Maryland's First Down Against N.C. State That Wasn't A First Down

A couple of weeks ago, we cried foul when Maryland was victimized by an awful call on an interception by Florida State that wasn't actually an interception. As we noted, a different call potentially changes the entire balance of the ACC Atlantic Division. 

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So for the sake of balance, we have to note that Maryland was the beneficiary of a pretty bad call last Saturday against N.C. State. Leading 38-31 with 38 seconds left, the Terps elected to go for it on a 4th and 1 on the N.C. State 32-yard line. The idea was to end the game then and there, instead of pooch-punting. It looked like running back D.J. Adams came up short, but the referees gave him a perfect spot and awarded Maryland the first down.

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Now, we know for sure that the Terps caught a break. Sports By Brooks has video and screenshots of the play that show Adams was well short of the first-down marker. 

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It may not have mattered anyway -- N.C. State still needed to go 68 yards in 38 seconds -- but don't ever accuse us of being huge homers.

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