NC State ended both its three-game losing streak to Maryland and the Terps’ remote bowl chances as Maryland fell to the Wolfpack, 38-31, in Raleigh on Saturday afternoon.
While the Terps limited their turnovers (one), an injury to starting quarterback Chris Turner and costly penalties killed Maryland’s chances for a road victory.
Turner left the game in the second quarter with knee injury and did not return. Sophomore Jamarr Robinson showed nice running ability but was unable to create much in the passing game under intense pressure.
The Terps had a final opportunity to pull even on their final drive of the game, but defensive end Michael Lemon sacked Robinson and then hit the quarterback to force an incompletion on the final play of the game.
Maryland committed 10 penalties for 91 yards, with several coming at crucial points in the action.
Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson carved apart the Maryland defense, throwing for three touchdowns and 343 yards and running for another score.
The Terrapins forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, but were unable to take full advantage of the miscues.
It was a commendable effort when considering the loss of Turner, but this was certainly a winnable game if not for the costly penalties and the defense’s inability to stop the Wolfpack offense for much of the first half.
With a 2-7 record and no chance for a bowl game, it will be interesting to see how Ralph Friedgen and the coaching staff handles the quarterback position in the final three games. While there’s no word on the severity of the Turner injury, it may create an opening for the staff to get a long look at Robinson without embarrassing the senior Turner by having to “bench” him.
The Terps will return to College Park to take on Virginia Tech next Saturday. The game can be seen on—you guessed it—ESPN360.
Check out the full box score here, and the live blog below.
4:20 p.m. — Robinson runs for his life on first down before throwing incomplete. However, Will Young is flagged for offsides and Maryland will get the five yards and the ball back.
Robinson runs to the Terps’ 47-yard line and will have a first down.
0:43 remaining in this one.
Robinson is pressure again and somehow gets away and runs left for ANOTHER first down, and the clock will stop. Very impressive athleticism for the sophomore.
On first down, Robinson had an open Ronnie Tyler down field but does not see him. He instead throws incomplete to Cannon.
On 2nd-and-10 from the State 35, Robinson is sacked by Michael Lemon with 15 seconds to go.
Robinson clocks it with five seconds to go.
On fourth down, Robinson is hit again by Michael Lemon. Ball game over. R.J. Dill was beaten badly on the play.
4:15 p.m. — On 1st-and-10 from the 30, Baker carries again for three yards.
Under three minutes to go in this one, and the Terps cannot stop the clock.
Baker runs left on second down, as the Maryland defenders are trying to punch the ball loose.
Wilson keeps it on third down and is tackled for a loss. It will be 4th-and-12 from the 31-yard line, and Wilson will throw to the end zone to Spencer. Incomplete, and the Terps still have life.
Why would you even try that there?
Only 59 seconds to go.
4:12 p.m. — The ruling is confirmed, and it’s a first down.
Only 3:35 to go in this one, but the Terps have two timeouts remaining.
On first down from the Terps’ 41, Wilson fakes the handoff to Baker and runs right for seven yards. The Terps will use their second timeout.
Baker runs right for the first down, and the Terps’ hopes are beginning to slip away. Maryland takes its final timeout with 3:21 remaining in the ball game.
4:07 p.m. — Friedgen will challenge the spot, saying Wilson’s knee was down before reaching the mark. We’ll see, but I don’t like the Terps’ chances here.
4:06 p.m. — The Terps appeared to have something up their sleeves on the kickoff, forcing O’Brien to use a timeout.
NC State now has its hands team on the field, but Ferrara kicks it down to the 29-yard line. However, Johnson returns it all the way to midfield.
You simply cannot allow that to happen. After the timeout, I simply would have kicked it deep. That’s an example of a coaching staff getting “too cute” in that situation.
On first down, defensive lineman Justin Anderson makes the tackle for a loss of one. Wilson works from the gun on second down and throws over the middle to Williams, but Skinner’s hit knocks it incomplete. It will stop the clock too.
Facing 3rd-and-11, Wilson finds Baker out of the backfield, and he’s close to the first down. We’ll have a measurement.
It is JUST short by a link.
Fourth and an inch. 3:45 to go.
Wilson goes straight ahead, and he’ll have the first down.
