harris May Not Play Due To Concussion

The Maryland Terrapins have a huge game next weekend on the road against the Miami Hurricanes. A win shows everyone that they are a serious player in the ACC race, and not just a team that beats up on bad competition. A loss shows that they might be pretenders. The Terps failed in their last road test, getting blown out by a mediocre Clemson team. They need a win next weekend.

Luckily, the Terps may have caught a break. Jacory Harris, Miami's dynamic quarterback, suffered a concussion in the Hurricanes' shocking loss to Virginia last weekend. The Miami Herald is reporting that it remains unclear whether Harris will be able to play next weekend. When asked whether Harris could be out for several weeks, Miami coach Randy Shannon said it was too early to tell. 

If Harris cannot play, true freshman Stephen Morris will start at quarterback for the Hurricanes, Shannon said. That's a huge break for Maryland if it happens. 

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