(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: Maryland 17, (17) North Carolina 15
College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Obi Egekeze booted the game-winning field goal with 1:42 to play and the Maryland Terrapins downed the 17th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 17-15, at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland was trailing by a point when the team got the ball back with 10:25 to play in the game.
Facing a 3rd-and-10 near midfield, Chris Turner found Ronnie Tyler for 18 yards for the third third-down conversion of the drive to that point. Then facing, a 4th-and-5 at the UNC 32, Turner kept it himself for nine yards to move the sticks. The drive faltered at the nine-yard line, but Egekeze hit a 26-yard field goal for a two-point lead with 1:42 to play.
North Carolina had one last chance to retake the lead, but, on 3rd-and-22, Cameron Sexton was picked off by Jamari McCollough and Maryland killed off the clock to seal the win.
Da'Rel Scott had 129 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown while Davin Meggett added 86 yards on 13 carries with a score for the Terrapins (7-3, 4-2 ACC), who have won three of their last four. Turner went 16-for-31 with 141 yards through the air.
"It was an unbelievable game and a huge victory for us and our season," said Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen. "The kids kept fighting and we made a couple of key plays. I thought our defense played very well, and every time Carolina had an opportunity our defense responded. Offensively, when we were executing we were very good, and then we had mistakes. That's the thing we have to get better at, because when we execute we have a chance to be pretty good."
Sexton completed 10-of-24 passes for 166 yards and a score along with the pick, and Cooter Arnold had two catches for 64 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (7-3, 3-3), who had won five of six coming into the game. Shaun Draughn had 13 carries for 46 yards.
"Obviously this was a very disappointing loss," said North Carolina head coach Butch Davis. "We didn't play well to start the game. You have to give Maryland a great deal of credit. They did some things tonight that are certainly conducive to winning tough football games."
Maryland started the game with the ball, but was forced to punt. The snap to punter Travis Baltz went over his head and he recovered it in the end zone to give North Carolina a safety.
The Tar Heels got the ball back, but were only able to get a 38-yard field goal from Casey Barth to make it a 5-0 game less than five minutes in.
The Terrapins answered with a long march to get on the board. Scott carried the ball six times for 30 yards on the 76-yard drive before he capped it off with a three-yard touchdown run off the left tackle to make it a 7-5 game with 6:26 left in the first.
North Carolina needed just two plays to answer, as Sexton rolled out to his right, lofted a pass up that was tipped and caught by Arnold, who ran into the end zone on a 59-yard play for a 12-7 lead.
Maryland again used a long drive to regain the advantage. This time the team used Meggett, who carried the ball nine times for 57 yards on the drive and plunged into the end zone from a yard out for a 14-12 advantage with 13:46 left in the first half.
The Tar Heels, though, got a 28-yard field goal from Barth with a bit over four minutes left in the first half to take a 15-14 lead into the locker room.
The offenses went stagnant in the third quarter with each side punting twice. North Carolina, though, did have an opportunity to extend its lead as Barth lined up for a 28-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play in the third, but he hit it off the left upright.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Maryland's Josh Portis fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Tar Heels at the Terrapins' 33-yard-line, but Sexton had three straight incompletions and the team had to punt the ball away.
Heavy rains occurred several times throughout the game...North Carolina hosts North Carolina State next Saturday...Maryland hosts Florida State next Saturday...North Carolina holds a 36-32-1 series advantage over Maryland...It was Sexton's first interception in 87 attempts...Maryland controlled the ball for over 20 minutes longer than North Carolina.
11/15 20:31:18 ET