Barnette wave crashes Terps' Hawaii hopes

N.C. State QB throws for 324 yards, ACC record as UM loses 3rd in 4, 30-17

November 07, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The bumps in the road became craters yesterday for redshirt freshman quarterback Calvin McCall.

The All-America glow surrounding LaMont Jordan dimmed.

The Maryland defense self-destructed again.

The Aloha/Oahu Bowl doubleheader in Honolulu is now much farther away for the Terps.

And Maryland most likely lost McCall and linebacker Kevin Bishop for the rest of the season with knee injuries.

But very few in the crowd of 47,211 at Carter-Finley Stadium yesterday cared much about those Maryland problems.

They came on a perfect fall afternoon to celebrate the record-breaking career of North Carolina State senior quarterback Jamie Barnette and none of them was disappointed with his final home-game performance.

Barnette was nearly flawless as he passed Maryland into submission on the way to a 30-17 Atlantic Coast Conference victory that brightened the bowl hopes of the Wolfpack (6-4, 3-4) and backed the Terps (5-4, 2-4) into a deep corner in their bid for postseason play with their third loss in four games.

After hugging his parents in an emotional pre-game ceremony, Barnette completed 23 of 37 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. The scoring passes made Barnette the ACC's career leader with 59, two more than former Florida State standout Danny Kanell.

The mobile Barnette also moved past Duke's Ben Bennett into fourth place all time in total offense with 9,120 yards.

Barnette, like Joe Hamilton, Woodrow Dantzler and Spencer Romine did before him, made the Terrapins' defense look inept.

"I think what has happened now is that we've developed into a defense that is lacking confidence in the passing game," said Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden. "We've lost our identity."

Barnette directed the Wolfpack on two late second-quarter touchdown drives that broke up a 10-10 tie and gave N.C. State a 24-10 lead at the half. Maryland defensive tackle Delbert Cowsette said, "There wasn't much we could do to stop Barnette. They were putting so many guys in the box to block us and he was just taking a three-step drop and throwing the ball. But we still have high hopes."

Barnette's favorite receiver was freshman Koren Robinson, who caught seven passes for 119 yards. Sophomore tailback Ray Robinson rushed for 153 yards and one touchdown for the Wolfpack.

The setback leaves Maryland with two games remaining. One of those comes next week in Tallahassee against the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, who have lost just once at home in the 1990s.

Then Maryland closes out its season Nov. 20 at home against Virginia.

Leonard Klompus, the chief executive officer of the Jeep Aloha/Oahu Bowl doubleheader, said Thursday he was "high on Maryland" and would "pencil the Terps in" as the ACC representative if they beat N.C. State yesterday.

Klompus even hinted that he would give a 6-5 Maryland team a bid. The numbers "6-5" were about all the Maryland players had to cling to last night.

McCall limped away with a big cast on his left leg due to a grade three medial collateral ligament tear that occurred on a late hit by defensive tackle Nate Goodman with four minutes left in the game.

"The guy [Goodman] hit me with his helmet on the left knee," said McCall. "It could have been prevented. It was a late hit."

Vanderlinden said McCall and Bishop are "probably through for the season."

McCall stayed in for one play after the injury, completing an 18-yard pass to Guilian Gary.

"I felt the knee give out when I planted to throw the ball," said McCall. "I knew then I had to get off the field. I would have left on the previous play but I didn't want to call timeout."

McCall and Bishop will have magnetic resonance imaging tests today. Bishop's torn anterior cruciate ligament is expected to need surgery.

With McCall's injury, freshman Latrez Harrison moves up to No. 1.

Harrison has easily the strongest arm on the team and is considered the quarterback of the future by many but he has not looked good in the few sporadic chances he has received.

But now he will be forced into action against the No. 1 team in the country. "I'm ready for Florida State," said Harrison, from Atlanta. "I can't think of a better team to get my first big shot."

McCall finished with decent numbers (12 of 19 for 135 yards) but he couldn't produce on several third-down conversions. Maryland was 3-for-13 on third-down attempts, as McCall seemed indecisive at times.

And Jordan came down to earth with a thud, gaining 75 yards on 20 carries and scoring one touchdown.

Jordan said: "They packed everybody in on us and said `We're not going to let No. 15 beat us.' They dared us to pass and we just couldn't get anything going."

NOTES: Maryland's junior wide receiver Jason Hatala's 30-game streak ended yesterday, when he remained back home in College Park with a broken finger on his right hand. Hatala had vowed to play but the Maryland medical staff ruled otherwise. Terps cornerback Lewis Sanders played most of the second half despite recurring leg cramps. "It wasn't that big a deal," Sanders said.

N.C. State coach Mike O'Cain called the win "a great one for us. It was a very, very big game with a lot of pressure and we played the kind of physical game we needed to play." McCall said he would attest to the physical play of the Wolfpack. "That is the most physical team we've played. They poked me in the eye earlier and then put me out with the late hit."

Next for Maryland

Opponent: No. 1 Florida State

Site: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

When: Saturday, noon

Record: 9-0

Yesterday: Idle.

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