Maryland overwhelms Florida International 41-14
MIAMI (AP) Perry Hills threw for three touchdowns to lead Maryland to a 41-14 win over Florida International Friday night.
D.J. Moore caught six passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns for Maryland (2-0).
Hills completed 13-of-18 passes for 210 yards in three quarters. He connected with Moore for a 45-yard touchdown pass and Derrick Hayward for a 9-yard score in the second quarter to give Maryland a 31-7 advantage at halftime. Lorenzo Harrison scored on a 40-yard run for the Terrapins' fourth touchdown of the first half.
''We're doing an unbelievable job of executing,'' Hills said. ''We all came out here and had a good time. That's the final point – to come out here and have fun.''
First-year Maryland head coach DJ Durkin rested Hills after his third touchdown pass – a 40-yard catch and run by Moore with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter.
''Just pleased the way we came out and played,'' Durkin said. ''I thought our guys prepared really well, traveled really well. That was a big thing for us coming and how we were going to go through it as a team.
''It's not easy getting road wins in college football. The way our guys responded, I'm really excited for them.''
The Terrapins never trailed after taking a 10-0 lead on Adam Greene's 23-yard field and Jermaine Carter's 15-yard interception return in the first quarter.
Carter's interception was the third interception return for FIU quarterback Alex McGough.
''I'm proud of this football team;. I love this football team,'' FIU head coach Ron Turner said. ''I'm disappointed for them more because we battled and we did a lot of good things defensively and I think they wore our defense down.''
Alex Gardner rushed for 109 yards and scored on a four-yard run in the second quarter for the Panthers (0-2).
Maryland: The passing connection usually is Hills to Moore but the combination switched roles on a reverse play in the first quarter, when Moore completed a 21-yard pass to Hills that led to Greene's field goal.
FIU: McGough limped off the field after attempting to tackle Carter during his interception. Red-shirt freshman Maurice Alexander replaced McGough for the next three series. Although McGough returned with 56 seconds remaining in the first half, Alexander played the entire second half.
Maryland: It's back to the Sunshine State next weekend for the Terrapins, who play at Central Florida on Sept. 17 in the final tune-up before opening their Big Ten schedule at home against Purdue on Oct. 1.
FIU: The Panthers return to UMass for a second consecutive year, going to Amherst on Sept. 17.