Maryland 26

(8-3, 2-3 away)

NC State 24

(7-5, 6-1 home)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

3:30 PM ET, November 22, 2003

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

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MD 0 10 0 1626
NCST 7 7 7 324


RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Nick Novak kicked a 43-yard field goal with 23 seconds left, lifting Maryland to a key 26-24 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over North Carolina State.

Maryland (8-3, 5-2 ACC) scored the game's final 16 points to solidify its chances of finishing second in the conference. The Terrapins can clinch second place and a likely Gator Bowl berth with a victory next week over Wake Forest. It would mark the third straight major bowl for coach Ralph Friedgen's squad.

North Carolina State (7-5, 4-4) held a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter before Maryland's Scott McBrien threw for a touchdown and ran for a two-yard score with 2:29 left. Novak's extra point failed on the second touchdown, giving the Wolfpack a chance to run out the clock.

But tailback T.A. McLendon fumbled and Maryland recovered on North Carolina State's 46-yard line with 1:50 remaining. The Terrapins kept it on the ground with Bruce Perry running for one first down before Novak redeemed himself with the winning kick.

McLendon rushed for 65 yards on 21 carries, staking North Carolina State to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter with a pair of one-yard TD runs.

North Carolina State's Philip Rivers lost his final home game after completing 16-of-30 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown. Jermaine Cotchery recorded his 14th career 100-yard effort with six catches for 102 yards for the Wolfpack.

Josh Allen rushed for 144 yards on 23 carries for Maryland after running for 257 yards in last Thursday's 27-17 victory over Virginia. McBrien completed 17-of-37 passes for 243 yards and two TDs.