2008 Maryland Terrapins
2008 Humanitarian Bowl
Maryland 42 … Nevada 35
In a fun shootout, Maryland's DaRel Scott came off the bench after being benched for over two quarters for missing curfew and ran for 174 yards with scores of 49 and two yards out to break a 28-28 tie. Nevada came back with a 15-yard Colin Kaepernick touchdown run with just over two minutes to play, but the Pack never got the ball back. Kaepernick played through a sprained ankle to throw three touchdown passes including a 17-yarder to Vai Taua in the third and a 21-yarder to Marko Mitchell in the fourth to tie it up before Scott went to work. Chris Turner threw two touchdown passes for the Terps, Morgan Green ran for a 53-yard second quarter touchdown, and Torrey Smith answered an early Nevada touchdown with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.
Player of the Game: Maryland RB DaRel Scott ran 14 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns in just over a quarter.
Stat Leaders: Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 24-47, 370 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Vai Taua, 23-101, 1 TD. Receiving: Mike McCoy, 13-172
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 13-27, 198 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: DaRel Scott, 14-174, 2 TD. Receiving: Ronnie Tyler, 5-55, 1 TD
Inside The Box Score ... 5 Thoughts on the Humanitarian Bowl …Maryland LB Alex Wujciak made 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss .... Each team had three turnovers … Rushing yards: Maryland 258 – Nevada 114 … Third down conversions: Maryland 4-of-14 – Nevada 8-of-18 … Sacks: Maryland 3 – Nevada 2
Aug. 30 Delaware W 14-7
Boston College 28 … Maryland 21
Boston College clinched the Atlantic title for the second straight year as Billy Flutie hit Jordan McMichael on a nine-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal and Robert Francois returned an interception 36 yards for a score in the second half. Dominique Davis threw two touchdown passes, connecting with Justin Jarvis on a seven-yard score and Rich Gunnell on a 45-yard pass play in the first half, but Maryland wouldn't go away. Despite giving up five sacks and getting the running game stuffed for -6 yards, the Terps kept it close on a one-yard Chris Turner touchdown run and a 13-yard pass to Danny Oquendo.
Player of the game: Boston College LB Robert Francois made 10 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and an interception return for a score
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 33-57, 360 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 13-19. Receiving: Danny Oquendo, 9-111, 1 TD
Boston College - Passing: Dominique Davis, 12-24, 134 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Montel Harris, 25-116. Receiving: Rich Gunnell, 3-78, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Losing three of the final four games when a shot at the ACC title was there for the taking, but this is a flawed Terp team that has played far better than expected throughout the year. Chris Turner held up against the BC pass rush and kept on firing, and he had to considering there wasn't any running game to count on. Even with several big problems, Maryland was right in the game until the very end before Turner threw a pick six. Lost in the loss was a good game from the defense that held BC to 318 yards.
Florida State 37 … Maryland 3
Florida State kept alive its hope of an ACC title while ruining Maryland's dream by forcing four turnovers and getting a touchdown run and a pass from Christian Ponder. Ponder hit Preston Parker for a seven-yard score and he ran for a one-yard touchdown, while Antone Smith added a one-yard score in the second quarter. The defense came through with a 22-yard Derek Nicholson fumble return for a touchdown on the way to a 24-0 lead before Maryland came up with a 34-yard field goal. Graham Gano added three field goals for the Noles. FSU safety Myron Rolle interviewed for the Rhodes Scholarship, received it, and still made it in time for the second half.
Player of the game: Florida State QB Christian Ponder completed 19-of-24 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 14 times for 81 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-30, 149 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Da'Rel, Scott, 12-82. Receiving: Dan Gronkoswki, 4-46
Florida State - Passing: Christian Ponder, 19-24, 143 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Christian Ponder, 14-81, 1 TD. Receiving: Preston Parker, 8-67, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Maryland had everything going its way. The crowd was pumped up, it was Senior Day, and the team had everything to play for with the ACC title still in play, but it got ripped up by a Florida State defense that owned the game from the start. When the Terps were able to move, they screwed up with turnovers. The conference title might be gone now, but they can still play the role of spoiler, and help FSU, with a win over Boston College. However, the offensive line will have to play far better than it did against the Noles.
