Comeback Falls Short, 'Canes Lose 14-13

Miami held Maryland to six first downs, but was unable to come away with a victory as they fell to 5-5 on the season after a 14-13 loss.

Kirby Freeman made his first career start at quarterback and led the team back from a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter, but was unable to get one last drive.

With less than two minutes in the game Maryland (8-2, 5-1) was forced to punt.

Sophomore Bruce Johnson was immediately hit on the return and lost a fumble on the play. Maryland recovered at the UM 13-yard line and proceeded to run out the clock.

Freeman was 14-of-27 passing for 140 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception in addition to rushing for 51 yards.

The 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Moore was a thing of beauty as he slipped the sideline pass right over the cornerback in coverage before the safety could come over and help.

Moore, who made his season debut last week, led the team with five catches and 50 yards.

Miami appeared to have momentum following the touchdown pass and only trailed 14-10 at the time. Freeman then led Miami's longest drive of the season.

The Hurricanes got down to the 15-yard line. On 1st-and-10, Miami had single coverage to Freeman's left and bunched receivers to his right close to the right tackle.

Freeman looked right and then back left to find a wide open Ryan Hill. The ball was right on target and Hill dropped it.

Three plays later Miami had to settle for a 25-yard field goal and still trailed 14-13.

The Hurricanes gave up touchdown passes of 65 and 96 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey that proved to be too much of a deficit to overcome.

Heyward-Bey finished the game with five catches for 175 yards.

Miami outgained Maryland on the ground rushing for 180 yards to Maryland's 56.

Javarris James led Miami with 78 yards rushing on 22 carries--a career-high.

The Hurricanes will travel to Virginia (4-6, 3-3) next Saturday.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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