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Chat: UNC survives scare from Maryland, tops Terps 45-38

Posted November 22, 2012
Updated November 24, 2012

FINAL: 45-38 UNC

The North Carolina Tar Heels will conclude the regular season on Saturday afternoon against ACC foe Maryland at Kenan Stadium.

Fourth Quarter:

Brad Craddock hit a 27-yard field goal that brought Maryland within seven points of the Tar Heels.

45-38 UNC, 3:12 4Q

Third Quarter:

UNC running back Giovani Bernard polished off a scoring drive with a one-yard rush that pushed the Tar Heels' lead to double digits.

45-35 UNC, 3:06 3Q

Thomas Moore hit a 22-yard field goal to give the lead back to the Tar Heels.

38-35 UNC, 6:58 3Q

Bryn Renner hit Erik Highsmith in the end zone for his fifth touchdown pass of the day, and the Tar Heels are now tied with Maryland.

Tied 35-35, 12:10 3Q

Bryn Renner's fourth touchdown pass, and 27th of the season, sets a UNC single-season record and brings the Tar Heels within a score of the Terps.

35-28 Maryland, 14:14 3Q

Freshman Stefon Diggs took the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Terps a two-touchdown lead.

35-21 Maryland, 14:47 3Q

Second Quarter:

On the kickoff following Maryland's touchdown, the Terrapins recovered a muffed kick and turned that into a 28-yard touchdown pass.

28-21 Maryland, :4 2Q

Maryland's freshman linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty led the Terrapins down the field and into the end zone just before halftime.

Tied 21-21, :21 2Q

North Carolina put together its first long drive since the opening kickoff, and Renner finished it off with his third touchdown pass, this time to A.J. Blue.

21-14 UNC, 3:18 2Q

A 73-yard run by Brandon Ross set up a game-tying QB keeper by Shawn Petty.

Tied 14-14, 7:31 2Q

First Quarter:

The Terrapins pieced together a long drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Ross.

14-7 UNC, 1:41 1Q

A Darien Rankin interception and return to the three-yard line set up a touchdown pass from Bryn Renner to Quinshad Davis to give the Tar Heels an early 14-point lead.

14-0 UNC, 12:11 1Q

North Carolina wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a touchdown on a 30-yard pass just 42 seconds into the game.

7-0 UNC, 14:18 1Q

This marks the first meeting between these two schools since 2008. UNC leads the all-time series, 35-33-1, but it remains to be seen how often these longtime rivals will face each other down the road. On Monday, Maryland's board of regents voted to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference beginning in 2014-15.

Maryland enters Saturday's contest looking to snap a brutal five-game losing streak. The first two losses during that stretch were by a combined five points, but the Terrapins have been beaten by an average of nearly four touchdowns over their last three outings. They are coming off a 41-14 setback to 10th-ranked Florida State this past weekend.

Meanwhile, North Carolina is coming off a 37-13 victory at Virginia last Thursday night. A win here would improve the Tar Heels to 8-4 and mark their best winning percentage in a season since the 1997 squad went 11-1. UNC has gone 5-1 at home this season and a win over Maryland would mark the first time since Kenan Stadium was built in 1927 that the team has won 12 home games over a two-year stretch.

Maryland is playing with a converted linebacker at quarterback, although the offense has struggled to put points on the board for much of the season. The Terps have failed to score more than 20 points in any of their past five games. They enter this weekend's tilt ranked dead-last out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools in total offense (273.9 ypg) and 112th in scoring offense (18.5 ppg). Season-ending injuries to four quarterbacks have thrust true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty into an emergency role under center. Petty made his third straight start against FSU, completing 8-of-19 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Seminoles' top-ranked defense. Both of those TDs went to Kevin Dorsey, who finished with 75 yards on two catches. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

Maryland gave up two touchdowns in a span of 12 seconds in the first quarter against FSU, and that was all the cushion the Seminoles needed. After the visitors marched down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive, Terps' return man Levern Jacobs fumbled the ensuing kickoff, leading to FSU's second TD. The Seminoles inflicted most of their damage on the ground, gashing Maryland's defense for 237 rushing yards and a team average of 5.8 yards per tote. The Terps allowed FSU to convert 7-of-13 third downs for the game and score on all four of its trips inside the red zone, including three touchdowns. L.A. Goree led the way with a game-high 13 tackles in the loss, while Kenneth Tate notched three sacks.

