While contemplating possible lineup changes -- including quarterback and tailback -- Maryland Coach Joe Krivak said yesterday he would not have thrown for a three-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to go and his team ahead by 23 points as Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson did Saturday night in the Hurricanes' 46-16 victory over the Terrapins in the Orange Bowl.

Krivak also said he agreed with Athletic Director Lew Perkins' postgame statement that Maryland would not play Miami again. Calling the late touchdown "classless," Perkins said Saturday night, "We will never play Miami again as long as I'm the athletic director. Why should we play them?"

The loss dropped Maryland's record to 2-3 while Miami won its fourth game without a loss.

Johnson said Saturday night that Craig Erickson, who threw the pass, is his only backup quarterback and he had to prepare him in case starter Steve Walsh gets injured. Asked if he was concerned about running up the score, Johnson said, "My only concern is getting my team ready to win and getting that 18-year-old {Erickson} ready to win. We're in a passing offense and I can't prepare him to win by having him hand the ball off."

Asked yesterday if he would have done the same thing, Krivak said, "No. It proves nothing." As for Perkins' pledge not to play Miami, Krivak said, "That game does nothing for us. I think we're overscheduled out of conference anyway. There's no local flavor. We were down there in '84 and there were only 30,000 or 35,000 in the place. The game does absolutely nothing for us."

Miami Athletic Director Sam Jankovich yesterday defended Johnson.

"I think it's a very unfortunate response by Mr. Perkins," Jankovich said. "The Miami-Maryland series has been an outstanding series {and is now tied, 7-7}. If Mr. Perkins was to look at the game overall, he would see that Jimmy Johnson played an awful lot of football players.

"I know what it's like on the other side. I was at Washington State as a defensive coordinator and we played USC, which had three or four outstanding I-backs. There was no difference in one through four. We're one play away from going with Erickson. If Jimmy Johnson wanted to pound on Maryland, he would not have played as many subs."

Maryland players did not agree.

"There are a lot of words to describe them," said outside linebacker O'Brien Alston, "but there aren't any good words."

"What they did was bush league," said wide receiver Azizuddin Abdur-Ra'oof. "We wouldn't do that. A prime example was the 1984 game."

In the '84 game in the Orange Bowl, Maryland came back from a 31-point halftime deficit. The Terrapins led, 42-40, and had the ball on the Miami 1-yard line with less than a minute to play. Maryland's coach that night, Bobby Ross, elected to run out the clock.

"They were afraid that if they turned the ball over, we might have gone the other way to score," Jankovich said of Maryland's strategy in '84. "If Jimmy Johnson wanted to run up the score, it would have been much worse. But if it's {Perkins'} decision not to play us, that's his choice."

Maryland had a terrible time with its punting game, especially in the first half. Two were blocked or partially blocked and turned into points by Miami. Two other times in the first half, punter Darryl Wright felt he could not get the punt off because of bad snaps. Krivak placed part of the blame on the blocking, part on the snapping and part on Wright, whom Krivak said took three steps instead of the usual two. The Maryland miscues helped a sluggish Miami team take a 17-8 halftime lead.

Two third-quarter touchdowns by Miami put the game out of reach, and the Hurricanes scored early in the fourth before Erickson's touchdown pass.

Mike Anderson, who ran eight times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards, was among the few bright spots offensively for the Terrapins. But Maryland gained only 85 yards on the ground. Fullback Dennis Spinelli had six carries for 23 yards and caught four passes for 31 more. Carl Morton, who played in his first game since regaining his eligibility, gained 18 yards on four carries. Starting tailback Bren Lowery had a net of one yard on nine carries.

"Anderson ran very tough and Spinelli ran very tough, and we have a chance with Morton," Krivak said. "Lowery had gone backwards. If we're going to win, we've got to get the running game going." Asked if Anderson would be the starter for this week's game at Wake Forest (5-0), Krivak said, "We'll address that this week. It's a strong possibility. I think he played very hard."

O'Donnell relieved starter Dan Henning at the start of the fourth quarter. Henning finished 17 of 32 (with at least four passes dropped) for 142 yards and one interception. Though Miami was using some substitutes by then, O'Donnell was six of nine for 104 yards, one touchdown and one interception, which came on a deflection.

Asked what he thought of Henning's performance, Krivak said one option is using O'Donnell sooner and more often, if not as a starter.

"I'd say we have to take a look at a lot of people. We'll have to make some tough decisions this week about what we want to do. I still think we have a chance to be good in the last six games, but what I think and what we do are two different things. Neil played well enough that we've got to take a look at him."

The Maryland loss was just one of several for area college teams. Navy extended its losing streak to 12 games, including five this year, with a 23-13 loss to Air Force. Virginia (3-3, 1-2 in the ACC) went to eighth-ranked Clemson, played well, but lost, 38-21.

"If we see this game for what it was -- a loss -- and we see what we need to do to improve for the rest of the season and then do it, then I don't think it was such a bad loss," said Virginia guard Roy Brown.

Howard's 10-game winning streak ended Saturday night as Towson State pulled away in the fourth quarter to win, 30-14.