It’s a good thing Maryland kicker Nick Ferrara has a short memory. It’s a trait that every kicker needs to have.
The St. Anthony’s graduate’s 32-yard field goal with 1:39 left helped lift the Terrapins to a 32-24 win over Miami in a nationally televised game on Monday night. No one was celebrating on the Maryland sideline a few minutes before, however, as the junior missed a 23-yard attempt with 4:07 left with Maryland trailing, 24-23.
Ferrara’s go-ahead kick gave Maryland a 26-24 lead. Maryland cornerback Cameron Chism returned an interception 54 yards for a score on Miami’s next possession to seal the deal for the Terrapins.
Ferrara went 4-for-5 on field goal attempts.
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Miami, which played without eight players, including quarterback Jacory Harris. Harris, Sean Spence, Travis Benjamin, Marcus Fortson and Adwale Ojomo were all suspended one game by the NCAA for accepting inappropriate benefits after enrolling at school.
Other players suspended, include defensive lineman Olivier Vernon (6 games), safety Ray Armstrong (4 games) and tight end Dyron Fye (4 games). Four other players were sanctioned by the NCAA, but won’t miss any games. All of the players must pay restitution.
Even without those players, Monday night marked one of the biggest wins in recent history for Maryland, which is playing under new coach Randy Edsall. Edsall, who led Connecticut to a BCS bowl last season, took over for Ralph Friedgen. Friedgen was fired despite posting a 9-4 record and being named ACC Coach of the Year last season.