3:59 p.m. — Meggett finds some space and runs into the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but the Terps are flagged for holding. Another crucial penalty.
The officials called Paul Pinegar for holding, but Danny Kanell believes Dill may have been the culprit.
Robinson runs on the next play and picks up seven yards, showing some nice scrambling ability.
It’s 2nd-and-9 and Porzel takes a BIG hit from Clem Johnson. It’s a gain of five, setting up a 3rd-and-4 on the play.
Again working from the gun, Robinson throws the checkdown to Adrian Cannon, and he’s close to the first. Just a little bit short.
Ferrara will try a 31-yarder, and it’s good. Maryland is behind, 38-34, with 4:56 to play.
Can the defense make a big stop?
3:55 p.m. — Robinson throws another checkdown to Smith for no gain.
On second down, Meggett carries for a nice gain of six yards, one of the better runs of the day for the Terps.
With a 3rd-and-4 situation, Robinson works from the gun and completes to Smith for a first down. Very nice throw on the out pattern there by the young quarterback.
The Terps are down to the State 34 and are flagged for a false start. R.J. Dill is the guilty party, and it’s ANOTHER penalty for the Terps. Nine penalties and 81 yards today.
On 1st-and-15, Meggett runs for five yards. On the next play, the Terps run the quick screen to Smith again, and the speedy receiver breaks a tackle to pick up some extra yardage.
On 3rd-and-5, Robinson gets to the left corner and takes a big shot, but he picks up the first down. Tough run there by Robinson.
3:50 p.m. — While the Terps still have plenty of time in this one, Jamarr Robinson MUST give the Terps more in the passing game. He’s 0-for-4 in the second half.
Smith returns the kick to the 40-yard line. Good field position for the Maryland offense.
On first down, Robinson throws the wide receiver screen to Smith who runs close to the first down. Smith gets up limping as the Wolfpack defender rode him out of bounds on the play.
On 2nd-and-short, Porzel is stopped immediately. The Terps’ offensive line has not been able to open running lanes all afternoon.
Meggett runs left on 3rd-and-1, and he’s short of the first. Maryland must go for it with 12 minutes remaining, as Friedgen does not like the spot.
On fourth down, Meggett slams up the middle for the first down.
3:44 p.m. — Another promo for next week’s ESPN360 broadcast of the Maryland-Virginia Tech game. At least I’ll be in College Park for that one.
On 3rd-and-goal, Wilson tries to find George Bryan at the goal line, but Wujciak is flagged for pass interference in the end zone. The linebacker’s arm was hooked around the back.
The penalty gives State a first down at the 2, and it’s not looking good for the Terps.
Eugene runs right and is into the end zone. Lots of arm tackling on that goal line play by Kenny Tate and Terrell Skinner.
Unacceptable in that situation.
3:40 p.m. — Wilson completes a 38-yarder to Spencer down inside the Maryland 5 to begin the fourth quarter.
Not a good way to start the final period.
The Terps stuff Eugene on 1st-and-goal, as they desperately need to hold the Pack to a field goal.
On second down, Wilson throws it to Bowens, but the ball goes right through the receiver’s hands. Huge break for the Terps on that one.
With 3rd-and-goal coming, Wilson calls a timeout for the Wolfpack.
3:38 p.m. — It’s clear NC State is trying to limit its mistakes and not allow Maryland the chance to get a big defensive play with Robinson and the Maryland offense sputtering.
Wilson has been very inconsistent for NC State, tossing three touchdowns and three interceptions.
We’ll see how this one ends.
3:36 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the third quarter.
NC State leads Maryland, 31-28.
3:35 p.m. — Russell Wilson picks up seven yards on the play, as Deege Galt is down on the play.
The injuries continue to mount for the Terrapins, as they have all year long.
Galt is able to jog off the field, so let’s hope he can return.
On 2nd-and-3, Eugene runs right for the first down.
Wilson works from the shotgun on first down and throws to Davis for a short gain of three yards. State is now working from its own 45.
Williams makes another catch and has over 100 yards, but it’s just a little short of the first.
On third down, Wilson picks up eight yards, moving the sticks again as we approach the end of the third quarter.
3:28 p.m. — Robinson tries to throw deep to LaQuan Williams, but the ball is just barely overthrown as it goes off his fingertips.
