Maryland 13, North Carolina St. 12
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Dan DeArmas kicked a 25-yard field goal with 11 seconds left Saturday as Maryland used a late fumble recovery to set the stage for a 13-12 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over North Carolina State.
An interception by Fernandus Vinson, the Wolfpack’s fourth of the game, gave N.C. State the ball with a 12-10 lead and only 1:27 left.
But Greg Manior fumbled and the Terrapins’ Mike Thomas recovered at midfield. After two procedure penalties, a 20-yard pass from Scott Zolak to Barry Johnson moved the ball to the Wolfpack 40.
Zolak then underthrew a pass that Gene Thomas came back to grab for a 28- yard gain to the 12. Three plays later, DeArmas kicked the game-winner.
Zolak, playing against the nation’s No. 2-ranked defense, threw a career- high four interceptions but completed 26 of 47 passes for 259 yards. Running back Frank Wycheck had 12 receptions for 96 yards.
Maryland improved to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fell to 2-2 and 1-2.
N.C. State had taken a 12-3 lead early in the fourth quarter after Wolfpack linebacker David Merritt intercepted a Zolak pass and returned it 11 yards to the Maryland 37. Five plays after quarterback Charles Davenport ran for six yards on a fourth-and-4 play from the 31, Aubrey Shaw took a pitch and ran for a 10-yard touchdown.
After an exchange of punts, Maryland pulled within 12-10 by moving 86 yards in 3:23 in a drive culminated by Troy Jackson’s 2-yard run with 4:54 left.
Neither team could generate any offense in their first two possessions. The Wolfpack broke the stalemate on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Davenport to Bobby Jurgens with five minutes left in the first quarter. Jurgens, leaping between Terrapins Kevin Pompey and Michael Hollis, caught the underthrown pass at the 5-yard line and dived into the end zone. The conversion was blocked by Lubo Zizakovic.
Maryland cut the lead in half by taking the ensuing kickoff and moving 56 yards, including 47 on Zolak passes, before DeArmas kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 6-3.
N.C. State got an opportunity to increase its advantage midway in the second quarter when a punt bounced off the chest of Maryland’s Mike Hopson and was recovered by the Wolfpack’s Mike Nichols at the Terrapin 20. But on fourth down Zizakovic did it again, reaching up to block Damon Hartman’s 30-yard field goal attempt.