Maryland moved to 5-4 on the season (3-3 ACC) with today's 33-30 overtime win over North Carolina (4-5, 3-3). The Terps have won four straight against Carolina and now trail 35-30-1 in the series. The Terrapins now stand one win from bowl eligibility.
The Terrapins are 3-1 on the road this season and beat a UNC team which had not lost at home since its home opener against Wisconsin in September and had beaten ranked opponents in its last two games at Kenan Stadium (Virginia and Boston College).
With the victory, Ralph Friedgen (41-18) moves into a tie for second place on the list of winningest fifth-year coaches in ACC history, tying the 41 wins of Terrapin Jerry Claiborne (1972-76).
The Terps 524 yards of offense were the most against the Tar Heels this season. The output was the second-highest total of the season for Maryland (570 vs. Virginia).
After yielding a field goal on Carolina's opening drive, Maryland marched 80 yards on 11 plays on the ensuing drive, led largely by sophomore Lance Ball. Ball rushed eight times on the drive for 47 yards, capping the drive with a one yard score on fourth down, his fourth rushing TD of the season.
Ball rushed 11 times in the first quarter for 61 yards and at the half, had already notched his third 100-yard rushing day in his last five outings as he had 111 on 20 carries at the break. On the day, Ball had 161 yards on 39 carries, a career-high in carries and two yards short of his career high in yards.
Mistakes plagued the Terrapins' scoring chances in the first half. Among them: a pair of missed field goals (one of which hit off the right upright) and an interception that came after the Terps had advanced from its own one to the 40-yard line.
Despite trailing at the half (13-10), the Terrapins dominated statistically at the half, even if they did not on the scoreboard. Some of the numbers included total offense (254-153), first downs (15-6), rushing yards (116-28), passing yards (138-125), time of possession (17:06-12:54).
The Terps took their first lead of the second half on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Sam Hollenbach to Vernon Davis, the first TD passing for Hollenbach since the Virginia Tech game and first receiving for Davis since the Virginia game (Oct. 22).
Davis finished the day with seven receptions for 139 yards. The seven receptions is a career high (previous was six vs. Clemson this year) and the 139 yards marks his third 100-yard receiving game this season (fifth career).
Hollenbach's 80-yard touchdown pass to Danny Melendez to give the Terps a 30-27 lead in the fourth quarter was the longest play from scrimmage this season.
After two tough interceptions, Hollenbach ended up having a big day and posting some impressive numbers. His three touchdown passes and 374 yards passing were both career highs in a 19-of-31 performance.
Two weeks after being knocked out of the game at Florida State, senior Milton Harris posted a career-high 16 tackles (nine solo) with two tackles for loss and a fourth quarter forced fumble (Jawarski Pollock) that helped the Terps secure victory.
In his first start of the season, Dre Moore notched his first tackle for loss of the season, a five-yard stop of UNC TB Ronnie McGill.
Next week's Maryland opponent, Boston College, beat NC State, 30-10.