Despite significant issues in the red zone, the Maryland Terrapins were able to defeat the Miami Hurricanes 32-24 in the season and conference opener for both clubs. An undermanned Miami football team, rocked in recent weeks by the Nevin Shapiro scandal, scrapped and clawed until the very end, finally being undone by the Terps' Cameron Chism intercepting a Stephen Morris pass and returning it for a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game.
Maryland jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, and looked ready to run away from the Canes before the offense began stalling in the red zone. Several lenghty drives ended in just three points off the leg of Terps kicker Nick Ferrara, and if it weren't for the defensive touchdowns scored by defensive lineman Joe Vellano and Chism, the result of this game could have been very different.
Danny O'Brien had a monster evening at the helm for Maryland, earning Randy Edsall a victory in his Maryland debut. O'Brien was 31 of 44 for 348 yards, throwing both a touchdown and interception. He was aided on the ground and in the backfield by Davin Meggett, who gained 92 yards on 21 carries and was Clinton Portis-esque in his blitz pick up.