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Maryland Vs. UNC 2012: Terps lose sixth straight to end season, fall 45-38 to Tar Heels

The North Carolina Tar Heels outscored the Maryland Terrapins 24-7 in the third quarter on their way to a 45-38 win over the visiting Terps. Maryland ended the season with six straight losses.

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Grading Maryland's Season Finale Loss

Maryland ended their season with a tight loss to North Carolina in a wild affair in Chapel Hill. The Terps finish up at 4-8, and SB Nation DC grades their performance in the final game of the year.


It was an up-and-down day for Maryland on Saturday

SB Nation's Testudo Times saw some really good football from the Terrapins on Saturday, but also some bad.


Terps Lose Wild Season Finale, 45-38

Maryland's football season is at long last over, as the season finale in Chapel Hill ended in a 45-38 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Bryn Renner threw for five touchdown passes for the Tar Heels, and second-half dominance from North Carolina put the game away.

The game started out like so many others in the tail end of the Terrapins' season - with two quick scores from the opponent. On the first drive, safety Matt Robinson missed two tackles and Bryn Renner found Eric Ebron for a 30-yard score. After Shawn Petty was intercepted, Renner quickly found Quinshad Davis in the corner of the end zone for a two-yard score.

But Maryland came back to tie it up early in the second quarter, before a frantic end to the half gave the Terps their first lead. After rushing touchdowns from Brandon Ross and Petty, Renner threw another touchdown pass. With a few minutes left in the half, Nigel King made back-to-back one-handed catches, and hauled in another reception for 21 yards. That set up one of a few trick plays for Maryland on the night, as Stefon Diggs took the ball to the right side on a wide receiver reverse and then threw it to a wide open Matt Furstenburg in the end zone.

On the ensuing kick-off, Brad Craddock's squib bounced around the field before falling into the arms of Anthony Nixon in North Carolina territory. With four seconds left, Petty found Kevin Dorsey over the middle, who broke a few tackles and dove into the end zone for a 28-yard score and a 28-21 lead.

The wild nature of the game continued at the beginning of the third quarter, as the kick-off to start the half was returned 99 yards for a score by Stefon Diggs. North Carolina responded with two more Bryn Renner touchdowns over the next two minutes to tie it up, and at that point, the Tar Heels took over.

Thomas Moore hit a 22-yard field goal, and Giovani Bernard ran in a one-yard score for the first non-Renner UNC touchdown of the night. That made for 24 unanswered points by the Tar Heels, and a 45-35 lead headed into the fourth.

Maryland put together a drive midway through the fourth that resulted in a 27-yard Brad Craddock field goal, but North Carolina was able to run out the clock on Maryland's season. The Terps finish up at 4-8 with six straight losses and a countless number of injuries.

Shawn Petty finished the game 16/35 for 208 yards and a score with one interception, while Brandon Ross continued his strong end-of-season form with 21 rushes for 141 yards. Stefon Diggs caught eight passes for 82 yards, ran three times for 20 yards, threw a touchdown pass, and returned a kick for a touchdown. Meanwhile, for Carolina, Bryn Renner tied for a school record with five touchdown passes, Giovani Bernard had 27 rushes for 163 yards and a score, and Quinshad Davis finished with nine receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

We'll have more on this game tomorrow.


UNC Gets Big Third Quarter, Terps Trail 45-35

After an action-packed ending to the first half, Maryland and North Carolina have picked up where they left off, with a third quarter where the two teams combined for 31 points. The Tar Heels got the better of the quarter, and enter the fourth leading 45-35/

Stefon Diggs returned the opening kick-off of the half 99 yards for a score, and Maryland continued their unprecedented assault on the scoreboard. That made it three plays in a row with Maryland touchdowns, and the score 35-21.

North Carolina responded, as with the second play on their next drive Bryn Renner found Quinshad Davis for a 50-yard score, for the fourth touchdown in 67 seconds of game-time.

After a three-and-out for the Terps, the Tar Heels got the ball back and started out well, with an 11-yard run by Giovani Bernard and a 15-personal foul penalty on Eric Franklin. Renner completed a 20-yard pass to Davis, and the ball came out near his contact with the ground, with Maryland recovering. However, the play was reviewed, and the officials ruled Carolina ball at the ten yard line. After a false start penalty, Renner found Erik Highsmith in the corner for a 15-yard score (the play was also upheld after a review). After the extra point, it was 35-35, with five touchdowns in 3:11 of gameplay.

