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