Maryland Blanks N.C. State, 37-0, in Regular-Season Finale
Nov. 24, 2007
The Terrapins (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) posted their first shutout since 2003 and became bowl eligible for the fifth time in the last seven years. They scored on four straight possessions in the first half to take control of the game.
Chris Turner was 19-of-24 for 206 yards and had a 41-yard keeper that set up a touchdown for Maryland. The Terrapins ran for a season-high 249 yards while holding the Wolfpack to just 10 yards rushing.
The Wolfpack's faint bowl hopes were dashed in an unexpectedly lopsided game. Maryland came in having lost four of five, while N.C. State had won four of five.
The Wolfpack were shut out for the first time since a 14-0 loss to Baylor on Sept. 23, 1995, a span of 150 straight games that was longest active streak in the ACC.
Maryland faced a nearly identical situation before its most recent visit to Carter-Finley Stadium in 2005, with both teams entering their regular-season finale one victory shy of the six needed to qualify for a bowl. N.C. State won and advanced to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, while Maryland's season ended.
The Terrapins didn't let that happen again, outscoring N.C. State 21-0 in the second quarter and using big plays to set up their three touchdowns.
Turner's keeper through the left side set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Lattimore. On the next drive, Turner's 38-yard pass to Isaiah Williams came three plays before Ball ran for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 17-0.
Da'Rel Scott then rushed 33 yards up the middle to open a possession that ended with Ball's second TD, a 2-yard burst around right end that gave the Terps a 24-0 lead with 4 minutes left before halftime. By then, some fans were headed for the exits.
Obi Egekeze kicked three field goals for Maryland.
It was a rare rout in a series that had been dominated by close games, with the previous seven meetings decided by an average of fewer than 6 points.