Oct. 24, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. -- Thaddeus Lewis threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns and Duke held off Maryland 17-13 on Saturday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's leading passer was 30 of 43 with touchdowns covering 24 yards to Donovan Varner and 1 yard to Danny Parker in his third straight 300-yard performance for the Blue Devils (4-3, 2-1).
Chris Turner was 16-for-23 for 182 yards with a 67-yard touchdown to Davin Meggett for the Terrapins (2-6, 1-3), and he moved past Boomer Esiason into second place on the school's career passing list.
The Terrapins gave themselves some chances in the fourth quarter to mount a comeback.
After forcing Lewis to fumble at the 2 and then forcing a punt with about 5 minutes left, the Terrapins gave it right back moments later when Turner's pass to Ronnie Tyler was intercepted by Vincent Rey. Maryland forced another punt with just under 2 minutes left, but Tony Logan fumbled it, Brandon King recovered and the Blue Devils ran out the clock.
Both teams kept the ball in the air despite rainy conditions.
Yet Duke seemed to have taken complete control with Lewis' second touchdown pass--a play-action flip to Parker that made it 17-6 with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the third and came after a 44-yard down-the-sideline heave to Connor Vernon.
The Terrapins responded moments later. Turner, who was sacked just once, dumped off a swing pass to Meggett, and he cut back to the left, dashed down the sideline and ran through a tackler at the goal line to make it a four-point game.
Maryland's Ben Pooler, subbing for an injured Demetrius Hartsfield, had a game- and career-high 13 tackles, including one sack. Alex Wujciak had 11 stops and Cameron Chism intercepted Lewis and had 10 tackles.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story.