McBrien and Terrapins Roll Over Duke, 45-12

Oct 26, 2002

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AP Sports Writer

DURHAM, N.C. - Scott McBrien threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Maryland won its fifth straight game, defeating Duke 45-12 Saturday.

The Terrapins (6-2, 2-1 ACC) had stumbled to a 1-2 start after winning the conference title last season, but they have outscored their opponents 209-50 during their winning streak.

They've won 25 of 29 in the series against Duke (2-7, 0-5).

McBrien completed 16 of 21 passes for 264 yards, and the Maryland defense intercepted three passes. Two came against Adam Smith, who threw for 353 yards last week and had thrown just two interceptions in his previous 191 attempts before Saturday.

Duke snapped its 23-game losing streak in the season opener against East Carolina, but the Blue Devils have lost 22 straight ACC games to break the conference record they set from 1995-98.

Duke avoided the shutout when it scored twice against Maryland's backups in the final 4:49.

The only bad news for Maryland was the loss of tailback Bruce Perry. Last year's ACC offensive player of the year was making his first appearance of the season after injuring his groin in late August.

Perry carried up the middle for 19 yards on Maryland's first play from scrimmage, but he was pounded to the ground by cornerback Brian Greene and left with a left shoulder injury.

The Terrapins also lost running back Josh Allen to an injured left wrist in the second quarter after he put the Terrapins up 17-0 with an 11-yard scoring run. X-rays on his wrist were negative, but Allen didn't return.

Maryland scored four different ways to open up a 31-0 halftime lead.

Josh Allen
celebrates a TD with
teammate Matt Crawford

Nick Novak had a 51-yard field goal early in the game, and Steve Suter returned a punt 63 yards less than two minutes later to get Maryland rolling.

Suter's third punt return for a touchdown set a single-season Maryland record.

Duke's deepest penetration in the first half was to the Maryland 21, but Chris Douglas was thrown for a loss on third-and-2, and Brent Garber missed a 40-yard field goal attempt.

Allen then capped a 77-yard drive before being injured as Duke fell behind 17-0 for the second straight week.

Duke coach Carl Franks benched Smith midway through the second quarter, but the move turned out to be a mistake. Curome Cox returned an interception 9 yards for a score on Chris Dapolito's second series to discourage the Blue Devils even more.

Smith returned a series later, but he couldn't move the offense, and Maryland drove 80 yards to complete a near-perfect half. McBrien completed passes of 14 and 28 yards on the drive before scoring from 3 yards out.

McBrien hit Latrez Harrison with a 69-yard TD pass on the third play of the second half to put the Terrapins up by 38 points.