On 2nd-and-10 from the 35, Tony Logan gets the ball on the reverse but he is stopped by Clem Johnson after only five yards.
On third down, the screen pass is blown up by the NC State defense. Dangerous bullet dodged there by the Terps as the Robinson pass could have been picked off.
Ferrara will try a 47-yard field goal from the left hash.
The kick has the distance, but it’s wide right.
3:25 p.m. — On first down, Baker runs up the middle and picks up seven yards on the play.
Baker runs inside again for a big gain and a first down. A late flag comes out, as Derek Drummond is flagged for a facemask, giving State an extra 15 yards after the first-down run. The Terps have seven penalties for 70 yards.
The Wolfpack is into Terps’ territory now, as Baker picks up three more on first down. It’s clear the Wolfpack is trying to slow down the pace of this one.
On second down, Wilson is picked off by Kenny Tate. A huge mistake by the Wolfpack quarterback and a BIGGER break for the Maryland defense.
3:21 p.m. — The Terps go three-and-out as Jamarr Robinson misfires on his first two passing attempts.
I get the feeling the Terps will need to use smoke and mirrors to win this one.
3:17 p.m. — The Wolfpack begins at the Maryland 24-yard line, and Wilson rolls out left to elude the pressure, but Deege Galt trips him up after only a one-yard gain.
On second down, Eugene tries to run left, but he’s brought down immediately for no gain.
Huge third-down play here, and the Terps bring some pressure as Wilson is sacked by Jared Harrell. Very good combination of downfield coverage and collapsing the pocket.
NC State will punt for the first official time today (an earlier punt was negated by a penalty).
3:13 p.m. — Torrey Smith does it again!
82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Terps simply need to be more creative in getting the sophomore the football. He’s a TREMENDOUS athlete. He has 215 all-purpose yards on the day.
3:10 p.m. — Baker takes the hand-off and nearly breaks into the end zone, taking it to the Maryland 3.
On first down, Baker runs up the middle for a yard.
The Terps need to hold State to a field goal here, as it would put a lot of pressure on Jamarr Robinson to fall behind by two possessions.
So much for that though, as Wilson rolls right and runs into the end zone for the touchdown.
3:07 p.m. — NC State receives to begin the second half and will start at the 20.
On first down, Russell Wilson finds Steven Howard (the 10th different State receiver to catch a pass) over the middle for a gain of 12 and a first down. Plenty of time there.
Baker gains three yards on a first-down check off by Wilson.
On second down, Baker picks up a first down as the back bounces off Wujciak to pick up extra yardage.
Wilson continues to throw underneath as he completes to Williams on 2nd-and-3, moving the chains as the Wolfpack is back in Terrapins’ territory. The Maryland defense is making this way too easy for the Pack.
3:03 p.m. — Chris Turner will NOT return in the second half. It’s Jamarr Robinson’s game, ready or not.
Isaiah Ross is also out for the second half.
3:02 p.m. — We’re almost ready for the start of the second half.
I didn’t have time to mention this earlier, but how pathetic is the Atlantic Division in the ACC? It’s hard to believe the Terps still have a mathematical chance to win the division if they can win out.
Can you imagine a 6-6 Terps team in the ACC Championship game?
2:45 p.m. — It will be interesting to see what Ralph Friedgen and James Franklin elect to do offensively if Turner is unable to return to the game.
You would think the Terps would attempt to shorten the game by giving the ball to Davin Meggett and Caleb Porzel, but do you trust the Maryland defense to make enough stops against Russell Wilson and the State offense?
2:40 p.m. — The call is confirmed, and it’s a touchback.
NC State is charged with a timeout, and Maryland will take a knee to close out the first half.
It’s halftime, and NC State leads 24-21 in Raleigh.
Hopefully we’ll have good news about the status of Chris Turner’s injured knee. I do not like the Terps’ chances in this one if Robinson has to play the second half.
2:38 p.m. — After the timeout, Wilson faces the pressure and throws to the end zone, but it’s picked off by Richard Taylor. Huge play by the senior reserve cornerback.
Taylor ALMOST came out of the end zone after the pick. O’Brien will challenge the ruling of a touchback on the play. Taylor looked to have his left foot on the goal line, but it doesn’t look like he stepped OVER the line.
I can’t imagine the call being overturned here.
2:36 p.m. — Wilson has to throw it away as Maryland brings the pressure from the defensive backfield.
On second down, Wilson throws incomplete to Williams as Richard Taylor (in for Wiseman) had nice coverage on the play.
On 3rd-and-10 from the 22, Wilson works from the shotgun and finds Taylor Gentry over the middle and the fullback runs over Taylor to pick up the first down.
2:33 p.m. — The Maryland defense MUST hold the Wolfpack here with less than two minutes to go in the half.
360 is late coming back from the break as Wilson is flagged for intentional grounding, as he tried to set up a screen. The penalty makes it 2nd-and-19.
Defense lineman Isaiah Ross is down for the Terps on the play and must be helped off the field.
Baker gets the carry on second down, and it looks like State will try to run the clock out. However, Maryland has two timeouts remaining and will take one here.
On 3rd-and-19, Wilson works from the shotgun and throws a deep ball to Williams and it’s caught for the first down. Chism cannot out-leap Williams for the ball, as State will now have points on its mind with a little over a minute to go.
Wilson is 14-for-21 for 204 yards and three touchdowns as we approach the half.
On 2nd-and-10, Wilson hits Davis on the crossing pattern who gets to the outside for a big gain down to the Maryland 22. Anthony Wiseman is down on the play but is able to walk off the field on his own power.
2:26 p.m. — James Franklin calls the double-reverse pass with LaQuan Williams trying to find Adrian Cannon in the end zone, but the pass is ruled incomplete.
They’ll review it, as it looks like Cannon had his hands underneath the ball, but I don’t think he controlled it.
The call is confirmed. Great play-call there, but it comes up a little short.
On second down, Robinson runs right but only picks up one as the timing of Smith coming across in motion was way off.
Robinson runs to the 10 on 3rd-and-9, as it’s obvious the Terps have no faith in Robinson throwing the football at this point in the game.
It’ll be a 27-yard attempt for Ferrara, but State blocks the kick. All kinds of flags on the play, however, so we’ll wait to see the call.
After the play, Darin Drakeford is flagged for a personal foul, giving NC State great field position.
Very disappointing finish to that drive after the State turnover.
2:20 p.m. — Donald Bowens muffs the punt, and the Terps have it, as Tony Logan recovers.
Here’s Jamarr Robinson’s opportunity, and the sophomore fumbles the shotgun snap. Luckily, he’s able to recover but it’s a big loss of eight yards on the play.
On 2nd-and-18 from the Wolfpack 39, he gives to Caleb Porzel who snaps off a big run inside the 20. The little guy is VERY dangerous if you can get him out in open space.
The Terps will have a first down, and State takes a timeout.
2:17 p.m. — After the timeout, Turner throws the quick out to Smith, but it’s a minimal gain, setting up a third-and-long situation for the Terps.
Maryland is 4-for-5 on third down this afternoon, but 3rd-and-19 will not be easy.
The ball is tipped and falls incomplete.
Turner took a shot to his knee, and he’s down on the play and appears to be in some serious pain. Very bad news for the Terps in this one.
The replay shows Turner was rolled up by a lineman as another defender hit him high. He is not able to put much weight on the knee as he’s helped to the sideline.
2:13 p.m. — Maryland will start at its own 24-yard line, as we’ve already seen two ties and two lead changes in this game.
On first down, Caleb Porzel is in the ball game and the freshman carries for four yards.
Turner throws to the outside to Smith who picks up some nice yardage thanks to an Adrian Cannon block. It’s enough for the first down, and the Terps are on the move again, near midfield.
Turner throws over the middle, complete to Smith for a big gain. However, freshman Justin Lewis is flagged for a facemask, negating the huge play. That one hurts.
Tyler gets the ball on an end-around play and only gains a couple.
On 2nd-and-21, Turner doesn’t like what he sees and will take a timeout.
2:07 p.m. — Wilson is really spreading the ball around nicely to his receivers. Eight different receivers have made catches for the Wolfpack.
Wilson throws a dart to Spencer for another first down at the Maryland 15.
On first down, Eugene can only pick up a yard on the play, as Maryland continues to do a respectable job against the run.
Eugene is stuffed again after only another yard on the ground.
Left tackle Jeraill McCuller jumps early for State, and the Wolfpack will move five yards in the wrong direction.
On 3rd-and-13, Maryland rushes three as Wilson finds Darrell Davis for the touchdown.
Well, I’m glad the extra defenders made such a difference there. Terrell Skinner was the closest defender on the play, but that’s a relative statement.
NC State leads, 24-21, with 7:02 remaining in the half.
2:02 p.m. — On 2nd-and-9, Jarvis Williams makes the catch for an NC State first down. The defense has played better on the last two drives, but it’s hard to imagine the Terps winning this one if the defense continues to play like it did in the first quarter.
I just don’t trust the Maryland offense to limit the mistakes and protect the football.
After a first-down run, Eugene gets the carry, and Deege Galt is flagged for a facemask penalty, giving the Wolfpack another 15 yards after the play.
NC State is on the move again, down to the Maryland 29-yard line.
1:56 p.m. — Turner is 7-of-12 for 83 yards and an interception after one quarter.
After an incompletion on second down, Turner finds Cannon for a first-down conversion on third down. Cannon was able to shed the tackle for some extra yardage.
The Terps are all the way down to the 27-yard line.
On first down, Turner rolls out to the right, trying to throw deep to Smith, but instead keeps it for a gain of six yards.
Turner cannot find anyone on second down and throws it away, setting up 3rd-and-4 from the Wolfpack 21.
The Terps show five-wide, and Turner evades the rush and finds Cannon who takes the ball inside the ten. It will be 1st-and-goal for Maryland, as Turner did a very nice job handling the pressure.
On first down, the Terps run option and Turner sneaks his way into the end zone for the touchdown. However, the officiating crew will take a look at this one. It looks like Turner’s knee may have been down before the ball broke the plane, but it’s very hard to tell.
Not sure there is enough visual evidence to overturn this one, and the call is confirmed.
Ferrara’s extra point is good, and Maryland is ahead for the first time this afternoon, 21-17.
1:48 p.m. — Torrey Smith takes the short kick and returns it close to the 40-yard line. The Terps will have nice field position for their next drive.
On first down, Turner throws the quick hitch to Smith who is able to gain the first down.
Jamarr Robinson has checked into the game and runs for five yards.
We’ve reached the end of the first quarter. NC State leads Maryland, 17-14.
1:46 p.m. — Maryland is doing a nice job against the Wolfpack running game, but the Terps have had few answer for the passing game other than Wujciak’s HUGE interception on the last drive.
On 2nd-and-10, Taylor Gentry is unable to rein in the pass after a nice hit by Cam Chism, setting up a third down.
Williams cannot make the sideline catch on third down, and NC State’s Josh Czaikowski will try a 48-yard field goal. It BARELY makes it over the crossbar, but it is good.
NC State leads, 17-14, with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
1:41 p.m. — The Ferrara kickoff is returned again by Johnson who gains some nice yardage. The Terps need to cover better on kickoffs.
After Wilson runs on first down and Toney Baker carries on second down for a combined 0 yards, it sets up 3rd-and-10.
Wilson shakes off the pressure and finds Jarvis Williams for the completion, moving the chains for NC State.
On first down, Baker carries to his own 44, only a gain of one.
Wilson then hits Darrell Davis on the far sideline for another first down. That was a very nice ball by the sopohomore quarterback.
1:38 p.m. — You have to love ESPN360. They’re already promoting next Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, which will be shown on, you guessed it, ESPN360.
At least they promote the Turtle.
1:36 p.m. — On first down, Kenny Tate and the defense stuffs Eugene in the backfield.
On second down, Maryland brings pressure again as Wilson finds Owen Spencer for a nice gain, but the receiver fumbles. NC State recovers, however, and the Wolfpack has a first down.
However, the Terps defense settles down and forces Wilson to throw incomplete on third down, forcing a Wolfpack punt.
Jeff Ruiz will punt, and it’s a very good one inside the 5. However, Maryland is called for running into the kicker. Nice acting job there.
NC State will now go for it on 4th-and-6 as Wilson works from the gun. His pass is intercepted by Alex Wujciak, and it’s returned for a Terps touchdown!
