Nov 1, 2003
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Scott McBrien threw three touchdown passes in a record-setting 39-point second quarter, and Maryland scored on its first nine possessions in a 59-21 rout of North Carolina on Saturday.
McBrien finished with a career-high four TD passes and ran for two scores, nine days after receiving a concussion in a loss to Georgia Tech. He went 15-for-25 for 349 yards, the most yards passing by a Maryland quarterback since Scott Milanovich in 1994.
The Terrapins led 45-21 at halftime after breaking the Atlantic Coast Conference record for points in a quarter. It was the most points ever allowed in one half by North Carolina, which came in ranked 115th in the nation in total defense.
Maryland (6-3, 3-2) amassed 417 yards by halftime and finished with 612. Latrez Harrison caught two touchdown passes, Josh Allen ran for two scores and Bruce Perry rushed for 96 yards in 17 carries before leaving in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
Chad Scott scored two touchdowns and Mike Mason returned a kickoff 96 yards, but the Tar Heels (1-8, 0-5) didn't have enough firepower to offset another horrid performance by their defense.
Maryland's first punt came late in the third quarter. The kick hit a North Carolina player in the helmet and the Terrapins recovered, setting up McBrien's second touchdown run for a 59-21 lead.
It marked the second straight season that Maryland scored 59 points against the Tar Heels, who have lost three straight to the Terrapins for the first time since the mid-'80s.
Maryland took the opening kickoff and moved 58 yards for a field goal, the ninth time in nine games that the Terrapins scored first. Perry started the drive with five straight runs and accounted for 53 yards on eight carries.
The Tar Heels answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Scott, but Maryland used a 55-yard pass from McBrien to Derrick Fenner to set up a field goal.
That led directly to Mason's sensational kickoff return. Mason froze the Terrapins by faking a handoff, then sprinted up the middle for a score.
McBrien made it 14-all with a 6-yard run and a two-point conversion pass, but North Carolina regained the lead on Darian Durant's 52-yard TD pass to Scott.
Steve Suter took the ensuing kickoff 67 yards, setting up a 14-yard touchdown pass from McBrien to Harrison.
After the game's first punt, Nick Novak put Maryland ahead to stay with a 46-yard field goal. Dominique Foxworth then picked off a Durant pass, and McBrien promptly threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Josh Allen to make it 31-21.
Minutes later, McBrien hit Jo Jo Walker in stride on a 67-yard TD pass. Allen ran for a score with 29 seconds left in the half, enabling the Terrapins to break the ACC mark of 35 points in a quarter, held by several teams.