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North Carolina St. vs. Maryland: Terps denied by upright in 20-18 loss

Brad Craddock missed a late field goal attempt off the left upright as Maryland suffered its first ACC loss Saturday.

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Grading Maryland's Heartbreaking Loss

The Terrapins suffered a heartbreaking homecoming loss to the visiting Wolfpack Saturday afternoon, when a 33-yard Brad Craddock field goal hit off the left upright with seconds remaining. SB Nation DC grades the Terps' units on their performance.

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Terrapins nearly pull off storybook victory

The Maryland Terrapins suffered their first defeat in Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday, dropping a close contest, 20-18, to the N.C. State Wolfpack at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins (4-3, 2-1 ACC) were done in by a bad day from their kicker Brad Craddock, who missed an extra point and a possible game-winning field goal with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Craddock's miss spoiled an impressive last-minute drive by third-string quarterback Caleb Rowe, who moved Maryland 60 yards in five plays after kicker Niklas Sade gave N.C. State a two-point lead with 32 seconds remaining.

Saturday's ending was one of the craziest the SB Nation blog Testudo Times has ever witnessed.

In one of the craziest college football games I've ever seen -- involving three quarterbacks, each more effective than the last, a true freshman QB burning his redshirt with thirty seconds to go before leading a potentially game-winning drive, and two game-winning field goal attempts in the final 40 seconds -- it came down to Craddock in the end, his final kick clanging off the left upright and sending intense pain through Maryland's fanbase.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, however, the blog stated its love for Maryland's football team, which has been impressive so far this season.

I love this team. A lot of you, especially those of you who view sports with an ironic raised eyebrow, probably don't. But they show an extraordinary amount of heart, every single game. Lose your starting quarterback, Perry Hills, to what looked like a season-ending leg injury? Bring in the backup, Devin Burns, a converted wide receiver, and kickstart the offense to lead a comeback. Give up that lead, get the ball with 32 seconds left and the ball at the 25 needing two points? Very well, the option won't work, let's bring in true freshman Caleb Rowe. He burnt his redshirt in unfair circumstances by anyone's measure. And yet there he goes, completing passes, avoiding pressure and putting Maryland in position to win the game. It was storybook stuff.

The Terrapins' next game will be Saturday at Boston College. The contest is schedule to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on ESPN3.

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Terps Lose Homecoming Heartbreaker

Brad Craddock missed a 33-yard field goal off the upright with two seconds left, as the Terps lost their perfect record in conference play at home against North Carolina State.

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Maryland quarterback Perry Hills injured

Maryland quarterback Perry Hills was carted off the field after injuring his left leg against the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

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Terps Dominating, Only Lead 3-0

Maryland has dominated in every way against North Carolina State through the first quarter of their 2012 football contest, but haven't been able to translate it to the scoreboard. Despite having nearly five times as many offensive yards, the Terps hold only a 3-0 lead.

The teams traded three-and-outs to start the game, but Maryland was able to strike on their second drive of the game. After two completions to Stefon Diggs for 15 yards gave the Terps a first down, they were able to get one on the ground as well - a five-yard run by Albert Reid, followed by four-yards from Justus Pickett, with an additional two-yarder from Reid to seal it.

After a holding penalty by Justin Gilbert, Hills completed a pass on the right side to Marcus Leak. Leak reversed field and outran several Wolfpack defenders before being brought down on the Wolfpack's 27 for a 47-yard gain. On the next play, the Terps attempted some trickery, bringing Diggs around on a sweep for a wide receiver pass. The attempt was batted down in the end zone, however, and Brad Craddock hit a 36-yard field goal two plays later to give Maryland the 3-0 lead.

The Wolfpack managed a first down on their next drive, but a third down Mike Glennon pass was deflected at the line by Darin Drakeford three plays later to force a punt. Maryland and Hills were able to move the ball on their next drive through Diggs, Matt Furstenburg and David Amerson (who was tagged with a pass interference), but back-to-back Wolfpack sacks forced a punt.

To say the Terps have kept Mike Glennon in check would be quite the understatement - the quarterback is 2/7 with one yard. Tony Creecy has ran five times for 17 yards, and three different Terrapins have more yards than the Wolfpack.

Perry Hills had a good quarter, completing 8/11 passes for 95 yards, while Diggs had four catches for 30 yards. Justus Pickett and Albert Reid continue to struggle, with six carries for a combined 20 yards.

Maryland outgained NC State 106-18 in the quarter, including 95-1 in the air.

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Terps Look To Improve to 3-0 in ACC

Maryland opened up conference play with two close wins over Wake Forest and Virginia, and will look to move to 3-0 at home against North Carolina State.

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Maryland hosts NC State Saturday

The Maryland Terrapins host NC State this Saturday in a battle of ACC Atlantic division rivals

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