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NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at Maryland



(Saturday, September 19th)

Final Score: Middle Tennessee 32, Maryland 31

College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Alan Gendreau nailed a 19-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders a shocking, 32-31 victory over the Maryland Terrapins in a non-conference tilt at Byrd Stadium.

Dwight Dasher led the way in the win for MTU (2-1), as the quarterback threw for 324 yards and two scores. Dasher also added 26 yards and one touchdown on the ground, while D.D. Kyles led the ground attack with only 34 rushing yards.

Da'Rel Scott paced Maryland (1-2) with 117 rushing yards and one touchdown, while Davin Meggett added 51 yards and one score. Chris Turner was mediocre in the setback, completing 19-of-30 passes for 288 yards and one touchdown, but also threw an interception and was sacked four times. Torrey Smith was outstanding for the Terps, hauling in five passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

The Terps opened up the scoring midway through the first quarter when Scott broke free for a 48-yard touchdown scamper.

After a scoreless opening frame for MTU the Blue Raiders got on the scoreboard seconds into the second stanza when Dasher scored on a three-yard touchdown plunge. Unfortunately the extra point was blocked, leaving the Blue Raiders behind Maryland, 7-6.

Less than two minutes later the Blue Raiders grabbed a 13-7 advantage when Desmond Gee hit Sancho McDonald for a seven-yard touchdown pass.

With time ticking away in the first half the Terps grabbed a 14-13 lead when Meggett plunged into the endzone on a one-yard run.

Maryland opened the third quarter with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Turner to Smith, pushing the Terrapins lead to 21-13.

MTU climbed within one point midway through the quarter when Gee scampered into the endzone on a six-yard run.

A 27-yard field goal by Gendreau in the final seconds of the third period gave the Blue Raiders a small 23-21 advantage.

However, Maryland answered back immediately with a 64-yard scoring strike from Turner to Smith.

The Blue Raiders hung around however, as Dasher connected with Garrett Andrews for a 32-yard scoring strike. Unfortunately the team's two-point conversion failed, leaving MTU with a 29-28 edge.

Maryland regained the lead midway through the final frame when Nick Ferrara nailed a 42-yard field goal, but the Terps left too much time on the clock and Middle Tennessee eventually found the scoreboard one last time for the victory.

09/19 19:51:00 ET


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