Defense Leads Terps Over Wake, 19-14

Oct. 6, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Stefon Diggs caught five passes for 105 yards, including a 63-yard reception that set up Justus Pickett's game winning one-yard touchdown run with 5:37 left, as Maryland knocked off Wake Forest 19-14 Saturday afternoon.

Maryland's defense limited Wake Forest to 45 yards in the second half, including just three in the fourth quarter. The Terps controlled possession in the second half, holding the ball for 19:59 compared to 10:01 for Wake Forest.

That allowed Maryland, now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, to win its ACC opener for the fifth straight season. The last time the Terps didn't win their conference opener was 2007, a 31-24 overtime loss at Wake Forest.

The Terps took the lead for good with a 5-play, 58-yard drive ending with Pickett's one-yard plunge on third-and-goal. Diggs, who had 113 receiving yards at West Virginia two weeks ago, provided the key play with his 63-yard catch.

Wake Forest had opened the game with a bang. Quarterback Tanner Price connected with Terence Davis on the third play of the game for a 73-yard touchdown to put the Deacons up 7-0.

Maryland, however, answered on the next drive as Brad Craddock connected on a 49-yard field goal to cut the Wake Forest lead to 7-3. Craddock added another field goal later in the first quarter, this time from 52 yards, to make it 7-6.

Just before halftime, Maryland quarterback Perry Hills connected with Kevin Dorsey for a 33-yard touchdown to give the Terps a 13-7 lead heading into the locker room.

Wake Forest answered and took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter when Price threw a 7-yard touchdown to Tommy Bohanon.

After Pickett's touchdown, the Maryland defense protected that lead with two key sacks late in the fourth quarter. Kenneth Tate sacked Price with 2:38 remaining in the game on a key third down. On fourth-and-15, Demetrius Hartsfield ended the drive with another sack, sealing the victory.

Despite Wake Forest outgaining Maryland 196 to 116 in the first half, the Terps limited the damage with a forced fumble and a key goal-line stand.

After a 10-play, 37-yard drive by the Deacons had a third-and-goal from the 3-yard line. After a fumbled snap recovered by Price, Josh Harris was stuffed at the goal line by Bradley Johnson.