Football Falls to North Carolina


Nov, 7, 1998

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Na Brown caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and had a 48-yard touchdown run on consecutive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter to help North Carolina defeat Maryland 24-13 Saturday.

Deon Dyer added a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 1-yard plunge and Todd McGee kicked a 32-yard field goal to help keep Maryland winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Lamont Jordan scored twice on runs of 49 and 50 yards for Maryland (2-7, 0-6), the second coming with 1:25 remaining in the game. The Terrapins tried on onside kick but North Carolina recovered and ran out the clock.

Brown's first-ever run from scrimmage and subsequent touchdown gave North Carolina (4-4, 3-2 ACC) the lead for good with 3:29 left in the second quarter.

Maryland led 7-0 midway through the second quarter after Jordan danced 49 yards along the right sideline for a touchdown. Jordan's run was the longest run given up by North Carolina this season and capped a five-play, 99-yard drive.

North Carolina answered on the next series with a four-play drive, ending when Brown sneaked behind the Terrapins' defense and caught a pass from Ron Curry to tie the game at 7-7.

On North Carolina's next offensive play, Brown took a handoff from tailback Rufus Brown on a reverse and sprinted untouched down the left sideline, escorted by a convoy of Tar Heels blockers.

Brown finished the game with 142 yards on seven receptions.

North Carolina's Dre Bly nabbed his ACC-record 19th interception to end a Maryland drive in the closing minute of the first half.

North Carolina's win was its third straight over Maryland and its eighth in nine tries. The Tar Heels have won three of their last four games.

Maryland has not won a league game since a 16-10 victory over Duke on Oct. 4, 1997.