Scores

Final

Maryland 13

(2-6, 1-3 Big Ten)

Duke 17

(4-3, 2-1 ACC)

1:30 PM ET, October 24, 2009

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MD 3 3 7 013
DUKE 7 3 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 371 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Meggett (MD) - 9 CAR, 38 YDS

Receiving: D. Varner (DUKE) - 8 REC, 120 YDS, 1 TD

Lewis' 371 yards send host Duke past Maryland

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Thaddeus Lewis threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns and Duke held off Maryland 17-13 on Saturday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's leading passer was 30 of 43 with touchdowns covering 24 yards to Donovan Varner and 1 yard to Danny Parker in his third straight 300-yard performance for the Blue Devils (4-3, 2-1).

Duke never trailed, outgained Maryland 394-249, withstood the Terrapins' late charges and held on for the Blue Devils' third win in four games. They also claimed consecutive conference victories for the first time since 1994.

Chris Turner was 16-for-23 for 182 yards with a 67-yard touchdown to Davin Meggett for the Terrapins (2-6, 1-3), and he moved past Boomer Esiason into second place on the school's career passing list. But Turner couldn't keep Maryland from losing its third straight game and fifth in the last six.

Still, the Terrapins gave themselves some chances in the fourth quarter before the ACC's most turnover-prone team had problems keeping hold of the ball.

After forcing Lewis to fumble at the 2 and then forcing a punt with about 5 minutes left, the Terrapins gave it right back moments later when Turner's pass to Ronnie Tyler was intercepted by Vincent Rey. Maryland forced another punt with just under 2 minutes left, but Tony Logan fumbled it, Brandon King recovered and the Blue Devils ran out the clock.

Both teams kept the ball in the air despite rainy conditions.

Yet Duke seemed to have taken complete control with Lewis' second touchdown pass -- a play-action flip to Parker that made it 17-6 with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the third and came after a 44-yard down-the-sideline heave to Connor Vernon.

The Terrapins responded moments later with their only touchdown of the day. Turner dumped off a swing pass to Meggett, and he cut back to the left, dashed down the sideline and ran through a tackler at the goal line to make it a four-point game.

For Duke, it was a rare matchup with an ACC rival it hadn't beaten in a decade, and an even rarer position -- as a 4-point favorite. The expanded conference's rotating, divisional schedule kept Maryland off the Duke schedule since 2004.

With representatives of the Champs Sports and Chick-fil-A bowls looking on, Lewis picked up where he left off two weeks ago when he threw for a career-high 459 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-28 victory over North Carolina State.

Lewis regularly found receivers open across the middle, with his 24-yard pitch-and-catch to Donovan Varner making it 7-0 about 7 1/2 minutes in. Varner and Vernon -- the ACC's only two players averaging at least 100 yards receiving -- each hit that mark in this one, with Varner catching eight passes for 120 yards and Vernon finishing with five catches for 102 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
DUKE
1st Downs1119
Total Yards249394
Passing182371
Rushing6723
Penalties3-2512-101
3rd Down Conversions5-137-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession27:5532:05

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner16/231827.911
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis30/433718.621

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett9384.209
Porzel15281.908
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis14141.007
Hollingsworth6101.704

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Meggett26834.0167
Cannon66611.0019
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Varner812015.0125
Vernon510220.4044

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDDUKE
TD07:24Donovan Varner 24 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Will Snyderwine Kick) 07
FG01:37Nick Ferrara 25 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERMDDUKE
FG08:34Nick Ferrara 40 Yd 67
FG03:31Will Snyderwine 35 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERMDDUKE
TD05:35Danny Parker 1 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Will Snyderwine Kick) 617
TD04:30Davin Meggett 67 Yd Pass From Chris Turner (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1317