Terps' Offense Fires On All Cylinders In 50-3 Victory Over Eagles.

Sept 8, 2001

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AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - "It's just two games. Let's not get all euphoric," Friedgen said after Maryland improved to 2-0 with a 50-3 rout of Eastern Michigan.

His players, however, couldn't contain their elation. After all, Maryland hasn't been in a bowl game since 1990 and no one on the current roster has ever experienced a winning season.

"It feels great. My first year we were 3-8, so I guess we're only one win away from that," said Guilian Gary, who had six catches for 76 yards. "Everybody is starting to get confidence ... we're really feeling good right now."

Good enough, in fact, to start thinking about playing beyond the final game of the season.

"We're real excited, but we can't be content," said Shaun Hill, who went 15-for-21 for 187 yards. "We realize we've got nine more games before the postseason, hopefully."

Bruce Perry ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns as Maryland recorded its most lopsided victory since a 52-0 rout of Wake Forest in 1996.

"We just want to show our fans and the world that we can be a consistent football team and put W's in that column," Perry said.

The defense limited Eastern Michigan (1-1) to just 124 yards in offense - fewest by a Maryland opponent since 1980 - in helping Friedgen became the first coach since Jim Tatum in 1947 to win his first two games at Maryland.

Eastern Michigan produced only 69 yards and five first downs in falling behind 41-0 after three quarters. The Eagles have lost nine straight on the road and are 0-26-1 in their last 27 nonconference road games since 1988.

"I thought Maryland's team speed was much better than ours," coach Jeff Woodruff said. "It looked like they were in a different speed than us."

Perry scored on runs of 8, 24 and 31 yards. The sophomore, who had never scored a touchdown in a college game, averaged 8.3 yards per carry before being pulled early in the third quarter.

Showing no signs of a letdown after last week's emotional 23-7 rout of Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina, Maryland scored on its first two possessions to take control.

First, the Terrapins moved 62 yards in 11 plays, taking a 6-0 lead on Perry's first career score.

Maryland then forced a punt and proceeded to embark on another 62-yard march. Perry ran for 47 yards on four carries before giving way to Marc Riley, who scored from the 1.

"These games are scary because you turn the ball over, you're not ready to play, and all of a sudden you're in a dogfight," Friedgen said. "They didn't do that. They went out and did their job and performed."

The Eagles' first turnover, an interception by Tony Okanlawon, set up a 19-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Guilian Gary for a 19-0 lead in the second quarter. Hill salvaged the drive with a 30-yard completion to Daryl Whitmer on a third-and-25.

Perry's second touchdown, with 3:37 left in the half, capped a 52-yard drive in which Hill completed two passes to Gary totaling 24 yards.

Hill completed two passes for 26 yards before Perry raced around right end to make it 34-0 early in the third quarter.

Down 44-0, the Eagles took advantage of Maryland's first turnover of the year, a fumble by backup quarterback Latrez Harrison, to get a 44-yard field goal by Eric Klaban.

Maryland freshman running back Jason Crawford scored from the 2 with 5:07 left, his first career touchdown.