Terps escape with 36-27 victory

Temple fell behind 26-3 in the first half, which proved too big a hole for a comeback. (David Swanson/Staff Photographer)

Maryland escaped with a 36-27 victory over Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls (1-1) nearly battled back from a 23-point first-half deficit.

Temple quarterback Chris Coyer completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Fitzpatrick to close the gap to 29-27 with 7:04 seconds left.

But Maryland quarterback Perry Hills responded with 38-yard pass  to Stephon Diggs to the Temple 13-yard line. Three plays later, Justus Pickett scored a 7-yard touchdown run to extend Maryland’s lead to nine points with 2:51 left.

On the ensuing possession, Coyer’s fourth-down pass was intercepted by Demetrius Hartsfield.

The junior completed 7 of 18 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns in the setback.

Maryland improved to 2-0.