Scores

Final

Maryland 31

(2-7, 1-4 ACC)

NC State 38

(4-5, 1-4 ACC)

1:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MD 14 7 7 331
NCST 17 7 7 738

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (WIS) - 343 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Eugene (NCST) - 12 CAR, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Williams (NCST) - 7 REC, 107 YDS

Wilson helps NC State snap skid by holding off Maryland

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and ran for another, and North Carolina State snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off Maryland 38-31 on Saturday in a matchup of the ACC Atlantic Division's worst teams.

Wilson was 25-for-38 for 343 yards and the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) made just enough plays to secure their second win against a Bowl Subdivision opponent. Both teams combined for 752 total yards.

Wilson overcame a career-worst three interceptions with touchdown tosses of 17 yards to George Bryan, 35 yards to Donald Bowens and 18 yard to Darrell Davis. Wilson and Jamelle Eugene each had 2-yard scoring runs.

Torrey Smith returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, the school-record third of his career. Alex Wujciak returned an interception 70 yards for a score, while Davin Meggett and Chris Turner had 1-yard TD runs for Maryland (2-7, 1-4).

Nick Ferrara's 31-yard field goal pulled the Terps within seven with 4:56 remaining, then got the ball back with 59 seconds left. Backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson, filling in for the injured Turner, led them to the 34 with 22 seconds left but Michael Lemon sacked him with about 15 seconds left and then pressured him as he threw incomplete on the final snap.

Maryland has lost four straight and seven of their last eight.

Turner was 12 of 19 passing for 135 yards, but left late in the first half with an apparent left leg injury and didn't return. For a while, the offense seemed to go with him.

Robinson finished 5 of 11 for 27 yards. The Terps, who without injured Da'Rel Scott have dropped near the bottom of the ACC in rushing offense, had nine total yards in the third quarter.

This one shaped up as a shootout because in recent weeks, neither team seemed to show much interest in taking care of the ball or playing defense.

The Terrapins entered ranked 11th in the ACC in both total defense and against the pass. The injury-riddled Wolfpack allowed their previous three opponents to gain at least 480 total yards and score at least 45 points. NC State -- which has lost 12 injured players for the season -- was 11th in the league in turnover margin, ahead of only Maryland.

And that's exactly how it unfolded, with defensive end Willie Young intercepting Turner on the game's first play and Wilson hitting Bryan over the middle for a score 52 seconds into the game. Maryland countered with a 10-play drive that ended 3 1/2 minutes later with Meggett's 1-yard plunge.

It was a day of extremes for Wilson, who has thrown 10 touchdowns in three games. The all-ACC quarterback threaded one ball past defensive back Anthony Wiseman to Bowens down the right sideline for his second score.

One possession later, Wujciak jumped in front of his fourth-and-6 attempt and raced down the right sideline for a TD. Then, after leading the Wolfpack deep into Terp territory late in the half, he was picked off in the end zone with 38 seconds left. State had 301 total yards at halftime and led 24-21 at the break.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MD
NCST
1st Downs1431
Total Yards270482
Passing162343
Rushing108139
Penalties10-913-10
3rd Down Conversions6-147-12
4th Down Conversions1-21-3
Turnovers14
Possession25:0534:55

Passing Leaders

MarylandC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Turner12/191357.101
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson25/383439.033

Rushing Leaders

MarylandCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson9384.2019
Porzel4317.8022
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Baker19753.9013
Eugene12524.3125

Receiving Leaders

MarylandRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith8648.0014
Cannon34113.7020
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams710715.3036
Spencer35919.7038

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMDNCST
TD14:08George Bryan 17 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 07
TD10:25Davin Meggett 1 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 77
TD08:53Donald Bowens 35 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 714
TD04:57Alex Wujciak 70 Yd Interception Return (Nick Ferrara Kick) 1414
FG00:51Josh Czajkowski 48 Yd 1417
SECOND QUARTERMDNCST
TD12:52Chris Turner 1 Yd Run (Nick Ferrara Kick) 2117
TD07:02Darrell Davis 18 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 2124
THIRD QUARTERMDNCST
TD10:19Russell Wilson 2 Yd Run (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 2131
TD10:09Torrey Smith 82 Yd Kickoff Return (Nick Ferrara Kick) 2831
FOURTH QUARTERMDNCST
TD13:39Jamelle Eugene 2 Yd Run (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 2838
FG04:56Nick Ferrara 31 Yd 3138