Terps Edge William & Mary 7-6 On Late TD

Sept. 1, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, MD. (AP) - Justus Pickett ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter, and Brad Craddock added the tie-breaking extra point to give Maryland a 7-6 victory over William & Mary in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

Maryland overcame a slow start against its Football Championship Subdivision opponent, which led most of the game before losing its opener for the 10th time in 11 years.

The Terrapins won despite turning the ball over four times and missing a short field goal.

Freshman quarterback Perry Hills, in his first collegiate start, completed 16 of 24 for 145 yards and directed the winning 10-play, 69-yard drive, but he threw three interceptions.

The Terrapins turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, when the Tribe took a 6-0 lead on two Drake Kuhn field goals.

Maryland missed a short field goal in the second quarter and left the field at halftime trailing 6-0.

Maryland's scoring drive came on its first possession of the fourth quarter and began after Kuhn missed a 48-yard field goal.

The Terrapins went 69 yards in 10 plays to get up Pickett's 6-yard scoring scamper around left end. The Terps converted two third-down plays on the drive, including a 22-yard pass from Hills to Kevin Dorsey on a third-and-8.

Hills went 3-for-4 passing for 41 yards on the drive and added an 8-yard scramble.

Maryland's defense, led by 13 stops by Demetrius Hartsfield and 11 by Joe Vellano, held the Tribe to 229 yards in total offense, no touchdowns in the game and no points in the final three quarters.