The Washington Times - December 30, 2008, 06:11PM

BOISE, Idaho –You could have made a lot of money if you’d bet Adrian Cannon, Torrey Smith, Morgan Green and Ronnie Tyler would all score touchdowns in the first half today.

And so despite going down a few players because of curfew violations, Maryland leads at halftime.

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Moise Fokou and Jamari McCollough have played after sitting out a quarter. Everyone else – Da’Rel Scott, Trey Covington, Derek Drummond, Antwine Perez and Danny Oquendo – have yet to be seen.

The story of the first half, though, is none of that stuff. It’s that Nevada’s running game isn’t nearly as effective as expected.

Granted, the Wolf Pack offense has its share of huge gains. But they’ve still only managed 48 yards rushing, which means Maryland is doing something right despite its missing linebackers.

Tyler’s touchdown with six seconds left is huge for Maryland. The Terps have opened up a bit of a cushion, and they also executed a two-minute offense about as well as they have all year.

So far, so good for Maryland, which is 30 minutes from leaving with a bowl victory for the second time in three years.

Patrick Stevens