Oct. 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Postgame notes following Maryland's 20-18 loss to NC State.
Kicking Off: Maryland fell to 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while NC State improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league ... the loss snapped a three-game winning streak Maryland had over NC State in College Park ... the Wolfpack now lead the all-time series, 33-32-4.
Close Calls: The Maryland-NC State series has had a number of close calls in recent history. In the last 13 contests, 11 have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Aside from a 37-0 Maryland win in 2007, the 11 games since 2000 have been decided by an average of 6.0 points. The Terps have also played in close games all of the 2012 season; their average margin of victory is 5.5, and their average margin of defeat is 5.0.
Total Offense: Maryland turned in its most productive game of the season in terms of total offense, totaling 462 yards. The Terps' previous high was 351 at West Virginia. That's the most for Maryland since it had 468 vs. Oct. 15, 2011. It was a balanced attack, with Maryland gaining 206 yards on the ground and 256 through the air.
Rush Defense: The Terps held their opponent to under 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season as NC State had 40 yards on 26 carries. Maryland, which entered the game ninth nationally by allowing 95.5 rushing yards per game, held the Wolfpack to just 1.5 yards per carry.
Burns Steps In: Devin Burns got his first significant collegiate action at quarterback after Perry Hills had to leave the game with a knee injury. Burns helped lead the Terrapins on three scoring drives and finished with 50 rushing yards, 47 passing yards and a rushing TD.
Brown Goes for 100: Wes Brown became the first Maryland player to rush for 100 yards this season by running the ball 25 times for 121 yards. The freshman also had a touchdown. The last time a Terrapin rushed for 100 yards in a game was Nov. 19, 2011, when C.J. Brown had 110 at Wake Forest.
Leak Sets Mark: Marcus Leak had a career-high 94 receiving yards on four catches, an average of 23.5 yards per catch. Leak had a 47-yard catch which is the longest of his career.
Diggs Does, Too: Stefon Diggs totaled a season-high six catches for 61 yards. The freshman also had 72 kickoff returns yards.
Defensive Notes: Demetrius Hartsfield matched a season high with 13 tackles, seven of which were unassisted. He also had a pass breakup and tackle for loss ... Darin Drakeford had 1.5 sacks and now has a team-high six this year ... Joe Vellano totaled 10 tackles for his second double-digit stops game of the year (also William & Mary).
Hill Honored: Maryland athletics celebrated the 50th anniversary of Darryl Hill becoming the first African-American to play at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday. Hill was honored on the field after the first quarter, and presented with a new Maryland jersey with his name on it.
Tidbits: Caleb Rowe saw his first collegiate action by coming in on the final drive of the game ... he completed his first pass attempt, a 17-yarder to Kevin Dorsey ... he also had an 11-yard run and another 33 completion that setup a 33-yard field goal attempt by Brad Craddock that would've won the game ... Maryland dominated the time of possession, 35:14 to 24:46 ... the Terps were 3 of 4 in the red zone ... Nigel King and Levern Jacobs both made their first career receptions.