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Maryland 33, Duke 20

10/11/2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Scott McBrien passed for 238 yards and
a touchdown as Maryland overcame a sluggish start to win its fifth
straight Saturday night, 33-20 over error-prone Duke.

The Terrapins (5-2, 2-1 ACC) led only 13-0 at halftime before
pulling away with two third-quarter touchdowns. McBrien was
7-for-11 for 100 yards in the period, which ended with Maryland
ahead 27-0.

That was enough offense to dispose of the Blue Devils (2-4,
0-3), who committed two turnovers and were called for 13 penalties
in losing their record 28th straight ACC game.

The streak includes four losses to Maryland by a combined
157-58.

McBrien went 18-for-32 in another dominating performance by the
Terrapins, who have outscored the opposition 186-47 during their
winning streak.

Alex Wade ran for two touchdowns for Duke, and freshman Mike
Schneider went 20-for-46 for 270 yards and a touchdown.

The Terrapins took control at the outset of the second half,
moving 80 yards after the kickoff to go up 20-0. Maryland made
first downs on four straight plays before Bruce Perry scored on an
18-yard run.

Late in the quarter, Maryland recovered an errant snap at the
Duke 10 and scored on a 5-yard run by Sammy Maldonado.

A 23-yard touchdown run by Wade made it 27-7, and after Nick
Novak kicked a field goal for the Terrapins, Wade scored from 1
with 5:18 remaining.

Novak then kicked his fourth field goal before Schneider hooked
up with Lance Johnson for a 3-yard TD pass with 1:37 left.

Duke trailed at halftime despite holding the ball for nearly 21
minutes and making twice as many first downs as the Terrapins
(10-5).

Maryland's Andrew Smith ended the Blue Devils' first possession
by returning an interception 15 yards to the Duke 37, setting up a
54-yard field goal by Novak. The kick equaled the longest in school
history, tying the mark set by Steve Mike-Mayer in 1973.

But the Terrapins got only one first down in the first quarter
while Duke built a 92-18 edge in total offense.

Maryland didn't make another first down until McBrien completed
a 16-yard pass to Rich Parson midway through the second quarter.
That led to a field goal by Novak for a 6-0 lead.

After a Duke punt, Maryland covered 64 yards in two plays -- both
of them passes from McBrien to Latrez Harrison. After Harrison
burned Duke cornerback Brian Greene on a 49-yard completion, he
beat Greene in the left corner of the end zone for a 15-yard
touchdown.