Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Maryland Hangs on Against N.C. State 38-31

Maryland had an offensive explosion in the second half, but then had to stop a late Wolfpack rally to secure the victory.

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Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Maryland Hangs on Against N.C. State 38-31

The Maryland Terrapins looked like they were going to run away from the N.C. State Wolfpack, but the waning moments of the game put the game in doubt.

After the Terps fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, they then outscored the Wolfpack 38-3 over the next two and a half quarters and it looked like the Terps would simply run the clock out and end the game.

However, the Wolfpack quickly made it interesting as they refused to give up. They scored two quick touchdowns in less than two minutes to cut the Maryland lead to 38-31. After failing to recover an onsides kick, the Wolfpack gave the ball back to Maryland with all 3 of their timeouts left. The Terrapins gained 9 yards on their first 3 downs of that possession, and Ralph Friegen was forced with a critical decision on 4th and 1. He decided to go for it, and after getting a very favorable spot, the Terrapins got the first down, ran out the clock, and won the game 38-31. 

Freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien had a sensational game, teaming up with receiver Torrey Smith for 4 touchdowns.

His final stat line? How about 33/47 for 417 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Sounds pretty good if you're a Terps fan. 

In their final regular season game of the season, the Terps were able to finish the season strong and because of that, they will hopefully play in a higher profile bowl game. For a team that has been eliminated from ACC contention, they certainly looked like a team that was still playing for something on this day.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Wolfpack Keep it Interesting as they Trail Terps 38-31

Just when you thought the Terps delivered the dagger, the Wolfpack have answered with 14 quick points. 

NC State scored a quick touchdown on a Russel Wilson quarterback sneak shortly after Maryland gained the 38-17 lead. The Terps were flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which gave the Wolfpack better field position in the case of a recovered onsides kick. As it turns out, NC State did recover the onsides kick and began driving again with great field position. 

After Wilson was able to maneuver his way down field, it became evident that this game is not over. That fact become most evident when Wilson hit James Washington for a 3 yard touchdown, shockingly cutting the Terps lead to just 7 when it seemed like the Terps were going to surely hang on.

The Terps have recovered the onsides kick attempt and will attempt to gain a first down to keep the ball out of NC State's hands for the rest of the game.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Deliver the Dagger As Smith Catches 4th TD, Lead NC State 38-17

The Terps have just delivered the dagger to the N.C. State, and the Wolfpack can say goodbye to their ACC title hopes. Maryland has just scored on a 71 yard touchdown catch by Torrey Smith, his 4th of the day.

After the Terps defense made a critical 4th down stop inside the red zone, the red hot Terps offense came back on the field and kept the pedal down. The first and only play of the drive was a play action fake, with Smith getting wide open over the middle and Danny O'Brien hitting him in stride just past midfield. Several yards and a goal post dunk later, the Terps took a 21 point lead that looks to be the score that keeps the lead safe.

Much credit should be given to Danny O'Brien and the Terps from coming back from not only a heart-breaking loss last week, but from a slow start this week. All 38 points that Maryland has scored have been from the second quarter and on. Meanwhile, the Terps defense has held the Wolfpack to just 3 points in that span.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Torrey Smith Catches 3rd TD as Terps Lead 31-14

Terps strike again. And again, Danny O'Brien is showing why the Terps' future is bright

O'Brien led another scoring scoring drive that ended in a Torrey Smith touchdown catch that has given the Terps a 31-17 lead.

It only took 3 plays to give the Terps the two touchdown lead. The first was one where O'Brien was pressured to his right, and managed to sling it to Kevin Dorsey for a 20 yard gain. The second play was a wide receiver screen to Quintin McCree that went for 20 yards. The third and final play of the drive was a 12 yard pass to the right corner of the end zone to a wide open Smith.

Danny O'Brien's stats so far this game? 31 for 45 for 338 yards, with 3 touchdowns and no picks.

With over 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, the Terps must continue to clamp down Russel Wilson and keep the pedal down on offense. 


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Wolfpack Claw Back, Trail Terps 24-17

After the Terps scored 24 unanswered points, the Wolfpack finally managed to score to cut into Maryland's lead with a field goal to make it 24-17 Maryland going into the fourth quarter.

Russel Wilson was more accurate on a 13 play, 61 yard drive that led to a 31 yard Josh Czajkowski field goal. However, he was the victim of some poor drops, several that could have led to Wolfpack touchdowns. Because of those missed opportunities, the Maryland defense got off the hook for allowing several open receivers near the goal line.  

With a quarter left to play, the Terps need to continue focusing on stoppin Wilson, as he has shown that he is the only player on the Wolfpack capable of beating the Terps.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Strike Again as Torrey Smith Catches 2nd TD, Lead NC State 24-14

Here come the Terps.

After trailing early in the 1st quarter 14-0, the Terps have caught fire and have scored 24 unanswered points.

They scored their latest touchdown on a 9 play, 80 yard drive where Danny O'Brien went 5 for 7 for 81 yards and a touchdown pass to his top playmaker, Torrey Smith. The drive had several key catches, like Smith's 13 and 21 yard grabs, in addition to LaQuan Williams' huge 29 yard catch and run to set up a 1st and goal.

The Terps made things very difficult on the Wolfpack ever since the second quarter started and should they keep this up, they will certainly be altering the course of the ACC landscape.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Lead N.C. State 17-14 at Half

Just when it looked like NC State was going to take a 17-14 lead just before halftime, the Terps special teams unit came up big to help set up a Maryland's go ahead score.

N.C. State kicker John Czajkowski lined up to attempt the would be go-ahead 38 yard field goal attempt. The kick instead was blocked by Maryland's special teams and picked up by Antwine Perez, who raced down the sideline for 35 yards, putting Maryland the N.C. State 47 yard line with 47 second left in the half.

