Football Tops Temple, 30-20


September 26, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - LaMont Jordan ran for a career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night and Maryland scored twice in a three-minute span of the fourth quarter to pull away to a 30-20 victory over Temple.

Maryland (2-2) led 16-14 before Jordan scored on a 27-yard touchdown run with 13:44 left. After a Temple punt, Ken Mastrole threw a 39-yard TD pass to Bruce James for a 30-14 lead.

The loss kept Temple coach Bobby Wallace winless in his first season with the Owls (0-4). Temple, which has yielded an average of 30 points per game, kept it close for three quarters before collapsing.

Jordan, who carried 22 times, eclipsed his previous career high of 135 yards - set last season in a win against Temple.

The Owls trailed 16-7 before Lamond Adams forced a fumble that Temple cornerback LeVar Talley took 10 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 left in the third quarter.

The Terrapins responded with an 85-yard drive for a 23-14 lead. Jordan ran five times for 48 yards and kept the drive alive with a 15-yard pass to quarterback Randall Jones on a third-down trick play.

Temple went three plays before punting, and Mastrole found James in the right side of the end zone with 10:49 remaining. It was the first touchdown pass since 1996 for Mastrole, who alternated with Jones at quarterback the entire game.

The Owls also alternated quarterbacks, as freshman Devin Scott made his college debut by sharing time with starter Greg Muckerson. Neither was particularly impressive - they completed only two throws before Temple's final drive, which ended on a TD pass from Muckerson to Carlos Johnson with 1:33 left.

The Terrapins limited the Owls to four first downs and 104 yards in taking a 13-7 halftime lead.

Maryland moved 65 yards in seven plays in its second possession to go up 7-0. Jordan accounted for 47 rushing yards on the drive, including a 26-yard sweep around right end for a touchdown.

Jones replaced Mastrole at quarterback on the Terrapins' next possession and set up a 23-yard field goal by Brian Kopka for a 10-0 lead.

Scott then entered and directed a 12-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with a 3-yard TD run.

AP Sports Writer