Da'Rel Scott got out of the doghouse in time to run over Nevada.
Benched for 2½ quarters after breaking curfew, Scott ran for 174
yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in 14 carries and Maryland
held off the Wolf Pack 42-35 in the Humanitarian Bowl on Tuesday.
Scott's 49-yard touchdown sprint early in the fourth quarter
broke a 28-all tie and his 2-yard TD gallop but the Terps up 14
Scott was one of seven Terrapins benched by coach Ralph Friedgen
for curfew violations. He didn't get to play on the famous blue
turf here until early in the third quarter and didn't touch the
ball until the 5:55 mark of the third.
Once he got going, he couldn't be stopped.
On a second-and-7 early in the fourth quarter, he broke through
the Nevada line for the 49-yard score to put the Terps (8-5) up
35-28 with 12:21 left.
He became the seventh running back in Maryland history to top
1,000 yards for the season.
Scott and the Terps were able to overcome Nevada's potent
"pistol" offense, which misfired early but came alive in the
second half despite quarterback Colin Kaepernick playing with a
sprained right ankle.
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. He even sat for a series in the third
Kaepernick and Nevada (7-6) came alive, capitalizing on a pair
of mistakes by Maryland quarterback Chris Turner to pull even.
Nevada's Jonathon Amaya intercepted Turner 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.
Scott soon got his first carry and sprinted for 14 yards, then
went for 11 yards on the next play.
But another giveaway by Turner helped Nevada tie the game.
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.
Kaepernick finished 24-for-47 for a bowl-record 370 yards
passing and three touchdowns.
The tie lasted only a couple of minutes. Turner hit Torrey Scott
for 26 yards on third down, and two plays later Scott ran for his
seventh touchdown of the season. After Nevada failed to convert on
fourth down at the Maryland 34 with 9 minutes left, Scott carried
four times on the next drive for 66 yards, capped by his 2-yard
Kaepernick added a 15-yard touchdown run with 2:19 left, but
Maryland recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
The wild nature of this bowl game would have made hometown Boise
State proud for its offensive firepower.
While Scott and fellow offensive starter Danny Oquendo watched
from the sidelines 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