Syracuse rolls past Maryland 20-3
SYRACUSE 20, MARYLAND 3
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two
touchdowns, and Syracuse used a strong defensive effort to beat
error-prone Maryland 20-3 Saturday.
Smith scored from the 1 in the first quarter and added a 21-yard
TD with 10:33 left to put the Orange up by 17. It was his third
100-yard game of the season and eighth of his career.
Durell Eskridge and Julian Whigham had interceptions for
Syracuse, which also forced five fumbles - recovering two of
them. The Orange (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have
allowed only three points in their last two games following a
56-0 loss to Georgia Tech.
Maryland (5-4, 1-4) has lost three straight and four of five.
The Terrapins have been trying since mid-October to reach the
six wins necessary to earn a bowl bid.
C.J. Brown went 21 for 40 for 211 yards and two interceptions
for Maryland, which was limited to 151 yards in the second half.
After closing the first half with turnovers on its final three
possessions, the Terrapins began the third quarter in similar
fashion. Brown fumbled a snap from center, and Cameron Lynch
recovered for Syracuse to set up a field goal for a 13-0 lead.
The Terrapins finally scored late in the third quarter, with
plenty of help from the Orange. Three 15-yard penalties against
Syracuse enabled Maryland to reach the red zone. After the
Terrapins had a lost fumble wiped out by an offside call against
the Orange, Brad Craddock kicked a 23-yard field goal.
That ended a shutout run of 113 minutes by the Syracuse defense,
beginning in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech and
including last week's 13-0 win over Wake Forest.
In the fourth quarter, Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt ran for 29
yards to set up Smith's game-clinching touchdown jaunt.
Hunt finished 15 for 24 for 140 yards and an interception. He
also ran for 67 yards on seven carries.
Syracuse won despite being penalized 12 times for 115 yards and
going 3 for 14 on third-down conversions.
The Orange outgained Maryland 267-141 before halftime and scored
on their first and last drives to take a 10-0 lead.
Syracuse took the opening kickoff and launched a 16-play drive
that consumed nearly eight minutes and featured a pair of
fourth-down gambles, the last of which produced Smith's first
The Terrapins converted a fourth-down try of their own late in
the first quarter, but that only led to a missed field goal try
In the second quarter, a fumble by Smith started a run of five
of six possessions that ended in turnovers, including three by
Maryland - two interceptions by Brown and a fumble by Amba
Etta-Tawo. Syracuse converted the last turnover into a 34-yard
field goal by Ryan Norton.
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