Terrapins Hold Off Wolfpack, 26-20

Oct. 21, 2006

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Maryland converted two consecutive turnovers into 14 third-quarter points, and the Terrapins held on to defeat error-prone North Carolina State 26-20 Saturday.

Maryland (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 6-0 before a fumble recovery and an interception produced two quick touchdowns and a 20-point cushion.

N.C. State (3-4, 2-2) used a long drive and a 65-yard punt return by Darrell Blackman to close to 23-13 with 8:18 left, but the comeback bid was blunted when Daniel Evans threw his second interception of the game.

After Dan Ennis kicked his fourth field goal for Maryland, the Wolfpack used a 1-yard touchdown run by Toney Baker to get within six points with 58 seconds left. But the Terrapins recovered the onside kick to secure the victory.

Maryland's Sam Hollenbach went 7-for-9 for 115 yards and a touchdown, and Lance Ball ran for 77 yards and a score.

The Wolfpack have been hurt by turnovers all season, and the same problem hindered their bid to beat Maryland for a third straight time. On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, N.C. State's Andre Brown fumbled when hit by Marcus Wimbush, who recovered at the Wolfpack 31.

After Hollenbach threw a 21-yard completion to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Josh Allen scored on a 5-yard pass to make it 13-0.

On the first play after the kickoff, Evans was intercepted by Erin Henderson at the N.C. State 24. Hollenbach promptly ran for 20 yards, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Ball with 10:07 left in the third quarter.

The Wolfpack came into the game with a minus-7 turnover differential, second-worst in the ACC ahead of only North Carolina. They're now at minus-9.

N.C. State got on the board with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by Brown. But the conversion was blocked, and the Terrapins padded their lead on the ensuing possession, getting a 40-yard field goal for a 23-6 lead.

Maryland backup running back Keon Lattimore had three catches for 72 yards and added 33 yards rushing in a first half dominated by the Terrapins.

Held to one first down on its opening two possessions, Maryland moved 67 yards in 10 plays before Ennis kicked a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. The key play was the first one, a 32-yard swing pass from Hollenbach to Lattimore.

The Terrapins started their next drive in identical fashion. This time, Lattimore took a short pass 34 yards to the Wolfpack 24. Five plays later, Ennis kicked a 27-yard field goal.

N.C. State got only 25 yards passing in the first half and advanced into Maryland territory only once in five possessions.