COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It is an absolute downpour here now. There's no question holding onto the ball will be difficult in the second half. It's already been a problem in the first. Here's a quick recap of the first half of the first ACC game of the season:
Turning point: Of the three turnovers in the first half, none of was bigger than Mike James' fumble, which gave Maryland the 20-14 lead and all of the momentum heading into the locker room. Terps' cornerback Cameron Chism forced the fumble and Joe Vellano rumbled 30 yards for the touchdown with 47 seconds remaining.
Stat of the half: Maryland ran 18 more plays than Miami in the first half and racked up 311 total yards already. Miami hasn't been able to stop the onslaught of screen passes, and Maryland's new, no-huddle, up-tempo offense has been dictating the pace all night.
Best player in the half: Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien. With the exception of one interception in the end zone, O'Brien has looked like he has been playing in this offense his entire career, instead of just learning it this offseason. He has completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for for 241 yards. He's thrown to five different receivers. The pace of this offense is moving quickly, and Miami is having a hard time keeping up.