Terps triumph

December 31, 2008

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Colin Kaepernick limped with every step, whether running for a touchdown or walking up a platform to accept an award.

Nevada's sophomore quarterback did everything he could, even with a balky right ankle, and it still wasn't enough for Wolf Pack to best one of the big boys from a BCS conference.

Kaepernick threw for a Humanitarian Bowl-record 370 yards, but Da'Rel Scott ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns in just 1 1/2 quarters to help the Terrapins beat Nevada 42-35 on Tuesday.

Kaepernick, the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the year, was injured late in the first half, but was able to rally the Wolf Pack (7-6) from a 28-14 halftime deficit. He threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, finding Marko Mitchell from 21 yards out to tie it at 28 with 14:13 left.


"I was proud of the way we stepped up and got back into it, but we came up short," Kaepernick said.

Benched for the first 2 1/2 quarters for a curfew violation, Scott broke free in the final 20 minutes. He ripped off a 49-yard touchdown run after Mitchell's TD to regain the lead for Maryland (8-5) and vault over 1,000 yards for the season, becoming only the seventh back in school history to achieve the mark.

On the Terps' next drive, Scott accounted for all 66 yards, with runs of 11, 23 and 30 yards leading to his 2-yard plunge that became the winning points.

"He realized that the game could've been taken from him at any moment, so he played like every play was his last out there," Maryland receiver Torrey Smith said about Scott's effort. "You could see it in his eyes."

Kaepernick tried to lead one last rally, scoring on a 15-yard scramble with 2:19 left, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Maryland, who ran out the clock.

Afterward, Kaepernick had to stick around on the field to accept a hollow award as Nevada's game MVP while the Terrapins celebrated around him. The Wolf Pack were trying for just their third win over a BCS conference school since moving up from the Championship Subdivision in 1992.

"He did a nice job fighting through it ... but it wasn't enough," Nevada coach Chris Ault said of his quarterback.

Ault was critical of Kaepernick's mistakes -- he threw two interceptions, including one in the end zone in the first quarter -- but was more disappointed in the performance of the Wolf Pack defense. Nevada came in No. 3 in the country against the run, giving up just 74.5 yards per game.

But Maryland exposed Nevada's run defense as a fraud, rushing for 258 yards, highlighted by Scott.

"He just ran through us like we weren't there," Ault said.

Maryland ignored the distraction of having seven players -- including four starters -- benched for curfew violations. Coach Ralph Friedgen indicated some of the seven sneaked out after bed check a few nights before the game.

Five, including Scott and starting receiver Danny Oquendo, eventually played. But their backups made significant contributions as well.

Quarterback Chris Turner hit third-string wideout Adrian Cannon for a 59-yard TD on Maryland's opening drive, and found Oquendo's backup, Ronnie Tyler, for a 14-yard score late in the first half to give Maryland a 28-14 lead at the break. Smith added a 99-yard kickoff return and Scott's backup, Morgan Green, had a 53-yard scoring run in the first half. Turner finished 13 of 27 for 198 yards and two scores.

It was the type of rally Friedgen was hoping to see when he disciplined his stars.

"You saw some guys play that probably wouldn't have been playing and they made some plays that made us a better football team," he said.

Humanitarian Bowl

At Boise, Idaho


Maryland 13 15 0 14 -- 42
Nevada 14 0 7 14 -- 35

First Quarter

Md--Cannon 59 pass from Turner (kick failed), 13:59.

Nev--Wellington 1 pass from Kaepernick (Jaekle kick), 8:06.

Md--Smith 99 kickoff return (Egekeze kick), 7:53.

Nev--Taua 17 run (Jaekle kick), :46.

Second Quarter

Md--M.Green 53 run (Egekeze kick), 14:50.

Md--Tyler 14 pass from Turner (Meggett pass from Turner), :06.

Third Quarter

Nev--Taua 17 pass from Kaepernick (Jaekle kick), 5:58.

Fourth Quarter

Nev--Mitchell 21 pass from Kaepernick (Jaekle kick), 14:13.

Md--Scott 49 run (Egekeze kick), 12:21.

Md--Scott 2 run (Egekeze kick), 7:44.

Nev--Kaepernick 15 run (Jaekle kick), 2:19.


Md. Nev.

First downs 19 26

Rushes-yards 39-258 33-114

Passing 198 370

Comp-Att-Int 13-27-1 24-49-2

Return Yards 49 33

Punts-Avg. 8-39.0 8-36.9

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-50 4-35

Time of Possession 28:47 31:13


RUSHING--Maryland, Scott 14-174, M.Green 10-72, Meggett 10-35, Team 2-(minus 3), Heyward-Bey 1-(minus 6), Turner 2-(minus 14). Nevada, Taua 23-101, Kaepernick 9-15, Team 1-(minus 2).

PASSING--Maryland, Turner 13-27-1-198. Nevada, Kaepernick 24-47-2-370, Graziano 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING--Maryland, Tyler 5-55, Heyward-Bey 4-48, Smith 2-33, Cannon 1-59, Lee-Odai 1-3. Nevada, McCoy 13-172, Mitchell 5-130, Wellington 3-14, King 2-37, Taua 1-17.

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