Terps Edge JMU, 38-35, in Overtime

Sept. 12, 2009

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    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Nick Ferrara kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, giving Maryland a win over James Madison.

    Starting first in overtime, James Madison moved one yard in three plays before Dixon Wright was wide right on a 41-yard field goal try.

    Maryland (1-1) then used two runs by Da'Rel Scott to move to the 13. Following two carries by quarterback Chris Turner, the second of which got the ball to the middle of the field, Ferrara connected.

    Up 21-6 in the second quarter, the Terrapins yielded 22 straight points and trailed 28-21 with 13 minutes left. The comeback was fueled by Maryland turnovers: A fumbled punt and an interception that was returned 62 yards for a touchdown by Jon Williams.

    The Terrapins pulled even on an 8-yard run by wide receiver Torrey Smith with 12:18 remaining. But JMU quarterback Drew Dudzik faked a handoff into the line, rolled left and broke free for a 70-yard run to give James Madison a 35-28 lead with 11:23 to go.

    On the ensuing drive, the Terps faced a fourth-and-4 from the James Madison 47. Turner completed a 20-yard pass to Ronnie Tyler, then hit Adrian Cannon for a 27-yard touchdown with 5:09 remaining.

    The Dukes outgained Maryland in the first half 217-151, but the Terrapins built a 21-14 lead behind Turner, who went 11-for-14 for 97 yards in the half, and Smith, who had four catches for 51 yards in addition to an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

    Smith finished with 229 all-purpose yards, including 127 yards in kickoff returns, 80 yards receiving on eight catches and 22 yards on a pair of rushes.

    Turner finished the game with 236 yards on a 25-for-38 passing day with one touchdown. Scott was the Terps' leading rusher with 68 yards on 17 carries.

    Next up, the Terps play host to Middle Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Tickets for home games are available through the Maryland Athletics Ticket Office. Fans may call 1-800-IM-A-TERP or click here.

    A replay of ESPN360's webcast of the Maryland-James Madison game will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. The Ralph Friedgen Television Show airs at 7 p.m.

    Material from the Associated Press contributed to this recap