Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 32

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Maryland 31

(1-2, 1-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Byrd Stadium, COLLEGE PARK, MD

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 0 13 10 932
MD 7 7 7 1031

Top Performers

Passing: D. Dasher (MTU) - 324 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Scott (MD) - 13 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Smith (MD) - 5 REC, 165 YDS, 2 TD

Gendreau FG gives Middle Tennessee win

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Alan Gendreau made a 19-yard field goal as time expired and Middle Tennessee rallied for a 32-31 victory over turnover-prone Maryland on Saturday.

Dwight Dasher completed 27 of 44 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for the Blue Raiders (2-1). Dasher was 4 for 4 for 69 yards on the decisive drive -- an eight-play, 73-yard march -- that began with 1:30 left after Maryland's Nick Ferrara went wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

Da'Rel Scott rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins, but fumbled twice. Maryland quarterback Chris Turner was 19 for 30 for 288 yards, threw two touchdowns and an interception.

Maryland (1-2) took a 7-0 lead on Scott's 48-yard run 6:66 into the game. But Middle Tennessee turned a couple turnovers into touchdowns to take a 13-7 lead.

Davin Meggett tipped a pass into the hands of Blue Raiders safety Derrick Crumpton at the Terrapin's 29-yard line. Five plays later, Dasher dove in for the score from 3 yards away. Maryland's A.J. Francis, who committed an offsides penalty on fourth-and-1 to prolong the drive, blocked the extra point.

Scott fumbled on Maryland's next play, Chris McCoy recovering at the Middle Tennessee 30. Dasher found Sancho McDonald for a diving 7-yard TD catch, 1:54 into the second quarter.

After the Terrapins had a 32-yard field goal blocked, Maryland's Travis Ivey recovered Dasher's fumble, setting up Davin Meggett's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left in the first half.

On the first possession of the second half, Turner directed a five-play, 74-yard drive that was capped by a 37-yard pass to an open Torrey Smith down the left sideline for Maryland. But Middle Tennessee cut the lead to 21-10 with 6:25 left in the quarter on a 4-yard TD run by Desmond Gee.

Crumpton recovered Scott's third fumble, allowing Middle Tennessee to take a 23-21 lead. The Blue Raiders had to settle for a go-ahead 27-yard field goal by Alan Gendreau with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter after a video replay review wiped away an apparent 11-yard touchdown strike from Dasher to Garrett Andrews, whose left knee was ruled out of bounds.

Early in the fourth quarter, Turner found Smith for a 64-yard touchdown and a 28-23 Maryland lead. Middle Tennessee answered when Dasher threw a 32-yard TD pass to Lansford Watson on fourth down with 9:06 left for a 29-28 lead.

Ferrara kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:14 left to put Maryland up.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
MD
1st Downs2218
Total Yards438446
Passing351288
Rushing87158
Penalties5-404-25
3rd Down Conversions3-167-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers34
Possession28:4931:11

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dasher27/443247.422
MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner19/302889.621

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kyles10343.4012
Dasher20261.3126
MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott131179.0148
Meggett18512.8110

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
McClover711015.7035
Andrews48320.8136
MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith516533.0264
Meggett66310.5015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUMD
TD06:46Da'Rel Scott 48 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERMTUMD
TD14:39Dwight Dasher 3 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 67
TD13:06Sancho McDonald 7 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Alan Gendreau Kick) 137
TD01:19Davin Meggett 1 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1314
THIRD QUARTERMTUMD
TD12:22Torrey Smith 37 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1321
TD06:25Desmond Gee 6 Yd Run (Alan Gendreau Kick) 2021
FG00:48Alan Gendreau 27 Yd 2321
FOURTH QUARTERMTUMD
TD13:01Torrey Smith 64 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 2328
TD09:04Garrett Andrews 32 Yd Pass From Dwight Dasher (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2928
FG06:14Nick Ferrara 42 Yd 2931
FG00:00Alan Gendreau 19 Yd 3231