Oct. 1, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Danny O'Brien threw two second-half touchdowns and Maryland's defense forced four turnovers, all after halftime, helping the Terrapins pull away to a 28-3 win over in-state foe Towson on Saturday.
O'Brien completed 14 of 21 passes for 123 yards. Davin Meggett added 102 rushing yards as Maryland finished with 335 total yards of offense, including a season-high 198 on the ground.
Towson came in leading all Football Championship Series teams in scoring defense, allowing an average of 10 points per game, but the Maryland (2-2) offense scored three second-half touchdowns.
The Tigers (3-1) had the ball for 21:30 of the game's first 30 minutes, keeping Maryland's offense off the field.
Maryland needed just 85 seconds to score against the Tigers when D.J. Adams ended a 65-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. The score came one play after a roughing the passer penalty on an incompletion allowed the Terps a first down rather than facing a fourth down at the 30.
D.J. Soven's 23-yard field goal at the end of a nine-minute possession in the second quarter by the Tigers made it 7-3 after they were stopped on a goal-line stand by the Terps.
The Tigers missed a 24-yard field goal try as the first half ended, rushing to get the kick off with no timeouts left and the clock ticking down.
Towson's defense blocked a Maryland field goal on the team's second possession and also held the Terps on a fourth-and-1 try on their next trip down the field. Maryland had the ball for just six offensive plays in the second quarter as Towson held the ball for almost seven minutes before the missed field goal.
Maryland extended its lead to 14-3 on its first possession of the second half, which followed an interception by Kenny Tate at the Towson 45. Maryland scored eight plays later with Justus Pickett going in from the 5. The true freshman had career highs in attempts (12) and rushing yards (82).
Following a Towson punt, Maryland drove 78 yards and scored on a 7-yard pass from O'Brien to Kenny Dorsey for a 21-3 advantage with 7:09 to play.
Another Towson fumble gave Maryland the ball at the Tigers 26, leading to a 5-yard pass from O'Brien to Tyler Cierski, the first score of the freshman's career.
Peter Athens started at quarterback for Towson in place of Grant Enders, who was injured last week. Athens, who missed all of 2010 with an injury, had career highs in completions (17), attempts (29) and passing yards (217).
Tom Ryan caught seven passes for 103 yards for the Tigers, who finished with 378 yards of offense.
The game was the first ever between the two teams and was a reunion of sorts for Maryland coach Randy Edsall and Towson coach Rob Ambrose, who coached together for seven years at the University of Connecticut.
Note: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will show a replay of the Regional Sports Networks (RSN) telecast of the Maryland-Towson game at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story.