COLLEGE PARK, Md. Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse used a strong defensive effort to beat error-prone Maryland 20-3 Saturday.
Smith scored from the 1 in the first quarter and added a 21-yard TD with 10:33 left to put the Orange up by 17. It was his third 100-yard game of the season and eighth of his career.
Durell Eskridge and Julian Whigham had interceptions for Syracuse, which also forced five fumbles recovering two of them. The Orange (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have allowed only three points in their last two games following a 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech.
Maryland (5-4, 1-4) has lost three straight and four of five. The Terrapins have been trying since mid-October to reach the six wins necessary to earn a bowl bid.
C.J. Brown went 21 for 40 for 211 yards and two interceptions for Maryland, which was limited to 151 yards in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, Orange quarterback Terrel Hunt ran for 29 yards to set up Smiths game-clinching touchdown jaunt.
Hunt finished 15 for 24 for 140 yards and an interception. He also ran for 67 yards on seven carries.