Key Defensive Block Gives Terps The Win
Sept. 2, 1999
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Brian Kopka kicked two short field goals in the first half and Bryn Boggs made a game-saving block of a last-second pass as Maryland beat Temple 6-0 Thursday night in a lackluster season opener.
Kopka's 27-yard field goal with 7:12 left in the first quarter came after Maryland stalled at the Temple 10. He added a 26-yarder with 3:08 left in the half.
Maryland ran eight plays inside the Temple 10 in the first half, but managed only two yards.
Maryland had three other kicking chances go awry. The first was a fake field goal that ended with an incomplete pass and the other two were 46-yard attempts that sailed wide.
Temple threatened in the last minute behind the passing of Devin Scott. He threw a 33-yard completion to Krishan Lewis and his 11-yarder to Greg Muckerson moved the Owls to the Maryland 16.
Two plays later, Scott's TD pass to Marcus Godfrey was called back because the quarterback had crossed the line of scrimmage before releasing the ball.
Scott completed a pass that Mac DeVito carried to the 3. DeVito fumbled, but teammate Jamal Wallace recovered.
The threat, and the game, ended when Boggs knocked down Scott's pass as time expired.
It was Maryland's first shutout on the road since a 14-0 victory at Wake Forest in 1997. Temple was held scoreless for the first time since a 41-0 loss to Penn State in 1996.
Scott was 32-of-49 for 228 yards.