COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Hoping to heal their wounds
after an embarrassing loss, Sam Hollenbach and Maryland found
themselves in an unexpected dogfight.
Hollenbach threw two touchdown passes as Maryland held on for a
14-10 triumph over lowly Florida International.
The victory came one week after the Terrapins (3-1) yielded 28
first-quarter points en route to a 45-24 loss to No. 4 West
Despite facing a much lower-profile opponent Saturday, Maryland
struggled offensively in its first meeting with Sun Belt
Conference member Florida International, collecting just 275
yards of total offense.
With the game tied, 7-7, and just 10 seconds remaining in the
first half, Hollenbach found Isaiah Williams for a five-yard TD
to give the Terrapins the lead for good.
But the Golden Panthers (0-4) refused to go down quietly as
Dustin Rivest converted a 26-yard field goal with 10:42
remaining to cut the deficit to 14-10.
FIU had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds after
Josh Padrick found Chandler Williams for a 45-yard pass down to
the Maryland 9. But safety Christian Varner saved the day for
the Terrapins, intercepting Padrick in the end zone on the final
Hollenbach completed 17-of-30 attempts for just 158 yards while
Lance Ball gained 82 yards on 19 carries for Maryland, which
plays its Atlantic Coast Conference opener next week at Georgia
Padrick went 15-of-32 for 221 yards, a touchdown and an
interception while Samuel Smith had 104 yards on just two
receptions for the Golden Panthers, which collected 310 yards of
total offense to outgain the Terrapins.