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G1: @ MARYLAND 32, HURRICANES 24: 4Q: What a finish. Canes up 24-23 on a Jake Wieclaw FG, then Maryland back up 26-24, then Terps make it a 32-24 final when Stephen Morris INT is returned 54 yards for a TD as a driving rain begins to fall. ..... 3Q: Terps just missed a 23-yard FG wide right. Huge break for Miami with 12:26 to play. ..... Maryland boots another FG, regains lead, 23-21. ..... Stephen Morris slashes in for 5-yard TD run on half's opening series and Canes are back up 21-20. Pretty entertaining game for ESPN and the nation. ..... HALF: I think coach Al Golden is probably OK trailing by only six at the half, all things considered. This despite Miami's defense allowing 311 totals yards (241 passing) and 19 first downs. Could be a lot worse. With defensive adjustments I still like Miami's chances. ..... 2Q: Maryland back up 20-14 with 0:47 left in half on awful turnover by UM's Mike James. Terps stripped ball from James and D-lineman Joe Vellano toted it 30 yards into the zone. ..... Lamar Miller up the middle rocket-like for a 41-yard TD dash and Canes have their first lead, 14-13, 4:04 before halftime. ..... Terps up 13-7 after another FG. Miami got lucky when Kerry Boykins dropped a shoulda-been TD pass in end zone. ..... Allen Hurns 3 catches for 65 yards already tonight after 0 catches all last season. ..... Mike James 1-yard TD run and Miami is within 10-7. Allen Hurns 37-yard catch to the 6 the big play of drive. Stephen Morris settling and down and Hurns the offense's best playmaker thus far. ..... Terps add 24-yard FG for 10-0 lead two minutes into second quarter. ..... 1Q: Miami defense allowed 12 Terps first down in opening quarter. Oy! ..... Stephen Morris is sacked and loses fumble on Terps 33, snuffing a promising drive that had seem him hit completions of 16 yards to Mike James and Allen Hurns. ..... Vaughn Telemaque spares UM from a likely 14-0 hole with a diving end-zone interception on Terps' 2nd-and-goal from the Miami 2. Huge. Huuuge. ..... Terps looking quicker on offense than I recall past Maryland teams being. ..... Canes 1-2-3-punt on opening series after two overthrows by Stephen Morris. ..... Maryland 7-0 fast lead on opening TD drive capped by 10-yard Danny O'Brien pass to Ronnie Tyler. Canes pass defense really shabby on that series. ..... Pregame: Maryland wins coin toss, will receive. ..... Terps just ran onto field, and instantly lead the ACC in ugly helmets. ..... Welcome to the only Miami Herald blog coming to you live from College Park, Md! :) :D Coming up on two hours before kickoff and rain at the stadium is the sort that led Noah to build an ark. ..... Original post: Unlike the Seminoles and Gators, no soft opening for the Hurricanes tonight at Maryland as Week 1 of the college football season wraps up. It's an ACC game right out the box, and one of those swing games that determine whether a season will be special or disappointing. When you look at Miami's schedule you count this as a win if you see UM in the mix for a conference title and a major bowl. Miami would be a road favorite if at full strength but Maryland is a slight betting pick now because the Canes, of course, are without quarterback Jacory Harris and about half their defensive starters on account of NCAA suspensions for accepting improper benefits. I'm in up MD columnizing off the opener and invite you to join us here before, during and after the game. A big chance for Stephen Morris to lay claim to the QB job, and I think UM has an awful lot of motivation tonight as the Al Golden era sets sail. Pick: Hurricanes 27, Maryland 21.