Maryland 17 … North Carolina 15
Chris Turner led the Terps on a 19-play drive late in the fourth quarter finishing with a 26-yard Obi Egekeze field goal for the winning points with 1:42 to play. North Carolina's offense couldn't manage much in the rain getting 59 of its 285 yards on a Cooter Arnold touchdown catch. The Tar Heels took an early 5-0 lead off a bad punt snap and the first of two Casey Barth field goals, but a Da'Rel Scott three-yard touchdown run and a one-yard Davin Meggett gave the Terps the lead before Barth took it back with a 28 yarder. There weren't any points in the second half until the late field goal. Maryland held the ball for 40:29.
Player of the game: Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott ran 29 times for 129 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-31, 141 yds
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 29-129, 1 TD. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 5-43
North Carolina - Passing: Cameron Sexton, 10-24, 166 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shaun Draughn, 13-46. Receiving: Hakeem Nicks, 3-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Just when it seemed like Maryland was going to bow out of the ACC title hunt, it goes off and stuns North Carolina to get right back in it. The defense did a phenomenal job of keeping the Tar Heels under wraps, especially in the second half, while Chris Turner came up with his best drive as a Terp taking the offense to the winning score. Now the momentum has to carry over against Florida State and Boston College. Win those two, play for the ACC title, have a shot for the BCS … it's that easy.
Virginia Tech 23 … Maryland 13
It was the Darrell Evans show for Virginia Tech as he tore off 253 yards with a one-yard touchdown. The Hokies got two Dustin Keys field goals and a Greg Boone five-yard touchdown catch on the way to a 20-3 lead, but Maryland came back to make it interesting with a 63-yard touchdown catch from Darrius Heyward-Bey. Keys hit a 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth, and the Hokie defense did the rest. Maryland finished with -12 rushing yards.
Player of the game: Virginia Tech RB Darren Evans ran 32 times for 253 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 19-31, 240 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Davin Meggett, 4-13. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 5-92, 1 TD
Virginia Tech - Passing: Sean Glennon, 14-20, 127 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Darren Evans, 32-253, 1 TD. Receiving: Danny Coale, 3-38
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Maryland had Da'Rel Scott against Virginia Tech, but the offensive line couldn't get anything going against the active Hokie defensive front. Basically, the Terps got shoved around on both sides of the ball, but it did a decent job of pressuring Hokie QB Sean Glennon. QB Chris Turner couldn't get the offense moving, especially on third down, to give the defense enough rest. The Hokies ended up holding on to the ball for 37:34, while Maryland had it for just 22:26.
Maryland 27 … NC State 24
Obi Egekeze nailed a 20-yard field goal with six seconds to play to finally put away NC State. The Wolf Pack overcame the lousy weather to get two short Russell Wilson touchdown passes and a one-yard Andre Brown run in a see-saw game. Maryland kept pace with a 13-yard Dan Gronkowski touchdown catch and touchdown runs from Davin Meggett and Da'Rel Scott, with Scott's 24-yarder giving the Terps a seven point lead early in the third quarter.
Player of the game: Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott ran 23 times for 163 yards and a touchdown, and caught a pass for 17 yards
Stat Leaders: NC State- Passing: Russell Wilson, 18-28, 187 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Andre Brown, 15-56, 1 TD. Receiving: Andre Brown, 5-38
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 9-20, 126 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 23-163 yds, 1 TD. Receiving: Dan Gronkowski, 3-37, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Maryland wasn't pretty in the win over NC State, but Da'Rel Scott was great at pounding away and getting the offense on track when Chris Turner wasn't throwing well. The ground game was the difference, but it didn't control the game. NC State was able to move the ball way too easily up until the fourth quarter, but the Terps still held tough and came through clutch to get the win. Now bowl eligible with a week off, the team can get ready for a nasty finishing kick starting with a trip to Virginia Tech.
