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Terps still troubled by officials' calls

THE BALTIMORE SUN

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden was still shaking his head yesterday over several calls that went against his team Saturday during a 30-17 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

"There were some concrete things that were obvious on the tape," Vanderlinden said. "But you know I'm not allowed to comment on them. We sent the tape to the Atlantic Coast Conference office."

The biggest call came with 6:38 left in the game when Maryland's Calvin McCall apparently scored on a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-inches from the goal line. That touchdown would have tied the game at 23, but the officials huddled and ruled that McCall had not crossed the goal line.

"It was a touchdown Saturday and it's still a touchdown today," McCall said yesterday. "That call really hurt because we felt we had let our defense down by not scoring on that drive [76 yards]. Then West Virginia came right back to drove 99 yards for a touchdown."

McCall and LaMont Jordan also insisted that the officials missed the call on the previous play when they denied Jordan a touchdown on a 4-yard run around the right side.

Also, Maryland cornerback Curome Cox was called for defensive interference on a play that could have been judged offensive interference on West Virginia, and Terps wide receiver Moises Cruz was ruled out of bounds on a catch at the Mountaineers' 13-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Vanderlinden didn't respond when asked if he expected to get any satisfaction or apologies from the league.

Meanwhile, Maryland junior quarterback Shaun Hill has suffered a slight setback in his recovery from a mild shoulder sprain that caused him to miss the West Virginia game.

"It's a little sore today," Vanderlinden said. "We've taken X-rays and an MRI and they've been negative. It's still just some soft tissue."

Also, starting left tackle Matt Crawford missed practice yesterday with a sore left shoulder that Vanderlinden said "appears to be a chronic problem." Crawford's injury is the latest in a long line of bumps and bruises that have plagued the troubled offensive line.

There was some good news on the injury front, however, as punter Brooks Barnard (sore right foot) and strong safety Tony Jackson (shoulder injury) are expected to be ready for Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

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