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ROADY'S HUMANITARIAN BOWL

Final

Maryland 42

(8-5, 4-4 ACC)

Nevada 35

(7-6, 5-3 MW)

4:30 PM ET, December 30, 2008

Bronco Stadium, BOISE, ID

1 2 3 4 T
MD 13 15 0 1442
NEV 14 0 7 1435

Top Performers

Passing: C. Kaepernick (NEV) - 370 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Scott (MD) - 14 CAR, 174 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. McCoy (NEV) - 13 REC, 172 YDS

Scott benched early, then leads Maryland past Nevada

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho -- Ralph Friedgen's initial reaction was to put Da'Rel Scott and the six other Maryland players who broke curfew leading up to the Humanitarian Bowl on a bus with a one-way ticket back to College Park, Md.

Fast Facts

• Maryland celebrated its fourth bowl win in the last five years while Nevada lost its third straight bowl game.

• Da'Rel Scott came off the bench in the second half, running for 174 yards and two TDs in 14 carries. Scott was benched for 2 quarters after breaking curfew.

• Colin Kaepernick set a Humanitarian Bowl record, passing for 370 yards and three scores in the loss.

-- ESPN research

Instead of being run out of town, Scott stuck around and ran over Nevada.

Benched for 2½ quarters for his curfew violation, an inspired Scott became an unstoppable running force for the final 20 minutes. He carried 14 times for 174 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Maryland held off the Wolf Pack 42-35 on Tuesday.

"I just felt as though I had to run with a purpose," Scott said.

And run Scott did, blowing through a worn down Nevada defense in the final quarter. He sprinted 49 yards nearly untouched to snap a 28-all tie early in the fourth, then added a 2-yard TD gallop to put the Terps up 14 points with 7:44 left.

But until he got his first carry midway through the third quarter, doubt lingered in Scott's mind as to if his transgression would keep him off the field. He was one of seven Terps caught by Friedgen, who declined to specify what the players did, but indicated the players had sneaked out a couple of nights before the game.

"Five percent of guys thought they didn't need to listen to me, that they could get bed checked and sneak out," Friedgen said. "This isn't my first rodeo."

Scott's first carry came with 5:55 left in the third quarter and Maryland needed all of his 174 yards to hold off quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Nevada's potent "pistol" offense. Kaepernick, who played the second half with a sprained right ankle, misfired in the first half, but found his throwing rhythm after briefly being benched in the third quarter.

Kaepernick finished 24-for-47 for a bowl-record 370 yards and three touchdowns, and added a 15-yard scoring run with 2:19 left. But Maryland recovered the onside kick and walked away with its fourth bowl victory since 2002.

"I was proud of the way we stepped up and got back into it, but we came up short," Kaepernick said.

Scott was one of four starters to become statues on the Maryland sideline as Friedgen handed down his punishment. Scott initially starting stretching and running after the first quarter ended believing he'd get a shot in the second. The warmup was for naught as he and starting wide receiver Danny Oquendo continued to watch until the second half began.

Once Scott got the ball in his hands, he couldn't be stopped.

His first run was for 14 yards and he went for 11 on the next play. His 49-yard touchdown dash with 12:21 left put Maryland up 35-28 and vaulted Scott over 1,000 yards for the season -- the seventh back in Maryland history to top 1,000 yards.

On Maryland's next drive, Scott accounted for all 66 yards with runs of 11, 23 and 30 yards, and finally his 2-yard score with 7:44 left that proved to be the winning points.

"He just ran through us like we weren't there," Nevada coach Chris Ault said.

Kaepernick, the WAC offensive player of the year, was injured while being sacked late in the first half and moved the rest of the game with a noticeable limp. But he was able to capitalize on a pair of mistakes by Maryland quarterback Chris Turner to help the Wolf Pack pull even.

Nevada's Jonathon Amaya intercepted Turner's pass near midfield midway through the third quarter and returned it to the Maryland 22. Three plays later, Kaepernick hit Vai Taua behind the Maryland secondary for a 17-yard TD score to get the Wolf Pack to 28-21.

Late in the third, Turner was hit as he attempted to throw a screen at the Nevada 20. The throw went backward and Nate Agaiava recovered for the Wolf Pack. Kaepernick needed only five plays and less than two minutes to draw even, hitting Marko Mitchell on a 21-yard TD.

The tie lasted only a couple of minutes. Turner hit Torrey Smith for 26 yards on third down, and two plays later Scott ran for his seventh touchdown of the season to give the Terps the lead for good.

"He realized that the game could've been taken from him at any moment, so he played like every play was his last out there," Smith said about Scott's effort. "You could see it in his eyes."

The wild nature and offensive firepower of this bowl game would have made hometown Boise State proud.

While Scott and Oquendo watched from the sideline in the first half, their backups and Turner did more than keep up with a Nevada offense that was averaging 510.6 yards and 37.8 points per game.

Turner hit third-string Adrian Cannon for a 59-yard TD on Maryland's opening drive, and found Oquendo's backup, Ronnie Tyler, for a 14-yard score late in the first half to give Maryland a 28-14 lead at the break. Smith added a 99-yard kickoff return and Scott's backup, Morgan Green, added a 53-yard scoring run in the first half.

It was the type of rally Friedgen was hoping to see when he disciplined his stars.

"You saw some guys play that probably wouldn't have been playing and they made some plays that made us a better football team," he said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
NEV
1st Downs1926
Total Yards456484
Passing198370
Rushing258114
Penalties6-504-35
3rd Down Conversions4-148-18
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers33
Possession28:4731:13

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner13/271987.321
NevadaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kaepernick24/473707.932

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott1417412.4249
Green10727.2153
NevadaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taua231014.4125
Kaepernick9151.7119

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cannon15959.0159
Tyler55511.0116
NevadaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy1317213.2038
Mitchell513026.0168

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDNEV
TD13:59Adrian Cannon 59 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Pat Failed) 60
TD08:06Chris Wellington 1 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 67
TD07:53Torrey Smith 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Obi Egekeze Kick) 137
TD00:46Vai Taua 17 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 1314
SECOND QUARTERMDNEV
TD14:50Morgan Green 53 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 2014
TD00:06Ronnie Tyler 14 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Chris Turner Pass To Davin Meggett For Two-Point Conversion) 2814
THIRD QUARTERMDNEV
TD05:58Vai Taua 17 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2821
FOURTH QUARTERMDNEV
TD14:13Marko Mitchell 21 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) 2828
TD12:21Da'Rel Scott 49 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 3528
TD07:44Da'Rel Scott 2 Yd Run (Obi Egekeze Kick) 4228
TD02:19Colin Kaepernick 15 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) 4235