Maryland 26 … Wake Forest 0
Maryland dominated from start to finish on both sides of the ball, The Terps scored on their opening drive on a nine-yard Darrius Heyward-Bey catch on a halfback pass from Da'Rel Scott, and closed things out with a 50-yard Danny Oquendo touchdown catch in the final few minutes. In between, Obi Egekeze hit four field goals and the Terp defense stuffed Wake Forest cold. The Demon Deacons finished with just 219 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 11 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Wake Forest - Passing: Riley Skinner, 14-30, 127 yds
Rushing: Josh Adams, 13-39. Receiving: D.J. Boldin, 7-72
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 28-41, 321 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 18-73. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 11-101, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Maryland had four drives stall against Wake Forest, leading to field goals instead of touchdowns. Outside of that, everything else worked in the shocking shut out win. Maryland wasn't just good, it was ACC title good as it put together its best overall game of the year by far. Chris Turner threw well, Da'Rel Scott ran well, and the defense stoned the Demon Deacon offense all game long. Now the momentum has to continue as the Terps have the tough part of the schedule to come after facing NC State.
Virginia 31 … Maryland 0
Virginia stunned Maryland as Marc Verica hit Kevin Ogletree on a 51-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 15-yard touchdown play in the second. He also ran for a five-yard score and Cedric Peerman ran for a nine-yard touchdown as the Cavaliers stunned the Terps on both sides of the ball. Maryland turned it over twice and was held to 79 yards rushing, while Virginia's ground game cranked out 201 yards and had its best performance of the year.
Player of the game: Virginia QB Marc Verica completed 25-of-34 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score
Stat Leaders: Virginia - Passing: Marc Verica, 25-34, 226 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Cedric Peerman, 17-110, 1 TD. Receiving: Kevin Ogletree, 5-100, 2 TD
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 20-34, 223 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 11-36. Receiving: Ronnie Tyler, 5-56
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... There was a little bit of inside talk that the Terps were due for a clunker. After playing so well on a three-game winning streak, the offense fell flat against Virginia, the defense got run over, and now, a great-looking season is in question with Wake Forest up next and several tough games left to deal with. The Terps have to get back to what worked, and that's running the ball, forcing mistakes on defense, and keeping the chains moving with the passing game.
Maryland 20 ... Clemson 17
After getting dominated in the first half. Maryland took control in the second half as Darrius Heyward-Bey came up with a 76-yard run to set up a six-yard Torrey Smith touchdown catch, and Da'Rel Scott ran for a one-yard score. The defense held firm time and again as the Clemson offense that controlled the game early on, with C.J. Spiller running for 35-yard touchdown run and James Davis adding a 38-yard score, struggled to move the ball. Clemson turned the ball over three times, Maryland didn't give it away.
Player of the game:.Maryland LB Alex Wujciak made 16 tackles and a half a tackle for los
Stat Leaders: Clemson - Passing: Cullen Harper, 15-22, 151 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: James Davis, 17-126, 1 TD. Receiving: Aaron Kelly, 7-75
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-30, 172 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 1-76. Receiving: Danny Oquendo, 4-49
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The team appears to be building confidence by the week and seemingly, by the play. Against Clemson, the Terps turned into a different team with Darrius Heyward-Bey tore off a 76-yard run to set up a touchdown. All of a sudden, the entire team seemed a half-step quicker, the offense was crisper, and Clemson didn't do anything to answer. If this team really is good enough to beat California and come back to beat Clemson at Clemson, then it's good enough to win any game left on the schedule.
Maryland 51 …Eastern Michigan 24
Maryland rolled out to a nearly 17-0 lead on two short Morgan Green touchdown runs, and then Darrius Heyward-Bey went to work catching a 32–yard touchdown pass and running for 81 yards on two plays to set up scores. Eastern Michigan hung around into the fourth quarter with Kyle McMahon connecting with Jacory Stone for a two-yard touchdown pass to pull within 13, but the Terps put it away as WR Danny Oquendo found Isaiah Williams for a 43-yard score. Backup Maryland QB Josh Portis led all runners with 98 yards and an eight-yard touchdown.
