Game Blog: Maryland downs NCSU in final ACC game, 41-21
Posted November 29, 2013
Updated November 30, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — Final: Maryland 41, NC State 21: Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more Saturday afternoon to lead the Terrapins past NC State 41-21 in their final game in the ACC. The loss dropped the Wolfpack to 0-8 in league play and 3-9 overall.
3rd Quarter, 11:58, Maryland 41, NC State 21: Brandon Mitchell pulls the Wolfpack to within 20 points with a 3-yard touchdown run with 11:58 left in the third quarter.
3rd Quarter, 13:45, Maryland 41, NC State 14: Another short field, another quick strike for the Maryland offense.
After taking over at the NC State 44, the Terps score three plays later on a 27-yard pass from C.J. Brown to Albert Reid. The Terrapins' quarterback has now thrown for two scores while rushing for three.
Halftime: Maryland 34, NC State 14: Led by C.J. Brown's three rushing touchdowns, the Maryland Terrapins lead NC State 34-14 at halftime of their final game as a member of the ACC.
Maryland racked up 275 in the first half and scored 34 unanswered points after NC State took a 7-0 lead early on.
1:18, 2nd Quarter, Maryland 34, NC State 14: NC State gets on the board again late in the second quarter with a eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive.
Brandon Mitchell completed a 5-yard bubble screen to Rashard Smith for the touchdown, which came with 1:18 left before halftime.
3:23, 2nd Quarter: Maryland 34, NC State 7: Maryland goes 80 yards in nine plays to take a 34-7 lead on NC State late in the second quarter.
C.J. Brown tallied his third rushing touchdown of the day on 3rd and goal, plunging in from 4 yards out.
8:59, 2nd Quarter: Maryland 27, NC State 7: Another rushing touchdown from C.J. Brown puts Maryland up by 20 points midway through the second quarter.
The short scoring drive was set up by a poor punt by NC State's Wil Baumann, who gave the Terps the ball at the NC State 35 yard line. Maryland used 10 plays to cover the 35 yards, and Brown rumbled in from 3 yards out on 3rd and goal for the TD.
14:05, 2nd Quarter: Maryland 20, NC State 7: Maryland's lead grows to 13 after another 33-yard field goal by Brad Craddock. The Terps did little with good field position following a turnover by the Wolfpack on a bad punt snap.
2:42, 1st Quarter: Maryland 17, NC State 7: Another quick strike by the Terps, who rip off 67 yards in three plays to go up 17-7 late in the first quarter.
C.J. Brown scored on the drive, ripping off a 49-yard run right through the middle of the NC State defense.
5:03, 1st Quarter: Maryland 10, NC State 7: After a quick 3-and-out by the Wolfpack, Maryland turns good field position into a quick touchdown to take a 10-7 lead.
C.J. Brown's touchdown pass to Nigel King covered 53 yards, beating corner Jack Tocho up the right sideline.
7:37, 1st Quarter: NC State 7, Maryland 3: Aided by a big kickoff return and a facemask penalty on NC State, Maryland gets three points after a short drive. Brad Craddock converted a 33-yard field goal after the Terps failed to convert on 3rd and 4.
10:54, 1st Quarter: NC State 7, Maryland 0: NC State takes the opening drive 80 yards in 10 plays and scores on a 4th down to take a 7-0 lead on Maryland.
Brandon Mitchell hit Tyler Purvis from 3 yards out for the touchdown, converting a 4th and inches after Maryland called timeout. Quintin Payton picked up 54 of the drive's 80 yards on a 3rd down early in the march.
1st Quarter, 15:00: North Carolina State is honoring 20 players during Senior Day festivities, including starting QB Brandon Mitchell and defensive starters Robert Caldwell, D.J. Green and Darryl Cato-Bishop.
Pregame: Maryland wants a nice parting gift on its way out of the ACC.
The Terrapins play their final game in the conference they helped found on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV, Mix 101.5 FM)when they face slumping North Carolina State (3-8, 0-7) and try to move up the league's bowl pecking order.
Maryland (6-5, 2-5) is already bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. A seventh win should help the Terps claim a more attractive bowl game.
Maryland — charter members of the conference when it was formed in 1953 — is leaving for the Big Ten next season and the ACC is bringing in Louisville as a replacement.
But the Terps aren't feeling terribly sentimental about it — at least, not yet.
"Anytime it's the last meeting and you're a part of it, you're part of history," quarterback C.J. Brown said. "It's something special you can look back on and talk about when time permits. We want to go out on a winning note and show our Maryland pride."
N.C. State, meanwhile, just wants to end an awful first season under Dave Doeren with something to feel good about.
The Wolfpack have lost seven straight — their longest since a nine-game slide that included the final seven games of 2006 and the first two of '07.
They haven't lost eight in a row in the same season since the 1959 team dropped its final nine while becoming the last N.C. State team to go 0-for-the-ACC.
All of which means the only thing on the line for the Wolfpack is pride.
"As hard as it's been, we've grown very close as a team, and these guys want to see our seniors finish the season the way they want to finish it," Doeren said. "Playing at home, playing an ACC team at home and playing in our last game with these guys is enough of a reason for these guys to want to play well."
Five things to know about Maryland's final ACC game:
A WILD SERIES: The Terrapins' exit brings to an end one of the league's most unpredictable series. The Wolfpack lead it 33-32-4, and 11 of the last 13 matchups have been decided by 10 or fewer points. Among the recent highlights: Maryland's winning field goal hitting the upright last year, and N.C. State reeled off 42 straight points in the final 25 minutes to turn a 41-14 deficit into a 56-41 win in 2011.
UP-AND-DOWN TERPS: Maryland's season has gone to extremes — from starting 4-0 and cracking the national rankings, to losing both key receivers Deon Long and Stefon Diggs and several games, to bouncing back with a win at Virginia Tech. "The thing that's probably frustrating is the fact is the consistency part," coach Randy Edsall said. "You see us do a lot of great things throughout the game and then there's this 'X' number of plays where you kind of sit there and you scratch your head and say, 'Where did that come from?'"
THE MITCHELL REPORT: At least QB Brandon Mitchell enters his final game at N.C. State on something of a positive note. Doeren says Mitchell — who missed nearly half the season after breaking his foot in Game 1 — is "the healthiest he's been since the opening game of the year." He had career highs in four stat categories, throwing for four touchdowns while going 28 of 44 for 312 yards last week in a 42-28 loss to East Carolina. "What I like was, he didn't hurt us," Doeren said.
BIG BROWN: Dual-threat Maryland QB C.J. Brown gives the Wolfpack's defense plenty to worry about. Brown has six 100-yard rushing performances — the most among active ACC quarterbacks — and in six games this season he has both run and thrown for touchdowns, including last week's loss to Boston College. That could be a problem for an N.C. State defense that has been gashed by both pass-first and rushing quarterbacks in recent weeks, and has given up at least 400 total yards in five of its last six games.
FOR KICKS: At least both teams can brag about their kickers. N.C. State's Niklas Sade is 19 of 23 in field-goal attempts while Maryland's Brad Craddock's 17 field goals are the most by a Terp kicker since 2005.