Terps' next stop in hands of BCS

ACC champs scheduled for Orange Bowl, but others could be in the mix

November 18, 2001|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,SUN STAFF

RALEIGH, N.C. - Now the speculation begins.

The Orange, the Sugar, the Fiesta? Which bowl will tap Maryland's relentless, 10-1 Terrapins?

In the immediate aftermath of last night's dramatic 23-19 victory over North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium, the only thing certain was that Maryland will be the Atlantic Coast Conference's representative in the Bowl Championship Series.

But where the undisputed ACC champs go is anybody's guess.

"There is a degree of flexibility given to the bowls to mix and match," said Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow.

While she acknowledged the Terps were, for the moment, slotted to play in the Orange Bowl at Miami, there are scenarios that would move them to New Orleans for the Sugar or Tempe, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl.

Barry Kates, a member of the Orange Bowl committee, said Maryland's fate will be determined once a number of other on-field situations unfold, but he confirmed the Fiesta was in the picture.

"The Orange and Sugar are front-runners," Kates said. "The polls come out next week and there are still some big games to be played. Florida still has to finish its schedule. Miami has two tough games left."

It is possible that because Florida has been in the Sugar Bowl four of the past five years, the BCS may move it into the Orange and move Maryland to New Orleans.

"There's not a bad choice," Yow said. "It's a win-win situation."

Yow said she has taken an informal poll with Terps fans and was not able to draw any conclusions.

The bowl picture will remain fuzzy until the BCS unveils the big four lineup on television on Dec. 9.

The Sugar? Yow pointed out that 50 years ago, Maryland played Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl.

The Orange?

"The Orange Bowl committee is very proud of what Maryland has done," Kates said.

The speculation is just starting.

Drive to the title

(Trailing 19-16 with 2:19 left last night, Maryland drove 61 yards on 10 pass plays, scoring the winning touchdown with 41 seconds remaining. The drive:)

Maryland's ball on its 39 with 2:19 left.

1-10 at M39, Shaun Hill pass incomplete.

2-10 at M39, Hill pass to Jafar Williams for 5 yards to 44.

3-5 at M44, Hill pass incomplete to Bruce Perry.

4-5 at M44, Hill pass to Perry for 9 yards and first down to NCS 47.

1-10 at S47, Hill pass to Guilian Gary for 13 yards.

1-10 at S34, Hill pass incomplete to Matt Murphy.

2-10 at S34, Hill pass to Perry for 11 yards and first down to NCS 23.

1-10 at S23, Hill rush for 2 yards to NCS 21.

2-8 at S21, Hill pass to Gary for 13 yards and first down to NCS 8.

1-G at S8, Hill pass to Gary for 8 yards and touchdown at :41.

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