Maryland 32, NCarolina 18
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Maryland beat North Carolina for the first time in six years Saturday, scoring 25 second-half points in a 32-18 upset of the turnover-prone Tar Heels.
Mancel Johnson caught touchdown passes of 50 and 32 yards for the Terrapins, who had lost their last five games against North Carolina by an average of 19.2 points.
Maryland (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) took advantage of five turnovers in one of its biggest victories under coach Mark Duffner, who is now 11-24 since taking over in 1992.
North Carolina, ranked No. 20 in the preseason, fell to 0-2 for the first time since 1988. The Tar Heels (0-2, 0-1) committed four turnovers last week in a 20-9 loss to Syracuse.
North Carolina quarterback Mike Thomas, who threw two interceptions last week, added four against the Terrapins. He was 19-for-34 for 242 yards.
Up 25-18, Maryland got the clinching score early in the fourth quarter. Buddy Rodgers took a pitch and juked in the backfield before throwing a 32-yard TD pass to Johnson for a 32-18 lead with 11 minutes left.
The Tar Heels’ next two possessions ended in turnovers.
Maryland was led defensively by Andreal Johnson, who had two interceptions and forced a fumble.
The Terrapins pulled into a 10-10 tie early in the second half when Ratcliff Thomas picked off a pass on the first play from scrimmage, and Joe O’Donnell kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal.
Another Tar Heels turnover on the next series proved even more costly. Brett White intercepted a Thomas pass and took it to midfield. On first down, Brian Cummings faked a handoff and lobbed a pass to a wide-open Johnson, who caught the ball at the 20 and trotted into the end zone.
North Carolina bounced back with an 80-yard TD drive. After Jonathan Linton ran in from the 22, the 2-point conversion tied it at 18.
Maryland then scored on its third straight possession. Two passes from Cummings to Jermaine Lewis covered 67 yards, setting up a 1-yard run by backup quarterback Orlando Strozier and a 25-18 lead.
By the end of the third quarter North Carolina led in total offense (323-203), but the Tar Heels couldn’t overcome their own giveaways.
North Carolina took a 7-0 lead with a 53-yard drive in its second series. Two plays after Thomas completed a 30-yard pass to Marc Montoro, Linton ran up the middle for a 13-yard score, the sophomore’s first college touchdown.
A 21-yard field goal by Scott Caparelli made it 10-0 with 6:28 left in the second quarter, but Maryland responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by Rodgers’ 2-yard TD plunge.
The Tar Heels then moved to the Maryland 25 before an interception by Andreal Johnson ended the threat 17 seconds before halftime.