HERSHEY, PA., JULY 28 -- Pennsylvania spotted Maryland a 20-point first-quarter lead in tonight's Big 33 Football Classic, momentarily silencing the 19,344 at Hersheypark Stadium.
Both the Pennsylvania all-stars and the crowd would soon come to life with a roar as quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Frank Costa rallied their team to five consecutive touchdowns en route to a 42-28 victory over a stunned Maryland squad.
Maryland, 1-5 in the series against Pennsylvania, made a quick start thanks to the running of quarterback Marc Bason.
Maryland Coach John Harvill, who coached the six-foot University of Maryland-bound Bason at Gaithersburg, started him tonight with immediate and astounding results. On the fourth play of the game, Bason faked a handoff to wideout Stanley Dorsey, cut inside, then headed for the left sideline.
The Pennsylvania defensive unit was left forlorn, as the swift Bason completed the 68-yard jaunt into the end zone.
Bason, who was named Maryland's most valuable player, was far from through. On the third Maryland drive of the first quarter, he scrambled out of trouble, then found an opening. Taking the left sideline route again, Bason converted a 60-yard run for Maryland's second score, then tossed a two-point conversion pass to Einstein's David Sierra for a 14-0 lead.
Pennsylvania recovered thanks to the powerful and poised throwing of Costa and Collins, who combined for 390 yards. Pennsylvania finished with 562 yards total offense to Maryland's 261.
Collins had three scoring passes, 23 yards to Jason Bender, 42 to Priest Ramsey and 20 to Kyle Brady. Costa had a one-yard scoring run and a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ramsey.
Ramsey had five catches for 150 yards and the touchdown and was named the Pennsylvania team's most valuable player.
Pallotti's Craig Ray also played well, coming off the bench late in the first quarter and throwing a 49-yard completion to Bladensburg's Duane Wiles. Churchill's Mark Mason scored from one yard out on the next play and Maryland led, 20-0.
Pennsylvania showed signs of life early in the second quarter, as Costa hooked up with Andre Coleman for a 39-yard pass. Two plays later Dwayne Miller scored from the 1 to cut the lead to 20-7.
Maryland stemmed the momentum shift when Annapolis's Jamie Cook picked up a fumble by Andre McCoy in the backfield and returned it 39 yards for the fourth, and last, Maryland score. Bason's conversion run made it 28-7.