- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 22, 2006

Maryland’s backfield committee of Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore already provides problems for the Terrapins’ opponents.

Now, maybe they’ll have to worry about Maryland’s quarterback as well.

For at least a day, Sam Hollenbach shed his pocket passer label, running for a career-high 62 yards in the Terps’ 26-20 victory over N.C. State at Byrd Stadium.

“That doesn’t really surprise me,” Lattimore said. “In practice, Sam can run. Sam actually runs a 4.6, but we don’t want to get him hurt. Against this team, they really pursued to the ball and we ran a couple boots and it was wide open for him, so he took it.”

It was an interesting wrinkle for Hollenbach, whose season-high in yardage had been 11 yards on one carry against William & Mary. That was also his longest dash of the year until he trumped it twice yesterday.

On the first play after linebacker Erin Henderson’s interception, Hollenbach rolled right and looked for a receiver coming across the field. As he neared the sideline, he suddenly took off and gained 20 yards.

Two plays later, Ball sauntered into the end zone to give Maryland a 20-0 lead.

“If he would get that into his game, it would add a whole new dimension,” coach Ralph Friedgen said. “I think he heard me on the sideline screaming ‘Run!’ because he was kind of hesitant there.”

Hollenbach didn’t pause on his next long run. Facing a third-and-6 with a 23-13 lead late in the fourth quarter, Hollenbach faked a handoff to Ball before scampering a career-long 28 yards down to the Wolfpack 6. Four plays later, the Terps added an insurance field goal.

The senior had not rushed for more than 30 yards since a 45-yard effort last year against Wake Forest in September. It was a bit of a twist for the Terps, who have absorbed damage from scrambling quarterbacks like West Virginia’s Pat White, Georgia Tech’s Reggie Ball and Virginia’s Jameel Sewell this season.

“If you have a quarterback that can get some yardage when nobody’s open, I think that makes it really tough on defenses,” Hollenbach said. “Our defense can attest to that. There’s some quick quarterbacks in the ACC.

Last year, you saw that with [Virginia Tech’s Marcus] Vick and [Virginia’s Marques] Hagans, and when those guys didn’t get a read open, they could just run the ball and it was real effective. It can continue to be a good thing for us.”

It was a particularly efficient game for Hollenbach, who was 7-for-9 for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also didn’t commit a turnover and avoided tossing an interception for the first time since Sept. 9.

“It was still a sweet win,” Hollenbach said of his relative inactivity in the passing game. “Week to week, we’ve kind of changed our offensive planning. This week, we didn’t throw the ball much and our running backs and offensive line played well. All I did was hand the ball off. That works.”

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