UNC has been awfully tough to beat at home, as the offense is averaging a robust 49.3 points per game at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels are on pace to shatter their single-season school record of 441.8 yards per game, set back in 1983 as they are currently averaging 484.2 yards to rank 17th in the nation. It all starts with running back Giovani Bernard, the ACC's leading rusher with 118.3 ypg on the ground. Despite missing two games, Bernard has an ACC-best 18 touchdowns on the season and is within three of tying Don McCauley's single- season record of 21, set in 1970. Bernard is the first Tar Heel to notch consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since Natrone Means in 1991. In the passing game, quarterback Bryn Renner has tossed 23 TD passes and is three shy of matching his school record that he set last year. Renner is the only player in school history with 20-plus TD passes in multiple seasons.

After getting torched for 68 points against Georgia Tech in its previous outing, the UNC defense allowed just 13 points at Virginia last week. On two occasions, the Cavaliers ventured inside the red zone and came away with no points. The Tar Heels defense held UVA to 2-of-15 on third down and 3-of-6 on fourth down. Tre Boston led the charge with 13 tackles, and he also scored on a 36-yard interception return in the second quarter to spot the Tar Heels a 10-point lead going into the half. All told, UNC amassed 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for the game. The team enters the weekend ranked fourth in the country in tackles for losses with 8.1 per game. Defensive end Kareem Martin (15.5) and linebacker Kevin Reddick (15.5) lead the team in that department, followed by defensive tackle Sylvester Williams with 12.5. The Tar Heels also lead the ACC with 15 interceptions

.These two teams have seen their seasons head in very different directions. The Terps have endured some tough circumstances at the most critical offensive position, which has really taken the wind out of their sails. Although UNC and Maryland have had some tight battles over the years, look for UNC to cruise in this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 45, Maryland 17

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  • VT1994Hokie Nov 24, 2012

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    Well stated fouroaksboys. UNC will challenge for the Coastal Division next year. Loads of offensive talent. The DB's hurt them the most this year. The DL, and LB's were dang tough for the most part. Renner will be a star next season. His brain power is strong. His arm is also solid as any that I seen in many years. To break a record at UNC in passing over this long and storied University in Football...that's just about all I can say.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 24, 2012

    Now that Maryland beat themselves and gave one away to the university of north carolina at chapel hill, this will go in the record books as a loss for them. Thus, the university of north carolina at chapel hill is able to end their season with an early Christmas gift from the Maryland Terrapins. In addition, since the tarheels will be sitting at home during the post season bowls, perhaps they can concentrate on academics and bringing their grades up in order to meet eligibility requirements for next year. That is, if the NCAA doesn't give them the death penalty for their cheating scandals and such.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 24, 2012

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    And if Carolina would've gone undefeated this year, they still don't go to a bowl.... *lol*

  • fouroaksboys Nov 24, 2012

    hokie i agree if unc can get some recruits on defense this is going to be a very good team and renner showed today that hes a good quaterback who can play well under pressure he did it against maryland he did it against louisville and he done it against nc state and duke he led us back in each of those games and next year is going to be even better and i like our chances against south carolina at the start of the season!

  • mford27603 Nov 24, 2012

    wow hokie you are really sucking up to JGunn, yall get a room. UNC could of had a really nice season if they would have self impossed of penalty last year instead of thinking they would not even get a penalty. Tickets outside of stadium $10.00 today still can't even get closely to full. The high school championship game next week will have more fans there

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 24, 2012

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    Good one JGunn. This young man is special. His body can't take many more poundings. His upper and lower body is so dang strong. But, his knees will not last long. Take some millions and take care of your family. VT lost some great ones too, after they had ACL deals. They took off when they got a chance. Gio will be great in whatever he does in life. His attitude/will power will make sure of this. Its' been a plesure to watch his poetry in motion on the gridiron.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 24, 2012

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    I appreciate this one Kevin. This fast-paced offense suits Renner. He's a heckeva lot better than Logan Thomas for dang sure. Setting a record at UNC is totally off of the charts. Great young man; Renner. I'm proud that he's is excelling right now. But, more importantly, he will obtain his degree from a great school in UNC. His future is bright. UNC did the JOB!

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Nov 24, 2012

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    He is just fine where he is.

    GO HEELS!!

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Nov 24, 2012

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    What is even more hilarious is that UNC's first year coach has more wins and less loses than State's six year coach. Even is state wins it's Bowl, it will still be a mediocre season.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 24, 2012

    I want to congratulate all UNC fans out there. Fedora did a really nice job this year. I also enjoyed his post-game interview. He established discipline, and that was the key.

    Congrat's to the best UNC fan on here. JGunn. She's one of the best on this Forum.

    Also, cussmikemeout2, Smitty, unc70, Tarheelborn, and all of the others. UNC did a darn special job this season. Renner is a great QB that can think. I'm still wondering why VT didn't snag him. All of his family are VT grads. Heck, he grew up at VT games.

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