A depleted Miami Hurricanes football team has fought back from a 10-0 first quarter deficit to trail the Maryland Terrapins 20-14 at the half, and if it weren't for the wheels of Terps defensive lineman Joe Vellano, the Canes would actually hold the lead. Vellano recovered a Miami fumble with under a minute left in the half, and trucked 29 yards for the touchdown.
Maryland was plagued by poor red zone production in the half against Nevin's Orphans - the Terps turned four red red zone trips into just 13 points. 62-yard and 72-yard second quarter drives ended with field goals by Maryland place kicker Nick Ferrara.
The redo zone deficiency is particularly disconcerting given the way Maryland has dominated the first half statistically. The Terps have outgained the Canes 311 yards to 188. Maryland has 19 first downs to just eight for the Hurricanes.
Terps quarterback Danny O'Brien has been stellar in the half, completing 22 of 30 passes for 239 yards, tossing a first quarter touchdown to Ronnie Tyler, but also costing Maryland points with a back of the end zone pick that ended a 70-yard first quarter drive.
Miami has scored both their touchdowns on the ground, via a one yard Mike James TD and a 41-yard burst by Lamar Miller right through the middle of the Maryland defense.
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