Nov. 6, 2010
MIAMI - True freshman Stephen Morris threw for 286 yards in his first college start and hit Leonard Hankerson for a 35-yard score with 37 seconds left Saturday, rallying Miami past Maryland 26-20 in a game which had four lead changes.
The touchdown capped an 82-yard drive that began with 3:06 left and Miami trailing 20-18. The Hurricanes overcame 10 penalties, including one that negated a defensive score, and two blown extra-points.
Morris had an interception returned 60 yards for a touchdown by Alex Wujciak, but still managed to finish 18 for 30. He was filling in for Jacory Harris, sidelined last week by a concussion.
The Hurricanes (6-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept alive their slim hopes in the league race and became bowl-eligible by beating the Terrapins (6-3, 3-2), who qualified for the postseason last week.
Maryland had a chance to win at the end. The Terps drove to Miami's 30 before Danny O'Brien's pass into the end zone was incomplete on the final play.
Travis Baltz put the Terps ahead 20-18 with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard field goal. He also had a 27-yard field in the second quarter.
O'Brien was 9-for-28 for 134 yards, setting the Maryland freshman single-season passing yards record in the process. His 42-yard TD pass to Kevin Dorsey in the opening quarter gave the Terps a 7-6 lead.
Despite the loss, the Terps still control their own destiny in the Atlantic Division race with three games left to play.
Terrapin Replay: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is scheduled to show a replay of the ESPNU telecast of the Maryland-Miami game at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story.