Terps pick off 5th win, Wolfpack

Maryland 26 North Carolina State 20

October 22, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- As first-year defensive coordinator Chris Cosh walked off the field at Byrd Stadium yesterday, he adjusted his hat - something he has thrown in frustration numerous times since practice began in the spring.

The Terps' defense has been a cause for concern within the program, but in Maryland's homecoming game against North Carolina State, it was a major reason the team is now one win away from becoming bowl-eligible.

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A summary of Maryland's 26-20 victory over North Carolina State:

What went right / / Maryland's defense forced three turnovers that accounted for 17 points.

What went wrong / / Red zone scoring chances: The Terps resorted to field goals from the 14-, 10- and 1-yard lines.

Defining moment / / The back-to-back turnovers on N.C. State's first two possessions of the third quarter forced by Marcus Wimbush (fumble) and Erin Henderson (interception) led to a quick 23-0 lead.

What it means / / With five games left on the schedule, Maryland is one win away from becoming bowl eligible and has gained much-needed confidence from back-to-back wins.

Up next / / The Terps (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will host Florida State (4-3, 2-3) on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. The Seminoles yesterday lost to Boston College, 24-19

[ Heather A. Dinich]

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