Maryland Football Defeats Eastern Michigan, 51-24
Sept. 20, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran twice for 81 yards, part of a prolific offensive showing that carried Maryland past Eastern Michigan 51-24 on Saturday.
Kyle McMahon completed 25 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles. But Eastern Michigan (1-3), which had lost its previous three games against Maryland by a combined 132-19 score, was let down by a defense that forced only one punt and yielded 486 yards.
Heyward-Bey had runs of 35 and 46 yards, each of which set up a touchdown. He finished as the second-leading rusher for Maryland. Despite playing without injured Da'Rel Scott, who is averaging 135.7 yards on the ground, the Terrapins finished with 231 yards rushing.
Adrian Moten blocked a punt and had an interception to help the Terrapins go up 17-0 early in the second quarter.
After letting its lead dwindle to 24-14, Maryland scored on its first possession of the second half. Heyward-Bey ran 46 yards on the opening play, which led to Turner's 4-yard pass to tight end Dan Gronkowski in the end zone.
It was 34-17 after three quarters, and a 33-yard field goal by Obi Egekeze put the Terps up by 20 with 11:46 to go.
The Eagles held a 15-8 advantage in first downs and a 291-178 lead in total yardage at halftime, but were intercepted twice, had a punt blocked and yielded a 57-yard kickoff return.
After a blocked punt by Moten set up a field goal, Eastern Michigan used the passing of McMahon (4-for-4, 68 yards) to get to the Maryland 5. But an interception by Jamari McCollough killed the drive.
On the next play, Heyward-Bey ran 35 yards on an end around. Nine plays later, Green scored from the 1 on fourth-and-goal for a 10-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Moten picked off a McMahon pass at the Eastern Michigan 48 before Green ran around right end for a 20-yard score.
The Eagles then moved 80 yards in 11 plays, converting a fourth-and-6 along the way, and closed to 17-7 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Terrence Blevins.
Maryland quickly restored the 17-point cushion. Torrey Smith ran the kickoff back 57 yards, and on the next play Turner hit Heyward-Bey in the right side of the end zone.
Eastern Michigan countered with a 13-yard pass from McMahon to Josh Leduc with 44 seconds left in the half.