Scores

Final

Towson 3

(3-1, 1-0 CAA)

Maryland 28

(2-2, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:30 PM ET, October 1, 2011

Byrd Stadium, COLLEGE PARK, MD

1 2 3 4 T
TOWS 0 3 0 03
MD 7 0 7 1428

Top Performers

Passing: D. O'Brien (WIS) - 123 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Pickett (TENN) - 14 CAR, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Ryan (TOWS) - 7 REC, 103 YDS

Danny O'Brien helps Terrapins pull away from Towson in second half

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Danny O'Brien threw two second half touchdowns and Maryland's defense forced four second half turnovers, helping the Terrapins pull away to a 28-3 win over in-state foes Towson on Saturday.

Maryland (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with the win, but failed to convert on any of its third or fourth downs in the first half, and led 7-3 at halftime.

O'Brien completed 14 of 21 passes for 123 yards. Davin Meggett added 102 rushing yards; as Maryland finished with 335 yards total offense -- 198 rushing.

Towson came in leading all Football Championship Series teams in scoring defense, allowing an average of 10 points per game, and they held the Maryland offense in check until the Tigers began committing turnovers.

The Tigers (3-1) had the ball for 21:30 of the game's first 30 minutes, keeping Maryland's offense off the field, but committed four turnovers in the second half.

Maryland took just 85 seconds to score against the Tigers when D.J. Adams ended a 65-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. The score came one play after a roughing the passer penalty on an incomplete pass allowed the Terps a first down rather than facing a fourth down at the 30.

D.J. Soven's 23-yard field goal at the end of a nine-minute possession in the second quarter by the Tigers made it 7-3 after the Tigers were stopped on a goal line stand by the Terps.

The Tigers missed a 24-yard field goal try as the first half ended, rushing to get the kick off with no timeouts left and the clock ticking down.

Towson's defense blocked a Maryland field goal on the team's second possession and also held the Terps on a fourth-and-1 try on their very next trip down the field. Maryland had the ball for just six offensive plays in the second quarter as Towson held the ball for almost seven minutes before the missed field goal.

Maryland extended its lead to 14-3 on its first possession of the second half, which followed an interception by Kenny Tate at the Towson 45. Maryland scored eight plays later with Justus Pickett going in from the 5.

Following a Towson punt, Maryland drove 78 yards and scored on a 7-yard pass from O'Brien to Kenny Dorsey for a 21-3 advantage with 7:09 to play.

Another Towson fumble gave Maryland the ball at the Tigers 26, leading to a 5-yard pass from O'Brien to Tyler Cierski.

Peter Athens started at quarterback for Towson in place of Grant Enders, who was injured last week.

Athens, who missed all of 2010 with an injury, had career-high totals of 29 passes, 17 completions and 217 yards.

Tom Ryan caught seven passes for 103 yards for the Tigers, who finished with 378 yards offense.

The game was the first ever between the two teams and was a reunion of sorts for Maryland coach Randy Edsall and Towson coach Rob Ambrose, who coached together for seven years at the University of Connecticut.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOWS
MD
1st Downs2120
Total Yards378335
Passing217137
Rushing161198
Penalties7-772-11
3rd Down Conversions7-153-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers41
Possession35:3924:21

Passing Leaders

TowsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Athens17/292177.502
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
O'Brien14/211235.920

Rushing Leaders

TowsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Phifer12756.3021
West9495.4023
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett161026.4017
Pickett14825.9119

Receiving Leaders

TowsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ryan710314.7023
Kinnard4399.8015
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dorsey44411.0119
Meggett22814.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOWSMD
TD13:25D.J. Adams 15 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERTOWSMD
FG10:07D.J. Soven 23 Yd 37
THIRD QUARTERTOWSMD
TD11:46Justus Pickett 5 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 314
FOURTH QUARTERTOWSMD
TD07:09Kevin Dorsey 7 Yd Pass From Danny O'Brien (Nick Ferrara Kick) 321
TD04:31Tyler Cierski 5 Yd Pass From Danny O'Brien (Nick Ferrara Kick) 328