Cal's Late Rally Falls Short

Kevin Riley passes for a career-high 423 yards and three touchdowns but it wasn't enough as Maryland held on for 35-27 win in College Park over the No. 23 California Golden Bears. Terrapin RB Da'Rel Scott rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second half with a shoulder injury.

Kevin Riley hit Veran Tucker with 1:55 left in the game for his third touchdown of the fourth quarter. David Seawright's PAT made the score 35-27. But Maryland's Danny Oquendo tapped Seawright's subsequent onside kick attempt out of bounds sealing the Terrapins 35-27 win over California.

The Bears did not get into the end zone until 6:55 left in the game when Riley hit Cameron Morrah for a 10-yard touchdown pass. But Maryland quickly answered. Backup Terp running back Devin Meggett scored on one-yard touchdown run just 33 seconds later to push Maryland's lead to 35-13 after Obi Egekeze' s PAT. The 39-yard scoring drive came on the heels off a Cal failed onside kick attempt after the Bears had cut the Terps lead to 15.

Riley and the Bear offense came alive in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. The Bears sluggish start offensively and defensively allowed Maryland to cruise to an early 14-0 lead just six minutes into the game. Riley finished with a career high in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. He finished 33 of 58 for 423 yards with three touchdowns. But his one interception came in the first quarter giving the Terps with a short 14-yard field for their second touchdown drive.

Da'Rel Scott dominated early carrying the ball 19 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Meggett rushed for 82 yards in his absence including a 38-yard effort that set up his touchdown.

Maryland amassed 164 fewer yards than Cal, but made key plays and converted 6 of 12 third downs. Cal was just 2 of 11 on third down and did not convert one until the second half. At one point, the Bears had four possessions inside Maryland Territory, including two inside the five, but had only two field goals to show for it.

The Terps shutdown Cal's powerful ground attack. Jahvid Best was held to a season low 25 yards on just 10 carries. Shane Vereen was also held in check with 23 yards. The Bears entered the game averaging 297 yards on the ground but finished with only 38 net yards rushing. Maryland did not have a sack entering the game but sacked Riley five times.

LaReylle Cunningham led the Bears with 138 yards receiving on seven receptions. The Bears have bye this week before taking on Colorado State September 27 at Memorial Stadium.


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