Player of the game:.Maryland QB Chris Turner completed 15-of-23 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Eastern Michigan - Passing: Kyle McMahon, 25-37, 278 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Terrence Blevins, 10-61, 1 TD. Receiving: Jacory Stone, 9-76, 1 TD
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 15-23, 212 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Josh Portis, 9-98, 1 TD. Receiving: Danny Oquendo, 3-38
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Maryland's offense finally seemed to have found its confidence. Eastern Michigan might not have the greatest defense, but the Terps still did what they needed to do to rip it apart and keep the chains moving. Chris Turner was fantastic helping the offense convert 8-of-13 third down chances. This was a strong confidence booster for the offense going into the showdown against Clemson next week, but the defense has to do a better job against short to midrange passing game.
Maryland 35 ... California 27
Maryland jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Da'Rel Scott runs from one and 24 yards out, and got up 28-6 midway through the third quarter on a 27-yard Darrius Heyward-Bey scoring grab. And then came the comeback. Cal ripped off 21 points in the final seven minutes, with Kevin Riley throwing three touchdown passes, but it was too little, too late as the Terps were able to run out the clock. Cal finished with 461 yards of total offense to Maryland's 297.
Player of the game: Maryland RBs Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett combined for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 16-19, 156 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: DaRel Scott, 19-87, 2 TD Receiving: Dan Gronkoswki, 4-24, 1 TD
California - Passing: Kevin Riley, 33-58, 423 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jahvid Best, 10-25. Receiving: LaRevlle Cunningham, 7-138
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The win over Cal might not have just changed around the season, it might have changed the Maryland program. Head coach Ralph Friedgen had been saying he believes his Terp team has the talent and potential to be strong, and it showed it by taking advantage of a sleepy Bear team. The offense didn't explode through the air, but Chris Turner didn't make mistakes and was extremely efficient. The defense might have given up a ton of passing yards, 424, but it got off the field by allowing Cal to convert just 2-of-11 third down chances.
Middle Tennessee 24 … Maryland 14
Middle Tennessee pulled off the shocker as Joe Craddock threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Sancho McDonald to start the scoring and ended the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Beyah late in the third quarter. Maryland hit two home runs to stay alive, with Da'Rel Scott running for a 63-yard score in the first quarter and Darrius Heyward-Bey scoring on an 80-yard touchdown catch in the third. The Terps got deep inside Maryland territory three times in the fourth quarter but didn't come away with any points with two interceptions thrown and a fourth down stop from the Blue Raider D.
Player of the game: Middle Tennessee QB Joe Craddock completed 28-of-40 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns and ran nine times for 28 yards
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 13-28, 207 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: DaRel Scott, 11-123, 1 TD Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 3-90, 1 TD
Middle Tennessee - Passing: Joe Craddock, 28-40, 256 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Phillip Tanner, 22-61, 1 TD. Receiving: Malcolm Beyah, 4-94, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The loss to Middle Tennessee goes beyond disastrous for Maryland. The offense simply isn't working right when 143 of your 357 yards come on two plays, and while there were chances late, the O simply wasn't good enough to take advantage of the opportunities. Da'Rel Scott is a weapon and Darrius Heyward-Bey is an NFL starter hanging around the college game, but until a quarterback emerges, the Terps are going to be in big trouble. Chris Turner isn't getting the job done. It might be time to sink or swim with Josh Portis.
Maryland 14 ... Delaware 7
It wasn't always pretty with Maryland missing three field goals, but RB Da'Rel Scott managed to run for 197 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry, and the defense came up with two key turnovers and limited Delaware to a one-yard Jonathon Smith touchdown run with just over five minutes to play. The Terps got the first 14 points of the game on a 12-yard run from WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and a 14-yard dash from Davin Meggett, but struggled to put the game away despite the success of the running game. Anthony Walters came up with 13 tackles and an interception for the Blue Hens.
