Sept. 9, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)- Lance Ball rushed for two touchdowns and Maryland defeated Middle Tennessee State 24-10 Saturday night. Sam Hollenbach completed 11 of 16 passes for 139 yards and ran for a touchdown for the Terrapins (2-0).
Maryland was outgained 321-274 by their Sun Belt Conference opponent.
Eugene Gross ran for a TD and Clint Marks was 22-for-41 for 216 yards for Middle Tennessee (1-1), which trailed 17-3 at halftime. The Terrapins failed to capitalize on a pair of first-half fumble recoveries.
Maryland took a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard run by Ball, four plays after Josh Wilson returned the opening kickoff 61 yards.
Middle Tennessee responded with a 13-play, 66-yard drive that produced a 42-yard Colby Smith field goal.
Dan Ennis kicked a 37-yard field goal with 4:06 left in the first quarter and Hollenbach sneaked in from 1 yard out midway through the second period.
Maryland scored on its first possession of the second half. Ball ran 2 yards off left tackle for a 24-3 lead.
The Blue Raiders ate up 8:28 during a 17-play, 80-yard march capped by a 2-yard sweep right by Gross with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter.