UNC win probably ends bowl hopes for Maryland Tar Heels' ticket sales may sway Carquest Bowl

November 25, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff

Maryland's bowl hopes might have ended yesterday, when North Carolina held off a North Carolina State rally to win 30-28 and become bowl-eligible.

The Terps and Tar Heels finished with identical records, 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With Florida State, Clemson and Virginia committed elsewhere, they are the only teams eligible to represent the ACC in the Carquest Bowl Dec. 30 at Joe Robbie Stadium against a Big East team.

Brian Flajole, the executive director of the Carquest Bowl, said earlier in the week that it would probably pick North Carolina over Maryland if it had to choose between the two. Flajole said that the Carquest has the option of taking a Southeastern Conference team, but that it is leaning heavily to an ACC team.

"I talked to him [Flajole] right after the Carolina-State game, and he told me it was between us and North Carolina," said R. D. Helt, Maryland's assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions. "He said a decision would be announced Monday."

Maryland beat North Carolina 32-18 en route to a 4-0 start, but lost five of its last seven games. The Tar Heels were 0-2 after losing at Maryland, but won six of their last nine. They had a 30-14 lead on N.C. State yesterday, but the Wolfpack scored two late touchdowns and had a two-point conversion pass to tie fall incomplete with seven seconds left.

Had that pass been complete, the tie score would have left North Carolina with a 5-5-1 record, and short of the bowl requirement of six Division I-A wins.

The Tar Heels supposedly have an edge over the Terps because of their track record of selling bowl tickets, but there are other factors in Maryland's favor.

Athletic director Debbie Yow negotiated to move the 1996 game against Florida State from Byrd Stadium to Joe Robbie, and that game will be promoted by the Carquest Bowl. Syracuse is likely to represent the Big East in the Carquest, and it beat North Carolina 20-9 in the season-opener for both.

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