Solid Defensive Effort Gives Maryland 22-12 Win Over Wake Forest
Sept. 24, 2005
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Josh Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to lead Maryland's solid defensive effort in a 22-12 win over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Keon Lattimore ran for 76 yards and the only offensive touchdown for the Terrapins (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who continued their recent dominance against the Demon Deacons (1-3, 0-1). Maryland has won seven straight in the series, including all five matchups since Jim Grobe took over here.
Chris Barclay ran for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest, which fell behind 13-0 in the first half and never recovered.
Wake Forest came into the game averaging better than 270 yards rushing, tops in the conference and eighth-best in the nation. Micah Andrews led the league and ranked fourth nationally at 153 yards per game, while Barclay was coming off a 210-yard, four-touchdown game against East Carolina - part of a 407-yard rushing day for the Demon Deacons.
Meanwhile, the Terrapins came in rated last in the league in rushing defense after allowing West Virginia to run for 301 yards in last week's loss.
But things looked quite different Saturday for both teams, a welcome sight for the Terps.
Maryland allowed Wake Forest 111 yards rushing and 244 total yards, while recovering two fumbles and holding the Demon Deacons to 5-for-19 on third-down conversions. And except for Barclay's 4-yard scoring run late in the third, Wake Forest's offense seemed out of rhythm just about all day.
Andrews, meanwhile, wasn't a factor, finishing with six carries for 23 yards - all in the first half. He also had a costly fumble when he was hit from behind while scrambling for yards in the second quarter.
Wilson ran in and scooped up the loose ball in stride, racing down the left sideline for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 4 minutes left in the half. The Terrapins increased that lead on Dan Ennis' second field goal with 1:50 left, and led 13-3 at halftime after Sam Swank got the Demon Deacons on the board with a 42-yard kick on the final play of the half.
Wake Forest closed to within 16-10 on Barclay's run, but got no closer. The Terrapins responded two possessions later with a 77-yard touchdown drive, getting a 33-yard pass from Sam Hollenbach to Danny Melendez to set up Lattimore's 3-yard run for a 22-10 lead with 13:19 left.