Wake Forest Holds On to Beat Maryland

October 17, 1998

AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Desmond Clark caught two touchdown passes and become the leading receiver in Atlantic Coast Conference history Saturday as Wake Forest built a 17-point halftime lead and held on to beat Maryland 20-10.

Brian Kuklick went 22-for-34 for 225 yards to help Wake Forest bounce back from humiliating losses to Appalachian State and Duke. The Demon Deacons (3-3, 2-1 ACC) scored on three of their first four drives and outgained Maryland 205-99 in the decisive first half.

The Terrapins (2-5, 0-4) closed to 17-10 late in the third quarter, but Wake Forest used an interception to set up the game-clinching field goal with 3:27 remaining.

LaMont Jordan ran for 132 yards and threw a 68-yard touchdown pass off the halfback option, but the Terrapins lost their third straight to go 0-4 in the ACC for the first time since 1992.

Clark had eight receptions for 112 yards and extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown to five. The 6-foot-3 senior has 200 catches in his career, seven more than Jermaine Lewis had with Maryland from 1992 to 1995.

Thanks heavily to Kuklick and Clark, Wake Forest won a second straight over Maryland for the first time since 1968. The Demon Deacons, who beat Maryland 35-17 last year, trail the series 33-13-1 and were outscored 83-7 in their last two visits to Byrd Stadium.

Wake Forest moved 47 yards in its opening drive before Matthew Burdick kicked a 46-yard field goal. Clark had three catches on the drive, breaking Lewis' record with a 6-yarder on third-and-3 play.

The Demon Deacons made it 10-0 with a methodical 12-play drive that ended with a 26-yard pass to Clark on the third play of the second quarter. Clark and Kukick again ended Wake Forest's next drive, making it 17-0 with a 9-yard score on a third-down play.

Maryland snapped a scoring drought of 92 minutes midway through the third quarter. Jordan took a pitchout, rolled to his right and lofted an end-over-end pass that Jermaine Arrington caught between two defenders before weaving his way to the end zone.

Late in the quarter, a short punt set up a 36-yard field goal by Brian Kopka to bring Maryland to 17-10.