Maryland Hangs On For 14-10 Win Over Florida International

Sept. 23, 2006

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Sam Hollenbach threw a pair of first-half touchdowns passes and Christian Varner intercepted Josh Padrick's pass at the 3-yard line as time expired, preserving Maryland's 14-10 victory over Florida International on Saturday.

Padrick, who completed 15 of 32 passes for 221 yards, completed a desperation heave to Chandler Williams at the 9 with 1 second left. Varner's interception, however, sent the Golden Panthers (0-4) to their fourth loss by a total of 11 points this season.

Hollenbach completed 17 of 30 passes for 158 yards, and Lance Ball added 82 yards rushing for the Terrapins (3-1).

Maryland took advantage of early miscues by Florida International to take the lead.

After a 13-yard punt by Chris Cook gave the Terrapins the ball at the Florida International 43, their drive appeared to stall when Alexander Bostic sacked Hollenbach on a third-and-11. But the Panthers were called for a facemask, and two plays later Hollenbach hit Josh Allen on a screen pass for a 14-yard touchdown.

The Terps had a chance to extend the lead early in the second quarter, but Lionell Singleton intercepted Hollenbach's pass in the end zone.

Two plays later, Panthers tight end Samuel Smith caught a short pass from Padrick, broke a tackle at the 35 and ran 87 yards for the tying score. It was the longest pass play in Florida International history and the longest touchdown pass given up by Maryland since 1999.

Following a missed 47-yard field-goal attempt by Maryland's Dan Ennis, the Terrapins took a 14-7 lead near the end of the half when Danny Oquendo's 37-yard punt return gave them the ball at the Panthers 28. Hollenbach then found Williams in the front corner of the end zone with 10 seconds left.

In the second half, A'Mod Ned's 52-yard run down the right sideline set up Chris Patullo's 26-yard field goal, cutting Maryland's lead to 14-10 with 10:42 to play. The Panthers had rushed for a total of 31 yards prior to Ned's run.