Oct. 11, 2003
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Scott McBrien passed for 238 yards and a touchdown as Maryland overcame a sluggish start to win its fifth straight Saturday night, 33-20 over error-prone Duke.
The Terrapins (5-2, 2-1 ACC) led only 13-0 at halftime before pulling away with two third-quarter touchdowns. McBrien was 7-for-11 for 100 yards in the period, which ended with Maryland ahead 27-0.
That was enough offense to dispose of the Blue Devils (2-4, 0-3), who committed two turnovers and were called for 13 penalties in losing their record 28th straight ACC game.
The streak includes four losses to Maryland by a combined 157-58.
McBrien went 18-for-32 in another dominating performance by the Terrapins, who have outscored the opposition 186-47 during their winning streak.
Alex Wade ran for two touchdowns for Duke, and freshman Mike Schneider went 20-for-46 for 270 yards and a touchdown.
The Terrapins took control at the outset of the second half, moving 80 yards after the kickoff to go up 20-0. Maryland made first downs on four straight plays before Bruce Perry scored on an 18-yard run.
Late in the quarter, Maryland recovered an errant snap at the Duke 10 and scored on a 5-yard run by Sammy Maldonado.
A 23-yard touchdown run by Wade made it 27-7, and after Nick Novak kicked a field goal for the Terrapins, Wade scored from 1 with 5:18 remaining.
Novak then kicked his fourth field goal before Schneider hooked up with Lance Johnson for a 3-yard TD pass with 1:37 left.
Duke trailed at halftime despite holding the ball for nearly 21 minutes and making twice as many first downs as the Terrapins (10-5).
Maryland's Andrew Smith ended the Blue Devils' first possession by returning an interception 15 yards to the Duke 37, setting up a 54-yard field goal by Novak. The kick equaled the longest in school history, tying the mark set by Steve Mike-Mayer in 1973.
But the Terrapins got only one first down in the first quarter while Duke built a 92-18 edge in total offense.
Maryland didn't make another first down until McBrien completed a 16-yard pass to Rich Parson midway through the second quarter. That led to a field goal by Novak for a 6-0 lead.
After a Duke punt, Maryland covered 64 yards in two plays - both of them passes from McBrien to Latrez Harrison. After Harrison burned Duke cornerback Brian Greene on a 49-yard completion, he beat Greene in the left corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown.