Nov. 7, 2009
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and ran for another, and North Carolina State held off Maryland 38-31 on Saturday.
The Terps, playing without starting quarterback Chris Turner for more than half the game, rallied from 10-point deficits twice in the second half, but were unable to get the tying touchdown in the final minute.
NC State was forced to turn the ball over on downs at the Maryland 31 with 0:59 left in the game.
Backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson had scrambles of 11 and 19 yards to move the ball into NC State territory, but defensive end Michael Lemon sacked the sophomore and forced an incompletion on the final play of the game.
Wilson was 25-for-38 for 343 yards and the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) made just enough plays to secure the win. Both teams combined for 752 total yards.
Wilson overcame a career-worst three interceptions with touchdown tosses of 17 yards to George Bryan, 35 yards to Donald Bowens and 18 yard to Darrell Davis. Wilson and Jamelle Eugene each had 2-yard scoring runs.
Maryland's Torrey Smith returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, the school-record third of his career. Smith also had a game-high eight receptions for 64 yards and posted 268 all-purpose yards, the second-highest total of his career.
Smith also eclipsed his own ACC single-season kickoff return yards record with a career-best 204 yards on six returns. He had 1,089 last season and has 1,113 this year.
Nick Ferrara's 31-yard field goal pulled the Terps within seven with 4:56 remaining after a penalty wiped out an apparent 23-yard TD run by Meggett.
Turner was 12 of 19 passing for 135 yards, but left late in the first half with a knee injury and didn't return.
Robinson, seeing the first significant action of his career, finished 5 of 11 for 27 yards. He also rushed nine times for 38 yards.
NC State got off to a quick start in the game. Defensive end Willie Young intercepted Turner on the game's first play and Wilson hit Bryan over the middle for a score 52 seconds into the game.
But Maryland countered with a 10-play drive that ended 3 1/2 minutes later with Meggett's 1-yard plunge.
It was a day of extremes for Wilson, who has thrown 10 touchdowns in three games. The all-ACC quarterback threaded one ball past defensive back Anthony Wiseman to Bowens down the right sideline for his second score.
One possession later, Wujciak, who had a game-high 14 tackles, jumped in front of his fourth-and-6 attempt and raced down the right sideline for a TD.
Josh Czajkowski's career-best 48-yard field gave NC State a 17-14 lead with 0:51 left in the first quarter, but Maryland took a 21-17 lead on Turner's 1-yard plunge.
The Maryland defense snuffed out a scoring drive late in the first half when Richard Taylor picked off Wilson in the end zone, leaving NC State with just a 24-21 heading into the locker room.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story