Maryland Handles William & Mary, 27-14
Sept. 2, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Lance Ball ran for 86 yards and two touchdowns, Keon Lattimore had a career-high 86 yards rushing and a score, and Maryland beat William & Mary 27-14 Saturday night.
The Terrapins had little difficulty against the Division I-AA Tribe, scoring touchdowns on two of their first three possessions in building a 24-7 halftime lead. Fifth-year senior Sam Hollenbach, seeking to improve upon an erratic 2005 season, went 9-for-15 for 153 yards.
Ball, who led the Terrapins with 903 yards rushing last season, had 15 carries. Lattimore, a junior, ran 13 times.
William & Mary, of the Atlantic 10, is 0-10 against Atlantic Coast Conference foes since 1986 and has lost eight straight against Division I-A teams. The Tribe, who closed last season with four successive defeats, haven't won an opener since 2001.
Jake Phillips completed 16 of 31 passes for 127 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to Elliott Mack in the second quarter. Backup Michael Potts went 9-for-10 and threw a 49-yard TD pass to D.J. McAulay with 4:35 left.
The Terrapins led comfortably at halftime despite committing three turnovers and allowing the Tribe to control the ball for nearly 17 minutes.
Maryland's first possession ended with wide receiver Danny Oquendo losing a fumble, but the Terrapins went up 7-0 the next time they got the ball. After Josh Wilson blocked a punt, Hollenbach completed a 42-yard pass to Joey Haynos to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Ball.
Oquendo atoned for his turnover on the Terrapins' next drive, making a diving catch for a 38-yard gain with Maryland facing a third-and-11 at its 49. That led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Lattimore and a 14-0 lead.
Minutes later, Hollenbach missed a wide-open Oquendo in the end zone, forcing Maryland to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Dan Ennis with 12:19 left in the second quarter.
The Terrapins then forced a punt, but the kick deflected off Maryland's Isaiah Gardner and was recovered by the Tribe at their 44. Nine plays later, Phillips connected with Mack to make it 17-7.
Hollenbach returned for Maryland's next series and directed a four-play, 75-yard drive that restored the 17-point cushion. Hollenbach's 47-yard completion to Isaiah Williams preceded a 3-yard touchdown run by Ball with 53 seconds left in the half.
Hollenbach had 15 interceptions and 13 TD passes last year, one reason why Maryland finished 5-6 for a second straight season.
He opened the second half by moving the Terrapins 53 yards in a drive that produced a 25-yard field goal by Ennis. Steffy took over with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.