Gendreau FG gives Middle Tennessee 32-31 winSep 20, 2009 - 12:57 AM COLLEGE PARK, Md.(AP) -- 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 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.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
--- --- --- --- -----
MIDDLETENN 0 13 10 9 32
MARYLAND 7 7 7 10 31 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: MARYLAND - TD, DA'REL SCOTT 48 YD RUN (NICK
FERRARA KICK), 8:14. MARYLAND
2ND QUARTER: MIDDLE TEN - TD, DWIGHT DASHER 3 YD RUN (PAT
FAILED), 0:15. MARYLAND 7-6
MIDDLE TEN - TD, SANCHO
Sep 19 5:54 PM
MARYLAND 31 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Middle Tennessee 32, Maryland 31 End of Reg.Sep 19 5:54 PM
MARYLAND 31 6:14 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Middle Tennessee 29, Maryland 31 4th - 6:14Sep 19 5:36 PM
TD MIDDLE TENN
GARRETT ANDREWS 32 YD PASS FROM DWIGHT DASHER
(TWO-POINT PASS CONVERSION FAILED)
MARYLAND 28 10:44 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Middle Tennessee 29, Maryland 28 4th - 9:04Sep 19 5:27 PM
MARYLAND 28 13:01 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Middle Tennessee 23, Maryland 28 4th - 13:01Sep 19 5:16 PM
MARYLAND 21 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Sep 19 5:06 PM
MARYLAND 21 0:48 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Middle Tennessee 23, Maryland 21 3rd - 0:48Sep 19 5:01 PM
MARYLAND 21 6:25 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Middle Tennessee 20, Maryland 21 3rd - 6:25Sep 19 4:43 PM
MARYLAND 21 12:22 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Middle Tennessee 13, Maryland 21 3rd - 12:22Sep 19 4:22 PM
MARYLAND 14 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Sep 19 3:59 PM
MARYLAND 14 1:19 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Middle Tennessee 13, Maryland 14 2nd - 1:19Sep 19 3:55 PM
MARYLAND 7 13:06 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Middle Tennessee 13, Maryland 7 2nd - 13:06Sep 19 3:23 PM
MARYLAND 7 14:39 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Middle Tennessee 6, Maryland 7 2nd - 14:39Sep 19 3:13 PM
MARYLAND 7 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Sep 19 3:08 PM
MARYLAND 7 6:46 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Middle Tennessee 0, Maryland 7 1st - 6:46Sep 19 2:52 PM
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