Maryland Football Takes Care Of Temple With 17-10 Win

Sept. 9, 2000

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AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - LaMont Jordan was limited to 62 yards on 22 carries but scored two touchdowns as Maryland beat error-prone Temple 17-10 on Saturday night.

Jordan, the NCAA's leading active rusher, scored on runs of 2 and 7 yards. But the senior tailback had tremendous difficulty penetrating a defense that one week earlier limited a prolific Navy rushing attack to 73 yards.

It was Jordan's worst rushing performance since a 41-yard effort in the Terrapins' opener against Temple last year. He gained at least 100 yards in seven of 11 games last season.

Devin Scott completed 24 of 34 passes for 336 yards for Temple (1-1), but the Owls had 15 penalties for 99 yards and lost two second-half turnovers in falling to Maryland for the fourth time in as many seasons.

Jordan entered the game needing 91 yards to become Maryland's career rushing leader. He had 29 yards on 15 carries early in the fourth quarter before adding to his total as Maryland strived to run out the clock.

The Terrapins went up 14-3 midway through the third quarter when Jordan capped a 74-yard drive with a 7-yard run. The score was set up by a 51-yard completion from Calvin McCall to Scooter Monroe.

Temple answered with an 83-yard march in which Scott went 3-for-3 for 57 yards and Tanardo Sparks scored on a 10-yard run.

But the Owls lost a fumble on their next possession and had a series of penalties ruin the next drive. Temple moved to the Maryland 32 with just over three minutes left before Shawn Forte intercepted a deflected pass, setting up a field goal by Brian Kopka with 2:21 left.

Shaun Hill, a junior college transfer, started at quarterback for Maryland instead of McCall, the incumbent. Hill played all but one series in the first half but did not return after halftime because of soreness in his shoulder.

Hill mishandled a snap during Maryland's first drive and Temple recovered the loose ball at its own 4. The Owls then moved 71 yards to take a 3-0 lead.

Hill made amends on the next series, running for 35 yards in a 66-yard drive that ended with a touchdown run by Jordan.

Temple quarterback Mike Frost, who entered late in the first quarter, left for good early in the second period with a sprained right knee after taking a hit in his own backfield.