Play it again

November 25, 2007|By MILTON KENT

WHAT WENT RIGHT

The Terps took advantage of field position, a reasonably healthy offensive line, which opened gaping holes for Lance Ball, Da'Rei Scott and Chris Turner, as well as impressive blitz packages designed by defensive coordinator Chris Cosh that flustered North Carolina State all afternoon.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Senior right guard Andrew Crummey, playing in his first game in six weeks because of a broken leg, hurt it again early in the fourth quarter but said afterward that the injury isn't serious. Meanwhile, sophomore defensive back Nolan Carroll suffered a hamstring injury on a kickoff in the second quarter, but coach Ralph Friedgen said he should be able to play in a bowl game.

DEFINING MOMENT

Turner, who has been reluctant to run from the quarterback slot, had back-to-back runs of 6 and 41 yards early in the second quarter on Maryland's first touchdown drive. The Wolfpack defense had to spy Turner for the run the rest of the day, opening things up for Ball and Scott.

WHAT IT MEANS

In the immediate future, the Terps are bowl-eligible for the fifth time in Friedgen's seven seasons at Maryland. When they receive a bid, younger players such as Turner, Scott, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Cory Jackson will have an extra couple of weeks of practice.

UP NEXT

With conference mates Miami and N.C. State falling a win short of qualifying, Maryland will play in the Humanitarian Bowl, the Emerald Bowl or the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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