Danny O'Brien then got the Terps into field goal range, setting up a 52 yard Travis Baltz field goal attempt. Despite missing an earlier kick from a shorter distance, Baltz was able to hit the 52 yarder against the wind to give the Terps a 17-14 lead at halftime. 

Since going down 14-0 early in the first quarter, the Terps have scored 17 unanswered points to take the lead against the Wolfpack. If the Wolfpack are to earn a date with the Hokies, they know now they are going to have to earn it against Ralph Friegens squad.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Turnover Sets up Easy Score to Tie N.C. State, 14-14

If the first quarter belonged to the Wolfpack, the second quarter so far definitely belongs to the Terps.

After a missed field goal gave N.C State the ball back with decent field position, the Maryland defense struck. Russel Wilson threw a pass over the middle that was intercepted by Eric Franklin, who returned the ball to the N.C State 3 yard line, giving the Terps an easy opporunity to tie the game. After two failed plays at the goal line (including a trick play for a major loss), the Terps finally cashed in the turnover for a touchdown.Danny O'Brien hit a diving Torrey Smith in the back of the endzone to knot the score at 14, and Maryland now has the momentum against the Wolfpack.

The NC State offense is beginning to sputter, with missed throws, dropped passes, and most importantly, turnovers. It the Terps hope to take the lead, they must continue to contain the NC State offense like they have so far in the second quarter. If they can continue to do so, the offense will be able to give Maryland their first lead of the contest.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Respond With a Score of Their Own, Trail NC State 14-7

The Terps have finally responded with a touchdown of their own, cutting into the NC State lead at 14-7. 

The drive was an efficient one for Danny O'Brien and the offense, as they cashed in a 9 play, 78 yard drive with a touchdown run from D.J. Adams. 

The key play was a 35 yard catch and run by Maryland's speedster Torrey Smith. He caught the ball in stride and showed the Wolfpack why he is one of the best return men in the ACC, weaving past defenders to the NC State 9 yard line to set up a 1st and goal for Maryland. After a 7 yard catch by Will Yeatman, Maryland finished off the drive by running D.J Adams off the left side for the score.

Now that Maryland offense seems to have responded, Ralph Friegen must hope his defense can come through and contain Russel Wilson and the NC State offense which, through two drives, have had a lot of success against them.

If they can, Maryland will have a chance to stay in this game.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Wolfpack Score Again as NC State is up 14-0 on the Terps

Unfortunately for the Terps, through two drives, the Wolfpack offense is looking unstoppable.

The Wolfpack scored another TD after getting the ball back on downs from Maryland. The scoring drive started with a sack of Russel Wilson, and a completion on the sideline, which was then reviewed and overturned. After the reviewed catch was overturned in Maryland's favor, it only took Russel Wilson and company 5 plays to turn a would-be wasted opportunity into another NC State score.

Russel Wilson was on fire as he hit 5 completions in a row en route to giving the Wolfpack the 14-0 first quarter lead against the Terps. Wilson hit passes of 18, 21, 4, and 11 yards before hitting Owen Spencer on a 15 yard touchdown over the middle.

The Terps are in need of a quick score before this game gets out of hand.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Wolfpack Gain Quick 7-0 Lead on the Terps

The Wolfpack have drawn first blood against the Terps.

After forcing the Terps to punt quickly, the Wolfpack offense showed how lethal they can be. NC State's scoring drive was sparked by a big play from Darrel Davis, who caught a Russel Wilson pass over the middle, and tried to extend the play by running after the catch, but fumbled the ball forward. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, that fumble was recovered by the Wolfpack's Jarvis Williams at the Maryland 32 yard line. 

Russel Wilson then showed why he is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the ACC. After rolling to his right, he noticed a huge hole on the left side of the Maryland defense. He scrambled all the way across the field towards that opening and gained 15 yards to the Maryland 3 yard line. From there, the Wolfpack made it look easy. Two player later, Russel Wilson rushed for a two-yard touchdown which gave the Wolfpack a quick 7-0 lead.

The Wolfpack have started the game out by playing like a team that needs to win to get to the ACC championship game. If Maryland hopes to compete, they must be able to match the intensity that the Wolfpack have been displaying thus far.


Maryland Vs. N.C. State: Terps Try to Rebound at Home Against NC State

Even though they were eliminated from ACC contention, don't tell the Maryland Terrapins their season is over. The Terps host the N.C. State Wolfpack this afternoon at 3:30, their final home game this season, with hopes to finish the season strong and perhaps play in a higher profile bowl game. It will be Senior Day for 16 seniors, most notably linebacker Alex Wujciak, running back Da'Rel Scott, and wide receiver Adrian Cannon.

The Terps are coming off of a heart-breaking home loss to the Florida State Seminoles, a loss that ended their ACC title hopes. Although their season won't finish the way coach Friegen would have wanted, there are several bright spots this team can be proud of, the most obvious of which being the emergence of the red shirt freshman quaterback Danny O'Brien. The freshman has a 54.5% completion percentage, with 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions through 11 games (8 starts). His play has to be encouraging for Maryland and their fans, as the development of a solid starting QB has been lacking at Maryland for several years.

Maryland hopes to rebound against an NC State team that comes into Byrd Stadium the 23rd ranked team in the nation, and a team that still has it's ACC hopes alive. With a win today, the Wolfpack will win the Atlantic Division and a date with the Virgina Tech Hokies in the ACC Championship game.

The Terps may not have much to play for anymore, but they would sure love to finish strong and spoil N.C. State's ACC title chances.

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