The Washington Times - September 5, 2011, 09:41PM

Highlights up and lowlights from Maryland’s first half as it takes a 20-14 lead over Miami into the break.



* Joe Vellano: The junior defensive tackle has two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He was a breakout star in last year’s opener, and is enjoying a solid first game again.

* Kevin Dorsey and Quintin McCree: A combined 12 catches for 104 yards for the Terps’ starting wideouts. Given the plethora of screen passes, that’s about the yards per catch they should be at.

* Pace. Well, the Terps have lived up to the hype of playing fast. Whether it wears out Miami is another matter.


* Stopping Lamar Miller. A 41-yard touchdown jaunt by Miami’s star tailback looked incredibly easy. He could be in for some more quality work before the night is through.

* Kickoff coverage. Miami’s field position off Maryland kickoffs is the 31, 40, 32 and 29. That’s not exactly creating headaches for the Hurricanes.

* Squandered red zone chances. Maryland has made it inside the 20 four times and has one touchdown to show for it. Danny O’Brien had an interception he’ll no doubt rue when he sees the tape, and Kerry Boykins dropped a pass in the end zone. A 13-point performance for four trips inside the 20 could easily come back and haunt Maryland.

—- Patrick Stevens