Maryland Mounts Comeback, Beats Deacs, 17-14
Oct. 9, 1999
By JOE MACENKA
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Calvin McCall and LaMont Jordan rallied Maryland for 10 points in the last 10 minutes and the Terrapins surpassed their 1998 victory total by defeating Wake Forest 17-14 Saturday.
McCall completed both of his passes for 92 yards on Maryland's two fourth-quarter scoring drives, helping the Terrapins (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) erase a 14-7 deficit.
Jordan rushed for 89 yards and teamed with McCall for a 70-yard scoring pass that tied the score. Jordan had 39 yards on three carries on the decisive drive, a 68-yard march that set up Brian Kopka's 19-yard field goal with 3:25 remaining.
Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2) got 128 rushing yards from senior Morgan Kane, who became the seventh player in school history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.
Wake Forest's Ben Sankey rushed for two touchdowns, but Matthew Burdick came up 10 yards short on a 54-yard field-goal try with 68 seconds left.
Maryland did not get a first down on its either of its two third-quarter possessions, but the Terrapins needed just one play to make it 14-all early in the fourth. McCall slipped free from a potential sack by defensive end Kelvin Jones, then threw a short pass over the middle to Jordan, who broke several tackles to turn it into a 70-yard score.
McCall wound up completing 11 of 21 passes for 182 yards, helping Maryland win at Groves Stadium for the ninth time in 10 games.
The Terrapins drove 50 yards on their first possession, capping it with a 17-yard scoring run around left end by Jordan, before getting just five first downs the rest of the half.
Wake Forest tied it later in the first quarter on Sankey's 8-yard scramble. The play capped a drive that accounted for 43 of the Demon Deacons' 70 first-half yards.
Wake Forest had a good scoring chance early in the second quarter, but it ended when Maryland cornerback Lewis Sanders intercepted an underthrown pass at the Terrapins' 3-yard line. It gave Sanders one interception in all five games this season.
The Demon Deacons opened the second half with a 14-play, 80-yard drive on which Kane and Sankey accounted for all the yards. Kane carried nine times for 50 yards and Sankey completed all three passes for 28 yards before scoring on a 2-yard keeper, putting Wake Forest up 14-7.