Player of the game: Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott ran 26 times for 197 yards
Stat Leaders: Delaware - Passing: Robby Schoenhoft, 14-22, 128 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Johnathon Smith, 18-57, 1 TD. Receiving: Aaron Love, 4-49
Maryland - Passing: Jordan Steffy, 10-18, 115 yds, 2 INTs
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 26-197. Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 4-70
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The Terps will take it. It certainly wasn't pretty, but Maryland isn't going to give back its 14-7 victory over Delaware. It was a typical afternoon in College Park, as the defense and running game helped overcome a feeble passing attack. It's a good thing RB Da'Rel Scott flashed star potential because Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner managed to produce just 126 yards and no touchdowns through the air. While that might be alright against FCS schools, it won't cut it when ACC play begins.
2008 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Kenny Tate WR, 6-4, 215 Forestville, Md. (DeMatha High School)
One of the most talented receivers in the nation ... an athletic wide receiver with a dangerous combination of size and speed ... a threat to go the length of the field whenever he touches the ball ... has demonstrated versatility and toughness ... a four-star player ... the 16th-ranked receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... also ranked No. 19 nationally by Scouts, Inc. ... the fourth best prospect in the state of Maryland by that outlet and ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... the 100th ranked overall prospect in the nation according to PrepStar ... four-year letterman and three-year starter for a deep and talented squad ... three-time consensus all-state selection by the Associated Press and an All-Metro pick by the Washington Post ... caught 32 passes for 489 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 48 tackles and four interceptions on defense in 2007 ... totaled over 300 yards both in rushing and receiving his junior season with seven total touchdowns ... also added a kickoff return for a touchdown and two scores on punt returns that year ... rushed for seven TDs and caught four more as a sophomore in 2005 ... turned down over 100 scholarship offers to attend Maryland ... also considered Illinois, Penn State, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan
Potential Instant Impact Players
TE 6-4 220 Princeton, NJ
A tall, athletic tight end with good hands ... a four-star recruit by Scout.com ... an all-state and all-county selection as a senior in 2006 when he had 28 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns ... also netted 76 tackles and eight sacks on the defensive side of the ball as Hunterdon finished 9-3 and won the state championship in 2006 ... also lettered in lacrosse, where he led Hunterton to three consecutive state titles (2005-07) ... an all-state and honorable mention All-American selection in lacrosse ... team won conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... also recruited by Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt
DL, 6-1, 285 Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield College Prep)
An intelligent defensive tackle with promising combination of size and quickness ... rated the No. 15 defensive tackle in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked as the 33rd-best defensive tackle by Scout.com ... a three-year starter on the defensive line (sophomore and junior at DT; senior at DE) ... also started at offensive tackle as a junior and senior ... an all-state defensive lineman as a sophomore, junior and senior ... compiled 47 tackles, including 11 for a loss and 5.5 sacks, in 2007 ... forced three fumbles his senior season ... registered 87 tackles, including 27 TFLs, and five forced fumbles in 2006 ... also ran track and played basketball his freshman and sophomore years ... also considered Florida, Notre Dame, NC State, Colorado and Syracuse, among others
Rest of the Class
|Tyler Bass||QB||6-3||195||Stockbridge, GA|
|Cody Blue||OL||6-5||270||Columbia, MD|
|Kerry Boykins||WR||6-1||200||Chesapeake, VA|
|Devonte Campbell||TE||6-3||240||Chatham, VA|
|Cameron Chism||DB||6-1||175||Forestville, MD|
|R.J. Dill||OL||6-6||274||Camp Hill , PA|
|Kevin Dorsey||WR||6-1||187||Forestville, MD|
|Gary Douglas||RB||6-0||177||Durham, NC|
|Eteyen Edet||LB||6-2||235||Fort Washington, MD|
|A.J. Francis||DT||6-4||315||Washington, DC|
|Justin Gilbert||OL||6-6||280||Richmond, VA|
|Demetrius Hartsfield||LB||6-2||208||Raleigh, NC|
|Masengo Kabongo||DT||6-3||279||Fairfield, CT|
|Zach Kerr||DT||6-2||323||Gaithersburg, MD|
|Justin Lewis||OL||6-4||315||Johnsonville, SC|
|Davin Meggett||RB||5-8||190||Surrattsville, MD|