Wujciak’s first interception of the season, and we’re tied, 14-14.
Think Tom O’Brien regrets that decision?
1:28 p.m. — Turner’s first-down attempt is batted down, and his second-down pass is dropped by Smith.
On 3rd-and-10, Turner works from the shotgun but cannot find anyone and has to check down to Taylor Watson who is unable to make the catch.
Three-and-out for the Terps, and Travis Baltz booms one to the 19, but Clem Johnson has a nice return for the Wolfpack.
Defense needs to make a statement here, as they haven’t done anything to slow Russell Wilson and the Wolfpack offense on their first two possessions.
1:23 p.m. — After NC State picks up a first down, Jamelle Eugene snaps off a 25-yard run, and the Wolfpack is on the move into Maryland territory.
On the next play, Wilson throws deep to Donald Bowens who brings it in for a 35-yard touchdown, beating Anthony Wiseman on the play. Looks like Bowens gave Wiseman a little nudge but no call.
Danny Kanell is loving the offense in this one.
I, however, am not loving the porous secondary.
1:19 p.m. — Looks like we have the makings of a shootout in this one.
14 points in the first five minutes of the game.
1:15 p.m. — On 3rd-and-goal from the 1, Meggett dives into the end zone for the score.
Huge answer for the Terps after the turnover on the opening drive and allowing the Wolfpack score.
Nick Ferrara’s extra point is good, and we’re tied at 7.
The drive covered 10 plays and 69 yards, as Turner rebounded after the early pick by completing several big passes on the scoring drive.
1:13 p.m. — On 1st-and-15 from the NC State 40, Turner finds Ronnie Tyler who breaks a couple tackles and takes it to the 20.
On the next play, Turner finds Adrian Cannon and the speedy receiver takes it inside the 5-yard line.
On 1st-and-goal, Davin Meggett gets his first carry and takes it close to the goal line.
On second down, Meggett appears to get into the end zone, but the officials disagree. They mark it at the one-inch line.
They’ll review it to make sure that Meggett did not get into the end zone. The replay shows the ball did not break the plane. My apologies to the zebras.
1:11 p.m. — After the kick, Maryland begins again and Turner finds Cory Jackson for an eight-yard gain.
On second down, Turner finds Devonte Campbell for a first-down completion.
A couple plays later, Turner finds Torrey Smith on 3rd-and-4 to move the chains. Maryland is now in Wolfpack territory.
1:05 p.m. — After the pick, Wilson finds George Bryan in the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown pass.
That didn’t take long (52 seconds into the game), and Maryland is ALREADY down 7-0.
1:02 p.m. — The Terps are dressed in white jerseys and white pants this afternoon, and the Wolfpack will wear red jerseys and white pants.
Maryland takes the opening kickoff, and Torrey Smith returns to the Terps’ 30-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Turner is picked off by Willie Young.
Minus-13 turnover difference for the year.
12:58 p.m. — The Maryland defense will face a major test in the form of Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson.
The sophomore ranks 17th in the nation in passing efficiency and has thrown a league-high 21 touchdown passes, including five in last week’s loss to Florida State.
The Terps have struggled against quality quarterbacks this season, so Wilson will be a major test for the Maryland secondary.
12:50 p.m. — Once again, the Terps will be shown on their flagship webcast network ESPN360. Ryan Rose and Danny Kanell will be calling the action for the webcast.
I’ll be blogging throughout the game here on WNST.net and posting thoughts on Twitter (@WNST).
For Terps fans, We Never See TV (Like that one?), but follow the action with WNST.net starting at 1:00 p.m.
Of course, you can listen to the game on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network, and Comcast SportsNet will air a replay of this afternoon’s game at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
12:46 p.m. — Good afternoon from the WNST Studio here on Hart Road, as the Maryland Terrapins are set to take on NC State in Raleigh, N.C. at 1:00 p.m.
The Terps (2-6, 1-3 in ACC) must win out to become bowl-eligible while the Wolfpack is trying to secure its first conference win of the season. Maryland is coming off the bye week after a 17-13 road loss to Duke on Oct. 24. NC State is in the midst of a four-game losing streak and loss to Florida State, 45-42, in Tallahassee last Saturday.