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After throwing two picks, Miami's Morris gets last laugh

By Eric Prisbell

The absence of quarterback Jacory Harris, who suffered a concussion last weekend against Virginia, did not derail Miami’s chances of beating Maryland to become bowl eligible Saturday.

Yes, Stephen Morris, the true freshman who made his first career start, threw two interceptions, including one that linebacker Alex Wujciak returned 60 yards for a touchdown. But he completed 18 of 30 passes for 286 yards. Miami Coach Randy Shannon said the performance by Morris even exceeded the head coach’s expectations.

“Especially when you play a team like [Maryland],” Shannon said, “that blitzes from every way you can imagine. Against a team that is blitz happy like that, he made some great throws in certain situations. Anytime a young player does those type of things to make plays, you feel real good about him.”

No throw was bigger, or more perfectly thrown, than the one he unleashed with 37 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, a 35-yard strike to receiver Leonard Hankerson for the game-winning score.

Miami outgained Maryland, 504-254, in total yards.

By Eric Prisbell  | November 6, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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Comments

had a chance to win despite not playing great... must have dropped 8 passes in the first half. wouldn't say encouraged by the loss, but certainly not discouraged about rest of season.

Posted by: mcmelton | November 6, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Crushing loss for the Terps. They played well for most of the game, but just couldn't make the big play at the end. Good thing NC State and Florida State also lost so the division race is still wide open. I can't wait to head down to C-Ville next weekend to cheer on the team.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | November 6, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

With UVA having such a bad season, there are plenty of tickets available for face value or less to the Terps game next weekend. Check ebay and stubhub for some solid deals. Let's make Scott Stadium home of the Terps for a day!

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | November 6, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Terps have the lead with 53 seconds left. Miami with a freshman quarterback has the ball at midfield with no time outs left. Terps call time out. Are you kidding me?

Posted by: bethesda4 | November 7, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Terps have the lead with 53 seconds left. Miami with a freshman quarterback has the ball at midfield with no time outs left. Terps call time out. Are you kidding me?

Posted by: bethesda4 | November 7, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

first off i am a true terp so this is just an objective viea...We need more SPEED Miami speed with those backs a;;owed them to turn the corners on our defense (who i feel played there hearts out) #3 for miami( i think its benjamin is a nighmare to tackle) Overall i am neutral about the rest of the season..We can beat Va. however fsu has miami speed and we know what that did.. Driving up from north Carolina( coaches and top terp trip..think last i heard there are 6 buses..

see ya the tailgater....No rain please...

Posted by: carolina1 | November 7, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

we have not won a big game in some time...and how many last minute " breakdowns " have we seen...think the players play with great enthusiasm and up to their talent level and the game plan..wonder if the defensive plan which evidently had success at division 2 level is not right for div 1 football...see Coach SPurier and his issues in the NFL..some things work when your opposition is not as fast.....also how many times do you see an offensive coordinator change quarterbacks in goal line situations and bad things happen...we have seen it far too often...or continue to throw corner passes into the end zone when the defensive backs are taller and quicker..and you have two powerful runners and tight ends that might be a better choice...again something that might work in a lesser level of competition...
The head Coach needs to take charge of the program ...forget the Coach in waiting issues that will take care of itself but run the program around the players that are there...the defensive scheme might promise excitement..but only against lesser opponents...speed around the corners and at receiver are beating these blitz schemes ..look at the record ..and it is putting the players who are working as hard as they can at a disadvantage

Posted by: CHAYWOODSR | November 7, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Tough loss. Lots of ways to look at it. Two young QB's, both with highs and lows. In some respects that "phantom" face mask penalty against Miami was like the late flag that cost them the national championship against OSU. But of course this time they were able to overcome it. DOB didn't have a great game. Not a terrible game, but just not good enough. Our defense played very well and they were on the field for what, 40 minutes? Let's see how the team comes back from this.

Posted by: petecard | November 7, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Tough loss, but well played by the boys.

Could someone explain how bringing in Jamarr Robinson for one play during a series adds anything to the offense? Every time the Terps do it, it just seems to disrupt the series. The worst example was the 11 yard sack in the red zone that cost them a possible TD.

The only people who seem off-balance from doing this are Danny O'Brien and Jamarr Robinson.

Posted by: dc_attorney | November 7, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

It shows me that we are middle of the road in the ACC...better than the real bottom feeders but not good enough to challenge the top 4 or 5 teams in the conference...compared to last year our record is certainly better but its been a long time since we have been one of the better teams in the ACC...I expected Ralph to do better after 10 years....for whatever reason this seems to be his comfort zone....and I really dont get switching QBs at the 2 yard line?????? But then again, he is the offensive genius ....or maybe Franklin is???

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 7, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Disappointing. Played 59:23 of winning football yesterday. Thought the coaching was good except for Jamar at the goal line and the 3 & out chokefest setting up the last TD. The TE's caught NO passes. Why not play action to them on those plays??? DOB and receivers seemed tight for no good reason. Please stop leaving 21 points on the field. Should have rolled them. Please play 60 minutes of winning football, one play at a time, in the upcoming game.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 7, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the coaches made a couple of bad calls, but it really boils down to the Terps' defense blowing a lead with 48 secs to go in the game. Where was the coverage on that play?

Funny enough, UVA also blew a lead with 48 secs to go against Duke. Which team will blow the lead next week? The Atlantic Division is still wide open.

Posted by: SirPelleas | November 7, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday's loss was tough to watch because everything broke the Terps' way, but they still couldn't pull it out. The missed/blocked extra points, the phantom face mask, no Jacory Harris, etc. Still, I'm happy that the Terps are 6-3, which is much more that I expected.

