Terrapins Rally Past Northern Illinois, 30-6
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- Defensive lineman Delbert Cowsette's 49-yard fumble return for a touchdown helped Maryland rally and the Terrapins pulled away for a 30-6 victory over Northern Illinois.
The Terrapins' offense sputtered for nearly three quarters, but the defense provided enough big plays to help Maryland avoid an upset.
Northern Illinois held a 6-3 lead and was in possession of the ball at the Maryland 44 early in the third quarter. The Terrapins' Brett White jarred the ball loose from quarterback Brandon Barker. Cowsette recovered the fumble and ran down the right sideline for the touchdown.
After a Northern Illinois punt, the Terrapins used a 70-yard drive to go up 15-6. Brian Cummings got Maryland's first offensive touchdown of the season on an 8-yard run with nine seconds left in the third quarter.
Kendall Ogle's 1-yard run capped an 88-yard drive in the fourth quarter, whch started with Chad Scott's interception.
Freshman Harold Westley got Maryland's final touchdown on a 7-yard run with 3:47 remaining.
Charles Talley, who averaged 146.5 rushing yards per game last season, gained 55 on 22 carries for Northern Illinois. It was the first time in seven games he failed to reach 100-yard mark.
Maryland managed only five first downs while being outgained 158-97 in the first half.
The Huskies took a 6-3 lead with a 15-play, 81-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes of the second quarter. Only two plays gained more than nine yards on the drive.
Talley ended the drive with a 1-yard run.
At: Byrd Stadium Date: Aug 31, 1996 Att: 32,517 Northern Ill 0 - 6 - 0 - 0 -- 6 Maryland 3 - 0 - 12 - 15 --30 First Quarter MD -- FG, Odonnell 27 Second Quarter NILL -- TD, Talley, 1 run (kick failed) Third Quarter MD -- TD, Cowsette, 49 fumble return (kick failed) MD -- TD, Cummings, 8 run (kick failed) Fourth Quarter MD -- Ogle, 1 run (Simon reception for two-point conversion) MD -- Westley, 7 run (Odonnell kick) NILL MD First downs 20 18 Rushed-yards 55-157 45-274 Passing yards 152 120 Sacked-yards lost 1-12 4-21 Return yards 68 45 Passes 10-17-1 8-16-1 Punts 4-33.8 4-37.3 Fumbles-lost 3-2 0-0 Penalties-yards 3-20 6-55 Time of possession 33:46 26:14 RUSHING Northern Ill-Florence 13-58, Talley 22-55, Barker 15-46, Stokes 1-10, Williams 4-minus 12. Maryland-Underwood 8-74, Westley 16-57, Rodgers 6-55, Crosby 4-46, Simon 1-27, Cummings 7-10, Rogers 1-3, Ogle 2-2. PASSING Northern Ill-Barker 8-13-1-124, Williams 2-4-0-28. Maryland-Cummings 8-16-1-120. RECEIVING Northern Ill-Mitchell 7-122, Moody 2-21, Jacoby 1-9. Maryland-Westley 2-52, Simon 2-17, Rodgers 1-19, Williams 1-19, James 1-9, Fitzgerald 1-4.