Vols rolled again


Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 12:11 a.m.
ATLANTA - Maryland only dominated where it mattered most - the scoreboard.
Scott McBrien ran for two touchdowns and Curome Cox returned an interception 54 yards for another as the No. 20 Terrapins beat Tennessee 30-3 Tuesday night in the Peach Bowl.
Maryland (11-3) was outgained 287-274, but pulled away thanks to a stingy, opportunistic defense.
All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson had three sacks, four tackles for a loss, broke up four passes and forced a fumble. He was selected as the defensive Most Outstanding Player.
Nick Kovak kicked three field goals for the Terrapins, who reached 11 wins for the first time since 1976. They also won a bowl for the first time in 12 years, removing some of the sting from last season's 56-23 loss to Florida in the Orange Bowl.After a 1-2 start, including a 22-0 loss to Notre Dame in the Kickoff Classic, the Terrapins recovered to win 10 of their last 11. Ralph Friedgen, a 1970 Maryland graduate, is the first coach in school history to win at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons.
The Volunteers (8-5) completed their worst season since 1988, and gave coach Phillip Fulmer the most losses of his 11-year career. Twice the defense had to call a timeout after appearing confused, and two roughing-the-passer penalties helped sustain Maryland scoring drives.
McBrien, the Most Outstanding Player on offense, finished 11-of-19 for 120 yards. Bruce Perry, finally healthy after a lengthy recovery from a torn groin, ran for 50.
Tennessee's Casey Clausen completed 23-of-37 passes for 242 yards, but made an ill-timed throw in the second quarter to give Maryland the momentum.
Scrambling out of the pocket, he lofted a screen pass toward an area cluttered with only offensive linemen. Cox ran in and picked it off, then weaved his way across the field and sprinted away from everyone for his second touchdown of the season.
This one gave the Terrapins a 14-0 lead, and they cruised from there.
Maryland's only turnover came early in the third quarter, when wide receiver Latrez Harrison fumbled after a 17-yard reception. Mark Jones recovered and returned it 16 yards to the Terrapins 41, the best field position of the game for the Volunteers.
Tennessee eventually drove to the 12 and had first-and-10. But Henderson forced a fumble on the next play with a hard hit on Derrick Tinsley, and cornerback Domonique Foxworth recovered at the 7-yard line.
Novak completed the ensuing drive with his second field goal, extending the lead to 20-3, and McBrien added his final touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put it away.

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