Football Wins Season Opener

Sept. 5, 1998

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Lynde Washington returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown and Maryland scored 13 points off James Madison mistakes in a 23-15 victory Saturday night.

Held to three field goals in the first half, Maryland (1-0) scored twice in the opening seven minutes of the third quarter to go up 23-0 against the Division I-AA Dukes (0-1).

Four plays after Matt Kalapinski scored the Terrapins' first touchdown on a 1-yard run, Washington picked off a Greg Maddox pass and ran down the left sideline untouched.

It was his second interception of the game and the second of the junior cornerback's career. The last Terrapin to score on an interception return was Mike Thomas, in October 1989.

Brian Kopla kicked three field goals and junior Kevin Mastrole, making his fourth career start and first since 1996, was 15-for-24 for 181 yards.

The Terrapins played without their leading rusher of a year ago, LaMont Jordan, who has a sprained ankle. Harold Westley started at tailback and gained 68 yards on 20 carries.

The Dukes scored twice in the fourth quarter. Maddox threw a 15-yard pass to Lindsay Fleshman, who got behind Washington on a fourth-down play, and Curtis Keaton scored from the 3 with 1:24 left. Maryland recovered the onside kick.

Maddox finished 15-for-25 for 154 yards and Keaton ran for 109 yards, 66 on one fourth-quarter carry.

Three straight JMU turnovers helped the Terrapins take a 9-0 halftime lead.

Kopka kicked a 21-yard field after Madison punter Chris Wright fumbled the snap deep in his own territory. Five plays later, Maddox fumbled when hit by Aaron Thompson and Maryland's Eric Barton took the ball 16 yards to the 21, setting up a 27-yard field goal.

The Terrapins moved 43 yards in nine plays before Kopka kicked a 26-yarder 14 seconds before halftime.

Maryland lost its opener against underdog Ohio University last season and finished 2-9, dropping the final six games.