SHREVEPORT, La. -- When Dan DeArmas failed to convert after Maryland's third touchdown in the Independence Bowl Saturday night, it was the Terps' first extra-point miss in 168 tries.
But since it was a bowl game, the miss doesn't count in official records, so The Streak, an Atlantic Coast Conference record, will continue. After Jess Atkinson started it in 1984, Ramon Peredes, Dan Plocki and then DeArmas took the baton. It was DeArmas' first miss after 49 successes.
It was DeArmas' misfortune that the game with Louisiana Tech ended in a 34-34 tie. The junior kicker also missed a 43-yard field goal.
"All this shows is that the game is played by human beings,"
coach Joe Krivak said. "Think of all the kicks he's made."
* C'MON, REF: Tech was the beneficiary of a horrendous call by the officials. En route to what was ruled Tech's second touchdown, Jason Davis was clearly out of bounds.
"He definitely stepped out on the 2-yard line," Krivak said. "The official missed it."
* RECORD BOOK: A batch of Independence Bowl records were established, including one by Maryland and Tech combined, six by individuals and one by the crowd.
The total points, 68, broke the record of 56 set by Texas-El Paso and Southern Mississippi in 1988. The crowd of 48,325 wiped out the mark of 46,369 for Texas and Mississippi in 1986.
* NOT BAD: When Tech linebacker Myron Baker was asked for his opinion of Maryland, he said, "They're a good team. They're not the best we played, but it would be tight between them and Auburn."
Auburn edged Tech, 16-14, in October before the Bulldogs, in their second season in Division I-A, went on a five-game winning streak to finish the regular season at 8-3.
* TEAMING UP: Maryland quarterback Scott Zolak and Tech receiver Bobby Slaughter will be teammates on the Gray squad in the Blue-Gray game Christmas Day in Montgomery, Ala. Slaughter, a third-team All-America, caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Terps.
* BOWLED OVER: For the first time in its history, the ACC has five teams in bowl games. Still to come are North Carolina State in the All-America, Clemson in the Hall of Fame, Georgia Tech in the Florida Citrus and Virginia in the Sugar. Four ACC teams played in bowls in 1977 and '89.