North Carolina took advantage of a poor Nate Renfro punt on the next drive, starting out on the Terps' 31. A 21-yard pass to Eric Ebron put the Tar Heels within goal territory, but Maryland's defense stepped up and force a field goal attempt, notably consecutive deflected passes by Cole Farrand and Marcus Whitfield. Thomas Moore hit the 22-yarder, giving UNC a 38-35 lead.

After another poor Renfro punt on Maryland's next drive, North Carolina quickly moved towards the red zone, and after a ten-yard touchdown pass to Davis was overturned, Bernard ran it in from one-yard out for a 45-35 lead.


Frantic End to Half Give Terps 28-21 Lead

With 14 points in the last 30 seconds, Maryland has taken a 28-21 lead heading into halftime.

After the teams traded punts, Maryland started a drive with about 10:30 left in the half. Shawn Petty ran for seven yards, and on third-and three Brandon Ross took a zone read 71 yards down the left side line, breaking one tackle and outrunning several Tar Heel defenders before being brought down by Tre Boston at the two. On the next play, Petty rolled out and ran it in, standing up a UNC defender and tying the game at 14.

North Carolina was able to strike back before the half ended, putting together a 12-play, 63-yard drive punctuated by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner to A.J. Blue after a series of missed tackles.

On the next drive, Nigel King had back-to-back one-handed catches - the first which he turned from a negative gain into one for two yards, and the second a highlight-reel grab that went for 43. Two plays later, King had another big catch, grabbing one over the middle for 21 yards. Maryland pulled out another trick play just before the end of the half, as Stefon Diggs threw the ball on a reverse to Matt Furstenburg for an eight-yard score, tying the game at 21-21.

On the ensuing kick-off, Brad Craddock attempted a squib kick. North Carolina never gained possession, and Anthony Nixon ended up recovering it at the 28. On the next play, Petty found Kevin Dorsey over the middle, and after three broken tackles, he dove into the endzone to take a 28-21 lead.

Petty finishes the half 11/16 for 147 yards and a touchdown, Ross has run 13 times for 116 yards and a score, and Diggs has nine touches for 80 yards and a score. Maryland has outgained North Carolina 304-206, outpacing their season average of 273.91.


Terps Trail After One, 14-7

Maryland finds themselves in a close game for the first time in about a month, and it certainly didn't look like it was headed that way at the start.

North Carolina got to work immediately, exposing Matt Robinson in the Terrapin secondary. After Bryn Renner completed a three-yard pass to Jack Tabb, Giovani Bernard burst up the middle, breaking away easily from a Robinson tackle and gaining 42 yards. On the next play, Renner found Eric Ebron over the middle after an accidental screen from the referee, and Robinson again did a poor job tackling. Ebron scored on the 30-yard play, and the Tar Heels took an early 7-0 lead.

On the third play of Maryland's drive, Shawn Petty was hit in the head as he threw, and was intercepted by Darien Rankin, who seemingly broke tackles from the entire Terrapin offense before returning the pick 44 yards to the Terrapin 3 yard-line. Three plays later, Renner found Quinshad Davis in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown. UNC led 14-0 less than three minutes into the game.

The Terps got together a big drive towards the end of the quarter. Brandon Ross ran for seven yards, and then Petty completed a third down pass to Stefon Diggs over the middle for eight yards. UNC was called for a roughing the passer penalty, and Ross ran for nine yards. After a fumbled snap, Maryland had a fourth-and-one, which they decided to try and convert - from the shotgun. Petty completed a contested pass to Diggs over the middle which went for 12 yards, giving the Terps a first down. On the next play, Maryland used a trick play - pitching a reverse to Nigel King for a 19-yard gain to the goalline. Ross banged it in on the next play, closing the gap to 14-7.

Maryland has seen solid production from Ross and Diggs in the game, and actually has more first downs than the Tar Heels (seven to three) while staying close in yardage (107-92, UNC holds that advantage). Ross has ran nine times for 26 yards, alternating between solid 5-9 yard gains and runs for zero or negative yardage, while Diggs has four catches for 43 yards.

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