Speed seemed like a factor, but to me it looked like poor tackling and inability to get off of blocks were worse.

Posted by: acebojangles | November 7, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yesterday's loss was tough to watch because everything broke the Terps' way, but they still couldn't pull it out. The missed/blocked extra points, the phantom face mask, no Jacory Harris, etc. Still, I'm happy that the Terps are 6-3, which is much more that I expected.

Speed seemed like a factor, but to me it looked like poor tackling and inability to get off of blocks were worse.

Posted by: acebojangles | November 7, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't think three runs at the end were bad coaching. Miami had no timeouts and Megget had some nice bursts during the game. I expected them to be able to get a first down with those runs.

The bad coaching was the Jamar fumble/sack, the TE jump ball and the fullback pass on the goal line.

And something that all teams do that I do not understand on D: if pressure works on 1st and 2nd down, why give the QB all the time in the world on 3rd? When something works, stick with it until it doesn't work.

Posted by: garrett4 | November 7, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Enough is enough. His playcalling directly led to losses vs Rutgers and UVA last year, and directly led to the loss yesterday. I am starting up a website/online petition called www.firejamesfranklin.com. It will be up within the next few days and hopefully those of you that, like me, cannot put up with another year of his playcalling will join the fight to pay him his million and send him on his way.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 7, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I dont think we will hear Ralph boo-hooing in the press this week about raises for the coaching staff....

Posted by: TerpfanMA | November 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Was at game yesterday..Once again, a game lost by bad coaching..I third string Frosh QB, burns our Def.. In the paper down there, it said ' A New Hero', that's SAD..Play calling by both coordinators was questionable.. Meanwhile, Ralph just stands there, arms folded.. He's the head coach, so COACH...Easily a game we should have won, but didn't..At a loss...

Posted by: frostanna | November 7, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Intersting that when Barno wants fire a coach he thinks it's worthy of a website and a petition. I am really having a laugh at this. The mediocrity he puts up with and now he wants to do Ralph's job...!

Posted by: petecard | November 8, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Barno.

Which was more ridiculous?- bringing in DOB against Navy after a big Logan return, or putting in a cold Robinson on the 2yd line with the potential to extend the lead out to 9, which may have demoralized a team w/ a back-up QB. Come on, Jimmy- its not like you haven't seen a fumbled snap from a QB who's been sitting on the sideline for 30 minutes.

How many times does Jimmy call pass plays on 3rd and 2 or less, yet with the game on the line, needing a 1st down or 2 to win it, he decides to run the ball up the middle 3 straight times?

How many times does Jimmy need to call a fade pass on 3rd and goal to realize its one of the lowest percentage plays in the game??

Posted by: asnis715 | November 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Petecard, this is just another example of how utterly detached you are from the realities of the Md football (and bball) program. EVERY single MD fan that I know wants James Franklin fired. Every single one. Your comment about "when Barno wants a coach fired etc" is just asinine buddy, when every it's EVERY fan that wants him gone.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 8, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

My hope is that this loss serves to motivate the Terps for the stretch run. Teams that suffer tough losses like this one can tend to go into a tailspin, especially when this team has already achieved its biggest goal (bowl eligibility). This team needs to put this game behind them, and focus on UVA, and an offense that put up 49 points Saturday.

What's crazy is that the Terps could potentially lose again on Saturday, and STILL control their destiny (if Clemson loses to FSU) for the Atlantic Division with wins at home against FSU and NCSU

Posted by: Russtinator | November 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Barno. If you say a coach should go you are a patriot. Anyone else who takes a shot at a coach you like is a terrorist. I get it. That's how you roll. By the way, how does your boy, the Fridge, feel about this? Do you care? Oh, perhaps you know that Ralph wants him gone too. Better talk to Google or Facebook about your website because I am sure it will be a huge success.

Posted by: petecard | November 8, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, I'll say it again bc, quite honsetly, I'm not sure you understand:

1) Every MD fan that I know wants Franklin gone (unlike you apparently).

2) No MD fan that I know wants Gary gone (unlike you).

3) Though there are 2 or 3 on here who want him gone, no MD fan that I know wants Friedgen gone (unlike you)

To summarize: You are always in the minority opinion when it comes to the Terps. Always. This is because you are so far removed from this region and the realities of both programs that your opinions are a reflection of that removal.

When you never actually go to any MD football or bball games, when you don't ever watch Comcast Sportsnet and catch the Gary Williams show or the Ralph Friedgen show or the Terrapin Rising shows or simply the highlights, when you never get to listen to Johnny Holiday do his pre and post game shows on the radio, when you aren't involved at all with the Terrapin Club, when you don't subscribe to Testudo Times, when you don't have any involvment with the school at all... well...you're just not going to have a solid grasp of the realities of our football and bball programs. Instead, you get your updates through Eric Prisbell's writing and through box scores...not exactly a great recipe for being a happy, well informed fan now is it?

But trust me, all of us really do like having clueless anti-Gary, anti-Fridge, anti-Vasquez, anti-Jordan Williams, guys like you around. It's pure comedy every time you post a comment and we enjoy seeing how incredibly wrong you are every time you make your absurd "we won't win another game all season" predictions.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What's crazy is that the Terps could potentially lose again on Saturday, and STILL control their destiny (if Clemson loses to FSU) for the Atlantic Division with wins at home against FSU and NCSU

Posted by: Russtinator | November 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

i've thought of this too but shhhhhh, please don't tell the team this.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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