N.C. State gives Terps the boot

November 06, 1994|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland got a brilliant passing performance from Scott Milanovich and was on the verge of its biggest victory in four years, but the Terps' defense fell down one last time, as North Carolina State got a 47-45 victory at Byrd Stadium on Steve Videtich's field goal with 10 seconds left.

The Wolfpack, which never punted and never turned the ball over, had 561 yards total offense. The Terps' run-and-shoot was up to the racehorse pace, as Milanovich tied his own school record with five touchdowns, and completed 32 of 37 passes for 332 yards.

Maryland (4-5, 2-5) was attempting to win three straight for the first time since 1986, and move above .500 this late in the year for the first time since 1990, the Terps' only winning season in the past eight.

N.C. State (6-2, 4-1) beat the Terps for the fourth straight year, and kept alive its quest for a seventh straight bowl game.

Following Milanovich's last touchdown pass of the game, N.C. State began on its own 35-yard line with 2:19 to go and all three of its timeouts. The Wolfpack took 11 plays and a key face-mask penalty by the Terps' Pat Ward to move to the 18-yard line, where Videtich was good from the right hashmark. It was his fourth field goal of the game, and disappointed a crowd of 27,126.

Maryland was down 44-38 heading into the final eight minutes, but the Terps regained the lead at 45-44 by converting two

fourth downs and moving 65 yards for their sixth touchdown of the game. Milanovich threw 17 yards to Mancel Johnson on a fourth-and-10, and two plays later, an outside screen to Johnson resulted in an 11-yard score.

It was Milanovich's 43rd touchdown pass of his career, breaking the Maryland record set in 1983 by Boomer Esiason.

N.C. State broke a 38-38 tie with 8:10 remaining, when Carlos King went over from the 1 at the end of a 72-yard drive, but Videtich, one of the most reliable kickers in the ACC, missed the extra point, opening the door for Maryland to regain the lead.

It was one of the wildest games ever at Byrd Stadium, and the madness reached its peak in the third quarter, when both teams returned a kickoff for a touchdown and the lead changed hands three times in 2:28.

Maryland's second attempt at a trick play on a kickoff worked, as Geroy Simon took a reverse handoff from Jermaine Stewart to start the second half, got a huge block from Angel Guerra, and rambled 94 yards for a 28-21 lead.

N.C. State promptly moved 78 yards for a touchdown and another tie. Maryland came back with a 34-yard field goal by Joe O'Donnell, and then made the mistake of putting the ball in Alvis Whitted's hands.

Whitted used his world-class speed for a 97-yard kickoff return that put the Wolfpack back on top at 35-31 with 5:03 to go in the quarter.

Maryland went right back on top with a seven-play, 68-yard drive that featured Allen Williams and ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Simon.

Both defenses then showed some rare resolve, as linebacker Tim Brown's third-down stop denied the Wolfpack its fifth straight touchdown. N.C. State instead got a 22-yard field goal from Videtich and a 38-38 tie on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Both defenses were embarrassed in the first half, when points were scored on seven of the eight possessions. The only stop involved the officials, as a holding penalty resulted in a 47-yard swing and a first-and-27 the Terps couldn't overcome on their second try.

Milanovich was 19-of-20 in the half for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and N.C. State's Terry Harvey was 8-of-10 for 154.

The Terps were down 3-0, 14-7 and 21-14, but none of the deficits bothered the run-and-shoot offense and Milanovich.

N.C. State took the 21-14 edge with 42 seconds left in the half, but Maryland was in solid position after Stewart's 46-yard kickoff return. Milanovich needed just 32 seconds to move Maryland 52 yards. He passed 15 yards to Jermaine Lewis; 10 to Russ Weaver; followed with his only incompletion of the half on a swing pass to Brian Underwood; then rolled left and threw the final 27 yards to Lewis.

The Wolfpack offense was just as unstoppable. It settled for Steve Videtich field goals after drives of 60 and 66 yards on its first two possessions, then moved 94 and 78 yards through little resistance for touchdowns.

Harvey ran the option seven yards for a 14-7 lead and fullback King made it 21-14 on a 1-yard dive.

The Terps went ahead 7-3, even though some trickery on an kickoff backfired. Stewart fielded the kick, took it to the 10, then passed across the field to Lewis. The ball went over his head and out of bounds, but it didn't bother Maryland, which needed )) nine plays to drive 94 yards.

Maryland faced only one third down on the drive, which ended with an outside screen to Lewis covering the final five yards.

Another good return by Stewart set up a 65-yard, five-play drive and the Terps' second touchdown. It featured consecutive screens that superbacks Williams and Underwood turned into gains of 30 and 36 yards. Johnson broke three tackles on the touchdown, a 14-yard outside screen from Milanovich that created a tie at 14.

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