Maryland was confident despite game full of errors, bad luck Penalty helped Duke TD drive

Terps notebook

October 25, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — DURHAM, N.C. -- Though Maryland players were confident late in the Terps' 27-25 win over Duke yesterday at Wallace Wade Stadium, they had had a lot of bad breaks and mistakes during the game.

* Duke place-kicker Randy Gardner missed a 31-yard field-goal try with 13:23 left in the half, but Maryland's Bill Inge was called for roughing the kicker. On the next play, Duke tailback Randy Cuthbert scored on a 7-yard run.

* Maryland quarterback John Kaleo threw into triple coverage and was intercepted to kill a drive at the Duke 29 with 3:48 left in game.

* With Duke facing a fourth-and-one at its 45 with 1:50 left in the game, the Blue Devils came up to the line of scrimmage with five seconds left on the play clock. They had no intention of running a play, but Maryland jumped offsides.

"We've lost them every way imaginable," said Kaleo. "I think I have the most bad luck of any quarterback in the ACC."

Said Maryland defensive back Doug Lawrence: "After a while, those things start playing tricks on you. What you have to do is remained focused."

Passed by again

The Maryland secondary continued to have problems. The Terps gave up 302 yards passing.

Maryland coach Mark Duffner vowed before yesterday's game not to give up any big plays, but the Terps allowed receptions of 36, 26, 28 and 27 yards. Duke repeatedly burned Maryland on quick out patterns.

Maryland also gave up a punt return of 55 yards and a kickoff return of 46 yards.

"We gave them the outs because we didn't want to give up the big play," said Lawrence. "I think we were aggressive to the point where we were supposed to be."

Fried fish

One of the biggest plays in the game was Maryland defensive lineman Jim Panagos' blocking Gardner's 46-yard field-goal try as time expired to end the half. Maryland held a 21-13 lead.

"We knew they had a fish at left tackle and we got a good rush on him once in the first quarter," said Panagos. "They tried to hide him and move him to right tackle. It didn't work because that's where I came from to block the kick."


Maryland WR Marcus Badgett has 61 receptions this season, a record. The record was 58 set by Frank Wycheck in 1990. With three games remaining, Badgett is near the ACC mark of 74 set by Wes Chesson of Duke in 1970. Badgett also has a Maryland season yardage record with 1,016 yards. The record was 820 by Greg Hill in 1984. . . . Kaleo has 18 interceptions for the season, one off the season record of 19 set by Scott Zolak in 1990. . . . Both teams had eight-game ACC losing streaks before yesterday.

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