Nov. 24, 2012
North Carolina's Bryn Renner tied a school record with five touchdown passes, while Gio Bernard ran for 163 yards to lead North Carolina.
The Terps recovered from a 14-0 deficit early in the game by scoring 28 straight unanswered points to lead 28-14 at halftime. They led 35-21 after Diggs' 99-yard kickoff return to open the second half, but UNC scored 24 straight points to take back control.
Renner connected with Davis for a 50-yard scoring pass to start UNC's game-turning charge, then found Erik Highsmith for a 15-yard scoring pass on the next possession to tie the game. Thomas Moore put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with a 22-yard field goal midway through the third, then Bernard - who tallied his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season - scored from 1 yard out to make it 45-35 late in the quarter.
While Renner and the Tar Heels heated up, Maryland's offense - led by converted linebacker Shawn Petty due to a rash of injuries at quarterback - couldn't sustain any drives or come up with a momentum-killing answer. After racking up 304 yards by halftime, Maryland had 14 plays for minus-7 yards with just one first down in the third quarter.
The Terrapins managed a field goal to make it a one-possession game with 3:12 left, but the Tar Heels moved the chains behind Bernard to run out the clock.
Renner completed 28 of 39 passes for 305 yards for UNC, and nearly had his sixth TD pass of the day when he found Davis for what appeared to be a 10-yard score. But officials reviewed the play and determined Davis was down inside the 1, leading to Bernard's short scoring run.
Petty, Maryland's fifth QB this year, finished with a career-best 208 yards passing in his fourth straight start. Diggs also threw an 8-yard scoring pass on a trick play with 21 seconds left in the first half, the first of three touchdowns in 34 seconds that seized momentum for the Terrapins.
UNC muffed the ensuing kickoff and Petty connected with Kevin Dorsey for a 28-yard score with 4 seconds left in the half, then Diggs capped the flurry with his long kickoff return coming out of halftime.
The Associated Press contributed to this recap