1968: Terps Rally To Top UNC Behind Lovett's Record-Setting Day

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Billy Lovett

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The fourth quarter began with North Carolina holding a 24-20 lead, but Al Thomas scored a 4-yard touchdown to put the Terps in front. Thomas had given Maryland good field position with a 53-yard kick-off return.

Clinging to a 26-24 lead, Maryland’s defense halted the Tar Heels at midfield and Maryland iced the game when Alan Pastrana passed 16 yards to Rick Carlson. Carlson then added the extra point to give Maryland a 33-24 victory on October 12, 1968.

Fullback Billy Lovett was one of the stars of the day for the Terrapins. Lovett, a senior from Cherry Hill, N.J., ran for 172 yards on a then-school record-setting 39 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Lovett became just the second Terp in history to rush for more than 170 yards in a game, joining Ralph Felton, who had 186 yards in a 53-0 victory over NC State in 1951.

Thomas would join Lovett and Felton as the third Terp in the 170+ yards club in 1969 with a 170-yard effort in Maryland’s 20-7 win over Duke on Oct. 18.

Throughout Maryland’s 125 seasons of football, a rusher has only eclipsed the 170-yard mark in a game on 36 occasions.