Friday, December 13, 2002
Maryland 35, N.C. State 28 (OT)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Backup quarterback Shaun Hill brought Maryland back from a 15-point halftime deficit and scored the deciding touchdown in the second overtime as Maryland shocked North Carolina State 35-28 on Saturday.
It was the third straight victory for the Terrapins (5-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had dropped four in a row and eight of nine against the Wolfpack.
N.C. State (5-3, 2-3), seeking to rebound from a 58-14 loss to Florida State, instead lost for the third time in four games. It was the Wolfpack's third overtime game this season, and their first loss in OT.
Maryland got the ball first in the second overtime. After Hill ran 21 yards on a third-and-7 from the 22, he scored on a quarterback sneak.
The Wolfpack then faced a fourth-and-14 from the 16, and after Philip Rivers' pass in the end zone fell incomplete, thousands of Maryland fans stormed the field to celebrate.
In the first overtime, Rivers threw a 22-yard pass to Koren Robinson to put N.C. State up 28-21, but LaMont Jordan scored on a 25-yard run on Maryland's first play to force a second session.
The victory kept alive the Terrapins' hopes of going to a bowl game for the first time since 1990. It was Maryland's first overtime game since the NCAA began using the procedure in 1996.
N.C. State, hoping to impress Peach Bowl representatives at the game, instead was denied its bid to clinch a winning season.
Down 21-6 at halftime, Maryland rallied behind Hill, who entered after starter Calvin McCall sprained an ankle late in the first half. Hill, a junior college transfer, made it 21-14 by throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to James Lynch and then running in the conversion early in the third quarter.
Hill threw an interception inside the Wolfpack 5 on Maryland's next possession, but tied it by capping a 58-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Guilian Gary with 10:59 left.
Hill went 15-for-24 for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Ray Robinson ran for 178 yards in 40 attempts for the Wolfpack, but 126 of those yards came in the first half.
Rivers, a freshman, went 16-for-35 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in eight straight games and now owns the school record for TD passes in a season (20), breaking Jamie Barnette's record of 19 in 1997.
But he completed only six passes after halftime, and N.C. State made only six first downs after amassing 19 in the first half.
N.C. State went up 7-6 early in the second quarter, moving 94 yards in 19 plays that consumed nearly nine minutes. The Wolfpack converted four third downs on the march, including a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Koren Robinson.
After a Maryland punt, the Wolfpack cruised 70 yards in 10 plays to make it 14-6. N.C. State did not face a third down in the drive, which concluded with Rivers' 3-yard TD pass to tight end Andy Vanderveer.
Robinson scored from the 5 with 67 seconds left in the half, capping a five-play, 58-yard drive.
|Maryland head coach Ron Vanderlinden celebrates the overtime win with his team.|