Nov. 11, 2000
North Carolina 13, Maryland 10
By DAVID DROSCHAK
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ronald Curry rescued North Carolina's stagnant offense with a 25-yard scoring run with 7:24 left as the Tar Heels beat Maryland 13-10 on Saturday.
The Tar Heels (5-5, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped Maryland's three-game ACC winning streak and are one victory shy of becoming bowl eligible despite a miserable offensive showing against the Terrapins (5-5, 3-4).
Willie Parker continued his late-season improvement for the Tar Heels, rushing for 158 yards on 21 carries as the Terrapins lost their seventh straight at Kenan Stadium.
North Carolina had just four first downs with 12 minutes left and no third-down conversion on 10 tries before Curry completed a 16-yard pass to Alge Crumpler to help set up his winning score.
On third-and-7, Curry took off on a quarterback draw, broke a tackle at the 16, and then dove into the end zone at the tail end of the run seven minutes after Maryland had taken its first lead.
Maryland star runner LaMont Jordan broke Charlie Wysocki's school record with his 18th 100-yard game, but he failed to add to his 101-yard total on two tries after the Terrapins got the ball back. North Carolina ate up most of the final 5:17.
North Carolina led 6-3 early in the fourth quarter despite Maryland holding the ball for 18 more minutes. But Shaun Hill found Guillan Gary on a 7-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone on the second play of the quarter to give Maryland its first lead at 10-6.
But Hill couldn't rescue his club like he did last week in a 35-28 double overtime win against N.C. State.
The first half was filled with offensive futility from two teams battling for a winning season and a possible bowl bid.
Maryland had the ball in North Carolina territory four times, but failed to score after turning it over on downs twice and missing a 50-yard field goal.
The Terrapins drove the ball at one point from their own 8 to the North Carolina 2, holding the ball for 6:42, but a fourth-down quarterback keeper by Shaun Hill came up inches short.
It appeared North Carolina would finally take advantage, but Parker was stripped from behind and fumbled at the tail end of his 61-yard run to turn the ball back over to Maryland.
The run was the longest by a North Carolina player since Leon Johnson ran one for 67 yards against Clemson in the opening game of the 1996 season.
A 19-yard punt then set up the only score of the half as Jeff Reed made a 42-yard field goal 57 seconds before halftime. The Tar Heels forged ahead despite only four first downs and Maryland holding the ball for 12 1/2 more minutes.